Shillong Tourism

Shillong Tourism

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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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Sukher Kharmawshun

  • Tourist
  • Sukher Kharmawshun
  • Lives in Shillong
  • 1 photo
  • 1 Review
  •  473 readers

"Many spots to visit for different activities" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
As a guide and a travellers I had travelled across Khasi and Jaintia Hills. I suggest you people to visit these beautiful places and you will believe that Khasi and Jaintia are the Scotland of the east.

1. Nongkhnum Island-2nd biggest river island in Asia.
2. Mawphanlur- on the top of mountains you can find lots of beautiful lake and kayaking available.
3. Hot Spring Jakrem- Natural hot water come from inside the earth.
4. Shiliang Jashar- you can find roots ladder and roots bridge, bamboos bridge, waterfalls whole year, natural swimming pool.
5. Shyong Deng best place for boating and adventure sport.
6. Syndai- syndai cave and other ancient monument.
7. Mawlongbna
8. Umiam Lake
9. Sohra and Nongriat-many things to see etc.
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  • Dinesh
  • Lives in Pune
  • 5 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  734 readers

"A place you must visit" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Shillong is full of natural beauty. Provides enough space for foot walking & adventurism. Roads are narrow but the city authorities have introduced nice traffic control mechanism. Most roads within the city are one way hence traffic congestion is reduced. Don't try to overtake vehicles.

If one is fond of eating then must visit City Dhaba & enjoy veg or non veg food there. A very beautiful ambiance created by the team City Dhaba. You will enjoy every moment of stay there. You may have to wait for dinning space during peak lunch/ dinner hours.

Like any hill towns the place is slightly costly but you will find good handicraft material for gifts & for decorating your house.

We traveled to Shillong during Apr this year(recent visit) & found it very comfortable weather condition this time around. No warm cloth needed during this period.

Have at least one full day for boating in Bada pani, Park view lakes.

There are many interesting places to visit. Find time to visit Cherrapunji. If lucky you may be able to see water falls if it rains. Shillong view point, elephant falls, one of the oldest Golf Club, Sports complex, Police Bazar etc.

Do carry your walking shoes if you plan for trekking.

Shillong is well connected by Road from Assam, Guwahati. The 4 lane NH is a comfortable drive for all types of vehicles. You can also take a flt from Kolkata to Shillong. But the flt at times get cancelled due to weather conditions. So it is advised to take Air/ train travel up to Guwahati & thereafter take Cab on hire.
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Buddharaju Raju

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  • Buddharaju Raju
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"A beautiful hill station" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Beautiful hill station with a matriarchal society. I was there for nine years and enjoyed the stay. Now with all weather road accessibility, good hotels and well organised tourism circuits it is one of the best tourist place in India. Shillong has an airport and nearest railway station is Guwahati.
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Pratik Bhansali

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  • Pratik Bhansali
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"A good place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Roads are too good. Very comfortable journey from Assam. Month of March had a very pleasant climate. Must spend one day at Bada Pani around 30 km before we reaching Shillong from Assam. It's a huge lake with good scenery.

City parks/ zoos and museum are interesting especially when you are with kids. Also went to Cherrapunji. However, the waterfall was dry. During monsoon definitely it will be a great place to go.

Pine Wood Hotel is a good option to stay.
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  • Rita
  • Lives in Goa
  • 2 Reviews
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"A nice destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When Shillong comes to your mind, you will definitely think about their rock culture, their funky youth, flashy cars with out of the world's mod and paint job, very smart but helpful people. All in all its a great place to hang around if you love carefree no nonsense life. You can try local khasi cuisine like jadoh. You can hang around and have a good time in cafe Shillong(live band performance on Saturday which is a treat to watch), you can have lip smacking pork cuisine at cafe Cherrapunjee. We were on a bike trip and covered most places and maaann you should ride in that twisties. We visited Cherrapunji, dawki, indo Bangladesh border. The road is awesome here. And the connecting road between shillong and Guwahati is mind blowing.

AND if you are a trekking freak then there are many trails to cover also. And if you like caves or exploring caves then there are approx 750 of them!!!!

Happy traveling!!!
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Arnab Chakraborty

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  • Arnab Chakraborty
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 26 Reviews
  •  127 helpful votes
  •  29232 readers

"Shillong - Truly the Scotland of the East"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a location and has a charm in it that each one who has been there wants to go back. The not too hot not too cold weather, the most famous Police Bazaar with it's modern age shops/world famous brand outlets coincides with local eateries or markets, is too good to forget. You will definitely enjoy being in this place.

Tip: Please take a hotel which is 2/3 minutes of walk from main Police Bazaar if you want to avoid the crowd but not too far please.
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Avik narayan Chatterjee

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  • Avik narayan Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"Shillong-Truly the place for travellers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
To be frank Shillong offers more than anything for ones who love travelling. The mesmerizing views at the Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak and boat ride at the wards lake gives completeness. Cherapunjee has best scienic views and Dawki has the cleanest village of Asia. Best time to visit is off course during September and October, for foodies it is of no concern as almost everything is available.
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Aninda Debnath

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  • Aninda Debnath
  • Lives in Shillong
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Meghalya the Adobe of clouds"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
You can come here, nice place, can visit Cherrapunjee, Mawsynram always. But I will tell you some places which are even awesome. Laitlum, Sweet Falls, Nongkhnum, West Khasi Hills, Beautiful valleys, Canyons, Lakes, Hot Springs, I'm a travel photographer, trust me.
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Prajnyakshi Saikia

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  • Prajnyakshi Saikia
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1399 readers

"Beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a very good place for summer. The weather is very pleasing. Can be reach by Guwahati. Attraction ward lake a natural park, Shillong peak a view point, lady haidari park with a small zoo. When you go to Shillong peak on the way you can buy local vegetables. One can do shopping in police bazaar and bara bazaar.

Nearest places Cherapunjee, Mawlinong Asian cleanest village, root bridge. Mawchinram, tamabill the India Bangladesh border and Umngot river. One can also visit Umiam lake on the way from Guwahati.
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Sumanta Chatterjee

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  • Sumanta Chatterjee
  • Lives in Durgapur
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  • 7 Reviews
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When you plan to visit some cool place this summer then why not think abut some virgin hill station which is attract travel crazy people from decade after decade. Yes visit to Shillong, the capital of Megahalaya, the Queen of Northeast.

Shillong will welcome you with her virgin beauty.

Must visit places were Elepant falls, golf course, airforce museum and so on. Not failed to visit Mawlynong village which is abut 70 km from Shillong. It is famous for live root bridge, balancing rock, and UNESCO award as the cleanest village also.

Visit seven sister falls at Cherapunji. The highest rainfall point Shora welcome you with rainfalls so don't forget to carry rain coat. Am sure that you leave from Shillong with most sweet memory.

Must share also that the tribal men, women of this area is still child hearted. So their behaviour to tourist is bonus to you which you remember long.
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