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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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Debasree sarkar

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  • Debasree sarkar
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  • 4 Reviews
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"Its truly "the abode of the clouds" .. Must-visit destination for nature-lovers .."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
For those who would like to take a short break from the gruelling city life into the lap of nature, Shillong is the perfect destination. Lush green hills, gorging waterfalls, clouds entrapped in tall coniferous forests- Shillong offers a feast for all the senses to nature lovers. Places to visit within Shillong city include the Catholic church, Lady Hydari Park, Bishop-Beadon Falls, Wards Lake. The Umium Lake (Barapani) is best visited either on the way to Shillong city from the Airport (Shillong or Guwahati) or on the way back. Shillong Peak (the highest point in Meghalaya) and Elephant Falls are on the outskirts of the city and definitely worth a visit. Taxis or private cars can be hired to visit Cherrapunji, Mawsynram and a host of other places on day-trips or longer stays. There is an ancient Durga Temple at Nartiang (about 60 kms east of Shillong in the Jaintia Hills), believed to be one of the 51 Shakti Peeths. Another must-visit location is the Laitlum Canyons which offers a breathtaking view of the steep gorges and lush valley lying beneath. Shillong can be reached either by road from Guwahati or by the lone flight to Shillong Airport from Kolkata.
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Girish sharma

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  • Girish sharma
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  232 readers

"Shillong megalaya visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a wonderful experience of heritage and climate of good hill station, with fantastic lake's and water falls. The day starts at 4:30 am with sun rise, a very good view from the view point of the valley and the locals as very united community with helpful nature. The amazing part is, small hamlets can be seen on the hills of out skirts without connectivity who live in this hills depending on agriculture's on the hills, on the mountains.
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Binaa deb nath

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  • Lives in Agra
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"Scotland of east."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A stay on the lap of nature surrounded my clouds and light drizzle is what we can see at Shillong. A perfect holiday destination. Such well disciplined and good behaved people can be found over that place. Its 7 tourist spots starting from wards lake to highest peak was really incredible. Wish to visit again in near future
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Soumitra banerjee

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  • Soumitra banerjee
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"Shillong scintillates!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Definitely the queen amongst the seven sisters of north east, Shillong should be a must for all probing travellers and peace loving holidayers. Nestled quietly in the lush green hills with breathtaking falls and natural beauty, it also offers tranquility. Great hotels, smooth roads and shinning weather, one gets all. If you like rain, Cherrapunji and Moushingram two world beaters in rainfall are extra bonus.
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Nitesh Bhopalka

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  • Nitesh Bhopalka
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  233 readers

"Shillong - just awesome"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We were here on our monsoon holiday. Shillong is a beautiful place.

Best place to visit: Umaim lake and Elephant fall.

Best place to stay : Royal heritage Tripura castle, Ri Kynjai, Pinewood.

Local market is police bazar.

Note: if you are coming from a city, you can avoid other sightseeings.

Place to visit near by - Cherrapunji, Magnum, Mawphlang, Dawki.
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Arjun Kramsa

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  • Arjun Kramsa
  • 1 Review
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"Amazing Views"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"An extremely refreshing trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"A greeny good city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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 3 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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"Shillong - abode of the clouds"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 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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