Solo to Shillong

Solo to Shillong

I spent about a week in Shillong and my experience there was nothing short of marvellous. The beauty of Shillong is such that it gives you a WOW moment. It was my first solo trip and I decided not to book any travel package and explore the beauty of the land on my own. Shillong has very pretty cafes, beautiful waterfalls, forests, rivers. With such a scenic beauty it truly deserves the title “Scotland of East”

Begining with a mistake:

With zero knowledge about the flights- I immediately booked a direct flight to Shillong via Kolkatta, this was the biggest mistake I made. Though while booking it showed me flights to Shillong via Kolkatta but in reality, there are rarely any that take off so forever avoid booking flight to Shillong instead book for Guwahati.

With a layover in Kolkatta, I stayed in Ethnotel, it was a decent hotel with comforting services, it is recommended to choose a hotel that is decent and not just cheap because you are travelling solo.

Layover in Kolkatta

I booked the Ethnotel through Goibibo App, I got a great deal using my GoCash+ thanks to my friends who have been booking through the app and I have been receiving credits for them. Well, cut to the morning after layover I checked out of my hotel and reached the airport and just when I was ready to check-in I hear an announcement that the Air India flight has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions.I was really taken aback because I had no clue what to do? but thanks to the courteous staff of Air India they gave us a flight transfer to Guwahati and provided cab service to Shillong (Shillong is located 3 hours away from Guwahati Airport)

I felt sad as my first day was blown away which I had planned for my itinerary. But nevertheless, the excitement was still on, as I eventually reached Shillong at 10:30 pm on the same day.

Meghalaya is the home of best and spectacular waterfalls on East Khasi Hills district. In and around Shillong there are numerous waterfalls, Forest, Mountains/Hills and clouds. Shillong is a nice compact bustling place where people seemed warm and friendly.

Trip Begins

I had booked my stay at The Eee Cee Hotel- Police Bazaar, Shillong. www.ecshillong.com/the-eee-cee-hotel/ (I booked this by directly getting in touch with them, so you can pay an advance amount of 1 day and reserve it)
It is a great place to stay and has access to everything from market, cafes, local sights seeing etc as it is located in the centre of the Shillong. I had booked a Deluxe Room because the standard rooms don’t have windows. So I recommend being sure what will be your preference when you book here. Also, the funniest thing which I noticed is they don’t have fans in the rooms, so basically the climate there is so cold that you don’t need FANS. Just be sure if you are not a morning person you would seemingly prefer a little calmer place as there is a lot of traffic and market bustles around.

Before reaching Shillong I had booked a cab for my airport pick up which never happened as my flight to Shillong was cancelled. So I rebooked the same cab driver for the rest of the week for travel around Shillong

Road to the Serene beauty of Shillong
#ElephantFalls – basically this place was called three step fall before…but later Britishers named it elephant falls as there was a rock formation which looked liked elephant, which got destroyed during an earthquake.
The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians
Living in the middle of clouds… it’s just heaven up here in #shillong  Shillong Peak Point
The most serene place on this earth. #Dwaki #Shillong #Meghalaya
Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram are statistically among the wettest places on Earth; most of the rain falls between June and September, creating very impressive waterfalls and carving out some of Asia’s longest caves.
Pineapples are very popular here- you will find them at every sightseeing. They are really #organic and #juicy.
An old trekking route and one of the most popular trekking routes in Meghalaya, David Scott Trail Shillong has been named after David Scott, a British office. The officer discovered this route in the first half of the 1800s in the form of a mule track for travelling from Assam to Bangladesh.⠀
Tyrshi Falls is another one of the little-known treasures of Meghalaya. It is situated alongside the Jowai-Shillong Road. The beautiful falls come down in steps with the water gushing swiftly looking like an enormous white veil.
Mawphlang Sacred Forest- Sacred Forest or Sacred Grove in Mawphlang. It is sacred because the forest, which is spread across 78 hectares of land, is protected by the local deity-Labasa. But, you need to know only one thing here, You Cannot Take Anything Out Of This Sacred Forest. Yes, Nothing. Not even a leaf! ⠀ I was too scared to get inside, so I decided to see it from outside. 🙂 ;)⠀
KrangSuri Falls, Jowai- Meghalaya It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls. Chiselled and gravelled footpaths and view point to enable visitors to better appreciate the beauty of the fall and surroundings.

 

Nohkalikai Falls, #Cherrapunjee– Meghalaya.
One of the most photogenic waterfalls in India, #NohkalikaiFalls it is the fifth highest waterfall in India. Nohkalikai, which means ‘Ka Likai’s Leap’ in Khasi language.

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The Return

My return leg of the journey began and though I felt gloomy to leave the place behind also I was equally tensed about my return flights. Air India had cancelled the flight from Shillong to Kolkatta and rescheduled it for next day, so I had to reschedule the connecting flight from Kolkatta-Delhi-Mumbai. Well, the luck wasn’t in my favour as the rescheduled flight of Shillong to Kolkatta got cancelled and I was offered road transfer to Guwahati  from where I again rescheduled my Kolkatta-Mumbai flight for next morning (with layover in kolkatta)

Well, little was I aware that I was heading to some more delays, technical faults in plane resulted in cancellation of Guwahati to Kolkatta flight was well and this was communicated at the end of the day at 10 pm (scheduled departure of flight 6 pm) Me and other passengers were transferred to hotel and were promised the next flight ticket to Kolkatta.

After many tries and attempts, I finally arrived at Kolkatta to get connecting flight of 10 pm (jet airways) to Mumbai. This was possible thanks to the courteous staff of Air India who promised me (& stayed at airport beyond his work hours to ensure) safe departure through any flight that he could arrange.It took me 2 complete days to come from Shillong – Mumbai (Shillong – Guwahati – Guwahati hotel – Guwahati airport – Koklkatta 0 Mumbai)

I would strongly recommend that never ever book a direct flight to Shillong, always prefer to land in Guwahati and take a cab.

Lesson learnt

Well, this experience made me determined and stronger. I didn’t know that I alone would have handled this situation. Thanks to all the hospitable airline’s staff, a cute couple at the airport, courteous strangers and everyone who were there to support me in my journey

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