Guwahati to Shillong

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-01-13

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Heading to Guwahati for your next vacation? Then add the scenic city of Shillong to your trip as well. Shillong is usually added in the Guwahati itinerary as it is less than 3 hours away. The distance between Guwahati to Shillong is only 99 km and is easily connected by road. The beauty of clubbing Shillong with Guwahati is the wonderful contrast both these Guwahati and Shillong offer to tourists. Here is the brief of your trip to Shillong from Guwahati.

The Bustling Port City - Guwahati

Guwahati is a sprawling city in Assam and is situated beside the Brahmaputra River. Among all the places in Assam, Guwahati is one of the entertaining tourist destinations for visitors coming to Northeast India. Guwahati is popularly known for its temples and river cruises. A cosmopolitan outlook, ponds, palm trees, and single-storey traditional houses are the first few visuals you come across when in Guwahati. It seems like the elders in the society of Guwahati can never be wrong. They once named Guwahati Pragjyotishpur (Light of the East), and we believe that Guwahati has lived up to this title. Guwahati is the largest city in the northeast and blends in the old colonial charm with concrete structures. Spend your vacation in the wilderness just at the banks of Brahmaputra River. We are sure Guwahati will create a beautiful memory to last a lifetime.

Discover places to visit in Guwahati

The Serene Shillong Hills

Shillong is a pretty hill station and the capital of Meghalaya. Shillong’s landscape is so similar to the Scottish Highlands that it’s often referred to as the “Scotland of the East.” There are various places of tourist attractions in Shillong that magnetizes visitors from all around the world. Tourists are attracted to this hill city of Shillong for the picturesque vistas and pleasant weather year-round. The best time to visit Shillong is between September to May. Know more about Shillong from the link given below.

Discover places to visit in Shillong

Take the Guwahati–Shillong Route

Wondering how to make this all happen but excited about the idea of a tour from Guwahati to Shillong? We’ll give you a short description of how you can create the perfect itinerary from Guwahati to Shillong for a week.

Road from Guwahati to Shillong

Road from Guwahati to Shillong

Guwahati To Shillong - 7-day Itinerary

Day 1. Guwahati

Keep this day easy going. As it’s the day you arrive, the day will go in driving to the hotel, checking in, and unwinding. In the evening, book yourself a relaxing yet exciting candlelight dinner on top of a cruise ship. If you’ve never been on a cruise then this we promise will be an unforgettable experience for you in Guwahati.

Day 2. Guwahati

Spend the entire day covering some of the local tourist spots of Guwahati. If you’re interested to see famous temples in Guwahati, then head to the popular Kamakhya Mandir. Kamakhya Mandir is one of the most revered temples in Guwahati and is dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest of the 51 shakti pithas. There are other temples located in the complex as well.

Next, head to another interesting temple in Guwahati called Navagraha Temple of the nine celestial bodies. Inside Navagraha Temple are 9 phallic emblems of Lord Shiva. A large part of the temple was destroyed by an earthquake but rebuilt.

Then head to Peacock Island to see Umananda Temple. This temple in Guwahati is dedicated to Shiva Temple and located on the opposite side of the famous Kachari Ghat in Guwahati.

Other temples in Guwahati include Doul Gobinda Temple, Ugratara Temple, Basistha Temple, Lankeshwar Temple, and Purva Tirupati Sri Balaji Temple.

Spend the rest of the day roaming or shopping at Paltan Bazaar.

Day 3. Guwahati

Today, you can visit other interesting tourist sites in Guwahati. In the morning, head off to Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden. It is the largest zoo in northeast India, covering an area of 432 acres. Visit the animal enclosures, the reptile house, museum, and roam the pristine manicured gardens.

Next, visit Guwahati Planetarium. Guwahati Planetarium holds regular sky-watching sessions and special shows, which are projected on a dome-shaped overhead screen.

Spend the afternoon at Nehru Park and have a picnic. Nehru Park is the oldest park in Guwahati. This park is highly popular in Guwahati because of its scenic beauty and musical fountain. There are 45 sculptures made of concrete around the park each depicting the dance forms of Assam.

After lunch, go to Maati Centre. This centre was set up to support the indigenous people of the Northeast through the sale of unique handicrafts such as saris, jewellery, ceramics, etc. It has evolved to become a platform for young entrepreneurs to showcase their crafts.

Afterward, visit the Guwahati War Cemetery and end your day with a cruise on the Brahmaputra River or a shopping spree at Paan Bazaar where you can buy Mekhla Chador, the traditional Assamese dress. Take a peaceful good night's sleep in Guwahati after an amazing day and be prepared for the upcoming trip to Shillong.

Day 4. Guwahati - Shillong

Day 4 is the start of your trip from Guwahati to Shillong. After breakfast, take a cab from Guwahati and drive to Shillong. This is a scenic 7-hour drive and you will be able to enjoy the views of the rolling hills of beautiful Shillong. Spend the entire day at leisure. There are also many pretty cafes in Shillong town and after reaching the capital of Meghalaya Shillong, you can visit one of the many cafes in the evening in this beautiful Shillong town. 

Day 5. Shillong

Shillong is blessed with many tourist attractions from beautiful waterfalls and lakes to churches and museums.

Start your day in Shillong by visiting Don Bosco Museum. Made of 7 floors, it has around 17 galleries to explore and one of the popular places to visit in Shillong. There is also a skywalk situated on the roof of the museum. You get a wonderful 360-degree view of beautiful Shillong from up here. Also, visit Butterfly Museum another popular places of attraction in Shillong. You will be surprised at the collection of butterflies, moths, and other insects.

Don Bosco Museum, Shillong

Don Bosco Museum, Shillong

A truly spectacular building in Shillong is Don Bosco Church. The huge blue-colored church paints a stunning picture against the pretty sky of Shillong.

Don Bosco Church, Shillong

Don Bosco Church, Shillong

Have lunch in any of the nice restaurants of Shillong (try local food) and then head to Ward Lake, one of Shillong’s picturesque lakes. This is an artificial lake right in the center of Shillong city surrounded by greenery. You can enjoy a serene boat ride. Afterward, spend some relaxing hours in Lady Hydari Park. Located in the heart of Shillong, the park imitates a Japanese-style garden. 

Day 6. Shillong

As it's the last day in Shillong of your Guwahati to Shillong trip, do a bit more sightseeing in Shillong town and shop to take back souvenirs. Visit the popular Elephant Falls. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Meghalaya and Shillong. You can even consider this falls as one of the must-visit places in Shillong. The name has been derived from the elephant-shaped stone situated at the foot of the falls. Next, you can visit the Air Force Museum located in the upper Shillong area. You can see miniature models of aircraft as well as missiles, rockets, and pilot uniforms. There is also a wide range of photographs of the Indo-China War and Indo-Pakistan War in this place in Shillong. There is a gift shop from where you can buy souvenirs to take back home from your Guwahati to Shillong trip. Next, you will go to Shillong Peak. Situated at a height of 6449 ft, it is the tallest point in Shillong in Meghalaya. This viewpoint provides an awesome view of the whole Shillong, the Bangladesh plains, and the Himalayas.

After visiting and exploring these places in Shillong you can have a scrumptious lunch at one of the restaurants and go for a relaxing boat ride on Umiam Lake—a pretty man-made reservoir. It lies 15 km north of Shillong and provides some of the best picturesque views you can think of. Umiam Lake is one of the important lakes of the state in Shillong and a popular tourist spot. Surrounded by green Khasi-pines, it has become the most visited tourist spot close to Shillong. It does not only offer bewitching views but you can also indulge in boating here. While in Umiam Lake in Shillong, do not miss this awesome chance. 

Boating at Umiam Lake, Shillong

Boating at Umiam Lake, Shillong

Spend the rest of the day at one of Shillong’s popular market places— Police Bazaar and Bara Bazaar. You can find absolutely anything here including local handicrafts and goods unique to the people of Shillong. Meghalaya is also famous for beautiful handicrafts with intricate designs and you will be able to find such products here in these marketplaces in Shillong too.

Day 7. Shillong - Guwahati

Day 7 is the final day of your Guwahati to Shillong trip. Today, head back to Guwahati. After returning from Shillong visit Sankardev Kalakshetra, a cultural institution in the Panjabari area of Guwahati, where you can enjoy a light and sound show. You can also enjoy another delightful river cruise down the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati.

Guwahati is one of the important places and a popular tourist destination of Assam. Shillong in Meghalaya is also a rock capital of India. The Guwahati to Shillong trip in northeast India can be one of the much need holiday tour for you.

Check out other Assam/Guwahati tour packages

 Best homestays in Shillong

Pine Hill Homestay, Shillong: Pine Hill Homestay is a small independent family-run homestay in Shillong. Stay in a home where there’s a host to welcome you and introduce you to the local culture of Meghalaya in Shillong. Discover the soul of your destination with the help and knowledge of your host family. 

Pine Air, Shillong: Pine Air Bed & Breakfast offers a unique alternative stay experience and is located on the outskirts of Shillong. With a desire to represent the Khasi Hills and the area in general with its numerous pine trees, Pine Air was chosen as the name: giving a forum for the understanding that as with the Dieng Kseh or Pine, all living things are sustained by mother Earth. It is thus the duty of humans to be the stewards, to do the right things; not only to use its provisions responsibly but to protect, preserve, and nourish it. Pine Air is one of the recommended places to stay in Shillong.

Cafe Shillong B&B, Shillong: Housed in a typical 70-year-old Shillong bungalow, Café Shillong Bed & Breakfast offers visitors a charming stay in one of Shillong’s premier localities in the heart of the city. Careful renovation has ensured that the residence belonging to the Kharpuri family has lost none of its colourful characters, while its updated conveniences offer you the comforts of modern hospitality. The garden in front of the bungalow provides a relaxing spot for morning tea or an evening drink while in Shillong.

Kaizun, Shillong: A quaint addition to the locality of Lachaumiere, conveniently meaning ‘Little Inn’, the KAIZUN bed and breakfast offers a tranquil rest from the busy city of Shillong. Nestled sweetly between the hustle of Police Bazaar and the bustle of Laitumkhrah, take rest, relax and turn in into this serene establishment. The bed and breakfast is located just a 2 minutes walk from the beautiful city landmark of Wards Lake and the Iconic Governor’s Residence of Shillong.

Bo Ville, Shillong: Experience the touch of a grand old house with its aesthetic wooden touch, lush gardens, and modern amenities that shouldn’t leave you wanting for anything more. It is tastefully refurbished and has a cottage-like feel to keep you cozy in Shillong.

While in Guwahati, know about some of the best places to stay.

Best homestays in Guwahati

Prabhakar Homestay, Guwahati: Prabhakar is a charming homestay for the discerning traveler. In the style of a boutique hotel, Shiela and Mahesh Bora have converted their home into a cozy and comfortable bed and breakfast with four beautifully furnished ensuite bedrooms. Enjoy the garden or sit out in the balconies listening to the birds in the peace and quiet of the hotel.

Sanjiwani Homestay, Guwahati: Considered as one of the finest guest houses in Guwahati, it is centrally located and provides a homely environment. Guests can avail of traditional Assamese food besides Indian and Continental cuisines. The staff is highly efficient and welcoming.

Baruah Bhavan Guest House, Guwahati: Baruah Bhavan is a quaint Assamese-style mansion. Exuding old-world charm, it has been in existence for over a century with progressive reconstructions and renovations done over the years. The first floor of this heritage home has been transformed into an ethnic-style modern guest house.

Eagles Nest Homestay, Guwahati: Eaglenest Homestay can be reached within 10 minutes from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (Guwahati Airport) and in 30 minutes from Guwahati Railway Station. This property enjoys proximity to the famous Deepor Beel, which is a wetland and a freshwater lake.

Madhumita's Homestay, Guwahati: If you're looking for a relaxing stay with stunning views, this is the ideal place. The room is spacious and clean and comes with a beautiful terrace garden. The host is delightful and a wonderful cook.

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