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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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Deepak

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  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 2 Reviews
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"Scotland of India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shillong is a scotland of India. It is beautiful like anything. The nature has given everything and what not. The place is so beautiful that no one can forget it. We are planning to go next year also.
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Hemanth

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"A good summer vacation trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The trip was a well experienced particularly for my children. As we are inhabitant of plane area, we enjoyed the beauty of hill station and cold and fresh climate. We also visited Cherrapunji and enjoyed the cloudy atmosphere. I asked them after completion of the trip and found good remark from them. Therefore, I can say that the trip was a very successful trip.
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Pronoy Sarkar

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"An awesome place for photography" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Shillong is the awesome place but try to go Shillong in summers and avoid in winter as it's too cold all 12 months. If you visit Shillong you must visit cherrapunjee its 3 hours from Shillong, a too awesome place with 100 of falls. If you visit shillong you must take winter wear otherwise you may fall sick. For photography its a awesome place.
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Indrani

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"Incredible trip and place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We visited Shillong this July 2015. It was indeed a wonderful place. Weather is awesome. Local people are also so much helping and good natured. A lot of food options are also available. We hired a taxi owner name Pramod, he was a nice local pal, he guided us in visiting the whole place.
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Nitesh Jain

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"Excellent location, visit if you want to enjoy rain" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Natural beauty, Heaven for rain lovers, Visit in rainy season. Must visit Cherapunji. You will love the rainfall and falls. 7 sister fall, etc. Khasi the local word you will listen. Visit local markets for local products. Visit with the family would result in paisa vasool trip.
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Ankita Baranwal

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"Beauty at its best"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I went to shillong few months back. It was such a beauty. The mountains and the waterfalls were so mesmerizing especially elephant falls. Shillong market is also very lively and crowded. I just want to tell that please visit Shillong, Cherrapunji and living roots bridge which is a wonder in itself. I never saw such bridge in my life. Also there is a village which is told as the cleanest village of the world.
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Ashish Sharma

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  • Lives in Faridabad
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"Peaceful & relaxed stay"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is very great naturally gifted place with lot of peace and relaxed mood. All of us are living in very busy life, I felt very good staying in this place. I wish that I got chance to go there again and again. The people of Shillong are very supportive. They were good with me.
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"One of a Must visit place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice, cool and very clean place. Best time to visit is May to September as all the waterfalls are full of zest. Cherrapunjee is another amazing place just 50 Km away. Only negative is the city is too crowded with heavy traffic and limited parking space.
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Girish Adiga

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  • Girish Adiga
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Meghalaya is very clean and beautiful. So is Shillong!!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Shillong is one of the less explored place compared to other places in the north east. Less crowded and a good city to stay. You can cover Cherrapunji, Mawlynnong and many other places with very vast landscape. Apart from monsoon season you can try out places where caving is conducted. Totally it's a very good place for adventure and some nature.
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"A clean and green heaven"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We did a family vacation in Shillong, and it turned out to be a great place to get together and relax. We would often go down to the Umiam Lake, which was only few minutes walk from our resort, and enjoy a luxuriously long lunch in the resort (Ri Kynjai)

Shillong has many attractions for the travelers, especially if you're looking for natural beauty. You can enjoy its waterfalls, or the lakes or the view from the top of a hill. The markets were passable and not very enticing - it is better to shop at the tourist spots where you get titbits from the local area. You should try some of the local fruits at these places.

The part we loved most was going to Cherrapunji, which is a beautiful green place with spectacular waterfalls, caves and open spaces. Another amazing part was to visit Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia, and to see the fantastic living root bridge there. Before this, I had seen the bridge featured on BBC Human planet, and to see it live was a different experience altogether. Both these places are about 2-3 hour drive from Shillong.

The easiest way to travel through Meghalaya seems to be by road. Roads are reasonably good, though traffic can be daunting if you don't time well. The best way in is to fly in to Guwahati or the Shillong airport, though both of them have limited flight connectivity.
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