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Shillong-Shella Road Dukan Road, Sohra 793108 India
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#2 of 24 in Sohra
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By The Way is "A HOME AWAY FROM HOME" for Backpackers, is in Lower Cherrapunjee, Dukan Road. The location is on the main road, just before the Petrol Pump Station (Indian Oil) where the ATM is also there, on the right when you are coming from Shillong. It has 3 (three) rooms: 2 (two) dorm rooms with 3 (three) beds each and another single room with double bed and no attached bathroom in all these rooms.Opened on 1 June 2012 i started it when i met two Backpackers from Sweden while i was an auto-rickshaw driver, they wanted a cheap place to stay since the hotels/lodges here in cherrapunjee is beyond their budget. As i had a free room, so i let them stay in my place. Then an idea strikes to my mind that i should open a cheap place for Budget Travelers and Backpackers. Backpackers started to come and stay in my place and suggested me that i should give a name. Since it is by the side of the road and the cheapest place to stay in cherrapunjee so, i named it 'By The Way'
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DigitalisPurpurea wrote a review Jun 2018
Manchester, United Kingdom107 contributions57 helpful votes
I spent about four hours walking round Cherrapunjee looking for a budget place to stay and all the "homestays" (actually not homestays but hotels looking to cash in on the homestay trend) were charging 2,000 Rs a night. I was almost ready to get on the bus back to Shillong. Finally I saw this place and thank goodness for that. Owner is a funny and chilled dude. Rooms are very basic and beds a bit hard but they are clean and the price is very cheap. Separate bathroom and toilet which is round the back of the property but they are decent and clean with the best hot shower in India. A couple of tea shops a minute walk away and some restaurants 5 minutes walk away.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled
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Thomas wrote a review May 2018
Bangalore54 contributions20 helpful votes
I have not stayed here. but reading the reviews i set out to cherra planning to stay here. Due to soem confusion in shillong we reached very late a cherra . Our five member team( i was the only male) knocked at' by the way' at 8.pm and i was rudely told no rooms a re avilable. But i saw all their rooms locked with no light inside. Probably they were all empty... I will never venture out without prebooking in future. There was no facility to prebook and hence i had this scary situation. I was dumbfounded, but luckily gotr a response from the number i saw on street side and that was a gem. so unless you reach very early dont set out to stay in by the way.
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Date of stay: April 2018
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James B wrote a review Mar 2018
Southampton, United Kingdom32 contributions21 helpful votes
If you're traveling from far and need to stop off before heading down into the jungle, choose this place. Lovely host who gives you the low-down on all the logistics and what to do. Also looks after your bag (free of charge) while you go trekking so you only have to take a small bag (v helpful). Basic rooms and hard beds but for the price, you can't complain. I wouldn't stay longer than a night as down in the jungle is a much better location for exploring/trekking Would definitely recommend
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled
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bigup_d wrote a review Mar 2018
Bath, United Kingdom93 contributions124 helpful votes
Tl;dr: By the way is a sort of guest house with very basic and clean rooms and a very, very good owner. It's 3km outside of Sohra (aka Cherrapunji) Market. You can easily hitch a lift down. Alternatively, if arriving from Shillong in a share taxi, let your driver know and they'll drop you right outside. You'll see the big 'By The Way' sign painted on the side of the guesthouse. You need to ring the bell in the building behind where the rooms are. There's a shop above the guesthouse and an atm nearby, and a few restaurants. Very cheap. Only negative is beds are quite hard, but that appears to be the norm in Meghalaya. The host is keen to help out and offers great advice on what (and how) to do in the local area. Rooms don't have bathrooms - there's very clean facilities 15 second walk from the furthest room. Would recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled
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ARUN T.C wrote a review Jul 2017
Kerala, India20 contributions10 helpful votes
Me and my friend have stayed here for one day .. The stay was really good . so as the climate extremely nice . by the way it was worth staying there. The owner also is a nice man.. We would love to visit this place again..
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Traveled
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Food Travel Tech Life wrote a review May 2017
Ghaziabad, India276 contributions68 helpful votes
it is very nice place to stay on outer road, very near to the eco park. Pleasant and calm atmosphere with very co-operative locals. unfortunately i couldnt stay at this place as i had to return back to shillong.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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A-the-Traveller wrote a review Apr 2017
Bengaluru, India41 contributions75 helpful votes
Short of words to express the experience and aura this place and Mr Heprit carries. If I may give the credit, this is the best place of accommodation I've spent my night at, in the 18 states that I've traveled within India. Both the place and fellow travelers (read backpackers) you meet here, undoubtedly make it a home away from home. By the Way is easy to locate and a ten minute drive from Sohra taxi stand and a ride in the shared taxi costs you ten rupees. It is anytime a better idea to stay in Sohra instead of Shillong and plan your trips around the Khasi hills from here. A day trip to Mawlynnong + Dawki on one day, and a day trip to Nongriat (double decker bridge) and finally, a day for local sightseeing in Sohra is how it can be planned. If someone by any chance happens to be there, please give my regards to Heprit!
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Fess S wrote a review Mar 2017
Tucson, Arizona316 contributions125 helpful votes
We saw the sign for this place on the road from Shillong to Cherrapunjee- only 250 rupees per person. It is very simple but if you are on a budget and want to know about the area, this a great option.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Traveled
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gulshan_sharma wrote a review Mar 2017
Jaipur, India94 contributions40 helpful votes
Where do i start. Conveniently located near the shared taxi stand in sohra. This places is only recommend for backpackers not luxury travelers, because this place is not for fancy tourists . the hostel is small yet beautifull with some scenic views. Hostel has dorms aswell as private rooms. There are no private toilets/washroom. The rooms and both the common washrooms are clean,as the owners clean them himself on daily basis. Ps: the best part about by the way is the host Hebrit. He is a gem of a person. On arrival he will hand over a hand made map of the area which is very accurate and will also brief you about all the nearby attractions. He also took intrest and planned our trip. He will give you all the required information and make sure you have a comfortable stay. Ps: the host dosent has a cellphone so there is no way you can make a prior reservations . also he only accepts cash payment . as he doesen't have a bank account .
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Traveled
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VenkatNomad wrote a review Feb 2017
Mumbai76 contributions62 helpful votes
This is a simple place with clean bed-sheets and common toilets, which are very well maintained. The owner is a nice chap, who doesn't entertain noisy and party type crowds.. There is a grocery shop in the same building, which sells packaged stuff. For food, you have to walk about 10 mins away, where there are 2 hotels, selling good stuff..
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Date of stay: March 2016
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IndiaMeghalayaEast Khasi Hills DistrictSohra
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Frequently Asked Questions about By The Way
Which popular attractions are close to By The Way?
Nearby attractions include Nohkalikai Falls (2.6 miles), Arwah Cave (2.1 miles), and Mawsmai Cave (2.1 miles).
Is parking available at By The Way?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to By The Way?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jiva Grill sohra, Orange Roots, and Nalgre Restaurant.
Is By The Way located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Sohra.