I took a Tata Indica from Jorabat (it’s a village which covers areas under both Meghalaya and Assam) You can get a ride to Shillong from Paltal Bazar, Guwahati as well. There is also a cheaper way to get Shillong, take a Sumo ( I didn’t know that earlier) from Paltan Bazar or Jorabat
Guwahati to Shillong fare :
By car- 400 per head
By sumo( public transport) - 200 per head
Time - Approx 2/3 hours (Depends On traffic)
When I reached Shillong 3-4 taxi drivers came to me and started bargaining, they said there’s no public transport available to Mawlynnong and acted like they were really worried about me as was alone. But I had done my research and I knew there is a sumo stand in Bara Bazar. So I turned back and asked a local, he told me how to reach the sumo stand. The drivers who were bargaining at first said it would cost RS 150 to Bara Bazar and to Mawlynnong almost RS 1500, so be aware of them. It’s not just about the money, if you are travelling solo like me hiring a private cab is not a very good choice I think.
Taxi fare from Shillong taxi stand(where the car dropped me)to Bara Bazar is only RS 10.
The sumo stand is in front of the Anjali movie theatre, if you are not sure where you are just ask someone where’s Anjali, everyone knows Anjali :-) and then you can find the sumo stand in no time. You will find the sumo to Mawlynnong in the upper block of the sumo stand.
Shillong to Mawlynnong fare RS200 and departure time - 3 pm.
After reaching the sumo stand I figured out the sumo to Mawlynnong leaves at 3 pm everyday so I decided to eat something and come back. When I was back it was almost full and the scary thing was no one understands Hindi or English but luckily I met a girl later who understood me. Except me all the passengers were originally from Mawlynnong.
The journey to Mawlynnong sure was beautiful, I couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful hills. The roads were covered with clouds and feels like you can almost touch the clouds, It was a blessing to my eyes. It was so quite and peaceful.