There is a reason why people always want to revisit Shillong. It is a picturesque hill station nestled amidst the lush green canopies in the State of Meghalaya. On one side you have steep valleys, and then there are cascading waterfalls that come down to turn into mesmerizing foam. The rhythmic sounds of nature is a relief to the heart. Shillong is a perfect getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. People who want to dwell in the warm embrace of nature must book their tickets to this paradise. 

A one-day picnic in this ethereal city can prove to be truly therapeutic. Also, there are Treebo Hotels in Shillong where you can check in the previous day, get a good night’s sleep, and head out the next morning. 

Here, you will get all the details you need to plan a perfect one-day picnic itinerary that will help you explore the best tourist spots in the Capital city of Meghalaya.

Read on to find out!

Best Time to Visit Shillong

Shillong is called the ‘Scotland of the East’ and holds a history of rich cultural heritage. There are several music festivals and events happening here. Seeing how the climate is pleasant and serene most of the time, Shillong is the best place to be throughout the year. 

During the Summer months, March to May, the place has refreshing weather and the temperature stays below the 25-degree bar. The sun peeps from behind the clouds, and warms you up but doesn’t burn your skin as it does in the rest of the Indian states. 

Shillong receives extensive rainfall during the monsoon months – June to August. The lush trees glisten with the rain droplets landing on them, the greenery is more defined and bright. Famous monsoon festivals like Shad Suk Mynsiem and Behdienkhlam happen in this season. You will have to pre-check the dates and arrive in the city.

The temperature drops very low during winter, December to February, but that is where the fun lies! Light up a bonfire, grab a guitar, sing your hearts out, and enjoy the hot, lip-smacking cuisines of Shillong. If you are here in December, you shouldn’t miss out on being a part of the Christmas celebrations. The midnight masses, carols, and cultural programs light up the whole city! Wherever you go, the streets are illuminated with lights, stars, and other decorations. 

The One-Day Picnic Plan in Shillong

Spot 1: Head to the Umiam Lake

The Sunrise at Umiam Lake is a breathtaking view that you have to witness. You can pack your sandwiches and head to this mesmerizing water body that is about 15 km away from the heart of the city. You will see that the sun breaks through from between the clouds and paints the sky in the perfect pink, orange, and purple hues. The rippling water of the lake reflects these spectacular colors. The green trees sway to the wind and the birds start chirping in union. It is a scenery that you must witness in Shillong. Fetch that picnic blanket, spread it on the banks of the lake, munch on your sandwiches and just surrender to the beauty of nature. 

Spot 2: Witness the Elephant Falls

The Elephant Falls is 12 km away from Umiam Lake. You can reach the location in 30 minutes and enjoy the scenic view of the cascading waterfalls. The place gets its name from an Elephant shaped rock that formed the basis of the waterfall. However, it was destroyed due to natural phenomena. Now, the three-tier spectacle is a major tourist attraction because of the pleasant atmosphere. In the backdrop of the emerald greenery, the water lands to form a spraying mist. The first step is easily accessible by tourists, and a series of stairs will lead you to tier-two. The third step is rather small but equally beautiful. Tourists hike up to the spot, experience the rejuvenating energy and head back to the city. 

Spot 3: Panoramic View from the Shillong Peak

The Shillong Peak offers a panoramic view of the city of Shillong. It is standing at an elevation of 1966m above sea level. It is a semi-steep hilltop that also has a temple dedicated to the local deity. The folks with cameras will love getting some landscape clicks at the top. The high-speed winds ruffle your hair and refreshes your soul. If you are carrying DSLR and other camera equipment, you need to get prior permission from the Indian Air Force authorities because the region falls under their territory. Military enthusiasts can also explore the IAF museum which displays fighter jet models, weapons, and other machinery.

Lunch Time

After exploring the three vacation spots, your stomach will start grumbling for sure! You can get yourself the best lunch after heading back to Shillong City. Qzine is a great restaurant with a perfect ambiance to explore the local food. You get live barbeque here. Heritage-Club Tripura Castle is ideal for the ones who have a sweet tooth and prefer to try different types of desserts. Try to find restaurants that offer Momos, Chowmein, Jadoh, Dohneiiong, and Tungrymbai. 

Spot 4: Don Bosco Museum

The sun will be at its prime in the afternoons. Though that is not a problem for moving around the city, people who prefer to stay indoors must visit the Don Bosco Museum. It shows a display of the culture and heritage of the Northeastern people of India. You will see artwork, handicrafts, rare musical instruments, replicas of the traditional Khasi house, textiles, jewelry, and portraits of the Northeastern residents. It is a great place to educate yourself about the customs of the Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia people. 

Spot 5: Ward’s Lake in the evening

The Ward’s Lake has some of the most scenic walking paths, a charming garden with flower beds, and a grassy lawn perfect for picnics! Get your bag of chips or a plate of Kachori and sit down to see the best sunset of Shillong. While the ball of fire disappears behind the clouds, the place turns a shade of captivating red color. The birds fly back to their nests and people gather to stroll around and unwind. It is a very good place for kids to giggle, mingle, and play around. Couples can go on a romantic boat ride and enjoy the natural ambiance.  

Spot 6: Police Bazaar Shopping

Police Bazaar is a bustling shopping street where you can collect some mementos and souvenirs from the local stalls. You will find street food joints that sell South-Indian cuisine, Pav bhaji, Sandwiches, and Kulfis! It is a great place to put your bargaining skills to good use. 

Dinner Time

You can call it a day by getting some good dinner from the restaurants of Shillong. Dejavu is a great place to enjoy juicy food with the backdrop of live music. The authentic Chinese specialities are also worth checking out. This is one of the best places in Shillong that also offers a Karaoke station. Also, you can explore the stalls and mini-restaurants in Police Bazaar and taste authentic North-eastern cuisine. 

While you are in this beautiful city, consider booking your rooms with Treebo Shillong Hotels and treat yourself to an elevated travel experience. You can get additional benefits like 

  • Extra discounts and coupons on online booking
  • Complimentary breakfast, Free WiFi, and other world-class amenities
  • Heart-warming hospitality from the local hosts
  • Fresh and Hygienic rooms that are cleaned with branded sanitary products

Shillong can be the perfect respite from the scorching heat this summer! Without any delay, pack your warm woolen clothes and head to this entrancing hill station in Meghalaya. 


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