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How To Reach Nongpoh
One of Meghalaya’s most underrated towns, Nongpoh is the administrative head of the Ri-Bhoi district and situated in the foothills of the East Khasi Hills, along the National Highway 40. The region is filled with the quintessential scenic spots that have long been associated with Meghalaya’s natural beauty. Tourists often end up visiting Nongpoh as part of their tour of Shillong and the neighbouring regions and leave with a feeling of complete rejuvenation. Since there are no rail lines that run in Meghalaya, tourists usually travel to this part of the state via flights or road journeys. Here are all the top ways to reach Nongpoh.
Nongpoh does not have its own airport and is only accessible via road. The nearest airport from Nongpoh is the Umroi Airport in Shillong, situated about 46 km away. However, Shillong Airport has limited connectivity to other cities across the country. Most people choose to fly into Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, Assam instead as it has connections to most cities across India; it is located 75 km from Nongpoh. Cabs and buses are available from both Shillong and Guwahati Airport directly to Nongpoh.
If travelling via road, the route from Guwahati and Shillong is the most direct and convenient one. The National Highway 40 allows travellers to enter Meghalaya with Nongpoh situated on the way; travellers from either Guwahati and Shillong can follow the direct route of NH 40 to reach Nongpoh. There are several private and government-operated buses that run to Nongpoh from Guwahati and Shillong. The terrain in the region can be a rough one though, so a lot of travellers choose to hire taxis to reach Nongpoh for a more comfortable journey. There’s also the option of shared taxis available for those looking for a cheaper alternative.
Nongpoh is a small hill station so travelling within the town isn’t much of a problem. Most tourists prefer to explore it on foot. Since it is not a very remote town either, there’s ample availability of both public and private transportation to travel back and forth in Nongpoh. Moreover, the locals are extremely co-operative and welcoming and are always willing to help out tourists who visit their little hamlet.