My native place is Silchar (Assam), 9 hours from Shillong. The roads are bad at some stretches so the Google distance calculator is not applicable here. Once when I fell sick while travelling from Guwahati to Silchar, I did not repent deboarding the bus at Shillong, staying there for the night and then do a road trip from Shillong to Silchar, via Khasi and Jaintia Hills. Here is an account of my trip -
Day 2, 23rd May 2011, Monday: By the second day, I was totally fit thanks to my hunger to explore places and thus, convinced my father, who was accompanying me, to spend the day out. As we were staying at Police Bazaar, the closest place to visit would have been the Wards Lake. But we decided to skip that and rather visited the Golf Link. Shillong's golf course is one of the largest in Asia, the wettest one in the world and also, India's first 18 holes golf course. Dotted with pine trees all around, it looked just like paradise and offered a panoramic view of the Shillong City.
The next stop was the Shillong Peak - the highest point of Shillong and of the whole Meghalaya. As it is inside the IAF area, our vehicle was stopped and checked at the entrance and we were asked to declare our cameras. All these securities are due to the presence of an IAF radar station in the premises. Again from this point one can get a panoramic view of the hill city. There were pine trees all around and the view from the peak was breathtaking. When we went back to our hotel, we ordered hot wonton soup and momos for lunch. One thing you should never miss if you come down to Shillong is their momos, dimsums or dumplings, whatever you call it, as they are undoubtedly one of the best of its kind that you can get in India.
Post lunch, we drove to Elephant Falls. The place got its name due to its 2-tier cascading falls that looks like an elephant's trunk. There is a stairway that leads to the first tier of the falls and then goes further down till the point where the falls forms a small basin. One needs to be careful on the stairs as they are quiet steep and slippery. We left the place before sundown, as everything in Shillong closes down by 7 p.m.
Day 3, 24th May 2011, Tuesday: We started from Shillong at 6.30 a.m. to avoid any city traffic and landed on NH44 which connects Shillong with Jowai. For 2 hours we drove on the highway passing villages like Sohryngkham, Mawryngkheng, Puriang, etc. and many picturesque views points of the East Khasi Hills. Both sides of the highway was dotted with virgin pine forests and green plateaus.
At one point we left the Khasi Hills and entered the Jaintia Hills district. At 9 a.m., we stopped for breakfast at a dhaba in Ummulong. The place was clean and the food was delicious. On just the opposite side of the road was the Thadlaskein Lake. Viewed from a distance, it looked like a long crystal clear body of water. It was by this time when it started raining. We were not carrying any warm clothes as the trip was quiet unplanned and seeing the rain we felt a bit apprehensive about the increasing cold.
Enter Jowai - the district headquarters of the Jaintia Hills. We were delayed here for almost 2 hours in a road block due to some explained local reasons, which as a matter of fact is a common incident on this route. While we were waiting in the long line of vehicles, the intensity of the rain increased and it started to become shivering COLD! But we were lucky enough to see nature at its best on that day. Meghalaya, as the poetic name suggests, is truly an abode of clouds, with clouds coming down as close to the highway as possible. At one point we even had to pass through a thick foggy segment, while the visibility almost decreased to zero.