Spring in Japan and Sakura are synonymous; but not all can hop on a flight to catch that pink hue in everything. But we bring you some good news- there’s another way to witness the beautiful flowers courtesy the 4th India International Cherry Blossom Festival to be held in Shillong, Meghalaya from 13 November to 16 November 2019.
Every November, the streets of Shillong are lined up with freshly blossomed pink cherry trees and the experience is no less authentic than cherry blossom festivals in Japan or Paris or DC. Cherry blossom trees are filled with pretty-in-pink blooms and the whiff of barbeque fills the Khasi air. That’s not all; music gigs, a beauty pageant and stalls showcasing the cuisine, wine, arts and crafts of the region will also be a part of the festival to keep you entertained. Further, there also some sumptuous Korean barbeque and K-pop music along with bicycle rallies, taekwondo demonstrations and storytelling sessions. You can also take a walk of a lifetime under the beautifully lit up cherry blossom trees in the night sky and enjoy a fine dining experience at Ward’s Lake. Other entertainment will include rock concerts, traditional folk music, unplugged western music, and dance performances by natives of North East India.
Shillong’s pink bounty is a gift from the Himalayas. The cherry blossoms or Prunus cerasoides, as they are called span across the east and west Khasi Hills and the bloom marks the beginning of autumn in northeast India. The cherry blossoms have already started to appear in the upper altitudes of Shillong, and will be in full bloom in time for the festival, according to Albert Chiang, scientist, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, a co-organiser of the event. So, are you planning a trip to the North-East?