About Shillong

A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, Shillong provides a relief from the heat across the country. This hill station is known for its picturesque sights and traditions. The soothing climate makes Shillong suitable to visit in all seasons. The light drizzles and the cooling gentle wind adds to the joy of visiting this hill station. This place is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’. One can find descendants of the Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim tribes. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is the home to numerous waterfalls. The exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and the zoo are the key reasons why people visit Shillong. Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfalls, caving, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and culture. Shillong in particular has been in limelight for its jovial people and their culture. Interestingly, Shillong has a very westernised culture and it has a very young feel to it. Shillong is also famous as the music capital of India, as many prominent musicians have hailed from this place. Many music events keep happening throughout the year, making it a very lively place.

Place to must visit in Shillong


Places to Visit in Shillong

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Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 42 kms

Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is a small village in the East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya, the abode of changing clouds. Mawlynnong is famous for its matrilineal society as well as having been declared Asia's cleanest village which comes under the Pynursla community development block and legislative assembly constituency. Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is famous for its women-centric society as well as having been declared Asia's cleanest village. As per the survey of 2014, there were about 95 homes in Mawlynnong. The literacy rate was 100%. The localites are chiefly occupied with agriculture, with betel nut being the main harvest. The people residing here belong to the Khasi Tribe while other tribes is Garo.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 10 kms

Umiam Lake

Umiam Lake, a mesmerizing man-made reservoir, is located at a distance of 15 kilometers north of Shillong which is the capital of the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. The lake was formed after a dam was constructed to generate hydroelectric power. The serene lake or the reservoir is surrounded by thick coniferous forests and expands over an area of about 222 square kilometers. The area of this lake is four times the size of San Marino or Bermuda. It is encircled by lush green East Khasi hills that form one of the best panoramic sights for nature-lovers in the country. The picturesque location and the serene beauty of the lake attract tourists from all over the world. The sunrises are a treat to the eyes and shouldn't be missed. The Umiam Lake has a park adjoining it which is a hotspot for picnics and frequented by locals for a getaway from their busy scheduled. There is something for everyone at the Lake. Students and nature-lovers can admire the flora and fauna as they study the science behind the dam, children can spend some time in the park with their parents, visitors can take a long boat ride in the lake, and adventure lovers can enjoy boating and various water-sports. There are a few islands in the lake that can be used as pit-stops if one requires a moment of rest while boating through the lake. Apart from the tranquillity that this place has to offer, one can also observe the daily life of the natives who come to the lake in search of twigs and grass or the fishermen canoeing in the still waters. In summers, the shores are adorned by beautiful Gulmohar trees while in winters, the water level recedes and turns azure.

Experience Time: Less than 1 hour

Distance: 8 kms

Elephant Falls

Named after an Elephant like stone at its foot, the Elephant Falls are amongst the most popular falls in the North-East, situated next to Shillong. It is a tourists' paradise with three layers of the falls accessible to the layman from different vantage points. The Britishers named this fall so owing to the presence of an elephant-shaped rock on one side of the fall. However, the stone disintegrated and was washed away due to an earthquake in 1897. At Elephant Falls one can get very close to the falls and enjoy its serenity and might. This is also a superb place for spending some time in the midst of nature while capturing the incredible moments for your keepsake. These breathtaking falls were referred to as 'Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew' by the local Khasi people, which means 'The Three Step Waterfalls', as these falls consist of three mesmerising falls in succession. The first of the three waterfalls are tucked between the dense trees and are very broad. The second waterfall reduces to thin strands of water and is almost negligible in winters due to the receding water levels. The third and the most visible waterfall is the tallest with clear water flowing like a sheet of milk on the dark rocks in the backdrop. Out of the three, the third waterfall tends to strike the visitors as the most impressive. Elephant Falls is a great stopover destination before one head for further journeys into Meghalaya. Located 12 km away from the capital city of Shillong, it is one of the most visited falls in the beautiful state.

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Distance: 44 kms

Mawsynram

Currently the wettest place on earth (tough competition with Cherrapunjee), Mawsynram receives 12m of rain annually. The generosity of mother nature can be easily seen and experienced with the fresh air, blue skies waterfalls and lush greenery.

Experience Time: Less than 1 hour

Distance: 4 kms

Shillong Peak

At the height of 6449 ft and 1965 m above sea level, this is the highest point of Shillong. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city, the Himalayas, its waterfalls as well as of the Bangladesh plains. A telescope is available for tourists to get a bird's eye view. Trekking up to this semi-circular peak is highly recommended for the best views but it is often bounded by heavy fog. It is said that Shillong gets its name from this peak itself. Regional tales tell that the patron deity 'Leishyllong' resides in the hills and protects the city from all evils. The U Shulong site at the top of the peak is sacred and every spring, a ritual is organised there. The place is situated at the air force base and features a radar station of the Indian Air Force. Due to security reasons, heavy checking is done at the gates, and tourists are asked to deposit their cameras.

Experience Time: 1 to 2 hours

Distance: 1 kms

Ward's Lake

A pretty artificial lake surrounded by gardens is an ideal evening get away! Also known as the Polok Lake, it is usually flocked by couples, picnickers and locals. Boating and fountain dancing are big activities of this place. The complex also has a cafeteria and a Botanical Garden. the lake is located beneath the Governor's recidence.

Experience Time: 1 to 2 hours

Distance: 2 kms

Lady Hydari Park

One of the most famous tourist spots of Shillong, the park is dedicated to the first lady of the province - Lady Hydari. This sprawling park encompasses a wide variety of flora along with a cute mini zoo housing 73 species of birds and over 100 reptiles. The beautiful bed of roses is the highlight of the park. A special play area is a part of the park as well.

Experience Time: 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 2 kms

Don Bosco Museum

A theme museum with collective information on the entire North Eastern stated of India, the museum exhibits a wide collection of regional artwork, attires, accoutrements, handicrafts, ornamentation, photographs and weapons. The museum consists of a seven storey building with seventeen galleries.

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Distance: 36 kms

David Scott Trail

Most popular trekking routes of Meghalaya, this path was originally laid by David Scott, a British officer as early as in the 1800s. It is still used to commute between Assam and Bangladesh. A 16km stretch covers horse tracks, waterfalls and the beautiful terrain of the East Khasi Hills. This 4 hour trek is best enjoyed in a group. October and November are the best months for this trek.

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Distance: 5 kms

Sweet Falls

One of the steepest and the most mesmerizing falls of the country. The sound of gurgling water, chirping birds, the feel of the falling water and the lush greenery - all together just take your breath away. There are no barricades for safety - so your life is in your own hands. the Sweet falls are near the Happy valley! it is a famous picnic spot. A butterfly museum is a part of the complex as well.

Experience Time: 1 day

Distance: 20 kms

Mawphlang

Mawphlang is a beautiful village situated 25 kilometres away from Shillong, the capital city of north-east Indian state of Meghalaya. The village lies in the district of East Khasi Hills and is famous for its sacred groves. Tourists come here to experience the true essence of Meghalaya. The village is named Mawphlang as it is one of the several monoliths in the Khasi Hills. The name Mawphlang means Grassy Stone (Maw phlang) and is a land of legendary stories, sacrifices and unique culture. It is home to the Khasi Heritage Village which was built to showcase the traditional lifestyle of the Khasi Tribes. For the ones who want a glimpse of the tradition, culture and lifestyle of the Khasis that is fading away in the modern world, this is the place to be. It's not just the kids who will get to learn about the Khasis, but also the grownups. In the 1890s, the village of Mawphlang was the centre of medical activity. It was also a hub for the Calvinistic Methodist Church or the Presbyterian Church of Wales missionary. Doctor Griffith of Brynmawr had established a medical clinic in Mawphlang in 1878. The monolith has been preserved to introduce tourists to the Khasi Tribes and their lifestyle in nature's lap. The sacred forest is also a famous attraction in Mawphlang which is of immense spiritual importance to the Khasis. The forest is home to a variety of flora and fauna and is a perfect destination for nature walks or trekking making it a true paradise for nature lovers.

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Distance: 40 kms

Nohsngithiang Falls

Plunging from a height of 315 meters, Nohsngithiang Falls are another wonder that Cherrapunjee has to offer to its visitors. Also known as the Seven-sisters falls, Nohsngithiang is an absolutely amazing sight to behold and not to be missed if you find yourself in the area. Like Nohkalikai Falls, Nohsngithiang falls are a pride of Meghalayan tourism and make for a wonderful place to visit when in Cherrapunjee. Surrounded by thick covering of rainforests with clouds hovering around its peak, Nohsngithiang Falls are quite a spellbinding view. Cherrapunjee is home to many wonderful waterfalls helped largely by its place as one of the wettest places on the planet but none so more than Nohsngithiang Falls. Plunging from a height of 315 meters on to the ground these are one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. The waterfalls are also known as the seven sister_ã_s fall due to seven-segment in the entire journey of falls. It is located at a distance of few kilometers from Cherrapunjee.

Experience Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

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Spread Eagle Falls

Located in the East Khasi District, 6km from the city these falls are considered to be the widest in all of Shillong. The falls gush down steep hills and into a massive pool. Also known as the Sati Falls, these are widely admired by the tourists. The falls look like an eagle with it's wings spread wide - hence the name.

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Distance: 45 kms

Jakrem

A famous health resort. Hot sulphur springs with medicinal properties is it's USP.

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Distance: 30 kms

Kyllang Rock

Some 78 km away from Shillong, a unique giant rock made out of red granite, Kyllang Rock is a giant dome placed in the West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The Rock which is 5400 ft above sea level and has a width of around 1000 ft is a mammoth block of granite which is part of the Khasi folklore and seems beautiful in its shape. A hike to the top of the dome allows you to treasure the marvelous landscape of the surrounding area. Surrounded by age old Red Rhododendrons, Kyllang Rock is said to have a special magnetic field which doesn_ã_t allow one to fall of its roof. The mammoth dome is inaccessible from its southern side whereas the northern side is full of rhododendrons and bushes. Rock climbing lovers flock to Kyllang Rock to test their skill and enjoy some unhindered adventure.

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Distance: 10 kms

Diengiei Peak

Situated on the western side of Shillong, is 6200 ft in altitude, this peak is just 200 ft shorter than the tallest peak in Shillong, Shillong Peak. For a height of about 1000 ft, the gradient of this peak is very steep and precipitous which makes for excellent mountain climbing. Other adventurous sports like rock climbing and rapelling can be done here.

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Distance: 11 kms

Sohpetbneng

At 1343m above sea level, an ideal location to meet nature. Sohpetbneng means 'navel of heaven' in the local language and is truly heaven - with the breathtaking view of Shillong it offers.

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Distance: 1 kms

Museums

There are innumerable museums in Shillong. The Arunachal State Museum, Meghalaya State Museum, Wankhar Entomology Museum, The Butterfly Museum and the Rhino Museum - there are so many, each as wonderful as the previous one.

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Distance: 1 kms

Meghalaya State Museum

The museum, a great attraction for tourists, exhibits vast collection of artefacts of tribal era and a collection of ancient scriptures. The museum is situated within the State Central Library complex at Laichumiere and is managed by the government of Meghalaya.

Experience Time: 1 - 2 days

Distance: 26 kms

Khasi Hills

Named after the Khasi tribe of Meghalaya, the Khasi hills are part of the larger Patkai hill range, a series of hills found across the Indo-Myanmar border in the northeast region of India. With deep lush valleys and conical peaks, these hills are famous for housing the Sohra or Cherrapunjee scarp, one of the regions with highest annual rainfall in the world, and the prevalent use of living root bridges seen in this region. The Nongkhum island, the second largest river island of Asia, is also located within this spectacular area.The dense forests mingling with tributaries that eventually drain out into the holy Brahmaputra, combined with the rich biodiversity of the region has earned the hills the title of 'Scotland of the east'. The Khasi hills were divided into the East Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills in 1976, with the Ri-Bhoi and South West Khasi Hills Districts being formed afterwards. The picturesque capital of Meghalaya, Shillong, is the district headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district, and the most developed town of the region. These hills are a great convergence of lush forests, endless verdant grasslands, majestic hills surrounded by playful clouds, waterfalls and rivers flowing through the creeks, and ancient monoliths loaded with mystical caves. Complemented with the abundance of diverse wildlife seen throughout the area, this region is world-famous for being a prime ecological hotspot.

Experience Time: 1-2 days

Distance: 157 kms

Garo Hills

Situated close to the Indo-Bangladesh Border, the Garo hills are part of the Patkai hill range, which extends across the Indo-Myanmar border. The hills get their name from the Garo tribe who inhabit the area. The Garo Hills, spanning across 8000 sq metres of area, offer magnificent viewpoints, densely populated with subtropical forests and rare endemic species of animals and birds. For ease of administration, the area has been divided into five districts: the East Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, North Garo Hills, South Garo Hills, and the South West Garo Hills. The Nokrek peak is the highest peak of this hill range, but the Arabella hills and the Tura peak also offer some breathtaking scenery. The Nokrek Biosphere reserve, one of the most important national parks with international importance, is located in this nature-rich area. The hills are also decked with splendid waterfalls, enriching the environmental coherence of the place. The Garo tribe are a culturally rich ethnic group, attaching tradition and significance to many parts of their natural surrounding. In doing so, they protect and respect their habitat, thereby preserving the immaculate allure of their surroundings. The tree of Boldak Matchu Karam, the rock of Naka Chikong, and the lake of Napak are all examples of these traditions, and the maintenance of the same attracts hordes of tourists all year round. Between the months of September and December, the post-harvest festival of 100 Drums Wangala is celebrated with great pomp at the Asnang village, now becoming a multicultural attraction with neighbouring tribes participating in the festivities with great enthusiasm as well. The largest town in the hills is Tura, which is also the most developed area and home to all the important administrative buildings.

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Jaintia Hills

Part of the former Jaintia Kingdom, the Jaintia Hills is a land of majestic hills filled with rich natural vegetation and mineral deposits. It is situated in Meghalaya and is part of the Patkai hill range that extends across the Indo-Myanmar borders. A relatively smaller hill district as compared to the Khasi and Garo Hills, the Jaintia Hills still amazes travellers with its pristine lakes and lush greenery. Jowai, the administrative headquarters, is the most developed town in this region and is the only place connected to other towns outside the hills. The hills comprise of two districts: the East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills. The Jaintia Hills is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of India, the Krang Suri Falls. Set against the backdrop of the rugged rocks with the verdant creepers and trees, the unreal shade of blue taken on by the water inspires the artistic side of anyone who views it. The falls have an almost divine feel to them, and one can not help but feel a sense of peace and serenity in its presence. The beautiful village of Nartiang is also situated in these fascinating hills where one can find the remnants of the Summer Palace of the Jaintia King. The Nartiang Monoliths, a large collection of mighty stones set since the stone age may also be found here.

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Laitlum Canyons

Also known as •Sit Valleyê by the locals, Laitlum Canyons means •end of the worldê or •end of hillsê. The exotic tourist spot is perched atop the East Khasi Hill in Shillong and nestled amidst majestic mountain peaks and verdant forests. The mountain top offers sweeping panoramic vistas of the valley below.

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Mawjymbuin Cave

Mawjymbuin Cave is situated in Mawjymbuin village in Cherrapunji and is thronged by naturalists, geologists, photographers, pilgrims and tourists alike. It has a thin stream flowing towards the eastern end of the cave. A rock shaped structure arising from the earth, shaped like a shivalinga is the primary attraction of the cave and is highly revered by Hindus.

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Cathedral Of Mary Help Of Christians

Cathedral Of Mary Help Of Christians is the cathedral of Roman Antidiocese of Shillong and is the chief praying place of the Christians of East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi. Constructed in the Gothic style of architecture amidst sprawling green lawns, this is one of the most ancient places of worship in Shillong. The church is also designed to absorb shock-waves.

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All Saints Church

All Saints Church is constructed on the Kacheri Road in Shillong. One among the oldest churches in the city, this was built during the British Raj and boasts of colonial style architectural finesse. The church was a whole wooden structure and is busiest during the routine Sunday masses.

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Air Force Museum

Situated in the Upper Shillong area, Air Force Museum is a brilliant display of the countryês defense forces. The museum has aircraft models, uniforms of pilots, miniature models of missiles, rockets, machinery, technology demonstrations of the Indian Air Force- Eastern Command along with pictures of Indo-China war and Indo-Pak war.

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Police Bazar

Police Bazar is the most tourist friendly market of Shillong. In addition to an array of restaurants, hotels and big brand stores, the bazaar also has a flea market section which is pocket friendly and draws maximum number of tourists owing to its traditional handicrafts stores, exquisite Meghalaya merchandise, regional apparels, junk jewellery and the like.

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Butterfly Museum

Also known as Entomological Museum, Butterfly Museum in Shillong is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. Situated on the Riatsamthiah Jaiaw, near Christian Academy School, the museum houses an extensive collection of vibrant butterflies, moths, beetles and other insects. The museum also cultivate butterflies for commercial purposes.

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Ever Living Museum

Situated in the Mawshbuit Village in Shillong, Ever Living Museum is a privately owned museum and is divided into three section. The first section houses contemporary and ancient weapons and armoury used by the Meghalayan tribesmen. The second gallery displays the bamboo handicrafts items. And the third is a beautiful lawn of orchids, wild flowers and fruits etc.

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Shillong Peak & View Point

Perched at an altitude of 1966 metres above the sea level, Shillong View Point aka Shillong Peak is the highest peak of the area and offers mesmerising bird eye views of the Shillong city below, surrounding mountain peaks, enchanting waterfalls and Bangladesh- Sylhet plains. You can also rent a telescope for a better experience.

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Rhino Heritage Museum

Located in the Bara Bazaar area of Shillong, Rhino Heritage Museum is dedicated to the army personnels, military weapons and war missiles and rifles. The museum gets its name from the pink coloured rhinoceros sculpture installed outside the premises. Among other exhibits, the highlight is the display of the weaponry of the Japanese army.

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