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. Less than 3 hours away, the road to Shillong is by far one of the smoothest drives you will ever take, and the accompanying natural beauty only adds to the pleasure of the journey. 

Clubbing Shillong with Guwahati will provide a wonderful contrast to your trip in terms of landscape, people, culture, food, and activities. In this article, we’ve covered the best places to visit, things to do, places to stay, and other useful tourist information for both destinations. 


Guwahati is a bustling port city 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. The best time to visit Guwahati is between October to March.

A Guwahati tour is incomplete without a visit to its temples

Shillong on the other hand is a pretty and serene 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 magnetize visitors from all around the world. Tourists are attracted to this hill city of Shillong for the picturesque vistas and pleasant weather year-round. However, the best time to visit Shillong is between September and May.

Shillong is known for its scenic vistas


Below is what a typical itinerary for Guwahati and Shillong for a week looks like. It covers all the popular places at a leisurely pace, ensuring that you spend more than 2 days at both Guwahati and Shillong. 

Day 1. Guwahati
Day 2 and 3. Guwahati sightseeing
Day 4. Guwahati - Shillong
Day 5 and 6. Shillong sightseeing
Day 7. Shillong - Guwahati

Sightseeing tours include visits to temples, waterfalls, caves, villages, and even a trek to the iconic living root bridges. Click on any of the packages below to see the full details.


Magical Meghalaya

Explore Guwahati to Shillong

Splendors of North East India

Assam and Meghalaya Honeymoon Tour Package

Road from Guwahati to Shillong

Road from Guwahati to Shillong


Both Guwahati and Shillong have plenty of activities to indulge in for every type of traveller, be it adventure, leisure, or cultural experiences. Some of the things to do in Guwahati include enjoying water-based activities such as boat cruises, rafting, and kayaking; visiting its numerous temples; and touring its museums, parks, and shopping centres. There are also many historical sites that are worth a visit too.

Shillong is abundant in natural beauty and its many parks and lakes provide welcoming spots for relaxation. Nature trails and village tours are also high on the list among the many things to do in Shillong