Shillong Sightseeing Package Tours & Operators
All tour operators including MTDC (Meghalaya Tourist Development Corporation) and even taxi drivers in Shillong offer sightseeing tours in and around Shillong including day trips to nearby places like Cherrapunjee (Sohra), Mawlynnong village etc. Below are the common sightseeing packages offered in Shillong and indicative package rates (Fare updated: January 2020)
Shillong Local Sightseeing Tour Package
This is certainly the most popular sightseeing package and typically covers the following places:
Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Lady Hydari Park, Cathedral (Mary Help) at Laitumkhrah, Ward's Lake, Golf Course, State Museum, Beadon Bishop Falls, Umiam (aka. Barapani) Lake.
This is a full day tour and usually starts at 8:30am (you can be flexible in time if you hire a private cab or a car from tour operator) and ends at 3:30pm including lunch time. Note that there can be minor variations in coverage depending on tour operator... for example some may cover Don Bosco Museum instead of the State Museum... however they are often flexible if you take a full car.
Small car 4 seater Rs. 2,500/-
Sumo 7 seater Rs. 3,500/-
MTDC conducts a bus tour (usually in ordinary non-AC bus although they used to conduct in Volvo AC bus as well). This tour operates in a per person basis and start from their Police Bazaar office. Rate: Rs. 300/- per person. See 'Tour Operators' section below for further details and contact info.
Cherrapunjee (Sohra) Day Trip and Sightseeing
Places covered on this day trip from Shillong:
1. Mowkodok valley
2. Wah kaba falls
3. Ramkrishna mission
4. Nohkalikai falls
5. Seven sister falls
6. Mawsmai cave
7. Eco park
Note some variations may include Nohsngithiang Falls, Thangkharang Park, Motrop (Giant conical rock) in lieu of some attractions listed above.
Small car Rs. 3,500/-
MTDC non-AC bus rate: Rs. 350/- per person
Mawlynnong village + Dawki Village Day Trip & Sightseeing
Note that Mawlynnong (located about 100kms from Shillong) was declared as the cleanest village in the whole of Asia in 2003 and is still regarded as the cleanest and most beautiful village in India. Dawki Village is also covered in this trip and is close to Bangladesh border. As you approach Dawki, you will pass through deep gorges and ravines ... a thrilling experience. You will then reach Umngot river where the annual boat racing is held between March to April. There is a single span suspension bridge over this river which acts as the gateway to Bangladesh and major trade takes place through this.
1. Living root bridge
2. Sky view point
3. Balancing rock
4. Mawlynnong cleanest village
5. Bop hill falls
6. Umkrem falls
7. River Umngot (considered having cleanest water)
8. Bangladesh border
Small car Rs. 4,000/-
MTDC non-AC bus tour starts at 8am and returns at 7:30pm; Rate is Rs. 500/- per person.
Mawsynram Site seeing
This the pace where highest rain fall takes place in the world. It's about 61kms from Shillong. Other than experiencing a unique place in the world, there are beautiful gardens, view points, pools and caves here.
Places covered includes:
Mawjyngbuin Cave, Khreng Khreng (Cracked rock), Rit Mawksir view point, Jakrem Hot Water Spring.
Small car Rs. 3,500/-
MTDC Reserved Car: Rs. 3,450/- (no bus tours)
Laitlum Canyon Sightseeing
Small car Rs. 1500/-
Shillong Tour Operators
Meghalaya Tourist Development Corporation (MTDC)
This is state government run unit.
Address: Tourist Information Centre, MTDC Ltd., Police Bazaar, Shillong - 793001.
Phone: (0364) 2226220
NOTE: MTDC does not have online booking system and neither they accept booking over phone or bank transfers. You need to visit Tourist Information Center at Police Bazaar minimum one day in advance to make full payment and book the tour. All their bus tours are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, however no guide is provided with tours on reserved cars.
Here are some of the best Tour Operators authorized by Meghalaya Tourism Department.
Pioneer Adventure Tours
Jarman Villa, Lower Lachaumiere, Hopkinson Road, Shillong – 793 001
Mobile: +91 9049442647/ +91 9856006437/ +91 9774014932
Van Rap Tours & Travels
Police Bazar, Shillong - 793001
Phone: 0364-2220954 (M): 9863028787/9436103247
Head Office: IPDE Building, Next to Hotel Yalana, Laitumkhrah Main Road
Branch Office: Tympang Club, Opp SBI Iawmusiang, Jowai
Phone: + 91 364 2501671, + 91 9863300397, +91 9856026363 + 91 9436700544
Cultural Pursuits Adventures
Hotel Alpine Continental
Thana Road, Shillong 793001
Phone: 98560 41205/ 94363 03978
Meghalaya Adventure Tours
Phone: 0364-2545621/2548059 (M) 098630-60368
New Horizon Travel & Tours
Salonsar Mansions, 2nd Floor, Police Bazar, Shillong-793001
Phone: 0364-2223233; Mobile: 98630-26900, 94361-17896
Natural Ways- Adventure Tour Garo Hills
Phone: 098630-91278 (M)
Nakliar Tourist Info Centre & Travels
(Mawlynnong Circuit) PDF Icon
C/o M/s D. D. Laoo & Co., G.S.Road, Police Bazar, Shillong-793001
Phone: 0364-2502420; Mobile: 9436104844
Tower Tours & Travels
Phone: 0364-2222341/ 2222342
Meghalaya Road Runner Tours
Mobile: 098630-25621; 94361-08581
Walk With Nine Lives
Mobile: 91 9863472784, +91 9831419047
D. D. Laloo & Company, G.S. Road, Shillong - 793001
Mobile:+91 98566 23716, 98560 01871, 97740 88808
You can contact Dipak Sarkar (a local driver) at 9615765231/ 9862330333 for Shillong and surrounding area sight-seeing… his rates are reasonable and he is a nice young man.