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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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Biplab Das

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"Incredible view and visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Its is the best place ever in India where I visited. If you see the incredible India then you could go there must. Special Moulin Long village, Bangladesh Viewpoint, Waha Qaba falls, Elephant Falls, Living Root etc.
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Sampath krishna

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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews
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"A good place to relax" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Shillong is a city with narrow roads and traffic issues with one ways. The city itself is good and except for a few attractions like the lake and the museum in the city, the tourist attractions we were shown like elephant falls are outside and you would need to travel outside. We did not have time for all the museum visits. Overall, the city is good place to relax and unwind and police bazaar is a place to practice your bargaining skills if you need to.
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Bichitra Panda

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  • Lives in Dibrugarh
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
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"Mindblowing experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The experience is like such a wonderful moments of life I can never forget in my life. I can't express the experience in words. I want to travel these areas again and again. Such a wonderful moment of my life. I felt like wondering in the sky. Playing with the clouds in hands. You can touch the clouds. Just felt like playing with the clouds in the sky.
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Shamili Sur

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Romantic Shilllong" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It is a lovely romantic but small city. People are mostly Khasi and all of them are really good at heart. For all nature lovers, Tagore followers - it is a must visit place. In the city you will find Wards Lake, Lady Hydari park, many water falls etc. and of course rain. In the heart of city called Police Bazar you will get all the market, restaurants etc.
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Abhishek Sharma

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"A mountain of fun"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
North-east has recently turned out into a cult holiday destination. Less travelled roads in the lap of mountains and a relaxing natural beauty duly vindicate the status.

One of the most popular destination in NE is Shillong, Meghalaya. With added attractions of Cherrapunji, fabulous markets and super awesome weather this hill "city" is a go to place for any travel needy creature willing to run away from his daily chores.
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Ghs Prasad

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"A place of scenic beauty"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a nice place. There were good number of spots worth seeing by the tourists. Weather was pleasant during March month. I also visited Cherrapunjee which again is a nice place with caves, waterfalls, etc. The road journey from Shillong to Cherrapunjee was great and scenic. Visit to Shillong will be incomplete without visiting Cherrapunjee. Great place and great people, definitely worth seeing.
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Chandan Singh

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  • Lives in Meerut
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"A beautiful place with varied cultural interests"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Shillong is at a drive of 4 hours from there. Shillong is a beautiful place with varied cultural interests. A number of beautiful locations and shopping experiences make it a good time in this amazing place. People with a taste for a vast menu can enjoy this place with its large no of good restaurants. Don Bosco museum is a place not to be missed. Further, at Guwahati, four hours away, one can go around the market and other sight seeing locations including Kamakhya Temple and a ferry in Brahmaputra.
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Anil walimbe

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Offbeat destination"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
For residents of Mumbai, Guwahati and Shillong are quite far away places, and a Mumbaiite tends to visit there out of curiosity, hardly once or twice.

Shillong has many attractions to be an unusual place. The lakes enroute (Umian and Wards lake) are very picturesque, and the falls at Cherrapunjee are great. But the most enjoyable spot to me was the Mawsmai Caves, with all its narrow passages, stalactites & stalagmites !! Its well lit for tourists, hence a pleasurable experience.

The Don Bosco meusum of North Eastern States is highly informative, and entertaining. The Skywalk is a novel experience. Shillong peak gives a breathtaking view of the city, while Elephant falls are also picturesque.The thick vegetation (forest) of the Khasi Hills is admirable. Weather in Shillong is comfortable round the year.
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Amitabh

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  • Lives in Guwahati
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"Scotland of the East"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Shillong is only around 100 km away from Guwahati. But you see what a different climate, so pleasant. With little amount of money and time, one can go for a quick change any time. Entire city is like central and naturally air-conditioned. City is so clean unlike many of the hill stations of the country. People are so simple and hospitable. Really everything was fantastic.
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"Best place to hang out with friends"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 22, 2015
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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