Reasons To Visit Shillong
Shillong is a city located high up in the hills at an altitude of around 1,500 meters. It's known for its beautiful natural landscape and many interesting cultural attractions, making it an ideal destination for people of all tastes. There are some truly stunning natural landmarks located in the city and the surrounding area such as the Elephant Falls and Sweet Falls, or you can venture to the top of Shillong Peak and enjoy spectacular views of the landscape below. Be sure to check out some of the fascinating museums in the city like the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures and the Entomological Museum, while inner city life can be just as interesting with places like the Iewduh market offering an insight into local life.
Arriving In Shillong
Shillong Airport is situated around 30 km from the city center of Shillong and currently handles a small selection of domestic flights across India. Travelers looking to catch flights from the UAE to Shillong won’t find any direct flights available. However, it is possible to get to Shillong from the UAE with just a single transfer due to the airport’s connections, making the journey a lot more convenient.
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At Shillong Airport you will find a small range of facilities to meet your needs, although the options are rather limited as the airport is a small domestic airport. There are a couple of snack bars available so you won’t go hungry while you wait for your flight, while you will also find a couple of souvenir and gift shops to pick up travel basics and any other necessities. Once you have arrived at the airport, taxis are available just outside of the terminal building to take you to your destination.
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UAE nationals traveling to India can get an e-visa by applying online prior to your flight which allows you to stay in the country for up to 60 days. In Shillong temperatures are fairly warm for most of the year, with average highs of 28 to 29 degrees from March until September. However, there is a rainy season in the region beginning in May and finishing in September, while the winter period from December to February sees a drop in temperatures so you may need some warm clothing in the evenings. You’ll need to put your clocks forward by one hour and 30 minutes to get on the local time zone in Shillong, while the price of most things in the city will tend to be a lot cheaper compared to the UAE so you won’t need a large budget.
* This information is correct as of April 2018
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