how do i get to
For international travelers, the best entry points into India for attending ITM 2015/IMR 2015 are New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati (located in the lowlands State of Assam). Guwahati is the nearest international and domestic airport to the event site, and is reachable from different entry points in India, especially from the eastern Asian and Pacific countries.
All immigration and customs will be cleared in New Delhi and travellers will need to rebook their luggage for the domestic flight which will have a 15kg luggage limit unless the ticket is booked with one PNR or booking reference. This will be a long flight and travelers should consider stopping over in New Delhi before taking the domestic flight from New Delhi to Guwahati.
International delegates and special guests will be met at New Delhi or Kolkata International Airports where IMR Volunteers will guide them to their transit hotels for overnight stays (if required) or onto the onward flight to Guwahati Airport. Once in Guwahati, they will be escorted to specially assigned cars or mini buses for a three and a half hours hilly ride to Shillong.
*Please note: Depending on where you’re flying through to reach India, you must check if you require a transit visa in the country you are transiting through, if you plan to leave the airport.
There are no rail lines in Meghalaya. The nearest railway station is Guwahati, 104kms from Shillong and well-connected to all the major cities of India. However, Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) has bus services coordinated with train arrivals at Guwahati. The buses leave Guwahati between 6am and 5pm. Reciprocal services from Shillong also leave at the same time. Taxis are available at Guwahati Railway Station.
By Road/Public Transport
Shillong is connected to all major cities of India by road only through Guwahati. Interstate busses ply from Guwahati to and from all major cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, etc., among others. National Highway 40, an all-weather road, connects Shillong with Guwahati. Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) and Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) operate bus services to and fro from Shillong to Guwahati and vice versa between 6am and 5pm daily. Tourist taxis, Tata Sumo taxis and tourist coaches are also available for travel between Shillong to Guwahati and vice-versa.
GETTING TO THE IMR 2015 FROM GUWAHATI, ASSAM
At Guwahati Airport, ITM Volunteers will welcome all participants and assist them with their luggage, so that they can travel in comfort during the three hours of their scenic 150km journey by road to Shillong. The participants’ flights will be arranged in such a way as to ensure that the travel from Guwahati to Shillong will occur during the day.
If needed, there is also a helicopter service between Guwahati and Shillong that can be used by making separate arrangements.
National Highway 40, an all-weather four lane road, connects Shillong to Guwahati. State Transport Corporation and private transport operators have services to various places in Meghalaya and to neighbouring states. All delegates will, however, be able to travel in comfort in the specially arranged vehicles for ITM 2015/IMR 2015.
All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad.
All Individual visa seekers are requested to apply for the Indian Visa through Online application link, in order to make an application for getting the Indian visa.
For additional information on the visa process, please visit www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
ITM 2015/IMR 2015 and the indigenous communities of Meghalaya will make every effort to ensure the comfort of all delegates. Each participant will be the recipient of the warmth, hospitality and humility for which the indigenous peoples of North East India are renowned.
The organisers will arrange for the accommodation of selected delegates and special guest delegates. All guests will be housed in select home stays, hotels, hostels and guest houses to ensure that high standards of cleanliness and comfort are provided.
food & drinks
In Meghalaya, multi-cuisine restaurants, as well as local food stalls, are to be found everywhere. Rice is the staple food and different varieties from red rice to sticky glutinous rice are grown and eaten in Meghalaya. The red rice from the Sung Valley is known to be particularly delicious. Pork in every form is enjoyed by all three indigenous groups and black sesame seeds are used to add a distinctive taste to many dishes.
The State of Meghalaya enjoys a temperate climate. It is directly influenced by the south-west monsoons and the north-east winter winds. The four seasons of Meghalaya are spring - March and April, summer (Monsoon) - May to September, autumn - October and November and winter - December to February.
The weather in early November is generally cool but pleasant with ample sunshine. The temperature during the day averages around 19°C, whereas at night, it drops to around 7-10°C. The houses and meeting halls are generally minimally heated and hence, we request you to carry warm clothing and appropriate footwear for the evening.