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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the different means of transport within Shillong?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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Trust your legs to discover a new place. That's the best way to look around a new town and get yourself acquainted with the soul of the town. The distinct smell, sight and sound of a neighborhood, small places which serves authentic local food, small knick knacks from the daily lives of the people will give you the real feel of the place.

A lot of planning goes into how to reach a destination, but it's also wise to plan what transportation to take when you reach there. Some of most common modes of transportation available in Shillong are:

  • Buses

    Shillong has a fair amount of bus services. There are two kinds of buses plying in the city. One is City bus and the other is Bazar bus. As a tourist you should use City bus because Bazar bus is usually used by the villagers coming to Shillong to sell their products which includes poultry, fruits, vegetable and food grains. But you should keep in mind that these buses could be notoriously slow at times due to traffic and difficult hilly roads. The charges for the ticket vary anywhere between INR 5 to INR 15.

  • Taxis

    Shillong has a whole fleet of shared taxis and autos. These taxis however tend to become overcrowded as the auto wallahs try to overstuff people to earn better fare. However you can negotiate with the driver to lessen the number of co passengers or hire the whole taxi for yourself. The taxis don't have meters so make sure you strike a good deal before you hire. It's advisable that you ask the staff of the hotel where you are staying about an estimated fare to the place where you want to visit. This will help you from getting cheated.

You can also hire a
Maruti 800,Tata Indica and Sumo in Shillong for the whole day. Make sure you decide the rates before you embark on the journey. Enjoy the panoramic views from the comfort of your private rented vehicle. Let yourself be enveloped in the picturesque mountains and forest as the cold wind runs its finger in your hair.

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