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Best Time To Visit Shillong

OCT- FEB 8oC
JUN- SEP 15oC
MAR- JUN 22oC

Best time to Visit Shillong

Shillong is the wondrous capital city of the state of Meghalaya, whose name literally means “the abode of the clouds”. So you can only imagine the nature, beauty and scenery that it proudly possesses. It is a must-visit destination for anyone wanting to explore the North-East, acting as a picturesque gateway to the region and everything it has to offer. Sitting at a height of 1496 metres above sea level, Shillong experiences a different climate to much of tropical India — that’s why it is often called the “Scotland of the East”. The rains always put on a show and tend to overstay their welcome. It is lovely to see the local architecture, design and culture co-existing with these conditions, in their own unique way. The town’s colonial legacy also remains to this date, which only adds to its charm. With cooler overall temperatures through the year at this pine tree encircled city, you can plan a visit at your convenience. But it is always good to know more about each season and its accessible sights or activities so that you get the kind of holiday that suits your interests. 

With this guide on the best time to visit Shillong, you are sure to have an expert seasonal overview of the famous hill-station that will simplify your travel planning while at the same time, prepare you for exactly what awaits.

Disclaimer – The seasons, temperatures and climatic conditions are estimates and can vary. Please, complement this guide with some research of your own for a thorough understanding of when to visit. 

Season

Month

Average Max. & Min. Temperature

Summer

March to June

15-25°C

Monsoon

July to September

12-16°C

Autumn

October and November

9-19°C

Winter

December to February

2-16°C

 

Temperature - Looking at the table above will give you a basic idea of yearly temperatures in Shillong during each season and help you plan better. 

Weather - You’ll notice that there’s always pleasant weather, considering the region’s sub-tropical climate. The annual rainfall can go up to as much as 3300 mm, which is especially challenging during monsoons. However, it is also the cleanest and greenest time to visit the city. 

Significance - While annual temperatures are always within pleasant range, each season brings with it an atmosphere and a host of favourable things to do. Summers are great for tourist activities like sightseeing or hiking. Plus, this is when the local thanksgiving festival called Shad Suk Mynsiem takes place. Meanwhile, the rains are always popular with those seeking a romantic getaway or adventurous escapade — the lakes and waterfalls are in full flow and nature is in bloom. The tribal festival of Behdienkhlam occurs during this time. You’ll need woollens for autumn and winter, but that won’t stop you from enjoying amazing experiences like the Autumn Festival, Nongrem Dance Festival and Wangala Festival.  

Things to know before the visit - Generally speaking, the peak season to visit Shillong is between March to May and October to February, with June to September considered low season. If you’re going to visit when tourism is high, it’s best to make all bookings well in advance. 

Tips - Despite Shillong having a clear monsoon, there is always chance of a light drizzle at other times of the year. Therefore, it is advised to carry some form of rain protection for your trip. Weather-appropriate clothing and shoes are also of utmost importance — cottons will work for summer, woolens are a must for winter. Sunscreen, sanitiser and a bug repellent also warrant a place in your bag, as you’ll be exploring quite a bit of the natural surrounds. By following these simple tips, your journey and stay will surely go smoothly. 

From waterfalls to pine-covered hills, British-style cathedrals to local ethnic bazaars, great cultural festivals to one-of-a-kind moments — Shillong truly has an array of wonderful experiences to quench every level of wanderlust. Now all you need is to pick from Thomas Cook’s Shillong Holiday packages and prepare to have the time of your life.

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