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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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Mukesh Yadav
  • Mukesh Yadav
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 1 Review

"The place filled with natural beauty" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Shillong is best for its natural beauty and weather. It is a really good. You will enjoy a lots. There is a fixed timing for rain, it will rain between 1 pm to 4 pm, after which the weather becomes really fantastic. MOSTLY Couples would enjoy that. There is some sky point in Shilong, where you feel the sky is falling on you. Natural beauty is also very good. There are some falls like the Elephant Falls which is good. Over all its a nice place to enjoy and every one should come and visit this place.
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Ravi krishna Merugu
  • Ravi krishna Merugu
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing place to travel" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Meghalaya is the state full of nature specially like waterfalls, deep forest, hills and rainfalls etc. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. shillong is the beautiful city with neat roads.. Its quietly western culture. Police bazar is the main area of shillong and all our friends said what to see. Here specially I want to say about Chirapunji. No words for its beauty.. Mind blowing scenery and climate. I want to say only one word please watch the chira and don't miss the double decker bridge which was located in middle of the forest. It will take whole day. People are so sweet and friendly. Everything is safe. Trust me guys and enjoy the heaven.
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Ketan mardikar
  • Ketan mardikar
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 3 Reviews

"A decent place" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Wont be able to write much about Shillong because we stayed there only for one day. Not much to write. Good weather but nothing much to offer otherwise to a traveller, travelling 2000 km from other parts. I would suggest to spend maximum time in Sohra/ Cherrapunji and Mawsynram instead of Shillong. Take one day break in Shillong and get back to Guwahati for further travel.
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Ashish
  • Ashish
  • Lives in Guwahati
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  • 3 Reviews

"Excellent place for shopping and food"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shillong is very beautiful and nice place. The climate is so good. Variety of food were so good and delicious. We were there on official tour but got the Saturday and Sunday in between and we enjoyed a lot at various spots of Shillong. We did shopping as well for family, we really have not expected before going there about the beauty of that place.
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Abinash Ojha
  • Abinash Ojha
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 1 Review

"Shillong is a very beautiful place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shillong is a very beautiful place situated in Meghalaya, India. It is a 4 hour road journey from Guwahati. The cool and romantic climate of Shillong attracts many couples for honeymoon. You can feel the real western culture in India in Shillong. Many beautiful sceneries are associated with Shillong, along with Mawsynram, the wettest place of the world.
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Deepak Kamat
  • Deepak Kamat
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Long but Interesting Journey"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Travelling to the North East states like Assam and Meghalaya brings a peace of mind! The beautiful natural scenery and the greenery far away from the pollution of a populated city is just out of the World experience.

Not only the stay but travelling in train to the North-East really gives you a lot of things for your beautiful memory, the beautiful mountains of Assam and greenery is worth seeing.

To travel to Shillong, I first had to leave the train in Guwahati and then take a bus to travel to Shillong in a 4 hour long journey which was quite a great experiencing.

Shillong is a hilly area and a very beautiful city, covered in green, do remember to bring your winter wears, you will need them.

You can't predict the weather in Shillong, at one time the sky is clear, and after a few hours it might start raining.
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Baskhem Lyngdoh
  • Baskhem Lyngdoh
  • Lives in Shillong
  • 1 Review

"Interesting places in shillong"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Shillong is a beautiful place with lots of beauty of nature. It is a God given city. I love shillong and I hope I will visit it again. Wards Lake, elephant falls, Sohra, Cherrapunjee the highest rainfall, etc. Please do come and visit this God's given beautiful place
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Pynz Kkongor
  • Pynz Kkongor
  • Lives in Shillong
  • 1 Review

"Friendly people and attractive place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Meghalaya the abode of clouds. Shillong is a very beautiful city. The weather is so cool, the hills and waterfall add more flavours to the beauty of this place. Most of my favourite place I have been so far is Dain thlen, Sohra, Lum Kyllang. This is my first visit but I like my stay there. People were so good & friendly.
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Suman Mukherjee
  • Suman Mukherjee
  • 4 Reviews

"A place covered with the clouds"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jul 15, 2014
Shillong is one of the best hill station of India. Most of the time it is surrounded by clouds. Places to visit are Umiam Lake, Elephanta Falls, Shillong Peak, Don Bosco Museum and Ward Lake. Shillong is well connected to Guwahati through road. Limited helicopter service is also available from Guwahati.
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Raveena  Sharma
  • Raveena Sharma
  • 2 Reviews

"Cool climate and beautiful place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 9, 2014
Shillong is known as the Scotland of the East. It is a hill station that has a larger number of sightseeing places. Talking about the customs, the people of Shillong are known for cleanliness and good behaviour. For meals they prefer Jahdoh, a meal consisting of meat, rice and chutney which is very popular. The tourist destinations include the Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Root Bridge and Hot Spring which attract a large number of people. The climate is cool and suits well to the environmental friendly region. Overall, good people, good experience and best climatic conditions. One should visit the place to have a great time.
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