India’s very own Shillong will hold, ‘The India International Cherry Blossom Festival’ from November 8-11! This will be the first time that the festival is organised on such a magnitude; while Meghalaya hosted one last year. It will also be the world’s first cherry blossom festival to be held in autumn. And what’s even more amazing? The festival is free and open for all!
Stepping into this cherry-heaven is going to be like stepping into a love-struck nature.
The festival in Shillong will be held at multiple venues and is organised by the state government with the institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
In Meghalaya’s Khasi hills there is a massive growth of the Himalayan cherry blossom tree in soft whites, pinks and reds. The state government of Meghalaya and the institute planted 3000 saplings in the city of Shillong in the year of 2015. This step of planting the saplings was done for the better understanding of the indigenous tree. The institute is also looking to transplant varieties from Himachal Pradesh very soon.
So what is this festival going to be like?
In the evenings, at the Ward’s lake, the tourists can join the volunteers for night walks amidst illuminated cherry blossoms. An amateur tournament is also taking place in the golf clubs.
Jaintia, Garo and Khasi folk musicians will be performing a choir performance and tourists can also attend the rock shows.
There are other things for entertainment like stunt bikes, bicycle rallies, archery contests, traditional board games and also a beauty pageant.
What is highly recommended is sampling local fruit wines which are made from plum and blackberries. Tasty local delicacies are must-eat!
There are also local handicrafts made in the bamboo, wood and silk which one can buy during the festival.
To check out the schedule of the festival go here : Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival
This one promises to be a different experience!
Here is the video from the festival held last year in Meghalaya. Have a look!