India’s International Cherry Blossom Festival, Shillong


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Now you needn’t to spend lakhs of rupees to visit Tokyo, Georgia or Washington D.C. to appreciate the beautiful cherry blossoms blooming. All you need is to travel to the alluring hill town of Shillong. 

It is India’s 4th International Cherry Blossom Festival being organised in Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, from 13th to 16th November 2019. It is the only autumn Cherry Blossom Festival of the world. This beautiful festival has every attractions for visitors. Tourists enjoy several cultural events as fashion shows, rock concerts, a photography competition for professionals as well as amateurs, archery competition, dog show, baby football league, bike stunt, magic show, a beauty contest, an amateur Golf tournament and a very astonishing chilli eating competition. There will also be stalls offering the regional cuisines , wines and crafts. 

How to Reach:

Shillong is connected to rest of the country mainly by air as it doesn’t have any railway station. Its airport (SHL) is also named as Umroi Airport. It receives daily flights from major cities of India like Kolkata and New Delhi. Guwahati’s Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport (GAU), also known as Guwahati Airport and formerly as ‘Borjhar Airport’, is the primary airport of the North-Eastern states of India. It is almost 100 km from Shillong. Guwahati is well connected to rest of the country by rail as well as air. You can take cab or bus from Guwahati to Shillong.

Where to Stay:

Shillong being the capital city, has many good hotels, guesthouses and home-stays. Golfer’s Nest, Royal Heritage Tripura Castle, Eden Residency, Centre Point, Indiana are among some good available options. One can also find some other options at http://megtourism.gov.in/bedbreakfast.html.

What to Eat:

Shillong is a heaven for foodies. You can try all sort of non vegetarian foods, strawberries, fruits, Thupkas at Café Shillong; momos at Café Shillong Heritage in Royal Heritage Tripura Castle; Jadoh, at a small café in Don Bosco Square; Sao Aiom at Ri Kynjai’s Northeastern restaurant; Jadoh  and Jhur Kleh at Trattoria. Shillong’s street food is also very delicious and having an authentic taste of north India.

You can also visit cherryblossomfestival.in for more information.

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