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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What tips one needs to keep in mind while visiting Shillong?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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So you are finally planning on taking that much-needed vacation you have been hankering for. Part of the excitement of going on a trip/vacation is the spontaneity of it. Planning and working out the details of a trip for most can be major source of headache and no fun at all. However, planning ahead and doing your research well before you embark on the actual holiday can save you much trouble and problems later while on the holiday.
The fact that you are on this page going through the information shows that you have taken steps in the right direction. There are some general guidelines that if you take care of and follow will be useful and help you take care of most problems that may crop up during your visit to Shillong.

  • Driving

Driving to Shillong will no doubt take you through a scenic route that gives a spectacular view of the cloud covered, rolling hills and deep gorges. But don't get so captivated by the view that you lose control of the car. Navigating the roads of a hill station can be tricky with its sharp turns, roads that suddenly wind up and down and other vehicles constantly trying to overtake you. Before embarking on a road trip to Shillong make sure that the vehicle you are taking has been recently fully serviced with tyres that have adequate air. If you are not confident about driving in and around a hilly region then hiring the services of a professional may be a better idea.

Keeping the numbers of local cab services might be a good idea as you never know when you might find yourself stranded.

  • Clothing

Bring appropriate clothing according to the climate condition when you are planning on visiting the place. Weather in Shillong can get unpredictable and it is good practice to pack some amount of woollies regardless of the time of the year you go. Pack sturdy walking shoes besides formal ones. During the months of monsoon, April-September, do pack a raincoat and windcheaters as being a hilly region spells of rain can occur anytime of the day.

  • Reservations

Make reservations of hotel rooms prior to reaching the place. You don't want to reach Shillong and find yourself running from one hotel to another in search of rooms. It is a fairly popular tourist destination and importantly, why leave things to chance when making a hotel reservation has become so convenient and easy. Call a day before you leave to confirm your reservation in addition to having the details of reservation in writing that the hotel must have sent via email. Carry a printout of the mail when you reach the hotel. It will serve as proof of your agreement in case the hotel staff places you in a room different from the agreed one.

  • Cash

Travel light in terms of cash as there are around 13-14 ATMs located in Shillong at various locations of different banks. Withdrawing money would not be a hassle and most of the hotels accept credit/debit cards for payment. However, do carry some amount of cash with you as you never know where you might get stuck and last thing you want to discover is that you have no cash on you.

  • Identity proof:

Nowadays hotels require you to show some proof of identity even if you have made reservations beforehand. In any case, when travelling to a new place it is best to carry some form of identification. It can be your driver's license or PAN card or passport. Also, keep them carefully and don't lose them in the course of your trip.

  • General guidelines

Equip yourself with all necessary amenities like trekking kit, cameras and binoculars.

Always put a personal first-aid-box in your bag, you never know when you might need it. Carrying a tour guide book will be handy. It will not only help you in gaining heaps of information about the region but also helps in visiting places around Shillong.

Each city has its own government and own set of rules. As a responsible traveller, it would be a good idea to keep these rules in mind while you explore Shillong.

Have a happy vacation!

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