Meghalaya, a beautiful state in north-east India also known as an 'Abode of clouds', is a one stop place for nature lovers. With its intensified greenery, cloudy atmosphere, and its captivating waterfalls, it stands out as the most pleasing destination for the tourists who enjoy living in the lap of nature.
I visited the place in the month of October this year and stayed in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya which is also well known as the 'Fashion capital of north-east India'. I did not need to worry about the accommodations as i stayed at my relative's place at the air-force station which gave me an all new overall outlook of the city. It seemed much more peaceful from there as the station is located at the peak of Shillong (Also known as the 'upper Shillong'), unlike the lower Shillong where the city life can actually be observed and is much more crowded and prone to traffic.
For people who plan for a vacation in Shillong, I would suggest them to find an accommodation either at the upper shillong (Peak) or somewhere on the outskirts. Though while staying within the main city itself the local markets would be easily approachable but it would be more noisy and congested for people seeking a peaceful stay. We had to hire a cab to reach the main city from our place of stay which took us almost 30 minutes, though also had to face lot of traffic and crowded streets due to the occasion of 'Durga pooja'. The festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm among people there as the place somewhat has an influence of the Bong culture. Otherwise the traffic condition might be better on other days.
The lower Shillong is a place for shopaholics & fashion lovers. One can find a variety of stuff to by from places like 'Police Bazaar' where you find majority of the road side vendors selling woolen clothes, jackets, shoes, accessories, shawls, sweaters, woolen caps etc and other things like food, electronic items, smuggled winter wear from Thailand, gadgets, medicines, beauty kits, grocery, bakeries, bags, vessels etc. You name it and it is available in the shops. They are very cheap and a good choice for gifting (Bargaining works a lot!). The place is overflowing with people throughout the day and is easily reachable from all parts of Shillong by taxis, buses, and small vans. If you wish to buy handicrafts of bamboo or cane for which Meghalaya is famous for, there are also few handicraft emporiums where you will find purses, baskets, display items, trays, bags, Assam silk sarees, jewellery etc. Another place which I visited was the Anderson's arcade, divided into 4 floors where you will find lot of small shops selling large variety of clothes for women at reasonable prices.