Guwahati Shillong Cherrapunji trip

#1 Aug 26th, 2014, 01:48
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Hello!

We are bunch of 10 college students planning to visit Guwahati from kolkata by train, will be reaching on 31st Aug.

Current Plan:
Reach Guwahati on 31st Aug. -> visit nearabout places
Travel to shillong by road -> visit nearabout places
Travel to cherrapunji by road -> visit nearabout places
travel back to guwahati for return train to kolkata

Return train from Guwahati on 5th Sept. Train reservations are done so that can't be changed.

1. Would like to know what are the places to be visited in Guwahati, Shillong and Cherrapunji.
2. If the current itinerary does justice to all 3 places?
3. Are there any other places we should visit?
4. Some inputs on places to stay and best modes to travel etc would also be of great help.

Thanks in advance
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#2 Aug 27th, 2014, 03:40
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post your train timings, what time you will reach Guwahati on 31st August and time of departure on 5th . I am posting a general plan here. You may add few activities es on 31st August and 5th Sep depending on train timing-
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#3 Aug 27th, 2014, 03:52
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post your train timings, what time you will reach Guwahati on 31st August and time of departure on 5th . I am posting a general plan here. You may add few activities es on 31st August and 5th Sep depending on train timing-


1st Sep - Guwahati
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visit places in Guwahati -
In Guwahati the three most famous places are three temples, now I don't think college students are much interested in religious places but all these places are natural beauty. One (Umananda temple) is a island in the Brahmaputra river , actually you will enjoy the river here. Two is Basistha Ashram ,little outside the city on a small hillock , the surroundings are very beautiful. Third and the most famous one is the Kamakshya temple within the city .
If you like to see rhinos then visit only Umananda temple in city and visit Pabitora forest which is some distance away from Guwahati.

2nd Sep- Guwahati to Shillong and Shillong city tour
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Go to Shillong at very early morning , visit umimum lake on the way (if you travel by hired car), reach shillong by 12 am , check-in to hotel and take the city tour in second half . these is a standard tour with fixed places and fixed cost.

3rd Sep- Cherapunji (Sohra)
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visit cherapunji. All the places of cherapunji (except the double decker bridge) can be covered in one day.

4th Sep(Trek at Cherapunji or visit Mawlinong)
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You have to choice to come back to Shillong on 3rd or stay in Cherapunji. If you come back to Shillong then visit Mawlinong village and the root bridge on 4th . or if you you stay in cheranpunji then trek to the double decker bridge on 4th morning and come back to Shillong in afternoon.

5th Sep - Shillong to Guwahati and catch train
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travel from shillong to guwahati and catch your train, assuming your train departure is not in morning. Otherwise you have to reach Guwahati on 4th.

Mode of travel
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guwahati - if you visit pabitora then hire a Tata sumo like vehicle. the temples can be covered by auto, no need to hire a vehicle for the day if you visit just the temples.
guwahato shillong and vice versa - hire a Tata sumo like vehicle . or go for share one . there are plenty of vehicle available near the rail station. as you are a big team going by shared car won't save cost.
shillong-chera-mawlinong tours - either hire sumo like vehicle or book tours from meghalaya tourism. meghalaya tourism has daily tours of these places and the office is near the main bus stand.

Place to stay
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guwahati - there are good hotels near the station, book in advance , search internet and select one
Shillong - plenty of hotel near the mall , check meghalay tourism site for contacts
cherapunji - i have not stayed a night there , so can't comment , but the options are limited.
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#4 Aug 28th, 2014, 15:00
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Unfortunately, Pobitora will not be an option at this time of year due to monsoon flooding. It usually reopens around November 1.
#5 Feb 6th, 2015, 16:09
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Help regarding travel to Cherrapunji

Hi,
Would anyone know if there was a helicopter service from Guwahati to Cherrapunji and how to book if there was. Any phone numbers would be appreciated
Regards
Surojit

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