Umroi Airport at Shillong is the nearest airport, which is located at distance of 31 km from Shillong town. Guwahati International Airport is the nearest International Airport located at a distance of 129 km. Frequent buses and taxis ply between Guwahati and Shillong regularly.
Meghalaya does not have its own railhead. The closest railhead is at Guwahati located at a distance of 104 km Guwahati railway station is well connected with all major cities of India
National Highway 40, connects Guwahati to Shillong. State Transport Corporation and other private transport operators have services to various places in Meghalaya and Shillong. Shillong is well connected by a network of roads with all important cities in the neighbouring states
Meghalaya is an alluring tourist destination which can be visited all round the year. It is most attractive during monsoon as the flowers and waterfalls are in full bloom. Folks from nearby states visited Meghalaya during monsoon to beat the heat.
The monsoon season in Meghalaya stretches from June right up to September. Temperature in summer ranges from 15°C to 25°C and in winter, it is ranging between 4°C to 16°C. The hills are also often covered by fog during winter.
It is easy very easy to get around in Meghalaya. Within the state, different types of transportation are available like bus, taxi services, cab services. All the cities and towns of Meghalaya are well connected with the Meghalaya State Transport Corporation and other bus services run by private operators.
Yellow Taxis and sumos are also available for travelling around the city.
Cuisines of Meghalaya are very simple but superbly delicious. Without using any exotic spices they cook pure delicacies, which will make you lick your fingers. Rice is their staple food. They cook variety of dishes from rice, which are of excellent taste. Red rice and boil Pork or Chicken, garnished with ginger, garlic, pepper, cinnamon, and chilly is their favourite food. The 'Jadoh' is the prominent Khasi food which is by prepared cooking rice in chicken or pork stew. 'Jadoh snam' is another popular Khasi food where blood drops of pig is added for a better test. It is difficult to cook the dish, as the quantity of blood used, have to be proportionate or it may completely ruins the taste of the dish. 'Dohkhlieh' is another special kind of pork salad, made from boiled pork, onions and chillies. These simple innocent and friendly tribes of Meghalaya are very much fond of 'kai'(betel- nut). One can see them chewing Kai most of the time.
Pickles are another important part of the Meghalaya dishes, which is one of their specialities. They preserve most of the veggies n meat and turn it into pickles. They prepare pickles, from meat, fish, wild berries, local fruits, wild peaches pickles, tamarind, chillies, etc, you just name it and they can turn it to pickle. The smell and mixture of spicy, sour n tangy taste of Pickle will make you forget everything.
Jayantia recipes are also very famous for food items made of mushrooms. 'Tit Tung' is their most exquisite dish, prepared from mushrooms. The unique style of cooking Mushrooms with black sesame seeds and pork is extremely delicious.
Last but not the least, the drink, how can we forget about that. Among all the delicacies 'kyat' is their most popular native drink, which is made of brewing rice. Its Meghalaya's traditional and in every celebrations and occasion Meghalayan people use 'Kyat' as a drink.
Visiting beautiful places, eating all the delicacies, but your tour won't be complete without shopping the beautiful handicrafts of Meghalaya. Meghalaya offers very beautiful and exotic handicraft items for tourist made from cane and bamboo. Some of them are bamboo baskets, curtains, vases, and various kitchen utensils. Meghalaya is also famous for a special kind of Knife used by Khasi people. Another worth buying items is the most deliciously prepared orange flower honey. Emporiums and street shops selling all these products are easy to find in the main commercial area of the city like Police Bazar and Bor Bazar.
It is also a heaven for fruit lovers like me. Various special sweet and sour colourful fruits are available here, which is worth a try for all the foodies.
Various traditional cloths weaved by Garo woman is also very popular here. You will get all kinds of vibrant colours used in their weaving. Some of the colourful garments are their traditional shirts, bedcovers, bed sheets and tablecloths. The 'eri 'silk produced in Meghalaya is also very popular worldwide, which is famous for its texture and durability.