K-pop and anime cartoons had an element in common- cherry blossoms. We’ve grown up wondering how to experience a cherry blossom shower, or wear organic cherry blossom perfume without having to burn a hole in our pockets. Thanks to the agricultural advancements in India, Shillong, is hosting the 4th International Cherry Blossom Festival from the 13th to 16th of November this year. Excited? Here’s why you should be!
The festival screams ROMANCE!
Walking hand-in-hand underneath a canopy of blush pink flora, going on wine dates at Ward’s Lake and live music shows are just a few attractions to begin with. The list is endless. See it as a week’s getaway to the land of tranquillity, or a honeymoon or anniversary mini vacation – your partner would undeniably love every element of this festival! Come with your beloved to celebrate the unique Autumn blooming of the Himalayan Cherry Blossoms of Khasi Hills.
Something exciting for EVERYONE!
From music gigs, fashion shows, beauty pageants, to native wine, cuisine, art & food stalls, this festival is going to be EPIC. There would be numerous food stalls serving traditional North-eastern cuisine along with some lip-smacking Korean barbecue.
Rock concerts, folk music, western music and K-pop bands would all be setting the mood right. Witness traditional North-eastern dance forms like you’ve never seen before.
Not just that, there are bicycle rallies, taekwondo workshops, photography competition, storytelling competitions and what not! Whether you’re a food monster or a K-pop fan, a lover, or a passionate photographer, there’s something for each one in this festival.
How to reach?
By air, the closest airport is the Umroi airport, that’s approximately 25 kms from Shillong. Although, Guwahati airport, which is 125 kms away, is a big airport that has excellent connectivity to anywhere in India and some major cities abroad. You can take a taxi from Guwahati to Shillong.
Likewise, the Guwahati station is the biggest and the closest station to Shillong. Around 100 kms away from your destination, you can reach Shillong in a taxi.
If you’re up for enjoying the picturesque scenery that takes you to the festival, definitely go for a road trip. Shared taxis help you travel economically, and so do buses that run from Guwahati to Shillong. The beauty of the seven sisters is to die for!
Meghalaya government, Institute of Bio-Resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal, and Indian Council of Cultural Relations joined hands to organise this must-attend extravaganza! Book your tickets NOW if you haven’t already!