“If you have not yet visited Shillong…this is the place to go and enjoy a different experience. Get there immediately. Don’t wait for the season. Shillong, the second largest hill station in the world after Brasilia, Capital of Brazil will embrace you in all seasons. It is situated in northeast part of India on East Khasi Hills. The vast area of this picturesque city will give you huge space to...”
“If you have not yet visited Shillong…this is the place to go and enjoy a different experience. Get there immediately. Don’t wait for the season. Shillong, the second largest hill station in the world after Brasilia, Capital of Brazil will embrace you in all seasons. It is situated in northeast part of India on East Khasi Hills. The vast area of this picturesque city will give you huge space to walk and brearth amid green. It is easily accessible; only three hours drive from Guwahati Airport. Previously it was the capital of Assam and now the capital of Meghalaya.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Traveling must go with good and tasty food of traveler’s choice. Shillong has a variety of restaurants; most of them are located in Police Bazar area. Chinese, Indian and Tibetan foods are popular and available there. You can have your favorite dishes in the excellent restaurants attached to the hotels. Some of them are Sip & Dine at Hotel Alpine Continental, Ginger at Hotel Polo Towers and there are many more you can search out. Few hotels have bars also. A local taxi driver’s remark is pertinent to mention, - here everything is costly except liquors. Experts may derive finer comparison between Goa and Meghalaya in this regard. The city center of Shillong is Police Bazar where you can find verities of outlets- big and small; few of them are renowned. You can get your hands on local handicrafts like wooden and bamboo items as souvenir. During the stroll in the market taste the freshness of the locally grown fruits.
Very near to Police Bazar, Just walk to the Wards Lake, an artificial lake surrounded by a fairly large garden. Boating facilities are available in the lake. It has a wooden bridge at the middle. Lots of plants with beautiful flowers are there on either side of lake. You will find many big fishes, goose, ducks and may like to spend some time feeding them with popcorn available inside. A cafeteria is there to provide refreshment. A fountain dancing to the tunes of song is also there. Local sightseeing includes Lady Hydari Park, Butterfly Museum, Golf course, Sweet Falls, Shillong Peak, and Umiam Lake etc.
You can arrange for separate day-outs as per your choice and affordable time for
Cherrapunji, Mawlynnong, Mawsynram. Meghalaya Tourism at Police Bazar operates regular tourist coach for above places. The tourist taxi will cost you around two thousand five hundred rupees for each place. You can bargain to include few local spots in the same fare. Mawlynnong is farthest of the all.
Cherrapunji: (or Sohra as called locally) is around 60 km south of Shillong. It holds the world record for the highest rainfall ever in a calendar year. Presently it is said Mawsynram has replaced Cherrapunji in rainfall, but I could not find any official record to support it. Cherrapunji and the roads lead to it are famous for various waterfalls like Nohkalikai Falls, Seven sisters Falls, Tiger Falls, Elephant Falls etc. on the way you will see a limestone caves, where you can venture deep into and come out through other side of it, if you have brave heart and fit body. In Cherrapunji a school and a museum run by Ramkrishna Mission, is a place to visit must where a display of Northeastern heritage and culture and collection of butterfly is worth seeing.
Mawlynnong: It is a very clean and well-maintained small village 75 KM away from Shillong. Here you see balancing rock, 'Sky View' a bamboo and cane tower to look at Bangladesh border and the legendary and grand Living Root Bridge, I have never seen in any part of India. The last stage of the path leading to Living Root Bridge is having stones and boulders on its very stiff slope. So take care of your ankle & knee.
Mawsynram: Another place of Meghalaya will keep you spell-bound for its scenic beauty. Now a day it is the called world’s wettest place. Let us not argue with the honor between Mawsynram and Cherrapunji. We must know the fact that both the places are close to each other; an aerial distance approximately is 7 to 10 km only.
About 1 km towards the north of the village Mawsynram there is Mawjymbuin cave. This place is famous for the gigantic formation of calcium carbonate projecting upward from the floor of the cave. As the shape resembles of a shivalinga, few call it Shiva Linga Cave.
In all the above places nature lovers will enjoying a walk by steep and down sliding slopes, breathing in the fresh air, loving the cloud or blue sky. The wind will brush their face, while catching glimpses of the mountain birds. These places will remain as treasure in the heart for rest of their life.
Activities & things to do: During strolling through market of Police bazaar you may like to spend some time in Ramkrishna Mission and Bharat Sevashram Sangha very near to reach other. Apart from boating in Ward’s Lake, I have seen people are catching fish in Umiam Lake (Barapani). Next time I shall not forget to carry my fishing tackles and enquire for a good and comfortable seat for fishing there. Never try to catch fish in Ward’s Lake. It is prohibited.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Guwahati is well connected with rest of India. From Guwahati, Shillong it is only three to four hours journey depending upon transport you choose. Apart from taxi, Govt. run tourist buses are available from Guwahati airport and railway station.
It is better to carry food pack & water in road transport. I always advise to book hotel before you reach there for tension free journey. Dependable websites, like presently you are going through, are there to help you.
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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...
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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