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  • State: Meghalaya
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1525 m
  • Pincode: 793001
  • District: East Khasi Hills
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0364
  • Weather: Summer 15 to 36°C, Winter 4 to 24°C
Shillong is the capital city and a hill station located in the north – eastern state of Meghalaya. It is at an altitude of 1496 metres above sea level. ‘Lum Shyllong’, which is at an altitude of 6,447 metres above sea level, is the highest point of this place.

It is often referred to as the ‘Scotland of the East’ because it is believed that, in the past the European settlers were reminded of Scotland by the waterfalls and hills surrounding the town. The headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district is located at this place.

In 1864, the British made Shillong the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills and since then this place has become more substantial and at the same time, has also grown in its size. In 1874, when Assam became a Chief Commissioner's Province, Shillong was selected as the headquarters of this new administration due to the convenient location of this place, which is between the Brahmaputra and Surma valleys, and the pleasant weather.

Shillong remained the capital of Assam until the new state of Meghalaya was formed on 21st January, 1972. After the division of both the states, Shillong became the capital of Meghalaya and Dispur in Guwahati was made the capital of Assam.

The architectures and buildings in Shillong, along with the eating habits of the local people, till date reflect the British legacy. Most of the houses in this place are built in the Assamese with slanting roofs, numerous windows and wooden floors, which is perfect because heavy rains and frequent earthquakes occur at this place.

Most of the people living in Shillong belong to the Khasi tribe and follow Christianity. Bengalis and Nepalis also live in this place in significant numbers. The Khasi society is a matriarchal one, where the mother is the head of the family and the children write her surname. The property is passed on to the youngest daughter.

There are several interesting places to visit in Shillong including Umiam Lake in Barapani, Shillong Golf Club, Bara Bazaar, Botanical Survey of India Orchidarium, Wards Lake, Lady Hydari Park and Zoo, Meghalaya State Museum, Shillong Peak and Butterfly Museum.

Shillong also houses several waterfalls, the prominent ones being Spread Eagle Falls, Crinoline Falls, Elephant Falls, Beadon Falls and Bishop's Falls. Some churches of Shillong, including the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Grotto Church and the All Saints Church, are counted among the most popular churches in India.
 

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Rashi Tekriwal
  • Rashi Tekriwal
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 Review

"Best place to hang out with friends"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This place is one of my favourite place. I would love to spend my time in this beautiful place. Amazing view while moving on road. Best place to hang out with your friends, beloved and family. Some famous places are Cherrapunji, living roots bridge, sky view (bangladesh view), KA JING MAHAM Cave, Tree house and many more.
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Manaj Patra
  • Manaj Patra
  • 3 Reviews

"A paradise on earth"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Paradise on Earth! I would like to visit again. Silent and calm environment. I relaxed for some days and back to work again. The food was o.k. But I enriched my life with natural beauty , scenery and good people. Best time to visit in November, I suggest to other tourists !
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Arvind Arv
  • Arvind Arv
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 2 Reviews

"Home of the clouds"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This place is one of my favorite places. The roads over the mountains are awesome. Rainy season is good to see. Cherrapunjee, mawsynram, tura and mawlynnong are the places to visit. It is really an amazing and a god place to visit.
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Jai Shankar
  • Jai Shankar
  • Lives in Shillong
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  • 5 Reviews

"A place for mountain lovers"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is a 24X7 destination. Any body who love to spend their time with nature/low mountains/meadows should come to the destination. People must visit locations are cherrapunji, shillong peak, barapani (enroute to shillong). The best food in shillong is its non-veg momos, chow mein.

The best way to come to this destination is by air up to Gauhati and then by road. There is an option to take a flight from Guwahati to shillong but quite often the flight gets cancelled.
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Varsha Godbole
  • Varsha Godbole
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 5 Reviews

"Overgown capital city of India's small north eastern state"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 11, 2014
Meghalaya is one of the seven sisters of North East India bordering Assam in north and Bangladesh in south. Its capital, Shillong, is a small town bursting at it seems. Town has all modern facilities but every road you visit is extremely crowded, particularly in the evening. Town has much to offer to tourists and one comes back with pleasant memories.
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Mahadeb Pal
  • Mahadeb Pal
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 13 Reviews

"The best place you can every go to"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 5, 2014
First of all, the weather of shillong is very nice. Beside the town, you may also go to Mawlynnong, which is the cleanest village of asia. You also can travel to cherra or shora which are the wettest placed in our Earth. All types of foods are available there.
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Ravinder singh Sawhney
  • Ravinder singh Sawhney
  • Lives in Amritsar
  • 12 Reviews

"Education and excursion; recommendable"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2014
I happened to visit Guwahati to attend an International Conference at IIT Guwahati. After having a water voyage in the Brahmputra, we decided to visit Megalaya on the last day of our stay in Guwahati. We hired a Taxi and asked him to take us to Mausynram. Though initially we planned to come back to Guwahati the same day, but at Shillong, we changed our program and planned to stay back. We were referred Hotel Polo Towers and we agreed readily to give it a try. We visited all the wonderful places in the Shillong and next day evening, we were back to Guwahati only to board our flight back to Delhi and subsequently to Amritrsar.
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Mukesh Yadav
  • Mukesh Yadav
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 1 Review

"The place filled with natural beauty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 2, 2014
Shillong is best for its natural beauty and weather. It is a really good. You will enjoy a lots. There is a fixed timing for rain, it will rain between 1 pm to 4 pm, after which the weather becomes really fantastic. MOSTLY Couples would enjoy that. There is some sky point in Shilong, where you feel the sky is falling on you. Natural beauty is also very good. There are some falls like the Elephant Falls which is good. Over all its a nice place to enjoy and every one should come and visit this place.
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Ravi krishna Merugu
  • Ravi krishna Merugu
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing place to travel"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2014
Meghalaya is the state full of nature specially like waterfalls, deep forest, hills and rainfalls etc. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. shillong is the beautiful city with neat roads.. Its quietly western culture. Police bazar is the main area of shillong and all our friends said what to see. Here specially I want to say about Chirapunji. No words for its beauty.. Mind blowing scenery and climate. I want to say only one word please watch the chira and don't miss the double decker bridge which was located in middle of the forest. It will take whole day. People are so sweet and friendly. Everything is safe. Trust me guys and enjoy the heaven.
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Ketan mardikar
  • Ketan mardikar
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 3 Reviews

"A decent place"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2014
Wont be able to write much about Shillong because we stayed there only for one day. Not much to write. Good weather but nothing much to offer otherwise to a traveller, travelling 2000 km from other parts. I would suggest to spend maximum time in Sohra/ Cherrapunji and Mawsynram instead of Shillong. Take one day break in Shillong and get back to Guwahati for further travel.
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