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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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Soumitra battacharya

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
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"Whispering Delight" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Shillong is a capital city of Meghalaya where clouds emerge every now & then, cover the beautiful mountains. It is situated at a height of 5000ft, Shillong is known as " Scotland of India". The City is small with up & down streets. You may call Shillong as a pleasant & beautiful Hill Station of North East India. The place is dominated by Khasi community who are tribes, sizable Bengali, Asamese & marwari populations. Rabindra Nath Tagore in his last days had spent in Shillong. Tagore"s footprints still exist in this very town & his residence etc are worth visiting. Then there are water falls which look amazing. Sun sets early in Shillong & market places are empty after 8 pm unlike to the cosmopolitan cities. Therefore, people are early riser and the commercial establishments, offices, trading, schools, colleges start early in the morning. Presently, the city is crowded with vehicular traffic. People are economically well off & buy cars. Most importantly Suzuki has huge market in the city. All taxis are mostly Maruti 800 which is not known seen in most of cities of India.
In Shillong, Vegetarian & Non Vegetarian foods are available & there are good restaurants which serve such food. One can try out in " City Hut Dhaba" WHERE EXCELLENT NON VEGETARIAN FOOD ARE AVAILABLE.
Shillong is 100 km from Gauhati. Nearest Rail & Air connectivity are from Gauhati. From Gauhati Railway station or Airport, one has hire a taxi or small bus to come to Shillong. It takes 3 hours to reach Shillong from Gauhati.
Best time to visit Shillong is April to October. After that the climate changes & it is very cold from November to February.
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Saurabhkakkar

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"Amidst nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its just 100 km from Guwahati and is connected via highway with breathtaking views including Barapani. The city is well developed and has lots of hotels and restaurants serving multiple cuisines. Visit to ward Lake is a must. Once can always go to nearby places like cherrapunji or Dawki for day Tours.
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Sourav Ghosh

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  • Sourav Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Good place for holidays"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is good place but please plan to visit the place in between April to september.
Unless until there is some quantity of rainfall occours no one can enjoy Shillong at it's best. Other times of the year if you want to visit then you will not able to see all the waterfalls with it's best.
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Anupam Banerjee

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  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 16 Reviews
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"Shillong"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Shillong is very congested and dirty small town. Please carry cash, as most atm are not ready to dispense cash. Card or other online payment methods are rarely accepted. Food is OK, but costly. Unprofessional, non formal people, in most hotels would disappoint you. However people mostly understand Hindi. Children are educated. Christian population is large.
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Sai Singh

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  • Lives in Rourkela
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"Scotland of india"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Why should travellers visit this place? - Its an awesome place for stressed people. The cleanliness here can't be found anywhere else.
Waterfalls dot the countryside. You see them everywhere as you drive through the hills of Meghalaya but some of the falls are truly spectacular – Elephant falls, Nohkalikai falls, Crinoline falls and many more – now hiding in the clouds, now peeping out from the mist.
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Sumanta chaliha

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"My dreamland Shillong"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2016
Shillong is known to be one of the most beautiful non-Himalayan hill stations of India. Virgin pine grooves add a uniqueness to this town. Shillong is more clean compared to many other hill stations. It is also an ethnic confluence of the entire country. Native Khasi people have a rich cultural tradition. Their Nongkrem Dance Festival normally held in the first week of November may be a delight to traditional dance lover. The matriarchal social system is still preserved among the Khasis.
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Millo Ankha

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"Chilling in Shillong"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2016
Shillong is the first place any indians visit of north east, and its the best way to introduce the lesser known part of India. So this is a place for travelers and explorers of all kind.
Wards lake, lanes of the town, churches, elephant falls, tea estates and gardens.
Local food is the khasi food nostly, so if you are a strict vegetarian, you might have some trouble with food, as most of the food served here is richly non vegetarian.
Try the local wines manufactured. Lachumiere street has some best oriental food and burger joints. You can also try the local aloo muri and mo joints.
You will probably find this a best place to buy north eastern hand loomed skirts and souvenirs, like sword, beads, bamboo art.
Long Strolls in town, trying the food and sight seeing.
Every other hours you will find cabs and sumos going to Shillong from Guwahati. Reaching the place should not cost more than 200-300 per person.
Please wear warm clothes.
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Debasree sarkar

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"Its truly "the abode of the clouds" .. Must-visit destination for nature-lovers .."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 29, 2016
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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"Shillong megalaya visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2016
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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  • Lives in Agra
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"Scotland of east."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2016
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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