Guwahati 01N - Shillong 02N
03 Nights – 04 Days
Day 01: Guwahati – Shillong (99.5 Kms – 2H 39Min)
Arrive at Guwahati Airport, gateway to the beautiful North East!!!! Our local office representative shall meet & greet you at airport & you shall be transferred to Shillong. En route visit UMIAM LAKE – more popularly known as Barapani, this is the biggest artificial lake in the State. Surrounded by sylvan hills and wrapped in the beauty of an assortment of green Khasi-pines and the azure blue skies is the majestic Umiam Lake. Developed upon the reservoir of the Umium Hydro Electric Project,the Water Sports Complex provides a choice of row-boats, paddle-boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, water scooters and speed boats. If time permits, one can enjoy water sports activities here (Optional). Later arrive at Shillong – ‘Scotland of the East’ & check into the hotel.
Day 02: Shillong
Morning after breakfast, local sightseeing tour of Shillong. Visit the GOLF COURSE of Shillong,which is third oldest golf courses in India,commissioned during British regime by the British Civil Service Officers at a location known as ‘Laban’ in the year 1898. Also known as ‘Gleneagle of the East’,it stands amidst pine groves and rhododendron trees at an altitude of 5,200 ft. above sea level. WARDS LAKE is among most popular tourist locations of the hill station. It is an artificial lake that is enveloped within a widespread garden. Also known as Polok Lake, the water body is located in the middle of the city. Along with the Wards Lake is a botanical garden that houses an extensive range of exotic plants and flowers. DON BOSCO MUSEUM – a unique venture of the Salesians of Don Bosco in North East India to develop expert facilities for the preservation and promotion of numerous beautiful and diverse indigenous cultures of the region. The Museum exhibits cultural artifacts thematically arranged from floor to floor in the different galleries along with excellent paintings depicting various aspects of the cultures of North East India. ARCHERY SHOW (on your own) – The archery gambling is a sort of lottery, with the local archers shooting at a target. People all over Meghalaya place bet on the last 2 digits of the number of arrows sticking to the target. It is really a fascinating mixture of sport, culture & gambling……you must experience Gambling here!
Evening visit local markets in Shillong (BARA BAZAAR and POLICE BAZAAR) for the best shopping experience.
Specialty shopping at Shillong:
Bara Bazaar & Police Bazaar – These markets also host the IEWDEH, the weekly local market. You can explore the markets for goodies that are locally produced like handicrafts, wooden items, bamboo artifacts and a very popular forest-made honey. Get your hands on some of the souvenirs typical to Shillong – hand-carved knives, Tibetan shawls, bamboo cutlery and artifacts. The Police Bazaar is known for its traditional Khasi silk skirts, called jain-sayem. Also savor the locally grown fruits, Sayang and Saflang, which are wrapped and sold in banana leaves.
Day 03: Shillong – Guwahati (99.3 Kms – 2H 37Min)
Early morning after breakfast proceed to Guwahati. Upon arrival, check-in to hotel. Later visit KAMAKHYA TEMPLE – Kamrup Kamakhya has been the seat of the powerful tantrik cult in India. Situated atop the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, this temple is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas of the country. Rising to a modest height of 562 feet above the mighty river Brahmaputra, the hill on which the temple stands commands a magnificent view of the entire city. STATE ZOO – Spread over an area of 130 hectares, Assam State Zoo is the only zoo in India where a natural forest still exists. It is one of the major zoos of the country and boasts of a unique diversity of animal habitat. The botanical garden located within the same vicinity is called Guwahati’s green retreat.
In the evening enjoy a 1-hour RIVER CRUISE over the river Brahmaputra from Panbazar Jetty (Optional). The longest river in India, the Brahmaputra, runs through the spectacular scenery of Assam and is an ideal introduction to river cruising in India. Overnight in Guwahati.
Day 04: Guwahati
After breakfast (if time permits) visit NAVAGRAHA TEMPLE – dedicated to the nine planets in the solar system this temple was built by the ruler Rajeswar Singh in late 18th century AD. Also known as the Abodes of Surya, the Navagraha Temple or the temple of the nine celestial bodies is located in the south eastern part of Guwahati, on a hill by name Chitrachal. It is a center of astrological and astronomical research.
Later transfer to Guwahati airport for onward destination.
End of the tour with unforgettable memories.