THE 8 ICONIC ROAD TRIPS TO TAKE AROUND SHILLONG

Shillong is the true definition of beauty with grace. The hill station stands in the middle of a plateau, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan mountains. The background calls to your soul, and you simply cannot get enough of the mesmerizing charm. Several tourists flock to this place throughout the year and always find a new perspective to take home.

As soon as you reach Shillong, check into your Hotels and freshen up. This will help you refill your energy reserves so that you can enjoy what the hill station offers for the entire day. Treebo Shillong Hotels are the ideal choice for people looking for budget-friendly stays with excellent amenities. 

The routes connected to Shillong lead you to some of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Meghalaya. It seems like these are the concealed pathways to blissful heavenly euphoria. Grab that steering, hit the accelerator, and listen to melodious music while you glide through these roads. On every turn, you are sure to find a lot of postcard-worthy sceneries. 

These are the top 8 most alluring road trips that you can take around Shillong – 

  •  Shillong Main City to Laitkor Peak

Laitkor Peak is a beautiful viewpoint that gives you a bird’s eye view of Shillong city, surrounding tourist attractions, the majestic Himalayas, and the Bangladesh plains. The peak is almost 13 km away from the city’s main bus stop. The drive is stunning when you move towards upper Shillong, leaving behind the civilization. You will notice that the temperature gradually drops. The huge rocks are surrounded by the greens, giving you a very pleasant view. The peak is close to the Indian Air Force Eastern Air Command Headquarters. So, you need to follow the decorum of the place while visiting. 

  • Shillong City to Elephant Falls

To witness the three-stepped streaming waterfall, you have to complete a drive of 12 km from Shillong’s main city center. The roads are pleasant to drive on and don’t have dangerous curves. The scenic view of the plush-green trees will accompany you till you reach the destination. You will notice several pines, meadows, and other tourist attractions on the way. After you secure your vehicle, you will have to go through 150 steps to witness the magnificence of Elephant falls. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes that secure your foothold on slippery stairs. 

  • Towards Laitlum Canyons

The Laitlum Canyons are about 23 km away from Shillong’s main bus stop. If you love to trek, you must not miss out on this spot. It is safe to call the route a roller-coaster ride. Mostly, you will have concrete paths that are easy to navigate on. Then comes the dusty parts, where you will have to go easy on the speed. Nevertheless, the entire journey is very mesmerizing. The trees sway to the rhythmic humming of the breeze, and you can drive at a comfortable pace and enjoy the picturesque vibes of Shillong. After the trek, you get to see the hypnotic view of the canyons and enjoy some quality time in the meadows. 

  • Shillong to Mawphlang Sacred Forest

The Sacred Forest is infamous for its exotic flora, fauna, and the deity, who protects the place. It is about 27 km away from Shillong. The roads are well-maintained and secure. At first, the greenery is to a bare minimum. Once you start approaching the forest premises, the canopy of trees will start to engulf you. It gives you a tranquil feeling of being in the lap of mother nature. If you wish to, pull the windows down here. Please note that the mobile signals are very unpredictable here. It is prohibited to pick anything from the jungle – even a twig!  

  • Shillong to Cherrapunji

herrapunji is about 54 km away from the main city of Shillong. It is a beautiful place that receives frequent showers. It is the second wettest place on Earth! The highway that leads to Cherrapunji is very smooth. The car tires would simply glide over it! You will find small birds flapping their wings and crossing your path. You won’t do justice to the ethereal beauty of Cherrapunji if you return in a day. Consider exploring the place for at least two days. 

  • Shillong to Mawsynram

Now we talk about the wettest place on the planet! Mawsynram is a drop-dead gorgeous site in the state of Meghalaya. The clouds of Shillong are usually clear, but as you approach Mawsynram, they get denser and gloomy. It feels like the sky is turning into a mystical ball and casting a shadow on the ground. The trees on either side of the 62 km road are different shades of green, something you can notice even when the natural light is dim. If you like the monsoon vibes, you will adore Mawsynram. 

  • Shillong To Dawki

Dawki is a splendid town that lies at the India-Bangladesh border. The drive from Shillong will take you roughly three hours to cover 80 km. The route is very vibrant, with clear skies and stable winds. The sunlight escapes from the crevices between the green formations. If you look more keenly, you can see Bangladesh on the other end of these conifers. Dawki has the Umngot river, famous for its spotless waters. 

  • Shillong to Guwahati

If you want to go a little farther, the capital city of Assam will be your perfect destination. Guwahati is about 115 kilometers from Shillong. The express highway is huge with four lanes. There is natural vegetation on either side, and the authorities planted several decorative plants/crotons along the way. The weather is pleasing and comfortable for a long drive through the hills. This road trip will give you the best views of the steep valleys. 

For all these road trips, the starting point is Shillong city. If you plan on driving and coming back on the same day, it is better to book your accommodation here. Treebo Hotels in Shillong is equipped with all the resources required for a comfortable stay.

  • Fresh and Hygienic rooms for all the guests
  • Easy online booking procedure to reserve rooms at discounted prices. 
  • Complimentary Breakfast, Access to Free WiFi, common amenities, and branded toiletries.
  • Unmarried couples can also book their rooms with Treebo Hotels in Shillong.

You will always have to take that one single step to find yourself on the best journey of your life! Why not begin with these road trips that people vouch for? No doubt, Shillong is a heavenly place. And so are the tourist sites around this hill station. Plan your trip in advance and enjoy the ecstatic drives. 

HOTELS

  • Itsy By Treebo – Shillong Tower Guesthouse
  • Treebo Trend Omega Stay Inn
  • Itsy By Treebo – Shelter Inn
  • Treebo Trend JKR Residency 
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