Northeast has always been very close to my heart! One of the reasons being my schooling… I had so many good friends from this part of India. And being from Bengal, northeast was our most comfortable travelling destination. I had been to most of the places in my childhood with my parents, and I admired how they loved every bit of it and since then, I fell in love with hills and with Northeast.And when someone talks about northeast, Shillong in Meghalaya will be a favourite of most you out there and that place totally deserves all the love and hype. Shillong for me is a shopping paradise, a musical paradise and those stunning places to visit in and around the place is just a cherry on top!
So, when we got posted to Manipur, I have been after the husband to visit Meghalaya as it was so near to us! But as usual this workaholic human that I live with, seldom has the urge to take leave, and why blame him… work is his happy place just like travelling is mine. But then some falling star listened to my wish and the husband himself proposed to go to Meghalaya for the weekend. I was thrilled!
With less than a week in hand I had to quickly do the flights and bookings and prepare an itinerary. I did have an idea how I wanted to do my Meghalaya trip and the husband left every decision on me (let’s just say he was just too busy to take part). I prepared a list of the places I could visit and though 4 days was not much but still I wanted to make the most of it. And because we had only 4 days in hand I did not want to make a strict itinerary and book places of stay beforehand… I wanted it to be fun, adventurous and spontaneous. The flight tickets were done and I made sure I book the place of stay on the first day(as we shall be reaching Shillong late after travelling almost the whole day). I like being independent while travelling and Zoom car is a best option if you want to explore on your own, stop where you want and take a detour if you are in the mood, also its far cheaper than booking a taxi.
We reached Imphal a day before (it takes around 2 hours from our place) as I wanted to attend a food fest that was happening here. The next day our flight from Imphal was in the afternoon at around 1pm. We had booked a flight to Gwahati and from there we shall be driving down to Shillong in our Zoom car.
The Trip Starts
We got out of the Gwahati Airport at around 2:30pm and headed to the Zoom Car parking which was just 1km from the airport. After being done with a few formalities we were handed over the car. It was our first experience of a Zoom car and I must say the whole thing was really easy, fast and convenient.
The drive from Gwahati to Shillong is blissful! The road to Shillong bypasses the Gwahaticity and so the traffic is decent! The road is in good condition and the drive is scenic with lots of eateries on the way. It is a 3-hour drive but the traffic gets bad as you start entering Shillong and it might end up taking longer.
I had booked a BNB for stay at Kynjai Homestay A nice cozy little room with the most comfortable bed. Dajeid, the owner was extremely helpful and interactive. He informed us that we were reaching on the day of Autumn Fest and was really sweet enough to send me the location to the Autumn Fest which would be right on the way, near Umiam Lake.
So that meant we could sit and watch the sunset at Umium Lake and head to the Autumn Fest after that. After spending few good hours in the fest with some great food and music we headed to Dajeid’s place, tired and looking for some good sleep.