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Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong December 29th 2018

The visit to Meghalaya was indeed superb. Our trip started on 6 th April 2017 and we took the direct flight to Guwahati from Chennai. After reaching Guwahati it’s a drive of 3.50 hours to Shillong the capital of Meghalaya. The drive was fantastic all through, mind blowing scenic spots. Wide roads and smooth traffic made the travel very much easier.We checked into a hotel I had booked on line. Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya. It’s known for the manicured gardens surrounded by walking trails.After some rest we started off for the local sightseeing. The Wards Lake was the first spot. A pleasant garden with a lake in the middle and lots of swan’s around. A beautiful man made lake named after Sir William Ward, the ... read more
Lovely scenes on the way
The river view..
cluster of mountain flowers..

Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong June 13th 2016

My cousin Priscilla and I are travelers and before completion of any trip we would start planning for our next trip. Don't be surprise when I say we have already planned our next upcoming trips. Being from North Eastern part of India we have underestimated the beauty of North East India. But this time after exploring many parts of Northern and Southern India, we wanted to visit North East, not as visiting home but as travelers. Considering the limited time we had, we planned to travel Meghalaya and Manipur, covering some portion of Assam.url=https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W2qJcSjV28w/V1-5IJpOcFI/AAAAAAAAA7g/L5fgLCZVbrMKtKEoE8D4BGMklx3pzgeDQCLcB/s1600/Hill%2Bview.jpgimg=https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W2qJcSjV28w/V1-5IJpOcFI/AAAAAAAAA7g/L5fgLCZVbrMKtKEoE8D4BGMklx3pzgeDQCLcB/s1600/Hill%2Bview.jpgI had traveled to Assam quite many times and Manipur is my home state. But I had never been to... read more

Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong November 8th 2015

Geo: 25.5689, 91.8831I should have known better, yep silly me. I was all excited to get to Shillong the famous East India Hill Station. I had visions of old British buildings in a peaceful hilly environ. Yep silly me. Its sad when you can see the old stuff which hasn't changed since the Brits left swamped by the typical Indian concrete nightmare. Couple that with too many people and what do you get a shit hole. Now you may think I am fussy, well maybe I am… and maybe I have a romantic view of how India used to be.The most frustrating part is when drivers just do stupid things, it's a constant in India. Things like oh there is a gap there so lets get into it without thinking if I go there then all ... read more
Indian Sweets
Unhappy Indian Sweets Face
Bush Camp

Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong October 25th 2014

Confusing title again?!? Well..a lot of the diesel locomotives plying on Indian Railways are manufactured by the American Locomotive Company (now defunct) abbreviated Alco. My train, 15657 Sealdah-Guwahati Kanchanjunga express, was also hauled by diesel locomotive made by Alco and hence the title!! Upon reaching Kolkata, completing half of the journey, I was feeling very excited because I was inching towards my destination, although I was equally enjoying the train rides. The Guwahati bound Kanchanjunga express was scheduled to leave at 6:30 AM but I arrived at the station 2 hours before the train's departure. This was for the first time, in my numerous trips to Kolkata, I was traveling via Sealdah station and I kind of felt that I was in one of train stations in Mumbai because even at 4:30 AM, it was crowded. ... read more

Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong May 28th 2012

IN SEARCH OF MY ROOTS – ROAD TRIP TO WAR JAINTIA Bikika Laloo Tariang I may have gone against my matrilineal culture in taking my father’s surname (mom felt it was the right thing to do, seeing as dad was the head of the family and was also provider and protector), yet my Tariang (mom’s War surname) blood does not just course through my body but it manifests itself in my looks and my shrewd mind (many Wars have sharp features, perhaps owing to the proximity of their land to Bangladesh, the shrewdness may also be attributed to the same reason. Or not.). As per my culture, I am War (pronounced as in car) – both of my maternal grandparents having had their roots there. Despite having visited War Jaintia ( a group of villages in ... read more
ONE OF THE ROOT BRIDGES
SHNONGPDENG VILLAGE
NIA SHAIN'S FAMILY HOME

Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong May 6th 2012

Neighbourhood Watch Of course, a home is what you make it, the neighbourhood notwithstanding. My own family home is in a suburban neighbourhood not considered very hip or posh but it is home and we’ve lived here over twenty years. But for those to whom it matters, here’s a round-up of the popular neighbourhoods in the city. To find some of the oldest families and their homes, Mawkhar and Jaiaw are the places to look. The families are mostly Khasis who have been around for generations, some of the ancestors having rubbed shoulders (and even married) with the British who ruled here for many years. Quite a few are joint families with great-grandparents, grandparents and numerous descendants under the same roof. Some of these ancestors have held high posts in the Government as well as academic ... read more

Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong April 29th 2012

O Polynesian Paradise! (Hawaii) (Visited 2003) Warning – if you can’t do without spicy fare, skip Japan Airlines (which I had thought was the best deal, making as it did only one transit halt compared to the gallivanting one was expected to do if one was travelling by other airlines.) There are two choices on the menu – bland and more bland. Warning number two. Make sure your travel agent procures for you to and fro hotel vouchers from the airlines for transit halts atTokyo. I had to shell out $57 for a hotel room since I had a voucher only for the return trip. Also, take a crash course in Japanese. I went through a bewildering time with my passport being tossed around and nobody able to direct me to a hotel. No English speaking ... read more
Entertainment gauranteed
Pearl Harbour
The University of Hawaii

Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong April 19th 2012

Our trip, up to this point, had been concentrated in a pretty small area of the Himalayas in West Bengal and Sikkim. However, we would have kicked ourselves if we had come to this region of the world & failed to visit the Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya. We leave the Makaibari tea estate in a car driven by a teenage driver acompanied by his friend, loud bengali rock blaring on the CD player. We like it. We leave the mountains, & are soon driving thru a monkey infested military base & then thru Siliguri, the 2nd largest town in west Bengal. Arriving at the New Jalpaiguri train station several hours early for our train, we are quickly overwhelmed by this, our first exposure to Indian train stations. We are soon befrended by our "gardian angel", ... read more
Betel Nut vendors
collecting the arrows
Archery lottery

Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong March 30th 2012

The city of Shillong with a population of over half a million is the capital of Meghalaya and was the seat of the government of Assam during the British Raj from 1874 until 1905. It is also the centre-point located at an altitude of 1496 meters above sea level. Shillong, which was made Assam's capital in 1874, remained so till January 1974, following the formation of Meghalaya outside Assam. The capital city derives its name from the manifestation of the creator called Shulong, born to a peasant girl, but he bestowed the art of democratic governance and rule of justice in the formation of the princely State of Shyllong (Hima Shyllong), which subsequently bifurcated into Mylliem State and Khyrim State in 1830. The place, the people and the climate all combine to create an atmosphere to ... read more
Abode of Clouds
Shillong Night View
Bridge to Cherrapunjee

Asia » India » Meghalaya » Shillong September 19th 2011

Day 1 - Waking on the train was delightful as we passed through secluded villages, green fields and lakes stretching beyond the horizon. Arriving at Guwahati train station the four of us headed out towards the rickshaw stand, only to find that the prices we were quoted were too high for the short journey to the hotel area so instead we decided to walk. Heading inside multiple hotels to enquire about prices we were told no rooms were available despite several keys hanging on the wall. Knowing we weren't very welcome in this town we decided to skip staying over and take a shared sumo (jeep) straight to Shillong. Crammed into the backseat of a jeep for 4 hours, we finally arrived at Shillong welcomed by the sight of green valleys and expanding lakes. Emerging from ... read more
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