4 November 2019 | 2 min read

The India International Cherry Blossom Festival In Shillong Is An Unmissable Affair 


If you have missed the cherry blossom season in Paris, Japan or DC, fret not because we have some exciting news for you. Shillong is all set to host the fourth edition of its India International Cherry Blossom festival from 13 November to 16 November 2019. Best part? You will not have to burn a hole in your pocket to travel to international destinations as the venue for the festival is right here in India. Tickets for Shillong from Delhi start at INR 5,766 – book yours here.

What’s Happening?

Shillong’s pink bounty is a gift from the Himalayas. The cherry blossoms—or Prunus cerasoides, as they are called—span across the east and west Khasi Hills. The bloom marks the beginning of autumn in northeast India. This means that besides getting those perfect Instagram shots, there a host of other activities in store for you. Think music gigs, a beauty pageant, and stalls showcasing the cuisine, wine, arts and crafts of the region. Did we tell you about the delicious Korean barbeque and K-pop music that you enjoy as well? Also, don’t forget to take a walk under the beautifully lit up cherry blossom trees in the night sky and enjoy a fine dining experience at Ward’s Lake. It’s open from 4 pm to 8 pm, every day of the festival. 

Other entertainment will include rock concerts, traditional folk music, unplugged western music, and dance performances by natives of North East India. If you like to be on the more active side of things, make sure you take part in the bicycle rallies, taekwondo demonstrations, and storytelling sessions. If you own a golf kit, bring it along to participate in an amateur tournament. Love photography? Make sure you take part in the cherry blossom photography competition. Photos, both old and new, will be accepted. Have you packed your bag? 

When – November 14-17, 2016

Getting to Shillong – You can fly to Shillong from some major cities through Kolkata, though it’s more convenient to fly through Guwahati and drive 3 hrs to Shillong.

Festival Venue – The festival events will be held at various venues in Shillong, Meghalaya including Ward’s Lake, Polo 5th Ground, Golf Course, State Central Library, and State Convention Centre {entry is free at all venues}

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by Mary Martina


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