White Orchid Shillong – A Review

I am someone who always likes to stay far from the cacophony of the place wherever I visit so when I decided to visit Shillong, it was no different.

I wanted a quiet and simple place and something slightly away from the heart of the city and closer to nature. That’s when I came across the quiet little gem of a guest-house called The White Orchid.

view of shillong white orchid

View of Shillong from the terrace

Located near the Malki point, the property is owned by a Sikh family and is maintained by very courteous staff. Chetan, the manager is ever-helpful about anything and everything.

Keep in mind, this is not a conventional ‘hotel’ but a beautiful house converted into a clean and well-maintained guest-house and hence, it has very limited number of rooms.… continue reading

A quick trip to Shillong and Cherrapunjee

Known as Scotland of the east, Shillong is one of the most beautiful and happening hill-stations in north-east India.

I had crossed Shillong many times on my way home to Silchar (A glimpse of north-east India) but had never got a chance to actually visit this beautiful hill-station.

The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians

The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians

However, that changed sometime back when I finally managed to do a quick trip to the capital of the land of clouds, Meghalaya.

shillong peak

Shillong city as seen from the Shillong peak

As this was a quick trip, I could not visit all the places in Shillong I would have to loved to but then again, we always need a reason to re-visit a beautiful place, don’t we? 😉

Elephant falls Shillong

Elephant falls -Shillong

The main plan this time was to visit Cherrapunjee and leave Shillong for the next time.… continue reading

A glimpse of North East India

Before I come up with my next post on Chicago in continuation to the previous one In and around Chicago in pictures, let me show you a glimpse of the greenery of North-east India. Something similar to my last post The Silchar to Lumding train line.

During the good old times when I was a student, I did not have the luxury of flying to Guwahati from my hometown Silchar whenever I wanted to or had to.

Jaintia hills of Meghalaya

Somewhere in the hills of Meghalaya

With a very slow train that took more than a day and half to reach Guwahati from Silchar as an alternative to flying, the only feasible option was the (actually it still is, until the BG becomes operational) overnight bus service which took ~12 hours to make this journey.… continue reading