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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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Abhishek Sharma
  • Abhishek Sharma
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"A mountain of fun" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • Ghs Prasad
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"A place of scenic beauty" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
  • Chandan Singh
  • Lives in Meerut
  • 2 Reviews

"A beautiful place with varied cultural interests"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • Anil walimbe
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 3 Reviews

"Offbeat destination"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • Amitabh
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 3 Reviews

"Scotland of the East"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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Rashi Tekriwal
  • Rashi Tekriwal
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 Review

"Best place to hang out with friends"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Manaj Patra
  • Manaj Patra
  • 3 Reviews

"A paradise on earth"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2015
Paradise on Earth! I would like to visit again. Silent and calm environment. I relaxed for some days and back to work again. The food was o.k. But I enriched my life with natural beauty , scenery and good people. Best time to visit in November, I suggest to other tourists !
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Arvind Arv
  • Arvind Arv
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 2 Reviews

"Home of the clouds"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 22, 2014
This place is one of my favorite places. The roads over the mountains are awesome. Rainy season is good to see. Cherrapunjee, mawsynram, tura and mawlynnong are the places to visit. It is really an amazing and a god place to visit.
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Jai Shankar
  • Jai Shankar
  • Lives in Shillong
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  • 5 Reviews

"A place for mountain lovers"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2014
It is a 24X7 destination. Any body who love to spend their time with nature/low mountains/meadows should come to the destination. People must visit locations are cherrapunji, shillong peak, barapani (enroute to shillong). The best food in shillong is its non-veg momos, chow mein.

The best way to come to this destination is by air up to Gauhati and then by road. There is an option to take a flight from Guwahati to shillong but quite often the flight gets cancelled.
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Varsha Godbole
  • Varsha Godbole
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 7 Reviews

"Overgown capital city of India's small north eastern state"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 11, 2014
Meghalaya is one of the seven sisters of North East India bordering Assam in north and Bangladesh in south. Its capital, Shillong, is a small town bursting at it seems. Town has all modern facilities but every road you visit is extremely crowded, particularly in the evening. Town has much to offer to tourists and one comes back with pleasant memories.
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