Guwahati to Shillong – Not Just the Best Road Trip

Assam, India, Meghalaya, Travel

My best road trip ever was when we went to Shillong Meghalaya. The only way to reach Shillong is by road. It’s a short road trip after the Guwahati Airport and worth every rupee you spend on it. You can see the route we followed below.

We flew from Delhi – Guwahati by flight and then travelled by road. Our first pit stop was to have lunch and we were very excited about the local cuisine. So we stopped at the Samraj Family Dhaba to have some local fish curry and rice. We tried two varieties for fish and both were just delicious. I always travel like a local so, it was time to have the mean like a local, with your hands ! Awesome. And then as we got out to take in the great views, there it was – a picture just begging to be clicked! Click on the thumbnails below to see the pictures from our journey.

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As we drove along, I kept my camera handy and at a really high shutter speed so I wouldn’t miss any moment. But I have to admit, a photographer’s life is not easy. So many times, I just wanted to sit back, relax and just watch the views but that’s just not possible when you’re looking through that viewfinder doing exactly that – finding views !

But coming back with 20 GBs of such awesome memories for a lifetime is just awesome! Hope you enjoy the pictures.

The people I met on the way were so happy, as if calling out to us big city goons to come live their life and be in sync with what nature meant you to be. Life is simple, people are gracious and ever smiling. It’s a bug that catches on and you find yourself perpetually smiling 🙂

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Some more construction !

There was construction happening everywhere, roads being built, hills being cut, ground leveling. I remembered Delhi and what a contrast it was! Our lives become stressful because the road is blocked and there are jams everywhere. Here, even if there was a jam I was thankful for it because it gave me to take in the surroundings and the people. People were happy working and the construction sites looked beautiful ! Yes, beautiful, like out of a magazine – calling out to all city dwellers to come and volunteer, help them build this beautiful city with these happy people and take back in exchange, so beauty and happiness for your life too.

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Half of India is always under construction.

And then some construction sites later, we entered into heaven. Vast endless views of greens and blue dotted with some white light and gray shadows. Passing through that stretch just wasn’t going to do it for me, I stopped the car and got out to snap some pictures !

And then we entered Shillong, our first stop- The Orchid Lake Resort. Must stop, if you’re travelling the same route. It was raining so we felt like some chai and pakoras! The food was great but the view was breathtaking!

 

And then as I entered my guest room to relax a little after the beautiful drive, there I was as restless as always. But his time it wasn’t because the traffic wasn’t moving or I didn’t have any phone network (I didn’t have phone network at my guesthouse actually, and I was thankful for it. ) it was because I felt  at home ! “This was it, this is where I live, this is my world, not the concrete jungles of our metropolitan city life.”

Everytime, I look at these images, I wonder to myself – “What am I doing here? Is this where I want to spend the rest of my life? Is this what I’m meant to do?” And the answer that I get is a NO. I’ve always known it, haven’t we all? Isn’t that why we keep going back to nature’s lap? I don’t know about you, but I for one, have a strong urge to pack up my 5 month old rented house, pick up my rucksack and camera and RUN! RUN AS FAST AS I CAN to this wondrous scenery. Maybe one of you will come visit me? Maybe, I will feature in one of your pictures too, an eternally happy soul?

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