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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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Aditya Sharma

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"One of a Must visit place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days 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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"Meghalaya is very clean and beautiful. So is Shillong!!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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Madhuri Agrawal

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"A clean and green heaven" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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"A worth it place to visit especially during summers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shillong is a destination worth a visit for one and all whether honeymooners, hikers, loners, writers or as a family to just re-wind. The market place has enough restaurants to take care of the palate of one & all however the place is an ideal destination for the foodies fond of chinese food & momos.
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Vishnu Vijayan

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"One of my best trips till date" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Shillong is the cultural, social, economical and political hub of Meghalaya and one of major cities in the North-Eastern part of India. It is surrounded by hills, located at an altitude of 1800+ metres.

Reaching here: You can reach here either by Air or by road. THERE ARE NO DIRECT RAIL ROUTES. If you happen to be an avid train traveller like myself then you can travel till Guwahati, Assam and from there you can take a private or interstate bus services both would cost you 150-200 bucks per seat, its a 3 hour journey. Travelling post sunset is not recommended.

Food: If you guys love meat by meat I mean pork and beef you are at the right place. The special thali that you get over here is cooked in pork blood. Best of all the food is damn cheap, you can feast on your heart's delight and you will end up paying not more than 100 bucks. Alcohol too is very cheap.

Stay: There are a lotta good hotels at quite an affordable rate, the major stay area for tourist will be behind polo grounds. There are dormitory that just 160 bucks for a bed.

Places: This city as I said earlier is surrounded by hills so as expected there are lot of waterfalls and a couple caves as well, Elephant falls being the most famous. Do go to Shillong point and check out the entire city in one view. Mawlynnong the cleanest in Asia is hardly 100km and that's a must visit as well, sacred forest also called mawphlang for me was the most pristine, untouched, uninhabited piece of land I've ever seen in my life (if you go there you can't abuse, do bad things or even break a twig from the trees its that sacred, the sunset is beautiful at this place) again a MUST visit. Lastly on the way from Guwahati to Shillong you will see Umiam lake do visit there I regret not going there.

Tip: the locals are friendly people but do NOT cross with them and do not venture out alone post sunset.

Overall it was for me one of the best place I ever visited and enjoyed nature :)
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"Must visit place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The whole place is amazing and full of activity. Full of greenery and clean. People are different and have a different culture. I believe that Khasi culture is a very loving culture and unique. I find the names of the places as amusing and begins with Ka. Couples are holding hands. Also the place is very unique. Taxis are very cheap as compared to Chennai. Khasi food has a varied flavor and dishes are quite unique. A must travel to Cherrapunjee. I found the road and view amazing. The lake, church, golf ground, zoo park, gardens, etc. Are all well maintained. I believe the people there respect their surroundings and are nature loving. The only thing I hated was food especially the cold food. Also I find that the Umiam lake and the Don Bosco museum wonderful.
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"Amazing experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The whole place is amazing. Its very green and clean. People are different and have a different culture. I believe that Khasi culture is a very loving culture. Couples are holding hands. Also the place is very unique. Taxis are very cheap as compared to Delhi. Khasi food has a varied flavor and dishes are quite unique. A must travel to Cherrapunjee. The lake, church, golf ground, zoo park, gardens, etc. are all well maintained. I believe the people there respect their surroundings and are nature loving. The only thing I hated was hotel and chai in Meghalaya.
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"Awesome experience" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It was an awesome experience, we stayed in Shillong for 4 nights, visited Cherrapunji and Mawlynnong. Amazing places. Beautiful landscapes, floating clouds, fog and mist, rain and drizzle, caves and waterfalls. Everything was unforgettable. Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong is a must visit.
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"Meghalaya - a journey beyond imagination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If February ends are cited as the end of tourist season for most of the tourist circuits, it is touted as the beginning in Shillong. In fact the tourist season never ends in this part christened as the Scotland of the east nor does the temperature there ever soar beyond 30. This lively destination is not only enchanting but also quite fascinating.

We boarded the train from Bhubaneswar at around 02:30 am in Guwahati express and reached Guwahati at around 5am early morning in the next day. The onwards journey precisely took around 30 hours. As soon as we stepped outside the Guwahati railway station, fleets of tata sumos were seen just adjacent to it shouting Shillong Shillong. Drivers were very friendly and the trip to shillong which lasted around 3 hours cost me Rs 150 per head. Drive to Shillong amidst serpentine valleys, lush greens, amazing lakes was really a breathtaking experience.

We stayed at hotel JK international which boasts of spacious family rooms and a good restaurant too. The best part of this hotel is that not only it is located at the heart of shillong city centre point but also it is just a stone throw distance from the Meghalaya tourism office, bus stand, police bazar, bada bazaar and other important landmarks. The staffs of the hotel were very nice and cordial and their service was really exemplary.

Next day, early morning we started for a conducted tour to Cherrapunji formulated by Meghalaya tourism development corporation ltd. The bus was really nice and clean and the staffs were well behaved. The tour guide was smart, well behaved. Our 1st spot was Mot trop followed by eco park, Mawsmai caves, Nohkalikai falls, Nohsngithiang falls, Thangkharang park, Mawkdok valley and lastly Ramakrishna mission. The tour costed around Rs 350 per head and is worth that. In Fact the almost crawl visit inside the mawsmai caves was spectacular and breathtaking indeed. Waterfalls are a treat to watch but the amount of water reduces with the advent of summer. It was a whole day tour.

Similarly the 2nd tour for the next day included Elephant falls, Wards lake, Shillong peak, Hydari park, Golf course, State museum, Cathedral church and Barapani. Every spot was a treat to watch. Whether it is enchanting gardens of hydari park or the charismatic view above the shillong peak. Photography at Elephant falls is a memoir for the family album. A trip to all these places by a verna cab costed around Rs 1000. Drivers are polite and a little negotiation will bring down the cost from Rs 1200 to 1000 bucks. Boating at Wards lake was fun for children.

The visit to Mawlynnong village considered as the cleanest village in India was the best. The picturesque village also offers many interesting sights such as the living root bridge and another strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock.

The fifth day was kept entirely for shopping. Places like Bara bazaar, police bazaar has endless shopping options where every commodity seems lucrative for you. Clothes, shoes, leather goods, etc throng the bazaars. Similarly multi cuisine restaurants are spread all over the city. This gourmet region of shillong provides delicious mouth watering Chinese, Bengali, south Indian, north Indian, mughlai, continental and local cuisines. Food was simply great.

On our 6th day we started for Guwahati in the Meghalaya corporation bus. The ticket costed Rs 120 per head. The return journey made our face pale since our souls were already attached to the mesmerizing beauty of Meghalaya. A trip to Kamakhya temple during the last leg of our journey was also a good one amidst the serpentine roads and terrific scenic view of the Guwahati city.

We boarded our train (Kamakhya-puri exp) from Kamakhya station in the same night and reached our destination after 30 odd hours. Well I can say that a foreign tour can be afforded by scores of Indians but certainly a tour to Shillong overcomes that. If you are planning for a trip for this dussehra vacation, then make your mind to catch the glimpses of Meghalaya- A journey beyond the clouds.
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"Incredible view and visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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