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Shillong Tourism

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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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Bornav Ráychaúdhury

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  • Bornav Ráychaúdhury
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 10 photos
  • 18 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
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"Most popular hill station in Northeast" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a beautiful monsoon destination. It is surrounded by the Khasi hills and has lot to offer for nature lovers. It is also suitable for family vacations, adventure, hiking, honeymoon and leisure trips. Shillong peak, Elephant falls, Don Bosco museum, Wards Lake and All Saints Cathedral are some of the main attractions.
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Arup Ghosh

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  • Arup Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Megher Alay = Meghalaya" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This is the place where nature is bountiful, local inhabitants are very friendly, wide mountain roads for quick access and you would be surrounded by clouds everywhere.
Arwah Cave, Root Bridge, Mawlynnong Village, Duwan Sing Syiem View Point, Don Bosco Museum, Sacred Forest etc. Are very attractive and must to visit.
Momos, Khasi Thalis, Thuppa are some special with their taste.
Very attractive to spend with the age old trees inside the sacred forest.
Go first to Guwahati by train and by car to Shillong/ by flight to Guwahati or Shillong.
It is better to get sight scene by hired Cab.
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Pallab Das

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"Nice superb place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I like this place because it is a very clean and clear hill area. The weather and the food like hot momos or hot kabab makes it wonderful. And in different weather you will get different look of that area .. I went chertapunji when I went to Shilong. The waterfalls are awasome there.
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Soumitra battacharya

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Whispering Delight"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2017
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 Jan 30, 2017
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
  • 6 Reviews
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"Good place for holidays"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 15, 2017
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
  • 17 Reviews
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"Shillong"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2017
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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  • 2 votes

Sai Singh

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  • Lives in Rourkela
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"Scotland of india"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2016
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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  • Millo Ankha
  • 9 Reviews
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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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