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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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Sagar Dubey

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  • Sagar Dubey
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  103 readers

"The R factor" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Yes the R factor, you read it right. It's the best reason which anyone can have to visit this place. The beautiful city in one of the states from seven sisters (seriously, this is hidden paradise). Waterfalls, hills, forests. Just visit & do not forget Cherrapunji!
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Soumitro das

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  • Soumitro das
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 6 Reviews
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"Nice place with great attractions!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Shillong, the capital of the state Meghalaya is a very nice place for a weekend visit. The town has been built by the British emperor for their relaxation at the time of summer in India, now been developed and it is a good destination to visit for holiday. There are some nice places to watch, viz. Lakes (umium and ward's), falls (elephant notably)churches, monasteries, temples, museum (air force)etc. One can visit Cherrapunji for sight seeing from there.

There are some market places where one can the daily requirements and local made things, in which the market called Police bazaar is the biggest. One can get every type of Indian, Chinese cuisine along with the local made momo and thukpa to eat. In winter light/heavy woollens are required and in summer the weather is pleasant throughout.
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Kishore Samanta

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  • Kishore Samanta
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Meghalaya at its best!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Sillong sightseeing is quite charming and adventurous if you have at least a week. Entire periphery of 200 km areas have rare natural deposits all around. Specially I would like to mention the morning spent on Dauki river. You will feel Scotland in India and fishing experience on the transparent water is a thrill.
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Alfred Kharz

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  • Alfred Kharz
  • Lives in Hassan
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  172 readers

"Scotland of the east" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Meghalaya is a place full of surprises. It's also known as the abode of Cloud. This state is blessed with mother nature. It has plenty of Waterfall like the nohkalikai, Dainthlen, Nohsngithiang. Mawlynnong one of the place in Meghalaya is also known as the cleanest place in Asia. Do visit during November and you'll be able to witness the Cheery blossom tree bloom with pink. It's the only state that have the cherry blossom tree after Japan.
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Aman Sharma

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  • Aman Sharma
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  508 readers

"Superb place with beautiful lakes and falls"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Shillong with my newly wedded wife. We visited many place in Shillong like Umium Lake, Ward's lake, Elephant Falls, Sweet Fall, Lady Haydri Park, Air force Museum and Butterfly Museum. Lakes were very beautiful. We ate Shillong's Thali, Nun and Chicken, Chola Batora, Momo, Macroni, Chips, Pickle, Panipuri and Sweets. Foods were very tasty especially Macroni and Momo. So, Shillong is the must visit place in India.
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Rahul Kumar

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  • Rahul Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Paradise on earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited this place on official work. But when I saw the place it was extraordinary with pleasant weather and so many beautiful places. After completion of my work I visited Police bazaar and also a Catholic church then Museum. At police bazaar we can find anything and it is the place everyone must visit. We can find restaurant near to it for food and also shopping malls who want to make purchase on fabric wear. But when I visited this place again I'm going to visit green city which is the cleanest place in India also Ward's Lake, Elephant falls. I advice travelers who are travelling in winter must carry extra clothing on them to avoid cold attacking.
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Maitreyee mukherjee

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  • 2 Reviews
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"Christmas break in Shillong"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The ambience and atmosphere during Christmas was very enjoying. Most of the populations are Christian so all of the house was decorated with a Christmas tree. People with Santa cap everywhere and singing Christmas carol. Chilled environment and warm heart this is Shillong in December.
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Anand Solanki

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  • Anand Solanki
  • Lives in Mathura
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  • 8 Reviews
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  •  2095 readers

"A nice place to visit"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The city is nice but the places nearby are better than the city itself. Like root bridge, the market here is always bustling with shoppers. An altogether different experience. City is marked with Fashionistas. Good connectivity altogether. City hut family dhaba is really a nice place to eat at.
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Varma Yrcs

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  • Varma Yrcs
  • Lives in Bobbili
  • 3 Reviews
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"It was awesome visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's an adventure trip to Shillong. You can see elephants waterfalls before reaching Cherrapunji. You can see caves and seven sisters waterfalls in Cherrapunji. You can see entire Shillong city from viewpoint location. You can have good hotels to stay and many places are not far from that city.
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Apoorv Yadav

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  • Apoorv Yadav
  • Lives in Meerut
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"Shillong, a nice place with nice attractions"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome destination to pass your summer vacation beautiful natural resources and Waterfall and Momos enjoy the 7 Sister Waterfall, Caves, Mountain, Lakes, Travel to upper Shillong to touch the clouds and Cherapunji, Elephanta falls are worth visiting, The Lady Hydrai park, Uiam lake, Mahadev Khola Dham.
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