Misty mountains, sudden rains, wonderful lush green hills in a backdrop of clear blue sky, colourful tribal attire, glistening waterfalls, foggy roads with sudden turns, pitch dark caves. Do you need more reasons to make a plan for spending an weekend to this picturesque beauty Here are some informations to help you : . . How to reach? Nearest railhead or airport is Guwahati. Take a cab to reach Shillong by 3. 5 hours (100 km). When to visit? Except the monsoon months you can be there throughout the year. It will be chilly in the winter months Where to go? Beside the city tour and a day long trip to Cherapunji don't forget to keep an extra day to visit Mawlynnong, a small village, famous for its matriarchal society and for being declared as the cleanest village in Asia. Experience the unique living root bridge here after a 20 minutes of trekking. You will also get a clear view of Sylhet district of Bangladesh from here Noteworthy places to visit : In the city tour : Umium Lake/ Bara Paani, Elephant Falls, Shillong View Point, Lady Haidar Park. In the Cherapunji tour : Nohkalikai Falls, Seven Sister Falls, Mawsmai Cave .
It is by far the best Hill station in North East India to visit throughout the year. With great places and eating joints Shillong can be a much needed weekend getaway kind of trip.
2. Must Visit Places.
Elephant falls, Don Bosco and Air Force Museums, Shilling view point, Umiam lake, shilling view point and local parks are much popular and worth visiting.
3. Local food and shopping.
Shillong and Dylan's Cafe are too good. Dejavu, City hut Dhaba, Ginger resto are also very good. Sky bar and Tango bar are worth visiting. The local food shops at Police bazaar are also good. For local shopping Police bazaar can be explored. For branded shopping mall is available and stores are also available.
The local peaks can be explored and capturing this place is altogether a different experience. Taxi can be hired for visiting nearby places like Cherrapunji, Elephant Falls, Umaim lake and local parks and museums.
Taxi can be hired for visiting places. Must carry a camera for making this trip memorable. Rest everything is perfect about this beautiful place.
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.