Shillong Tourism

Shillong Tourism

Shillong Info

  • 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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Arjun Kramsa

  • Tourist
  • Arjun Kramsa
  • 1 Review
  •  205 readers

"Amazing Views" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Amazing place great sightseeing, plus great food, the people are friendly too. And great place in india to vist if you're a music enthusiasts. I'd visit this place again. I came here for a job but I'll loving this place so much that I didn't want yo leave here hop you enjoy your stay.
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Dwipayan Banerjee

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  • Dwipayan Banerjee
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 23 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  5085 readers

"An extremely refreshing trip" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
6 of us visited there (4 adults and 2 toddlers). The train journey was not at all good (please avoid Kanchenjunga Exp. Or Garib Rath, best would be Sarai Ghat Exp. From Howrah or Kolkata Stn, otherwise air travel would be best). This July is one of the ideal time as you will be able to see all of the water-falls at their full mood. At Shillong, you can have conducted Tours - in one day, Shillong local sight seeing one day, and keep one day for Mawlinong-Dawki. If you are visiting during the monsoon, you must keep umbrella/ raincoat. Kids may need woollen if it rains for few consecutive days.
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Thulaseedharan Achary

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  • Thulaseedharan Achary
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  • Lives in Punalur
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  • 191 Reviews
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"A greeny good city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shillong the capital of Meghalaya is a greeny good city for visiting to tourists. I started from Guwahati interstate bus station at 0715 hrs and reached Shillong at 1035 hrs. The journey through the green hill roads is very interesting & attractive. The Shillong bus station is not so attractive but facilities are there for booking railway tickets to distant stations since no railway station is at Shillong.. The attractions of Shillong are Bada Pani River, Ward's Lake, Golf Course Link, Catholic Church Don Bosco, Lady Hydari Park & Animal Land At Barak, Mau-siram, Chirapunchi, Pandava Caves, etc. From the latest statistics Cherrapunji which was famous for highest rainfall in the world was changed to mau-siram which is 45 km from Shillong. Since the infrastructure in the city are maintained well the city looks very good.
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Kausik Mandal

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"The clouded mountain . ."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We have been there in March 2008. That was my first visit to Meghalaya - "The Land of Clouds". We came here all the way via Guwahati. The train route was available up to Guwahati at that time, & then tourists have to hire car to reach Shillong. It took almost 4hours to reach there. The scenic beauty of this place is awesome. I will rank this hill station just after my all-time favourite Darjeeling. Tourists who love mountain, this is a must visit place with camera & other shooting gears with you.
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Neha sinha

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  • Neha sinha
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Shillong - abode of the clouds"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Shillong is clean, prestine, natural and picturesque. With its gentle soft spoken people and crowded streets it manages to be earthy and heavenly at the same time. It's rolling hills and clean brisque air hold a promise of good health and rejuvenation to one and all.
Shillong pleases everyone. Is something for everyone here .. It can be flat and hilly, crowded and inhabited on a few minutes drive ..
It's a awesome getaway for people who want to rediscover themselves or those who simply need to relax. Chose your hotel wisely and Shillong will deliver.
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Anshul taran

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  • Anshul taran
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 22 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  6148 readers

"Awesome place to travel and feel grate to be in North Eastern India, feel the nature."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ohh .. What should I say about this beautiful place, truly awesome, truly amazing, truly green. Weather was too awesome that is why I choose the month of june so that I can feel the pleasure of monsoon (not the heavy monsoon which usually comes in July otherwise everything would be too wet).
I reached there by taking flight from Kolkata to Guwahati, and than taken the private taxi in 1800 rs to reach Shillong within 2. 5-3 hrs (however share taxis also available directly from airport to Shillong in rs 300-500 and can be easily available). Even the journey on the highway can tell when assam ends and when meghalaya begins.
On the highway close to the Shillong city there one site seeing place called "Umium Lake" that is must see place, nature at its best. We reached Guwahati at 8am and Shillong around 11. 30am, and we have checked in the hotel which we had pre booked through, and direct from the hotel we have started out journey (we stayed in the hotel only for 15mins) by local taxi that also had been pre booked by us in 1500rs to (duration 1. 5-2.
While going to cherrapunji we have witnessed the most awesome weather of our life. There are 6 sightseeing point on cherrapunji. We had returned to our hotel around 8pm.
In the night we went to central point to have some dinner in the form of veg burger as we are veggies and veggies can have some problems there but not so much.
Next day we went to DAWKI VILLAGE (duration 2hrs, taxi fare 2500), on the route to this village there are some sightseeing point like living root bridge, cleanest village of asia "MAWLYNNONG", and indo-bangladesh border.
I have skipped the local city tour because I have only 2 days with me (city things more or less similar but natural beauty is always different in different places), but these 2 days were awesome for me.
Summary: awesome place to visit, north east is really beautiful, people are good, weather is awesome. Must visit
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Kunal bose customer

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  • Kunal bose customer
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"The Gift to nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It gives me an immense pleasure to describe the state of Meghalaya. Like a wagabound I nearly covered the entire state in my car. The Tripura castle really gives you a royal feel staying there. The trip to Cherrapunje was awesome with the views of some awesome hilly region in the east Khasi hills. The weather is perfect and when you feel the fog of the clouds in your face you will feel a touch of heaven.
You must visit the different waterfalls, caves and gardens there.
Local shopping of organic food is must there and if you are a sour tooth like me then don't miss out on the different dry preparations and pickles and tamarinds.
Overall it was a awesome holiday and would advice people to exerience the same.
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Priyam sharma

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  • Priyam sharma
  • 4 Reviews
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"A must visit place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have visited a lot of hill stations of north India and I must say Shillong stands out. Not just for its beauty but mainly because of the literacy, development and cleanliness. People are highly aware of their surroundings and friendly. Roads are wide and absolutely clean.

Carry raincoats... And be careful of what you eat... If you are vegetarian.

Weather is nice. Rains and stops... Not cold, not hot.
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Sukher Kharmawshun

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  • Sukher Kharmawshun
  • Lives in Shillong
  • 1 photo
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Many spots to visit for different activities"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 4, 2016
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
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"A place you must visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 26, 2016
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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