It is almost a custom in my family to travel to the beautiful hill station in our neighboring state, every summer. And so, it was no surprise when my father told us to pack our bags for the trip we would undertake the next day.
Meghalaya is one of the eight states that make up the Northeast- the easternmost region of India. The capital, Shillong is merely at a distance of a 100 km, and takes around 3 hours by car, from Guwahati, the main city of Assam.
So we packed our bags, and loaded the car, and were off by 8 on the morning of the 13th of July, 2017. There wasn’t much traffic, lucky for us, considering it was a weekday, and we reached our destination- the Hotel Poinisuk, at around 11.50-12 noon. I’d like to add that the services we were provided were wonderful, at a reasonable price and would definitely recommend it to everyone. Whether you will get a room or not, is, unfortunately, indecisive; it is a very popular hotel with great patrons that return every summer to escape the sweltering heat of the plains. The hotel is located on the Laitumkrah main road, and very easily located on Google Maps. It also has an in-house bar and rooftop garden, both of which have regular patrons.
There are a number of restaurants located nearby and we had our lunch at Appa’s which provided wonderful North-Indian as well as South-Indian dishes. Definitely a must-visit for foodies!
Any trip to Shillong will be considered unfulfilled if you do not visit the Police Bazar. It can be said to be pretty much the centre-point and had a wide variety of shops that cater to your needs. Also, a must visit for all fashionistas, or if you want to buy souvenirs for your folks back home. However, I would advise you to use “Hotel Centrepoint” as the destination if you’re using Google Maps. It will lead you to the huge roundabout that further is the conjoining of 7 roads!
So, yeah, do visit the police bazaar, and shop till you drop. And when you’re tired with sore legs and aching muscles and wish to sit down for a while, walk to the Ward’s Lake, which is just a stone’s throw from Police Bazar. If you are lucky, you will see the wonderful cherry blossoms, especially in the winters. Unfortunately, yours truly has never laid an eye upon a cherry blossom, ever! Buy “Muri” from the vendors outside the park, and then, throw these from the white picket-fenced bridge over the lake. The school of fish will totally overwhelm you. I do this every year and I still get surprised to see these he fish!!! You can also opt for boating. And dear selfie addicts and nature photographers, you’ll love the place.
We stopped at the hotel next, where we took a much-needed rest and then in the evening, I went out for a casual stroll with Dad. It was beautiful, to be honest. The air is cool and there’s a breeze and you can smell the chicken being fried somewhere nearby, and the nuts and the fruits and it’s all a foodgasm. Do try the masala pineapple and the masala plums. You won’t regret it! It isn’t all that cold in the evenings, however, some people (like me) would definitely prefer a light cardigan or a shawl.
We had dinner that evening at a local restaurant called Roots, which was located at a walking distance from our hotel. The interiors were very traditionally decorated and beautifully crafted glass bottles were on sale, although I didn’t buy any.
Utterly spent and with bloated stomachs, we went back to our rooms and slept. And my, what a wonderful sleep it was. The bed was wonderfully soft and I sank in as soon as I laid down under the blanket.
And thus ended the first day in town, with amazing food, and an even more enjoyable company of my famliy.