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Autumn Festival 2017 - October/November

Shillong the capital of Meghalaya becomes vibrant and comes alive during the months of October-November specifically because of the Autumn Festival held here during this time. It is a cultural extravaganza organized by the Government of Meghalaya along with other organizations. The event is a means of entertainment and frolic for the inhabitants of Shillong.

Apart from the natives of the area, tourists and visitors from all over India gather here during the Autumn Festival in the months of October-November to celebrate the festive spirit of the state of Meghalaya.
Autumn Festival Shillong
The Autumn Festival is packed with fashion shows organized by government providing an opportunity to different designers to showcase their designs which are made out of indigenous fabric which are woven in the state. Apart from the fashion show there are other events like food and wine festivals, flower shows, kite flying competitions, music and rock festivals, golf tournaments, fishing competitions and a host of other activities, which are organized during the Festival.

Both natives and tourists have a great time during the activities of the festival. It is celebrated on a grand scale and is immensely popular.
Shillong Autumn Festival
Meghalaya literally means "Land of Clouds" and is extremely famous for its traditional dance and music. Meghalaya is also a state which gives home to a number of tribes. Many tribal communities with their own set of culture, customs and traditions observe festivals with their own set of customs. Most of the festivals of Meghalaya revolve around agriculture, which is the prime occupation of the state people. Apart from the Autumn Festival other popular festivals include Wangala Festival, Seng Kut Snem and Autumn Flower Show.

How to Reach

By Air:

The state does not have any airport. The nearest airport is at Guwahati, which is only 128kms from Shillong the capital city of Meghalaya. A helicopter service operates between Guwahati, Shillong (30 min) and Tura (60 min), which is convenient and economical.

Autumn Festival Meghalaya

By Rail:

The state does not have any train service. The nearest and railway station is in Guwahati. The state has very convenient road connection with Guwahati throughout the year.

By Road:

Road Network in the state is quite efficient and covers the state conveniently. National Highway 40 is an all-weather road running through the state. The road connects Shillong with Guwahati, which in turn is connected to other major cities in rest of the country.

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This is certainly the best time of the year to visit this unique state Meghalaya, specially during the annual Autumn fest around the corner. I somehow get nostalgic, recalling the one held way back in 1997 (which was however postponed to the month of December and the date was 7th), the venue Polo ground and the event: The Grand finale of the fest- The Rock Concert.Among the two invited bands were "FRIENDS" & "MONTHS MIND" from Guwahati. And me as the bassist (cum one of the founder member of "MONTHS MIND', had a really great time ,playing along with "MOJO'(presently the infamous internationally acclaimed, "SOUL MATES". And remember when we were playing 'Sultans Of Swing', suddenly the late legend Bah Eddie Rynjah jammed with us. And "FRIENDS' too showed their mettle with their own unique style and sound, while we stuck to playing blues-based rock, throwing in one or two contemporary numbers. "MOJO' with Rudy on guitars, Ferdy,Sam and the guys also performed to their great expectations (as expected). Concert started at around 12 noon (I think , and we went on the stage at around 1 A.M.!!!! Several other renowned bands too played. In all everything was full of fun and the mood of the crowd didn't melt for once...So, those were the days, and even now (venue being shifted to 'Barapani'), the crowd and the participants still wait for this time of the year to attend the fest. .....and even me too, just be there and share the music, the fun,food, wine, and everything that comes my way!!! So long, see you there**** Love ,regards, and a big thanks to the people of Shillong, the M.T.D.C., and the organisers!!! From : Sumon (ex-"MONTHS MIND") Comment  #3
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i am leading a music group Rhythms of Manipur established in the year 1985 we also at Shillong last time at the tribal dance and music festival organised by the ICCR and State Art and Culture department at the Library auditorium which was attended by the Chief Minister and Art and Culture Minister on August 31 2011. We wish to part of the autum festival kindly inform the formilities in my mail. yours R.K.Sanatomba Chief Functionary Rhythms of Manipur,Imphal 08974005015 Comment  #1
by r.k.sanatomba, rhythms of manipur imphal on Oct 25, 2011 10:28 PM IST Report Abuse

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