How do you feel when you wake up in the morning to be greeted by a grey sky and a rhythmic drizzle? If your answer is heavenly, then let me tell you my friend, if you set your foot on the land of Meghalaya, you'll surely be in for a treat.
Day one started with the rainfall which came to Guwahati to accompany me all the way to its abode in Meghalaya. After having a breakfast at the hotel we had checked in the previous night, we booked a private cab and set for Shillong. There is availability of shared transport if you wish to go economical but I had planned on taking multiple stops along the way to admire the view and click tons of pictures. Since it was raining heavily, it took us longer than usual to reach.
On the way, we took a stop at Umiam Lake, also known as "Bara Pani" or Big Water Lake which you come across just when you're about to enter Shillong. Apart from its scenic view, it also provides a picnic spot, the Lum Nehru Park and you can also enjoy the various fun water activities that are carried on here. Fun fact, the lake is a part of the dam which was the first hydel power project construction in Meghalaya.
It took us a little while to reach the city of Shillong because of the traffic. On the way, you can take halts at the numerous picturesque churches and the quaint cafes in the city and do not forget to taste the pork dishes there, they're insanely good.
After checking in into our pre-booked hotel, we left to explore the Elephant Falls and the Shillong Peak. A light drizzle was our constant companion. Shillong Peak was astonishingly beautiful. Watching the vibrant city playing peak-a-boo behind the cover of the clouds was a delectable food, both for the eyes and the soul. You can literally sit there for hours nursing a cup of hot tea with your hands and nibbling on the lip-smacking pakodas which you get in the stalls nearby.
In the evening we took a stroll in the lively markets and shops in Police Bazar. If you're a shopaholic you can find lots of stuff to pick up from there, especially dresses. The people in the north east have a distinctive sense of fashion which somewhat resembles the dressing style of the Koreans and Japanese people. They like to layer up their clothes which looks quite colourful yet chique. Knowing how to bargain is a must though. Also make sure that you don't forget to try the mouthwatering panipuri here. In case if you have booked a car and traveling isn't an issue for you, I'd personally recommend you to opt for a homestay located at a little distance from the main city instead of living in a hotel. That way you get to enjoy a slice of the natural beauty that this state has, to offer you in abundance.