Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Memorable Shillong Trip, Part-1

Time seemed to have passed like a rocket, as we were already in our 8th semester. One night, we were simply enjoying our typical  and regular kind of hostel parties and suddenly someone said "Hey! Tunga. Next week is your birthday, so how you are going to treat us?"

Tunga was on a cracking mood that night and he said he would give a damn good party and even promised to treat our entire batch. But he had put forward a condition that he would give a party, only if we guys would have agreed to go to Shillong, for a weekend trip. Tunga was very much interested for the trip that moment and he said "Come on! It’s our final semester, let’s have some fun and make it memorable, as it could be our last trip, while we are in hostel.  I will bear all kind of fluid expenses"

Tunga’s proposal was quite tempting, but the problem was, after few pegs, many of us usually used to discuss similar kind of things and in the very next morning, no one actually used to bother much to discuss on the same topic again. But that time, it was little different, as the guys used to discuss about the Shillong trip for the next few days. Later, one late night, Tunga and some of our friends decided that we would go to Shillong the next morning and would start at 7 AM from hostel. After staying in hostel for almost 4 years, most of us usually used to ignore such decisions taken late night under the influence of the holy fluid.

Next early morning at 6 AM, Arpan knocked our door. As soon as we opened the door, I and Nair were little amused to see Arpan, well dressed along with his backpack. He looked pretty well prepared for the trip and he started to shout at us “WTF man! You guys are still sleeping? We have to move fast”

I and Nair were so delighted to see Arpan’s excitement, but we were under serious doubt whether it's really going to happen? Arpan waited in our room for almost an hour but no one else came, actually our room was just near the hostel main gate. Ultimately Arpan got frustrated and went back to his room and we also went to sleep. I had no idea how it happened but after another couple of hours, a huge gang was just outside our room and everyone was shouting "You idiots, get ready soon"

So, finally it actually happened and we were around 15-20 guys of our batch, ready to conquer Shillong. We left hostel at around 9 AM and we went near Paltan Bazar by our college bus. In order to go to Shillong from Guwahati, one can either go by bus or by cabs and they would usually start from Paltan Bazar, near Railway Station. Shillong is at a distance of 100 KM from Guwahati and it’s a breathtaking drive. Shillong is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet above sea level and is damn beautiful. The British used to call it as the Scotland of the East. 

It was peak summer that time and summer in Guwahati is capable enough to irritate anyone quite easily, not only with the temperature but also with the perspiration. As soon as we entered Meghalaya, Tunga brought all our stuffs and we already started to upload them on the spot. Meghalaya Govt is very generous in collecting tax on the heavenly fluids, as compared to other states. As our cab moved up the slope, gradually we felt some kind of relief in temperature and after one hour, as we reached Barapani (Umiam Lake), it was almost like heaven. The temperature dropped instantly and what a lovely sight it was.

Umiam Lake is located on the way to Shillong. It was created by damming the Umiam river in the early 1960s. After going little further,  we noticed the beautiful Pine trees all over the place, which are typical to that part of the region.




It's a 2 hours drive from the Guwahati-Meghalaya border to Shillong and one could practically feel the decrease in temperature after every 10 minutes, specially in peak summer.


Image courtesy: google images


The Memorable Shillong Trip, Part-2

61 comments:

  1. Seems like you had great fun in your outing:) Beautiful record of memories:)

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    1. Yeah Bushra, We had gr8 fun :)

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  2. The place looks so mesmerizing...

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    1. Yeah Himanshu, it's really mesmerizing. U must visit once :)

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  3. :) North East is heaven.. ur read remind me of friendship days .. till couple of years back... group outing with friends is always fun and memorable

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    1. Yeah, so many exotic places to explore in NE. I am glad this post reminded U of ur good old days. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Yes Kavya, it very beautiful. U must visit once :)

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  5. I have heard so much abt the beautiful Shillong & now I read ur blog...looking fwd to visit Shillong soon!

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    1. Shillong is very beautiful Shaivi and it's so near to Guwahati :) You must visit soon :)

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  6. Good place, Nice pictures and narration. Enjoyed. Still East is pending in my list

    Travel India

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    1. Thanks Vishal. You should visit east some time!

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  7. Good one, Jahid!...brings back some lovely memories of our Shillong!!....really haven't seen that kind of pristine beauty anywhere else!...didn't get a chance to travel with you guys in college days, but had made 2-3 memorable trips with couple of other AECian friends!...

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    1. Thanks Kaushik :) Yeah, Shillong is very different and can't be compared with other hill stations. That was a nice trip and most of our H-3 batch mates went for it.

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  8. looking forward to plan a trip there.. quite a nice time u had there... your memories give an interesting read for all of us. thanks to you Jahid.. for filling us with all your lovely flashbacks.. :-)

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    1. Thanks U so much dear :) You always encourage me to write more. I am so glad U enjoy my posts. Yes, you must visit Shillong once!

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  9. Been to shillong twice...both very memorable, nice post

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    1. Thanks Nandini. Wow! U visited Shillong twice.

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  10. Shillong -you can do magic always (excellent narration bro )

    I never believed in things that I couldn't see
    I said if I can't feel it then how can it be
    No, no magic could happen to me
    And then I saw you

    I couldn't believe it, you took my heart
    I couldn't retrieve it, said to myself
    What's it all about
    Now I know there can be no doubt

    You can do magic
    You can have anything that you desire
    Magic, and you know
    You're the one who can put out the fire

    Meghalaya -the house of cloud!

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    1. That is a nice song Mrinmoy Da :) Thanks for visiting!

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  11. Good storytelling. Photos not much but enjoyed the above ones of natural scenery.

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    1. Thanks Neelam. Would try to upload some better photos next time :)
      Thanks for visiting!

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  12. I lived in Shillong for 15 years. So I am waiting for more!

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    1. Wow! Great to know that U lived in Shillong for 15 years. U must had a good time out there. My wife is born and brought up at Shillong :)

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  13. Great to visit your blog. Great to read your post.Awesome photos.

    Best Regards

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    1. Thanks U so much Rupam. I visited ur blog few times and I really like ur photography.

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  14. Your thrill and enjoyment spills through...Shillong is a picturesque place no doubt and with such a gang in festive mood the trip must have been a good adventure

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    1. Yes, the trip was a kind of adventure :) Shillong is a picturesque place and you should visit sometime.

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  15. A wonderful write - captured my interest (and I can't wait for Part II).

    Anna :o]

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    1. Thank U so much Anna :) Would try to write the next part soon.

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  16. I'm reminded of my recent trip to Shillong. And yes, Umiam is a stunningly beautiful lake.

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    1. Wow! U visited Shillong recently. Driving through the Umiam lake is quite fascinating.

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  17. Thanks for sharing a wonderful place...
    A wonderful writeup with couple of pleasing photos...
    Keep on introduce more such places...
    Rakesh Holla

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    1. Thanks Rakesh. Would try to write about all the places I visited. Thanks for dropping by!

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  18. great Jahid

    beautiful pics beautiful blog and so welcome in this summer ka mausam

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    1. Hehe Rajni Ji, I am flattered. Yeah, welcome in this summer ka mausam.

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  19. tht was a great trip.. but mehboob was sleeping all the way :-)
    the best thing about the teen age days is doing things without any planning..

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    1. I think Mehboob wala incident happened in our Gangtok trip :) Shillong trip was awesome.

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    1. Hehe Vinay :) U must visit once.

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  21. Lovely photos. Looking forward to more :)

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    1. Thanks Sumeetha :) would definitely try to write more on it. Thanks for visiting.

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    http://definingwords.blogspot.com/2012/08/romantic-words.html
    don't be shy to leave a comment

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    1. Thanks Steve. Went through ur blog and U have a great space out there!

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  23. Nice blogging........... feel free visit my blogs https://www.kangraavalley.blogspot.in and indiatraveler.co.in
    and also comment post below........

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    1. Thanks Manu. indiatraveler.co.in is awesome, thanks for sharing.

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  24. thanks for sharing your experience with us.. :-)

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    1. Glad U enjoyed the experience. Thanks a lot for visiting out here Nilanjana !!

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  25. have been to shillong long back , thanks for sharing it and refreshing the memories.

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    1. Glad you liked the post and could refresh your good old memories. Thanks a lot for visiting out here, Mr Mahesh!!

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  26. Nice trip. thanks for sharing your trip experience. The capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong is called the Scotland of the East because of the rolling hills and meadows which are quite reminiscent of Scotland. Check out best some Shillong tour packages also as per your budget.

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    1. Yes Dimpy, Shillong is the Scotland of the East :) Thanks for sharing the Shillong tour packages.

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  27. Thank you for the informative post on Shillong trip. The pictures are beautiful. Shillong is known as "The Abode of Clouds"and is a famous tourist destination. Check places to visit in Shillong for detailed information.

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    1. Thanks a lot for dropping by, Debosmita :)

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    1. Glad you liked the post. Thanks a lot for visiting out here!!

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  29. The pictures are beautiful. Shillong is definitely going on my travel list.Looking forward to visit it with my travel partner.

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