Ri Kynjai, Shillong Evaluate – CardExpert

Meghalaya is such a tremendous place on this planet identified for having the wettest place on earth: Cherrapunji. The present wettest place is definitely totally different although (Mawsynram) and it’s located nearer to Cherrapunji as nicely.

That apart, Shillong is the capital and possibly the one “metropolis” on this state as remainder of the state is roofed by hills. Ri Kynjai is situated at a first-rate spot overlooking the preferred lake of the state: Umiam lake. Right here’s an in depth assessment of our keep at Ri Kynjai, visited throughout early 2021.


  • Income Price: 14,000 INR per night time (Superior Room)
  • I paid: through Amazon Pay Steadiness

This property was not listed on most reward redemption portals by the point I booked, (I can now see it listed although). So I had no different selection aside from going with Amazon Pay.

I acquired these Amazon Vouchers through varied sources (Amex, HDFC, Payback), some by redeeming factors and a few at low cost. I don’t deal with them as free as such, as its money equal for all of the identified causes. Nevertheless, for the sake of this journey, I needed to take into account it as “type of” free.



We left Radisson Blu Guwahati within the morning by highway and reached Shillong by midday. Talking of roads, I ought to say Guwahati-Meghalaya roads are the most effective laid roads I’ve ever seen. 10X higher in comparison with the roads of the rich Karnataka.

They’re wider, good and greeny on the edges as you progress in direction of Meghalaya. 

The resort is located earlier than you enter town (nearer to airport as nicely), so we arrived ahead of we thought.

Verify-in was easy with a pleasant welcome drink. 

The Room

The primary impression of the room and the lake views have been WOW. 

The room was fairly spacious with a decently sized balcony. The highest tier room comes with an enormous balcony, the one the place Aamir Khan stayed. This one is a step down from that.

You would possibly want that one should you’re going with an enormous household, else, I don’t discover a want, and so we went with this superior room class.

Listed here are some room snaps for you,

TV & work table

The climate was chill more often than not, because the temperature is often within the vary of 15 diploma celsius and will get a lot colder within the night, as anticipated.

Even the room heater seems lovely right here, as you possibly can see above. 

Now comes the most effective a part of the room: the balcony & the breathtaking view:

View from the Balcony
View from the Balcony
Nearer take a look at the Umiam Lake

The Meals

Breakfast: Respectable breakfast unfold, however I’d anticipate a grand buffet for the associated fee they cost per night time.

Dinner: We ordered few North Indian dishes for dinner and it was tasty as nicely.

Breakfast - Idli
Breakfast – Idli
Breakfast - Poori
Breakfast – Poori
Grape Juice
Grape Juice

The Property

It’s a reasonably large property and you could possibly do nature stroll throughout. The property maintains a pin-drop silence more often than not. 

If a human speaks with door open, particularly in balcony, it appears like solely they exist in your complete resort. 

It was really a tremendous expertise to have such a peaceful and stress-free environment. It’s no marvel why they’ve the tagline “Serenity by the lake” for this property.

That apart, in addition they have one of many distinctive exteriors within the nation, like under:

Entrance – Grass was alleged to be greeny, however was not throughout our go to

A Quick Trek

They’ve a pathway from the property that goes into the woods which then results in the Umiam lake (type of from the bottom).

The trek between the lodge and the lake is about 15 minutes and its a pleasant spot, surrounded by silence. It’s good to see such locations in our nation because it jogs my memory of the neat and clear overseas lakes with entry. Some pics under:

Trek path
Umiam Lake area - A Short Trek from the hotel
Umiam Lake space – A Quick Trek from the lodge


Dawki: An extended, tiring 4 hr day journey to Dawki will greet you with a tremendous view of boats on clear water like this one under.


And above all, this place shares its border with Bangladesh. 

You cross the lake and you’ll see 100’s of vacationers in Bangladesh seaside facet.  You possibly can hear the noise of the seaside crowd on one facet and silence of nature on the opposite.

Bangladesh Border
Bangladesh Border

You possibly can take a ship journey to expertise this. One among a form! You may also go to the cleanest village in Asia & the foundation bridge – few minutes drive from right here.

Umiam lake: It’s a 5 min drive to the lake entrance from the lodge. A night boat journey on this huge lake can take you to a special world altogether.

Sundown at this lake was magical. We have been fortunate to not have lot of vacationers by then, which helped us to expertise the character, as it’s. 

Boat at Umiam Lake
Sundown at Umiam Lake


The keep at Ri Kynjai Shillong was undoubtedly a memorable one of many yr. For those who want to benefit from the silence of nature with breathtaking views of the lake, you shouldn’t miss this property in your life.

The benefit of the place is, you possibly can fly on to Shillong as nicely and arrive on the property in underneath 30 minutes from the airport, which I intend to do someday in future together with few nights in Cherrapunji to discover these lovely falls in and round probably the most wettest place on this planet.

Have you ever ever been mesmerized with Meghalaya like me? Be happy to share your experiences within the feedback under.

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