Exploring Meghalaya

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Travel is perhaps one of the best form of education that one can have and we at Style Over Coffee have decided to dedicate 2017 to exploring new places and cultures to the maximum.

Holidays are at the top of our priority list and right at our doorstep lies the state of Meghalaya, the abode of the clouds.

It’s capital Shillong is the perfect gateway to feel the mountain chill on your skin and laze around in the midst of greenery, absolute serenity and numerous crystal clear lakes. Thanks to its weather that can change in a jiffy, Shillong is also known as the “Scotland of the East.” Located just 89 kilometers from our hometown, the drive to Shillong through the winding mountain roads is as amazing as the place itself. Well, when it comes to the driving, Sarmistha might not fully agree with the former statement but she still enjoyed it none the less compared to our other drives. We have visited Shillong quite a few times before and this time we decided to visit a quaint little village called Shnogpdeng , located around 80 kms away from the city. For those of you who are yet to visit this beautiful hill station, there are some amazing tourists hot spots in the city that cannot be missed. The Ward’s Lake, the Elephant falls, the Golf Links and the Shillong View Point never fails to charm us even though we have seen them hundreds of times.

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The little village called Shnogpdeng came out of obscurity only recently when someone discovered the spectacular Umngot river that flows by its side. The river is “Crystal Clear” very literally and you will be able to spot a pea lying on its bed easily.

Furthermore, on the other side of the river lies Bangladesh and as we took a serene boat ride and went past the other bank, people from that country greeted us and inquired how things are going in our country. We are not allowed to land on the other side without a visa and this really put things into perspective how the geography has been altered with imaginary man made political boundaries. Anyways, Shillong was our base camp during this trip and we stayed in a beautiful little home-stay called Traveller’s Nest. We stayed here before and last time it was a wonderful experience. However, things have changed a lot. The place seems to have lost its soul and there is no real care in maintaining the property. Since Shillong will definitely crop up in our itinerary again for our holidays we have decided to skip this place in future.

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Majority of the inhabitants in Shillong are the Khasis and they all go to the Church! Thanks to the western missionaries who came to Meghalaya in the 18th century with the British, Khasi, the dominant tribe of the state, are Catholics and there is a distinct western vibe in the city. The Khasis know how to appreciate their music and their food is simply amazing.

Did you know that the Khasi society is matriarchal which means that after marriage the girl takes the boy home! I wonder what they make out of all the humdrum of women empowerment in the rest of the world!

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Sarmistha was spoilt with choices when it came to finding locations for her shoots. Beautiful back drops, no weird looks from the cool locals and perfect blue skies! What more could she ask for? She admits that of all the holidays that she has taken in India, Shillong is perhaps one of the best for her photo shoots. During one photoshoot a group of local kids came around and became a part of the frame and they all looked super cute.

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Shillong has some amazing cathedrals and the Catholic Church is a true jewel. Its Mediterranean blue walls perfectly complemented Sarmistha’s multi color outfit during one of the many shoots we did in the city.

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Sarmistha is a foodie in true sense and this time around we decided to explore some new places. I love sizzlers and so does she and this place called Jiva Sizzlers right at the city center was awesome. My jerk chicken sizzler was cooked to perfection and Sarmitha’s bland-sounding roasted Chicken also managed to taste perfect. We also drove to a hilltop in a place called Dhankheti in Shillong to explore the Royal Heritage Tripura Castle club. We heard good reviews about the place and decided to gave it a try and we were not disappointed. Our garden table had just the right view of the distant mountains and city below and even the afternoon mountain chill felt magnanimous as we sipped our Bloody Marys with flickering sun rays on our faces through the swaying pine leaves and cones.

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When it comes to us taking holidays, this one was just perfect in every sense. We had some amazing drives through snaky mountain roads, discovered a new spot that is spectacularly beautiful and had some mouthwatering dishes to aspire for.

If you guys ever visit this part of the world, please do make it a point to visit amazing Shillong and feel its vibe. You will not be disappointed for sure!

19 Responses
  • lookfabkim
    January 28, 2017

    Great Post! 😉

    • Sarmistha Goswami
      January 29, 2017

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Deepak Acharya
    January 29, 2017

    Nice post…….this could be my next destination 🙂

    • Sarmistha Goswami
      January 29, 2017

      Thanks Deepak! The place is wonderful and I am sure you are going to love it as much as we did! 🙂

  • salomematsaberidze
    January 29, 2017

    wow amazing place , Love all photos thanks for visiting my blog sweetie https://thefashionsateen.wordpress.com/

    • Sarmistha Goswami
      January 29, 2017

      Thanks a lot! Glad you liked! The place was indeed amazing. Enjoyed your blog as well! 🙂

  • En mis Stilettos
    January 30, 2017

    It seems like a wonderful adventure, got it in our bucket list <3 Thanks for sharing this beautiful experience

    • Sarmistha Goswami
      January 31, 2017

      Thanks for dropping by and happy to know you enjoyed the post! You can definitely plan a trip to this place, it’s totally worth it! We have more travel posts coming up on the blog, so don’t forget to check back! 🙂

  • kerbey
    February 10, 2017

    Interesting!

    • Sarmistha Goswami
      February 11, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Animesh Bordoloi
    February 28, 2017

    I have been to most of the places you have mentioned above during my numerous trips there. From Shillong’s culture, cuisine, people and (scenic) places, emanates a vibe so positive and unique, that I would love to keep going there time and time again. A very nice post with relevant pictures and concise descriptions.

  • Shagun Gupta
    November 4, 2017

    It’s really great to see you are exploring the untouched and pristine beauty of the north-east, and sharing with the world! GREAT POST, AND LOVELY PICTURES!

  • Amalia
    December 5, 2017

    This is really interesting, I have never been to India, but your post makes me want to go so bad! I loved the green scenario and the food, looks delicious!!

  • thefashionwanderer
    December 5, 2017

    What a beautiful place Shillong is! Would love to try local foods and thanks for great suggestions. Great photos!

  • Emman Damian
    December 6, 2017

    Shillong looks like a good place to visit. I love the photos! Thanks for sharing them. I hope to visit it in the future.

  • Akamatra
    December 6, 2017

    Your photos are captivating! I would love to visit a matriarchial place we are very sovinistic here.

  • Blair Villanueva
    December 7, 2017

    The river is majestic and very romantic! A perfect spot for travel photos. Glad tou guys had a wonderful moments.

  • Manoj
    December 8, 2017

    North east has unique culture, tradition and customs which are entirely different from other parts of India. What a scenic beauty! I want to explore Meghalaya, Sikkim and others in nearby future.

  • MyMomtasticLife
    December 10, 2017

    Wow, how beautiful! You got some really awesome shots 🙂 I’d love to visit!

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