How to Go
The partition of the
country has created severe infrastructure constraints for the
Northeastern region, with merely 2% of the perimeter of the region
adjoining the rest of the country. A narrow strip of land, often
called the Siliguri Corridor, or the Chicken's Neck connects the
region with the State of West Bengal. Meghalaya is a land locked
state with a large number of small settlements in remote areas. Road
is the only means of transport within the state. While the capital
Shillong is relatively well connected, road connectivity in most
other parts of the state is relatively poor. A significant portion
of the roads in the state are still un-metalled. Most of the
arrivals into the Meghalaya take place through Guwahati in
neighbouring Assam, which is nearly 103 km away. Assam has a major
railhead as well as an airport with regular train and air services
to the rest of the country. The State still has a large number of
old timber bridges.
Meghalaya does not have any railhead. It has a small airport at
Umroi, about 40 km from Shillong on the Guwahati-Shillong highway.
The small size of the airport does not allow the operations of large
aircraft and only small aircraft operate from Kolkata and Agartala,
capital of the neighbouring State of Tripura.