How do I go about getting there, then?
It's normally easier to get a return flight to one of the major cities (either Mumbai or Delhi generally work best), and then do your onwards travel from there. Internal flights are pretty cheap generally, especially if booked in advance.
Cochin is a breeze for most as handily it has an international airport. It's about an hours taxi journey away from where the magic of the Run happens in Fort Cochin (traffic permitting). If you can't find a flight directly in or out of Cochin that suits you, then you can easily get a flight to a bigger transport hub such as Mumbai. An airport taxi will cost around £10, or there's a rather marvellous AC bus you can take for about £1.
There's an airport in Shillong itself - though services there are limited, a little pricey, and very often delayed or cancelled. A much safer bet is to get a flight to/from Guwahati. Shillong is a mere 4 hours away by taxi. You can get a shared Jeep or even a bus if you're on a budget. The taxi will cost you about £30, a shared Jeep around £2 per person, and the bus a little less than this. You may have heard rumours of a helicopter service between Shillong and Guwahati - though this has been scrapped at the moment as they kept crashing.
The airport in Jaisalmer has been under construction for the past forever and looks set to remain like that. The easiest way to get there/away is probably via overnight train to Delhi, which is extremely reasonable depending on what class of ticket you get. There is a ridiculously detailed website about Indian rail travel here. Trains should be booked in advance as they do tend to fill up. The nearest airport to Jaisalmer is in Jodhpur, which is around 5-6 hours away by road. A taxi will probably cost you around £40, or you can get a train or bus also for much less.
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