You don’t have to go fly to Japan or USA to feast on Cherry Blossoms. Witness the grandeur of Cherry Blossoms in Autumn this November in Meghalaya’s Khasi Hills. From 8-11 November 2017 the Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong will celebrate the flowering in this International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, with community events such as guided night walks, live music gigs, a beauty pageant, and stalls showcasing the cuisine, wine, arts and craft of the region. Travellers can join night walks under illuminated cherry blossoms, led by volunteers at Ward’s Lake between 5-8 p.m.. Alongside, there will be a rock concert, traditional folk music, unplugged western music and dance performances from all over North East India, choir performances, bicycle rallies, storytelling sessions of local and world folktales, Japanese cultural events and a Japan Higher Education Fair . Visitors can even bring their golf set along to participate in the amateur golf tournament. All events are free and open to all.
Meghalaya, also known as ‘Abode of the Clouds’ has one of the world’s largest surviving matrilineal cultures. It has a rich forest cover and its forests are considered among the richest botanical habitats of Asia, which support rich floral and faunal diversity. Meghalaya also offers many adventure tourism opportunities in the
form of mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking and hiking, caving (spelunking) and water sports. Meghalaya’s capital, Shillong, the “Scotland of the East”, is often called “India’s Rock Music Capital” due to its inhabitants’ great passion for music. In 2016, it was voted “India’s Favourite Hill Station” by HolidayIQ.com.
HOW TO REACH & WHERE TO STAY
Also have a look at the following crowdsourced pages on Shillong
Then there is also the Meghalaya Tourism Site that has a lot of information
Check this amazing FB page called Discover Meghalaya for spectacular landscapes, sites that you might want to explore once you get here
Yet another informative site on rural tourism is the Explore Exotic Meghalaya site