Shillong: Known For Its Landscape
Meghalaya, the abode of clouds, is one of the most beautiful states in the North-East India offering a variety of sights, activities, food and festivals to the tourists. the place which receives one of the maximum rainfall in the world, Meghalaya can mesmerise you with its hills, valleys, lakes, caves and waterfalls which give it a beautiful look when covered with beautiful clouds.
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, . Shillong has a lot of leftover British colonial influence that is evident from the plentiful British architecture. Owing to the magnificent lakes all around the town, and the hills surrounding it, Shillong has often been called the Scotland of the East. The Umiam Lake also known as the Barapani Lake is one of the primary reasons why Shillong is compared to Scotland, as the lake with rocky hills in the backdrop is reminiscent of Scotland’s Loch Lake. Umiam Lake offers various water sports activities for tourists. Other important tourist attractions in Shillong include Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak and Lady Hydari Park.
Meghalaya has a history of rich craftsmanship, and wood-carving and artistic weaving are important crafts here, especially in the Jaintia and Khasi districts. You can shop for cane and bamboo handicrafts, wood carvings, jewellery as well as dolls, clay toys, and tiny musical instruments from the little souvenir shops in and around the state.
Weather in May: Owing to its altitude, Shillong enjoys a cool climate during summers as the average temperature rises from 15°C to 24°C.
How To Reach:
Shillong Airport in Umroi is located just 40 kilometers from the city.
Guwahati is the nearest railway station located about 104 kilometers away from Shillong.
One can also reach Shillong via local buses
Located near the south western border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Horsley Hills is a hill station which is the perfect amalgam of the charms of Andhra Pradesh and the beauty of the hills. It is thus often called, the Ooty of Andhra. This natural marvel is situated at an astonishing height of 4312 metres and is very well known for its breathtaking landscape, rich biodiversity, countless holiday options and comparative exclusivity. Home to the largest Banyan tree in the world and the oldest Eucalyptus, it is an environmental hub lined with thick foliage dense forest areas with trees such Gulmohar, Allamanda, Reeta, Amla, Beedi leaves, Blue Gum, and Sandalwood. As many as 113 species of birds including yellow throated bulbul, black eagle and white – rumped shama. The picturesque landscape of Horsley also doubles up as a destination for adventure sports and activities such as trampoline, shooting, bow and arrow, wall climbing, water walking, rappelling, swimming pool, fish spa and a mini zoo. And if you’re in the mood to just relax and unwind, then the endearing beauty of this hill station will surely cater to that as well.
A part of the Eastern Ghats, The Archeans, the hills in the region are said to be one of the oldest in terms of geological existence. There is an interesting story behind it unique name too. Reportedly, it is named after a British collector WD Horsley of Kadapa District, who built a majestic bungalow here to get some respite from the heat waves of the plains. A more enigmatic story follows that there was once a horse that guarded the Gurramkonda fort situated nearby with such ferocity that as long as it remained there, no one dared to attack the fort. The title of the hills near the fort was hence dedicated to the selfless service of the horse and the name Horsley Hills came to be.
Weather in May: Horsley Hills enjoy moderate weather during summers and the temperature ranges from 20°C to 30°C.
How To Reach:
Located at a distance of 160 kilometers and 165 kilometers, Tirupati and Bengaluru are the nearest airports respectively.
Madanapalle is the nearest railway head located just 43 kilometers away.
Mcleodganj: and Tawang Known For Being Dalai Lama’s Home
Mcleodganj is one of the perfect places to visit in India in May with family, friends and even for solo trips. Settled in the foothills of Himalayas, Mcleodganj forms a rare combination of an adventurer’s paradise and a peaceful haven which makes it one of the best places to visit in May in India.
The beautiful town of Tawang, also pronounced as Dawang has many sceneries to make your trip a picturesque one. However, what begins to define the area is its significance for Buddhist monks. Tawang is the place to go for monasteries, with the Tawang Monastery being the most popular one and extremely sacred for the Buddhists. Tawang is a place which will flatter you with its natural beauty wrapped in the scent of spirituality. The beautiful orchid sanctuary and the Tipi Orchid Sanctuary is also an ideal place for your list of places to visit. Along with this one can have their taste buds to have an experience of Tawang by indulging into the area’s unique cuisine.
Weather in May: Summers in Mcleodganj is the best time to get out and explore this adventurous city with average temperature ranging from 22°C to 38°C.
Major Attractions: Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang, Bhagsu Nag temple, Bhagsu Falls, Tibetan Museum, Church of St. John, Triund and Dal Lake.
How To Reach:
Gaggal Airport is the closest airport located about 18 kilometers from Mcleodganj.
Pathankot Junction serves as the nearest railway head which is 90 kilometers away from Mcleodganj.
From all major cities, one can easily reach Mcleodganj Bus Terminal by road.Mcleodganj: Known For Being Dalai Lama’s Home
The beautiful state of West Bengal attracts a great number of tourists every year as the state is jewelled with mesmerising landscapes, gushing sea, blossoming tea gardens, huge deltas, lush green forests, plentiful wildlife, ancient temples and magnificent British monuments. Tiger Hill, Howrah Bridge, Tea Gardens are some of the famous tourist spots which offer an insight into the vast culture and history of the State. The culture of the state is adorned by colourful fairs and festivals for every month. A vast number of famous pilgrimages also attract a large number of tourists of all faiths and beliefs.
Much famed as the trekker’s paradise, Sandakphu is located at a height of 3636 meters in the north west region of Darjeeling. Being the highest peak in the entire Singalila mountain range, trekking to Sandakphu once can get you Himalayan memories of a lifetime.
Weather in May: Sandakphu enjoys a cool climate with a temperature range of 6°C to 12°C in summers.
Major Attractions: Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Singalila mountain range, Mane Bhanjang, Chitrey, Tonglu and Tumling.
How To Reach:
You can reach Sandakphu from Manebhanjan in about 5 hours via a jeep or any other SUV.
The climb is too steep and the distance of about 32 kilometers cannot be accessed at night.