How to Travel Solo in Meghalaya in a Budget

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Duration – 4 days

Meghalaya, also known as Cloud Home, is divided into seven major districts – East Garo Hills, East Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills, Ri-Bhoi, South Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, and the West Khasi Hills. If you are planning to visit Meghalaya, then you should know that this is a peaceful state and is not commercialized. Why?

 

Well, because for the most part of history it has remained cut off from India due to ethnic problems. But what entices travellers to come and see here is the mass of green found everywhere where you set your eyes. It is known to be the world’s wettest region and is also the home to the famous Living Root Bridges. This travel guide will help you plan your trip to Meghalaya in the most accommodating way.

 

I travelled solo here and if you are fretting over how safe the place is, rest assured, there is nothing to worry about. This state will make you feel at home and you would wish that only if you could stay here forever.

 

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How to Reach

 

Now you can take a direct flight to Shillong (the capital of Meghalaya). But the flights are way expensive if compared to the Guwahati ones. To cut cost I would suggest you reach Guwahati first and then drive to Shillong. More on it below.

 

Reach Guwahati first

 

Flights

Shillong has a small airport at Umroi but there are few direct flights to Shillong. You will also notice that the flights are quite costly due to the low-frequency. So, instead of checking for Shillong flights, you should check for the Guwahati flights as it will be more economical for you.

 

Trains

The nearest railways station to Meghalaya is Guwahati Railway Station. You can check the train timings and cost for trains on www.irctc.co.in with respect to the state you are coming from.

 

Reach Shillong

It takes about 2-3 hours to reach Shillong from Guwahati Aiport. Below, I will talk about both public services and scooty options for your trip.

Scooty

The distance between Guwahati and Shillong is about 100 KMs so you can easily rent a bike (which I did) and drive to Shillong. The highway is breathtakingly gorgeous so trust me, you won’t regret it. You can rent bikes from Guwahati as well as from Shillong at an economical price. There are many websites and stores that cater in this business.

 

Bus

Below, I am giving information on both the routes to Shillong’s main bazar – police bazaar, from Shillong airport and Guwahati airport.

 

From Guwahati Airport

Shared cabs are available right outside the airport connecting to Shillong. It costs about INR 300 per passenger from Guwahati Airport to Shillong’s Police Bazaar from where you can get a ride to almost any part of Shillong.

Airport transfer services cost about INR 250/- and leave the airport at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Tickets are available at Tourist Information Center, Police Bazaar and Meghalaya Tourism Information Center, Guwahati Airport.

Note: From Shillong to Guwahati airport the bus leaves at 6.30 AM and the other one at 9.00 AM

 

From Guwahati Railway Station

If you are travelling by train, you can get a taxi from Kamakhya Railway Station itself or go to Paltan Bazaar instead. The cost from Paltan Bazaar is INR 170. Taxis run frequently from here and you can book a seat for yourself right there.

 

From Umroi or Shillong Airport

Umroi airport is 35 kms from Shillong. There are regular services of buses and shared cabs from Umroi airport. You can also find MTC bus service that is a 28-seater bus which costs about INR 100/- and runs on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. You do not have to worry about the timings of these buses. They depart from Umroi after every arrival of the flight from Kolkata.

Note: From Shillong, the bus leaves at 11 AM for Umroi airport.

 

Nervous about travelling solo? Here are a few tips that will help you – Nine Solo Travel Tips to Adopt in India 

 

Things to See and Itinerary

 

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Day 1 – Explore Shillong

 

After reaching Shillong, best would be to find a hotel in the Police Bazar. There are many options to stay here, plus it is the main market of this hill station. You will be able to find all the amenities here and if in case you would like to buy something, you will easily get it. Although, the place is a little crowded though. You can also find street food to eat and roti with vegetables just for INR 20/-. (YES!)

 

Accommodation

If you are travelling on a budget then you can stay at the Isabella Travellers Hostel in Shillong. This place costs around 360 INR per night for a bed and offers free WiFi facility as well. You can book your stay by going to this link – here.

 

Places to See in Shillong

After placing your bags and taking rest, head out and explore the places below which are in Shillong and can be covered in a day –

 

Umiam Lake 

This lake comes on the way from Guwahati to Shillong and looks immensely gorgeous during the sunset. If you wish then before going entering Shillong, you can stop here and sit beside the lake. But if your backpack is heavy, then the lake is not that far. You can easily return back from the Police Bazar.

This lake was originally constructed as a part of Hydel Power project, it has now become a tourist destination. You can witness a gorgeous reflection of the sky and take amazing pictures of both sunset and sunrise. It is a very picturesque place.

 

Umiam Lake
Umiam Lake

 

Shillong View Point

After Umiam lake, you can move to this place which lies 10 KMs from Shillong and is also the highest point in Meghalaya. You can see the panoramic view of the city, from up here along with the cascades of waterfalls; completely gorgeous and breathtaking!

 

Elephant Waterfalls

This gorgeous waterfall is located 12 KMs from Shillong and is shaped in the form of steps. It is said that this name was given by a British officer. While visiting this place he saw a rock here that resembled like an Elephant. Hence the name, ‘Elephant Waterfalls’, but sadly, this rock got destroyed in an earthquake. Due to this the structure of the Elephant is not visible anymore.

 

After this return back to the hotel and relax as you have to leave early in the morning the next day. It is best to have dinner by 8 PM since post 9 PM everything starts to get shut down.

 

Want to try the local cuisine or cafes in Shillong? Then, read this article on the best places to eat in Shillong

 

Day 2 – Shillong to Cheerapunji

 

Leave early in the morning the next day and head out to Cheerapunji. Last stop is the Double Nongriat Village. The drive is really serene and full of green and I am sure you will stop a lot on the way itself to soak in the beauty. During my time, it started to rain, but luckily I had a raincoat to cover myself up and my Backpack was waterproof, hence I still drove in the rain. Best feeling ever!

 

How to Reach Cheerapunji from Shillong

There are shared taxis that run from Bada Bazaar of Shillong. Although if you have rented out a scooty then this won’t be a hustle for you.

 

Accommodation

By The Way’ hotel which is the cheapest and is quite close to the Seven Sister waterfalls. If you wish to check out other stays here, go to this link – here

 

Places to See in Cheerapunji

Mawkdok Valley

Mawkdok Valley left me speechless with its beauty! This valley is charming and the serenity surrounding this place will completely blow your mind. The valley is extremely green with the dense plantation that stretches across the entire highway. When I reached here, the entire valley was covered with clouds, making it heavenly to look at. Also, you can also engage in zip lining over here.

This place comes right on the way and is right beside the main highway that leads to Cheerapunji. In fact, you can also do zip lining here.

 

Insider: If you will move a little ahead, you will also find several tea stops. Over here, the number of tourists are less as comapred to the main point of Mawkdok Valley. But do not worry, the view is absolutely gorgeous from here as well and more peaceful.

 

Mawkdok Valley
Mawkdok Valley

 

Nohkalikai Waterfalls

From Mawkdok Valley move witness these gorgeous waterfalls! It will be almost an hour ride from the Valley. Once you reach, you will be asked to pay minimal entry charges to see the waterfalls. These falls have an interesting story behind its name.

The story goes something like this –

There was a young woman named Ka Likai who had a daughter from her earlier marriage and had married for a second time to a new guy. Her second husband loathed his step-daughter. So, one day when Likai returned home after work from the fields, she was surprised to see her husband had prepared the evening meal and even served it to her. Likai ate the meal without any suspicion until she discovered her daughter’s finger in the betel nut basket. Distraught with grief and remorse, she rushed to the nearby cliffs and threw herself from the end of the precipice adjoining the waterfalls. The falls has ever since been known as Nohkalikai which means the “Leap of Likai“.

 

Nohkalikai Waterfalls
Nohkalikai Waterfalls

 

Seven Sister Waterfalls

Take a U-Turn and go to see the Seven Sister Waterfalls. Here, you can first find a place to keep your backpack (Details below) and can head out towards the falls. These falls can be seen from the roadside parking area itself. You can eat Maggie and have a hot cup of ‘Chai’ here and can peacefully enjoy the serene view from the road.

 

Garden of Caves (Laitmawsiang)

If you want to explore a remote place in Meghalaya and have a little time in hand then this is the exact place you should go. It is in a silent village, Sohra and the entry charge for this place is just for INR 20, with an additional INR 20 for the cameras. It is the least explored places with lesser tourists here. To reach here, one has to take a detour from the main highway and enter a remote village to explore this place.

 

Garden of Caves, Meghalaya
Garden of Caves, Meghalaya

 

Want to explore a few more remote places? Read this article – 5 offbeat places in Meghalaya

 

Day 3 – Double Decker Living Root Bridges 

 

If there are any marvellous wonders around the world, then Nongriat Village is surely one of them. The village is a man-made wonder where the Ariel roots of Banyan tree are spiralled and twisted together to form a sturdy yet completely beautiful bridge.

Located in Meghalaya, it has around 3,000 steps one way. Towards the end of the bridge, your legs will start shaking because it is not easy to climb up or down from it.

Below, you will find all the details of how to reach this place, where to stay and a secluded waterfall named Rainbow waterfalls.

 

How to Reach 

Shillong – Cheerapunji – Tyrna Village – Trek to Nongriat – Double Decker Living Root Bridges – Rainbow Waterfalls

 

Reach Tyrna Village First

By Scooty/Bike: I rented an Activa from Awe Rides that charged me INR 650 per day. There are parking facilities available in Tyrna Village so you can easily get your own vehicle to reach here

 

By Bus+Private Cab: You can also take a government bus to Cherrapunji which starts from Police bazaar in Shillong. This will cost you around INR 350 or you can also take a shared taxi from Anjali Cinema Taxi Stand till Tyrna Village. Well, if you are opting for a shared cab till here directly from Shillong, then you would miss out on the places that are mentioned above. Renting a scooty is actually a win-win situation, but if you do not know how to ride a scooty, buses are your best friend

 

Reach Nongriat Village 

From Tyrna Village, the trek starts till Nongriat Village where you have to climb down around 3,000 steps. There will be pit stops on the way from where you will be able to buy food items and water bottles. You will also come across two suspension bridges made of iron rods on the way.

Insider: Once you will reach here, locals will start pitching their guide skills to you. There is no need to take a guide for this place as the pathway is very simple and straightforward. In the Tyrna parking area, many people will force you to take a guide. Do NOT get convinced.

 

 

Accommodation

I stayed in the Serene Homestay which is run by Byron and his family and would suggest that you stay with them too. Trust me, you will just love their hospitality and the environment. For just INR 300, they provide you with hot water, food and a comfortable bed every night. You can contact Byron at – +91 9615252655 and book the stay for your visit too. Although most of the times his number is not reachable as Nongriat village’s connectivity is very poor.

 

Connectivity

In Cheerapunji connectivity is really good. It is good in entire Meghalaya, to be honest except for Nongriat Village. Expect a loss in the network once you reach this village.

 

Places to See 

Double Decker Living Root Bridges 

Once you enter the Nongriat Village, the double-decker living root bridges is just 50 steps walk from the Nongriat village which is built by the Khasi tribe. You can take a dive in the river and swim, which will instantly make you feel like you are home again.

Rainbow Waterfalls 

If you want to explore the village further then you can trek for another hour. On a bright sunny day, you will be able to see a rainbow formation on the clear blue water from this place. From Nongriat Village, I took a guide to this place who charged me INR 300.

 

 

Day 4 – Nongriat Village to Dawki 

 

Today, leave early from the Nongriat Village and start hiking. The drive from Tyrna Village to Dawki is for three hours. This is in the Jaintia Hills district and has a famous river Umngot, that lies between the India and Bangladesh border. The water is so clean that you can see the rocks inside the river and you can take a boat ride here to enjoy the clear river water. You can also see Bangladeshis standing across the border.

 

How to Reach Dawki

Finding a shared taxis from Cheerapunji to Dawki is impossible. You would have to take a private taxi that would cost about INR 3,000. Ideal if you are travelling in a group but not when you are solo! Hence renting out scooty is the best option.

However, if you have extra time in hand you can head back to Shillong, explore Shillong for a day and take a shared taxi from Anjali Cinema Taxi Stand.

 

Accommodation

You can contact a homestay in Shnongpdeng – 9615762788, which is the best option for budget-friendly travellers

 

Connectivity

Vodafone and Airtel work poorly here as well. It is best to have Jio.

Boat Ride on Dawki
Boat Ride on Dawki
Dawki
Dawki

 

Have extra time in hand and what to explore more places in Meghalaya? Check the 10 Offbeat Places in Meghalaya that I explored

 

The Route I Followed – Map

 

Below, I am providing the route map that I followed in the four days of my trip. You will see that to go to Dawki from Ceehrapunji, I have to again cross Mawkdok. There is no other way to go to Dawki that this one. Hope it helps! 🙂

 

 

The Travel Company I Recommend

If you are worried about travelling solo and want a relaxed and worry free travel, there is a company operating in Meghalaya that can sort your travel plans and can also arrange everything – Our Guest.

They also specialise in offbeat travels and I have personally travelled with them and highly recommend their tours. You can check out their tours here – Our Guest Meghalaya Tours.

 

Typical Costs 

 

Travelling in Meghalaya 

 

I rented an Activa for 5 days which cost me around INR 650 per day. However, if you do not want to rent a bike then you can take a government bus that runs from the Police bazaar in Shillong till Cherrapunji for INR 350 only. This bus will cover Mawkdok Valley Viewpoint, Eco Park, Nohkalikai Falls and the Seven Sister falls so you don’t have to worry about missing anything.

To reach the Double Decker Living Root Bridges (Nongriat Village), which lies 13 KMs away from Cherrapunji, you will need to take a cab as local transport is not available for this place.

 

Hotel Prices

 

  • Shillong: If you are travelling solo or looking for a budget-friendly accommodation then you can stay at the Isabella Travellers Hostel in Shillong. This place costs around 360 INR per night for a bed and offers free WiFi facility as well. Plus, they also help you plan your trip and arrange for your transportation if needed. You can book your stay by going to this link – here.
  • Cherrapunji: You can stay in ‘By The Way’ hotel which is the cheapest and is quite close to the Seven Sister waterfalls. If you wish to check out other stays here, go to this link – here
  • Nongriat Village: A homestay will cost you INR 300, which will also include dinner and breakfast. You can contact Byron at – +91 9615252655 and book the stay for your visit too.
  • Dawki: You can contact a homestay in Shnongpdeng – 9615762788, which is the best option for budget-friendly travellers

 

If you are looking for more options on accommodations, maybe in a homestay or a hotel you can check the website below. The best thing about this website is that you do not have to pay any amount in advance. just reserve the room through them 🙂



Booking.com

Meghalaya
Meghalaya

 

Things to Carry in Meghalaya

 

Now, packing can get a little difficult if you are not aware of the weather. I would first ask you to check the weather, how rainy it is and also how low the temperature could go and keep the things accordingly. I am writing some essentials below that you should definitely not miss out on –

 

Poncho

Meghalaya is the place where heavy rainfall is a daily occurrence. Having a poncho is a must! Poncho is a better alternative to your umbrellas as it gives you the freedom to walk without holding a covering like an umbrella –

 

Raincover

For your backpacks make sure you have a rain cover. If you have gadgets and electronic things and your backpack is not waterproof it can damage all your necessities –

 

Hiking Shoes

Hiking shoes are a must if you are going to Nongriat village. My personal favourite is from Quechua that I wear all the time.

 

Slippers

Do not forget to pack good slippers. In rain, while walking you cannot roam in your shoes for the fear of getting wet.

 

Jacket

Do not forget to pack a good jacket with you as in Meghalaya temperature falls quite low.

 

 

Meghalaya is a gorgeous place and I am sure you would fall in love with it as I did. It is a place close to my heart where I can happily stay forever. Hope you get to say the same too!

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Shakti Chauhan
Shakti Chauhan
2 years ago

Very well written Radhika. Could you please let me know what is the right season to see this beautiful place.

Sharath sathyan
Sharath sathyan
1 year ago
Reply to  Radhika Sharma

Hi Radhika am planning to visit Meghalaya next month s t ryt time?

nomllers
Admin
1 year ago

I would suggest you to visit it in September 🙂

smriti
2 years ago

Wonderful!

nomllers
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  smriti

Thank you Smriti 🙂

Debdip Samanta
Debdip Samanta
2 years ago

Hello madam! thank you for this post.It really helps alot!My question is What to do of the scooty or bike that I want to hire?My mother has vomiting problem,so She won’t be able to make it by car.I have to hire a bike to ride with her.But how will I dispose of the bike after reaching shilong?Please help me out!

Debdip
Debdip
2 years ago

oh! ok.I have understood now.Did you drive up to places like Shillong view point,Umiam lake ,Cherrapunji by your bike?If so ,then it was wonderful! Thanks. 🙂

Sanghamitra
Sanghamitra
1 year ago
Reply to  Radhika Sharma

How to go dawki??

Vivek
Vivek
2 years ago

I wish to ask whether it was safe to carry the scooty all around without having any fear of any damage or stealing of the same, because at times you have to cover those 3000 steps down and up journey, covering large time…….

nomllers
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Vivek

Hi Vivek,

It is completely safe you don’t have to worry about it at all 🙂

There are many cars/bikes being parked in that area and the people who take the parking fees take care of the vehicles.

Naquib Alam
Naquib Alam
2 years ago

Hi Radhika,
Your post is really great and helpful. I with one other friend is planning to visit north east during Christmas this year for 10 days. Is December a good time to visit these places? If yes, what other places you suggest could be covered in 6 more days along with the itinerary you posted?

Jagan
Jagan
1 year ago

Radhika – Amazing write up and wonderful depict of the places 🙂

So the itenary you mentioned is this perfectly doable in 4 days or should I put a buffer ??Also I have a day more (planning 5 days) #any other place I can include apart from above itenary??

I see you did a solo travel,just a check of this circuit is safe to do solo or any other pointers I should keep in mind.

TIA For all the info and help

nomllers
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jagan

Hi Jagan, Thank you so much and glad you liked the article 🙂 Well, yes all this can be covered in four days, however, you will be needing a fifth day to go all the way back to Guwahati to return your scooter. But if you an extra day in hand try visiting the living root bridges as well. There is double-decker living root bridges which I covered in the article, however, there is another one called living root bridge which is a little far away as well. And yes, it is completely safe as a solo traveller. Of curse… Read more »

Mandar R khedekar
Mandar R khedekar
1 year ago

Hi radhika,
A honest Confession…seeing all ur amazing posts pictures and blogs I’ve become ur fan by now😊. You’ve inspired me quite a lit to travel and explore.
On that note…Im planning to do a meghalaya 5 day trip in Jan 3 rd or 4 th week. Any idea about the best time to visit? I will probably follow the same itinerary as you have posted.
Also if you could suggest places to stay over that would be awesome.
Cheers!

Mandar
Mandar
1 year ago

Fantabulous.. Thanks a lot! Will do the hampi tour then meghalaya…any specific inputs to follow for hampi?

Mandar
Mandar
1 year ago

Yup just got that… Thanks a ton again..cheers!😊

Prakhar Gupta
Prakhar Gupta
1 year ago

I love to read your itenary because of that flowchart you always put in. I started following your journey over insta and blog also vlog since last month( a little late may be) but I’d say I love your writings and insta posts.

so thank you for giving the chance to travel with you via your insta and blog.

Raghav Taneja
Raghav Taneja
1 year ago

Hi Radhika!

I am planning to visit in December and your wonderful post has surely made me frantic.

How are the roads in Meghalaya?
Is it advisable to book the hotels and car beforehand or will it be fine do it on the spot?

Raghav Taneja
Raghav Taneja
1 year ago

Hi Radhika

I am planning to visit in December and your wonderful article has surely made me frantic.

How are the roads in Meghalaya?
Is it advisable to book the hotels/homestays beforehand or will it be fine do it on the spot (cost and availability-wise)?

San
San
1 year ago
Reply to  Radhika Sharma

Hi Radhika, i am planning a trip to meghalaya this month end..was planning to stay shillong the whole time and commute from there and back to all places ..what do you suggest as still confused.
For eg. Shillong to dwaki and back.shillong to double deckerbridge and back.
Please suggest

nomllers
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  San

Hi San, you can do that from Dawki because there is not much to see this side, however, if you want to go to double-decker there are many places to see which you might miss. For example – seven sister waterfalls, double-decker (rainbow waterfalls a little ahead), the garden of caves and nohkalikai falls. I am assuming you are asking this because you won’t be riding a scooty? Maybe what you can do is, return from Dawki to Shillong. The next day pick your bags and stay in Cherrapunji from where you can take a bus easily and visit these… Read more »

Raghav Taneja
Raghav Taneja
1 year ago

Thank you so much!!

PS: Loving your Instagram!

Verily Vagabonding
Verily Vagabonding
1 year ago

Shella, one of the prettiest spot of all the offbeat places in #Meghalaya, India. Enjoy the spell-binding beauty of the east khasi hills, thick forest trails, surreal landscapes, sound of gushing river and warm people.

Abhinav
Abhinav
1 year ago

Hi Radhika! This is a great write-up! Thank you for all the details. I am planning to visit the place in the last week of December (probably after 25th) , I am just skeptical whether I would be able to find accommodation at the places you mentioned. Also, two wheeler ride seems to be the best way to enjoy the scenic beauty, however, I am not sure how much feasible it would be during winters. Let’s say that one can manage to reach the places by public transport/share cabs , what are the ways to then visit around the place… Read more »

Abhinav
Abhinav
1 year ago

Great. Thank yo so much for all the details ! 🙂

Sakshi
Sakshi
1 year ago

Nice blog , really Meghalaya is a beautiful place . Cherrapunji is a heaven on hearth .

Chaitra
Chaitra
1 year ago

hi madam,

I want to go on a solo travel from bangalore. Is it safe for female travellers to go there. My concern is how safe it is riding bikes in unknown valleys. Can u guide me on this.

PRITAM BISWAS
PRITAM BISWAS
1 year ago

Hi thanks thanks thanks a lot for this beautiful writeup….this is my first time to do a solo trip… This article gave me lot of courage. Just my questions are Is it safe to drive scooty on highway from guwahati to shillong? Can I take a scooty in shillong ? So that I hire scooty in shillong and give it back in shillong only … After covering all the South places…. As per your map it seems you have to cross shillong while returning to guwahati Please correct me if I am wrong… Then i would like to take bus… Read more »

Siddarth
Siddarth
1 year ago

Hi Radhika,

Your post is very helpful to me for planning my Meghalaya trip. I was planning to go during Jan end. I tried contacting Serene homestay and the contact you gave in Dawki, but I was not able to connect to them.Also, I couldn’t track phone number of By the way hostel, Cherapunjee. Is it advisable to book a room on arrival during this period? or look for alternate options at Shillong?

Regards,
Siddarth

nomllers
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Siddarth

Hi Siddarth,

Contacting Serene homestay gets difficult as they are mostly in out of network area. For By the Way homestay try contacting this number – 09856630274.

I booked the rooms right then and there. Shillong has a lot of options so you will be able to find a hotel easily 🙂

Abhishek panwar
Abhishek panwar
1 year ago

Hello Mam,
Your blog and pictures are really great, I am planning for a 6 day trip, can you suggest me some more places for 2 extra days as I am more into hiking andwould like to do some caving as well.

nomllers
Admin
1 year ago

That is so awesome! 🙂

I am not sure about caving in Meghalaya but some of the famous hiking spots over here are – Mawryngkang and Nokrek National Park. Try going here. Although in Nongriat you will be hiking to reach this village 🙂

Harshal
Harshal
1 year ago

This blog is Amazing and all the pictures on your Instagram account as well ,We are going to visit Meghalaya in the month of March ( 1st to 12th) flying from Pune to Guwahati ofcourse after reading your blog i am not gona miss the Bike ride in Meghalaya.

books outlookindia
books outlookindia
1 year ago

It is very helpful blog for meghalaya trips

Shaily Jain
Shaily Jain
1 year ago

Hi Radhika! In love with your post.I am planning to travel solo.So just want some info.How much it would cost for 3N/4D stay and also I am looking for cheapest accomodation at Shillong from where connectivity to travel other place will be near.In which area stay should be taken ?

nomllers
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Shaily Jain

Hi Shaily, thank you for the appreciation 🙂

In Shillong, try staying in Police Bazar. There are many hotels there which are cheap as well. Rest of the accommodations I have mentioned are the cheapest 🙂

So probably for 3 nights, the maximum it will cost you is INR 3,000. But again you can easily manage it in the lowest possible price as well! Hope that answers 🙂

Archana Tripathi
Archana Tripathi
1 year ago

Hello Radhika,

Can you tell me what it will cost me total as I know driving (scooty) specially for a solo trip.

nomllers
Admin
1 year ago

Hi Archana,

I think you should be able to manage it in INR 7,000.

If I do a cost break up scooty would cost about 800*4 = 3,200
Food: 600*4= 1,200
Hotels: 500*4=2,000

Brinda
Brinda
1 year ago
Reply to  nomllers

Hi Radhika, Awesome blog..

Just wanted to know is July August a good time for trip to Meghalaya as I also love driving my way through new places

nomllers
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Brinda

I would say no as during those months the monsoon is at its peak, however, I went there in July only, haha! And rode a scooty despite the rain. So it is up to you how comfortable you want your travel to be 🙂

Elite Travels UK
1 year ago

Garden of cave is much impressive

Priya Singh
Priya Singh
1 year ago

Beautiful pictures! I would never imagine having this kind of experience in India. Thank you for sharing your experience!

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Priya Singh

Thank you Priya for appreciating 🙂

Gautam
Gautam
1 year ago

How much the total costing for the Meghalaya Trip.

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Gautam

I think you should be able to manage it in INR 7,000.

If I do a cost break up scooty would cost about 800*4 = 3,200
Food: 600*4 = 1,200
Hotels: 500*4 = 2,000

Brock Jayleen
Brock Jayleen
1 year ago

It’s a very helpful blog about Meghalaya budget trip. Meghalaya solo traveling is not easy travel but I am reading your blog and I have started feeling like this is easy travel. Thanks for posting something worth reading. Great work.

Vidhyagayathri T K
Vidhyagayathri T K
1 year ago

Hi Radhika, Thank you for the wonderful post! I’ve been trying to get a partner to join me for a trip since 2 years but unfortunately none could accompany. So I decided it’s high time that I’ve to muster some courage and do one on my own. My dream had always been to explore North Eastern states and your post came as a relief at the right time! Thank you for that! Quick question. I’m planning my trip very much in monsoon 3rd week of July (or) 2nd week of August. I want to take a bike too (don’t want… Read more »

nomllers
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1 year ago

Hi Vidhyagayathri, So glad you took the step and are going solo. This is exactly how I started to travel solo as well 🙂 I did not have a license as well back then but I took my learner’s license. Without which I could not have rented a bike from the company. What you can do is, check online for the companies renting out scooty and ask them if having a learner’s license be okay. Roads are really nice towards Meghalaya so you do not have to worry about it. This not so trained person (me) managed pretty well as… Read more »

sakina
1 year ago

Kya Aug Or Sep Me Meghalay Trip Kar Sakte hai?

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  sakina

Bilkul ja sakte hain 🙂

September zyada acha rehega

Atul
Atul
1 year ago

Hey Radhika! it was an amazing piece of informative writing and glad that you’ve achieved so. I’m planning a solo trip to Meghalaya and hope to do so by the end of this month. I just need a little bit of help with few infos if you would be generous enough. Firstly, I don’t know how to ride a bike. So, after roaming Shillong, If I start for Cherrapunji by bus, will I miss astonishing places like ‘Garden of caves’ and ‘Mawkdok Valley’. Is there any way other than scooty/bike on your own to visit this places? like shared bike… Read more »

nomllers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Atul

Thank you Atul 🙂 There are several cabs and shared taxis that go towards the Sohra side, but it is always difficult to find one as frequency is bad! What I suggest you is to contact https://www.ourguest.in/ as they are quite prominent here to provide experiential travelling and help backpackers 2. Stay in Nongriat for the night as the trek is really exhausting, especially if you are planning to cover Rainbow falls as well. The itinerary looks perfect to me! Laitlum is a place where I have hardly seen shared taxis coming in. You would have to take a private… Read more »

Anuja
8 months ago
Reply to  Atul

Hey Radhika
Huge fan of yours specially your adman series
Iam also planning to visit meghalaya. And I wanna ask you that is 10000/ per person is enough for 5 days if we rent one scooty and stay at hostels as you suggested. Can you give a raw figure about the total cost. Eagerly waiting for your answer.

nomllers
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8 months ago
Reply to  Anuja

Hi Anuja,

Thank you so much 🙂 I think 10,000 is a good amount and is easily doable. Of course it excluded the traveling cost though 🙂

Prakash Raj
Prakash Raj
1 year ago

Hi Radhika. Thanks for the amazing post.

Me and my friend planning a 6 days trip covering shillong , cherrapunjee and dawki. I I wanted to know can we cover cover all these place using bike/scooty.

If yes, what would be the approximate cost including fuel.
If no, i guess shared taxi is our best option, right??.

Any additional suggestions and ideas if u can give us, i would be so thankful.

Thanks again for the post. really loved it!

Regards,
Prakash Raj

Nandini Pathak
Nandini Pathak
11 months ago

Heyy!
This is one hell of an informative posts.
I just wanted to know what are the options for returning from Dawki to Guwahati?

Prasanth
Prasanth
10 months ago

Hi Radhika, thanks for this well written blog with the perfect itinerary. I am just blindly following ur itinerary and planning my trip on november month. Thanks once again for the details.

nomllers
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10 months ago
Reply to  Prasanth

Glad Prasanth 🙂

Hope you have a great time 🙂

Benny Lyngdoh
Benny Lyngdoh
10 months ago

Hi, Radhika.
I’m glad you visited Meghalaya and provided a detailed post about your entire preparation and the trip.

I’m running a tour planning agency in Shillong. We do itineraries, accommodations, bike rentals, taxies, tour guides, advices & 24×7 support during any trips.

Please do visit shillong again & be in touch.

Best wishes & regards.

nomllers
Admin
10 months ago
Reply to  Benny Lyngdoh

Thanks Benny for the invitation 🙂

For sure would let you know 🙂

Prashanth Parthasarathy
Prashanth Parthasarathy
10 months ago

Hi Radhika,

Thanks for this amazing blog:) I’m planning on doing a solo trip this November. Firstly I would like to understand if it is the right time to go and secondly, I tried searching for Isabella hostel and could not make a booking through any of the sites. Can you provide me with the contact details of the person as all places which the site throw up seem a bit expensive.

Thanks
Prashanth

Swanand
Swanand
10 months ago

Hi Radhika,

Wow ! An amazing blog this is. I am following an itinerary almost similar to you, just have one question. Is there some public transport / shared taxi available from Dawki to Guwahati, if I leave early morning between 7 am to 9 am. My flight is at 7:30 pm from Guwahati.

Your response will help me decide if I have to hire a cab/bike right at the beginning of the journey.

Regards, Swanand

Shruthika G
Shruthika G
8 months ago

Hi radhika,

How was the nongriat trek experience ? Because 3000 steps on a bamboo trail with slippery conditions sounds scary. Also how tiring was the hike back up ?

nomllers
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8 months ago
Reply to  Shruthika G

Hey Shruthika, it is not that scary. Have seen ladies completing it in a saree. While hiking back up it does get tiring but easily doable.

Krishna
8 months ago

Hey Radhika,

I found your blog and Youtube channel last week, when I was looking for travel blogs for Meghalaya. Content is top notch! We ( group of 3 guys ) are planning a visit to Meghalaya during the last week of November. Is it a good time to travel there?

nomllers
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8 months ago
Reply to  Krishna

Hey Krishna 🙂

Thank you so so much! Yes it is, you would love it. Have fun and safe travels.

Shuchismita Ojha
Shuchismita Ojha
8 months ago

Hey radhika, such wonderful description. Loved it. Planning to visit Meghalaya solo in mid December. Will that be a good time.

nomllers
Admin
8 months ago

Hi Shuchismita, thank you 🙂

Yes it will be! Less rains will make the travels comfortable 🙂

Rinkesh Arondekar
Rinkesh Arondekar
8 months ago

Dear Radhika, Thank you for such a detailed post. The photos and videos are super! I am visiting Meghalaya solo during Dec-end for 5 days and I plan to cover it on rented bike post reading this blog 🙂 I have a few queries: 1. I am confident for Guwahati to Shillong commute. However, could you tell me about the roads within Shillong? Are they in good condition? 2. Is there any risk in riding bike due to over speeding cars or sharp turns? 3. Would I be able to park the bike on all the spots – root bridge,… Read more »

nomllers
Admin
8 months ago

Glad Rinkesh! Thank you for your kind words 🙂

Here are the answers –
1. Yes, roads are really good. There might be a few rugged patches but still manageable
2. Few of the major places are connected with highways, but roads are really broad. But of course, drive safely as you will find people driving rashly at a few places
3. Yes, parking you will find everywhere

Rinkesh Arondekar
Rinkesh Arondekar
8 months ago
Reply to  nomllers

Thank you for reply. It helps keep the nerves calm despite excitement 🙂

Abhijit Mali
Abhijit Mali
8 months ago

Dear Radhika, Thank you for the blog. It’s very well composed with beautiful pictures. It has inspired me to plan my solo trip (first ever in NE region). I am planning this trip in the last week of December and looking forward to spend my New Year’s eve by myself at a peaceful place. I will be traveling from Delhi to Guwahati to Shillong. Based on your experiences, I think visiting Cherrapunji and Dawki followed by a night in Shillong will be feasible during a 4-night trip, that I intent to do. What do you think? And I plan to… Read more »

nomllers
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8 months ago
Reply to  Abhijit Mali

Thank you Abhijit. So happy to know that 🙂

Below are your answers –
1. Well, I think the whole of Meghalaya is peaceful. But if you want less number of people then stay in Nongriat Village. The most peaceful place of all
2. There are many other places that you can visit actually. Most of them are offbeat. You can find the list here – https://www.nomllers.com/unexplored-places-in-meghalaya/
3. I am a vegetarian, so won’t be of any help here :/

Have a fun time and a peaceful new year 🙂

Raj
Raj
5 months ago
Reply to  nomllers

Hey Radhika, the blog is written soo beautifully😃 and you have also provided such a detailed information. I am also planning to visit Meghalaya on a solo trip. 1)I am planning to visit in mid of march. Is it the right time for that? cause I fear that waterfalls will have very less water😬. 2) Do you have an idea that I can get a bike( and it’s cost?) as I never rode a scooty. 3) just for confirmation on the 2nd day u stayed in “by the way hotel” in Cheerapunji…right? and on the 3rd day u stayed in… Read more »

nomllers
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5 months ago
Reply to  Raj

Hey Raj!

In March yes, the waterfalls shall be very dry! Best time is September.
Bike yes you can, just need a drivind license
Yes, correct 🙂 For stay options etc. you can also contact Our Guest, they are based out from that area

Hitesh
7 months ago

Hey Mam,
Thank you for this amazing travel plan. It would help to make travel plan easy.
I want to ask is end of January is suitable to travel there. And also can you suggest other place in north east to visit. I am planning to travel for the 7 days, and after reading this blog my 4 days are fix as I will definitively follow the above plan, for another 3 days any idea?

Thanking you

Nitin Gupta
Nitin Gupta
7 months ago

Mam what is the overall cost ?

Ptuthvi
Ptuthvi
6 months ago

Thanks Radhika for your detailed explanation on meghalaya trip. Your blog inspired me to plan for solo trip to meghalaya. Presently i am in meghalaya and enjoying my solo bike ride to larger extent.

Taxi Booking
Taxi Booking
4 months ago

Wonderful pictures!! Thanks for sharing this interesting blog. Your post is amazing and informative.

Karthik
Karthik
3 months ago

Hey Radhika ,
It’s good to find your blog it really helped me a lot for plan
And how much budget can I expect for The from from Guwahati to Dawki which includes all expenses ( Food , Scooty rent,accomdation,and for other activities)

Tanuja Rai
Tanuja Rai
2 months ago

Hey Radhika loved your article. The pictures are amazing! I wish I had the heart for traveling solo like you. Hope someday I surely will. And I also liked how you have added some tips and things to carry while traveling to Meghalaya.