Meghalaya

Meghalaya

The land of cascading waterfalls, intriguing caves, rolling plans and incessant rains – Meghalaya, literally meaning the ‘abode of clouds’, is home to the legendary Garo, Khasi and Jaintia tribes. Formerly a part of Assam, it gained statehood as part of the Indian Union in 1972. Spread over an area of 22, 429 square kilometres, the state is bounded by Assam to the north and Bangladesh to the west.

A much loved destination for writers and music lovers alike, the capital city, Shillong, is where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore chose for his many sojourns, while author Nirad C Choudhuri mentioned extensively in his book The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian’. In fact, today, Shillong is the music capital of Northeast with many home-grown singers and rock bands making it a lively state. It has hosted some of the major rock concerts held in the recent past by international groups and artistes like MLTR, Scorpions, Air Supply, Eric Martin and Petra. It is also home to one of the most natural and largest courses in Asia, the Gleneagles of the East.

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A charming vintage lodge tucked away in a lovely corner of Shillong, the La-Chaumiere house is recommended for someone looking to get away from life’s mad rush. With sizeable rooms equipped to make the chilly evenings comfortable, the lodge beckons to all weary travelers. This was where visiting British community once retreated to every summer for their annual holiday. The place still retains that old-world charm and since it has been tastefully refurbished, there is no way guests wouldn’t love it. Some of the best features of the place are…
True to its name, the Hotel Centre Point is locate bang in the centre of the city of Shillong. An unassuming exterior hides a cozy and comfortable interior. The staff is extremely professional and honest which is one of the reasons why the hotel is so popular amongst the tourists. Shopping and sightseeing are very easily done as the market place is right outside the hotel gate. Transport is also very easily available and can be arranged soon enough from the reception.Do visit this highly recommended hotel in Shillong and…
Nearly a century old, the Highwinds hotel is almost like a step back in time, to the British Era. Located in the foothills of the evergreen pine forests that surround Shillong, the hotel affords a little slice of nature right in the middle of civilization. Despite being an old property, the entire setup is very well maintained and the little bits that may have been left out all come together and make the place even more charming. The staff works hard to ensure the comfort and safety of the guests.…
Guests who stay at Dew Drop In will get a sense of the place and the warm hospitality that is a part of life in the Northeast. The homestay is lovingly run to cater to the need of weary travellers looking for relaxation and serenity. The homely feel is striking right from the gate as flowers and potted plants greet you as if you are home. In that sense, Dew Drop In is a quaint little home away from home. Done up lovingly in wood, bright colours and whimsical décor,…
Café Shillong BnB is an old refurbished bungalow restored to provide a total of seven rooms to prospective guests. The entire building has been done up in tasteful woodwork and exudes an endearing old world charm. Despite this, guests are made to feel warm and comfortable with modern room heaters and allowed to connect to the rest of the world with the hotel Wi-Fi. These amenities are in addition to the many others that are available for the guests. The staff at the front desk is keen on helping out…
An understated old bungalow, the Bo Ville homestay has been beautifully refurbished by the owners and tuned into a homestay. Located off the Shillong city Centre this homestay welcomes all travelers to rest their weary feet in its comfortable setup. Surrounded by lush green forests and overlooking a lake, guests have a wonderful opportunity to get away from the mad world and get a breather. The lack of Wi-Fi also helps. Yes, you heard it right. No Wi-Fi. But that need not be a reason for you to give this…
Not on a shoe string budget? Then visit the Blueberry Inn and revel in the lap of luxury. Packed to the rafters with the modern amenities like flat screen televisions, refrigerators and wi-fis, their rooms are aesthetically pleasing and have large windows that allow you to bask in the gentle sunshine that seeps in. They also come equipped with room heaters which are a blessing in the chilly nights. The hotel is also located a short walk from the Shillong City Centre and the beautiful Ward’s Lake which means that…
Heritage is intertwined into every aspect of the Heritage Club, given that the property is owned and overseen by the young Maharaja of Tripura in person.Caution, however, is to be vigilant while driving since you can easily miss the signage as you drive from the bustling city, up the narrow winding road into an oasis of peace. A wooden stairway leads to three well-appointed rooms which are designed by the Maharaja himself. Generous use of wood imparts the feel of a plushhome-style accommodation that exudes warmth. The spacious rooms open…
It’s a royal retreat built by the then Maharaj of Tripura, Maharaja Bir Bikram in the early 1920s. Since then it was used as the summer retreat of the Maharajas of the Manikya dynasty of Tripura. In 2003, the young and visionary Maharaj Bir Bikram Manikya Deb Burman, the present Maharaj of Tripura, converted it into the region’s first heritage hotel. Royal Heritage - Tripura Castle naturally transports you to an old-world charm. It’s tucked away in the midst of thick pine trees and bamboo groves and the sprawling nine-acre…
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