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MEGHALAYA TRIP – How to Plan and What to do? A Complete Guide

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Meghalaya is without doubt one of our favourite places. Meghalaya, located in the hills of eastern sub-Himalayas is one of India's most beautiful states. Meghalaya, which means “abode of the clouds” in Sanskrit is appropriately called that. Meghalaya Tour Package is reputed to be one the most arid places on earth. It sees the game of hide and seek between sun and rain.

Meghalaya is surrounded by the Khasi and Jaintia hills and offers unspoiled beauty for its visitors. It boasts stunning natural beauty, waterfalls, clean rivers, natural caves, and a rich cultural heritage. Meghalaya is literally somewhere halfway between heaven, earth and the stunning waterfalls of Cherrapunjee and the clear waters of Umngot.

We love the Meghalaya package and would recommend it to you. Continue reading to learn more about Meghalaya and how you can plan your perfect trip there.

Where is Meghalaya?

Meghalaya can be found in the northeastern region of India. Meghalaya is a part of Assam, and shares its borders with Bangladesh in the south and west.

Meghalaya Trip – Is it safe to visit Meghalaya?

Meghalaya is one of the safest states we've ever visited. People are friendly and always willing to help.

Meghalaya is one of the safest places for women to travel. Crimes against women are rare in this matrilineal society. I have travelled solo in Meghalaya, in remote areas like Tura, without fear. Meghalaya is a state where I feel at home when travelling solo.

How do I Reach Meghalaya

Guwahati, just like other northeast states is also the entry point to Meghalaya. Shillong, the capital and most important city of Meghalaya is Shillong. Most likely, your Meghalaya group tour journey will start in Shillong.

There is a domestic airport in Shillong that can be connected to New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. The best way to get into Meghalaya is to fly to Guwahati, then to Shillong.

Guwahati is the nearest railway station. Shared jeeps or cabs are available at Paltan Bazar, Guwahati Railway Station. Also, you can get shared jeeps or cabs from Khanapara (Guwahati). Buses can also be rented from the ASTC Bus Stand located outside the railway station. Regular buses can also be accessed from ISBT Beltola, Guwahati.


From Guwahati to Shillong, helicopter services are also available. We recommend that you take the road. Shillong, located 100 kilometres from Guwahati, is a scenic destination. It follows an uphill route through lush greenery.

Tentative fare, Guwahati to Shillong

  • Guwahati Airport to Shillong (small vehicle): INR 2200
  • Guwahati Airport to Shillong (big vehicle): INR 3000
  • Guwahati Railway Station to Shillong, small car: INR 2000
  • Guwahati Railway Station to Shillong, big car: INR 2700
  • Shillong Anjali Stand to Guwahati Paltan Bazar: Shared Sumos: INR 200-250
  • Sawft Shared Cabs (Swift), Guwahati Paltan Bazar – Shillong Anjali Stand: Rs 300-350

Local Transport in Meghalaya

Shillong will be your first stop on your Meghalaya tour. You can visit other places from Shillong.

Shillong: Moving around

For trips to different destinations within the city, buses and yellow taxis are readily available. For long-distance and local sightseeing, Shillong has tourist taxis.

The Police Bazar Stand houses the Main Taxi Stand. You can get yellow taxis that will take you to various destinations around the city from this stand. You can also use city buses to get around Shillong.

Police Bazar is home to the Meghalaya backpacking trip Tourism Office. There you can book sightseeing tours as well as city tours. You can also book tours to Cherrapunji and Mawlynong, Dawki, and other locations. The Tourism Office also offers car hire for trips around the country.



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