Shillong in One DayAre you in the beautiful hill city of Shillong, and wish to utilize your stay in the city? To cover Shillong in just a single day is a tough task. However, the following itinerary will be quite helpful to you.
Itinerary 1 (Shillong on a hired Cab)To travel around the tourist places of Shillong, one can hire the cab services that are easily available across the city. The local black and yellow taxis are one of the best options. However, there are also private taxi services in Shillong. One must either travel by meter or get the fares fixed in advance.
After having your breakfast one can start its sightseeing early in the morning. At first, one can visit the famous Shillong Golf course. The golf course is quite near to the city of Shillong. After returning from the Golf course, its time to visit the Don Bosco Centre for indigenous cultures. This museum depicts the tradition and culture of Northeast India through the different artifacts that are displayed in the museum.
It is a must to visit the famous town of Cherrapunji, if you are visiting Shillong, To travel to Cherrapunji will take about two hours. Driving through the beautiful roads of Cherrapunji will present many mesmerising views. Once you reach the place, you can explore living root bridges and the caves on this wonderful place.
Driving back to Shillong it will be time to have your lunch. Shillong has number of good restaurants. If you want to have some continental food, Ginger Restaurant in The Polo Towers hotel is the best option for you. Or if you are in a mood to have amazing Chinese cuisine you can visit the restaurants like bamboo hut, Kimpao, the wok. After having your lunch its time to visit the Ward’s Lake and enjoys the beauty of the lake with beautiful flowers blooming all around the lake. After that you make sure to visit the Botanical Garden at the place.
To visit the famous serene Umiam Lake, afternoon is the perfect time. Apart from enjoying the beauty of the lake, you can visit the Water Sports Complex and get indulged in kayaking or boating. After the Umiam lake now its time to visit the Bishop and Beadon Falls.
It is already evening but before you get back to your hotel, visit the Cathedral of Mary Help in Laitumukhrah area of Shillong and the Lady Hydari Park. And if you are shopaholic, one can shop in the markets in Police Bazaar. The Police Bazar is one of the major shopping area in Shillong. The shops offer various traditional and handloom items.
Itinerary 2 (Visit to Upper Shillong)Visiting Shillong will be incomplete if you do not visit upper Shillong.One can hire a cab to upper Shillong.Taxi services are easily available in the city. The two most popular tourist spot in upper Shillong are the Shillong peak and the elephant falls.
Shillong Peak: Shillong Peak is about 10kms from the city. This is an ideal spot for picnic. Shillong peak is about 1965 metre above sea level. This place offers a panoramic view of The Shillong city. This is the highest point in Meghalaya.
Elephant falls: Elephant falls is about 12 kms from the city of Shillong. The falls descends through two successive falls that is set in fern-covered rocks. There are two smaller falls which are none the less beautiful and captivating, at a short distance beyond the falls. These are the Wir Phang Falls and the Wei Iaplam Falls.
After you return from Upper Shillong it will be time to have your lunch. You can relish authentic Khasi dishes in the restaurants in Shillong. There are also other restaurants in Shillong that offers Chinese, continental and Indian Cuisine. Some of the popular restaurants in Shillong include City hut Dhaba, Eden, Yalana, wok etc. After having your lunch you can visit the Ward’s lake and enjoy the beauty of the lake.
By evening as the sun sets down, the tourists can enjoy the nightlife of Shillong. Shillong has pubs and lounge bars where the visitor can spend a good time enjoying the music out there. Some of the popular pubs in Shillong include Cloud 9, tango, and Picadelly.