Shillong, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to the hill station of Shillong, India? Shillong is one of the most awe-inspiring hill towns, with plenty of natural beauty as well as interesting old British architecture.

If you're planning to go to Shillong, below is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.

When to go to Shillong, India

There are things to do and see in Shillong all year. If you're just looking to relax, November is a good month, where rainfall is minimal and temperatures are low.

If you want to see the full majesty of the waterfalls, you are better off visiting during the rainy season of June or July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Shillong, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Shillong, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some rural areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's important to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a excellent one.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

 

What to wear/what to pack for Shillong, India by month

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January

If you go to Shillong in January, you will notice that it is crisp. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (mid 10s C).

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February

February in Shillong is cool and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

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March

If you go to Shillong in March, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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April

April in this region is warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

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May

In May, Shillong is warm. Temperatures routinely are in the 70s F (mid 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (mid 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Shillong, with more than half of the days of the month having rain.

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June

June in Shillong is warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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July

July for Shillong is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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August

If you are traveling to Shillong in August, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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September

If you vacation in Shillong during September, you are likely to notice that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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October

October in Shillong is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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November

Traveling to Shillong in November, you will notice that it is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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December

Traveling to Shillong in December, you will notice that it is relatively cool and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

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Activities for Shillong, India

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Shillong.

The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians is very important to Indian Chistians, so proper attire is suggested:

In Shillong, you're bound to do lots of hiking and trekking. If you go to one of the falls, like Elephant Falls, or the artificial lakes, like Umiam, you should be prepared with some trekking gear:


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

 

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