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The Most Beautiful Display Of Ever Living Museum

The Most Beautiful Display Of Ever Living Museum  Video Review
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Ever Living Museum

Aiban Lyngdoh
20th May 18

Splendid Beauty Of Umiam Lake

Splendid Beauty Of Umiam Lake  Video Review
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Umiam Lake

Aiban Lyngdoh
25th May 18

Knowing the culture

Knowing the culture  Video Review
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Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum

Saurav Mantra
17th May 18

Khasi's richness in culture

Khasi's richness in culture  Video Review
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Khasi Heritage Village

Aiban Lyngdoh
30th Jul 18

Khasi and its richness in culture

Khasi and its richness in culture  Video Review
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Khasi Heritage Village

Aiban Lyngdoh
30th Jul 18

Family Thrill, feels great

Family Thrill, feels great  Video Review
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Thrills Fun Park,Ri Bhoi District

Aiban Lyngdoh
30th Jul 18

Indo-Bangladesh friendship gate

Indo-Bangladesh friendship gate  Video Review
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Dawki Bangladesh Border Dawki

Aiban Lyngdoh
30th Jul 18

Fun time doesn't stop

Fun time doesn't stop  Video Review
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Darrang Tourist Spot,Dawki

Aiban Lyngdoh
30th Jul 18

Khasi Heritage Village

Khasi Heritage Village  Video Review
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Khasi Heritage Village

Rikukoch
30th Jul 18

Well-preserved

Well-preserved  Video Review
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Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Rikukoch
30th Jul 18

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1Photos Of The Himalayas That Will Make You Go Wotha!
Photos Of The Himalayas That Will Make You Go Wotha!

The architecture 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. HolidayIQ Traveller Deepak shares, "Shillong is a scotland of India. It is beautiful like anything. The nature has given everything and what not. The place is so beautiful that no one can forget it. We are planning to go next year also."

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2Guwahati to Shillong
Guwahati to Shillong

HolidayIQ Traveller Deepak shares, “Nice to visit Shillong. The roads were amazing to drive any car. The beautiful scenario of Shillong is mesmerise us. In the road, during transportation we halted for some time in Nogphu for tea and snacks. In the road all the amenities are available for tourists. There are no any problem we face during the journey. Our driver also a expert one. He made us reach Shillong in two and half hours. There are really huge road now a days built by the Government. Therefor tourists are now very much feel comfortable in the journey since traffic jams are less in number. The coolness of local people and their hospitality really provide us a great experience in the tour.”

Approximate Distance – 98 km

Estimated Driving Time – 2 hours 30 mins

Pit Stop –  Stop at the little place after the Burnihat Bridge. This is a small eatery, nice clean place that serves good food.

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3Meghalaya - Scotland of the East
Meghalaya - Scotland of the East

Stay at just INR 600 per night and food starts from INR 60 only. 

Meghraj Timsina: We visited various sightseeing spots. We went to the cathedral and the famous Shillong Police bazar. The Shillong viewpoint, where we get a bird's eye view of the Shillong city. We went to Cherrapunjee, the place where highest rainfall occurs.

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4For its tribal culture and local handcrafts
For its tribal culture and local handcrafts

HolidayIQ Reviewer Arunav Singh says, “The Don Bosco Museum is one of the best museums I have visited so far. There are seven floors in this museum and each floor has a separate topic to cover and showcase for all the visitors. You get a view of culture, religion, weaponry, tribal distribution, tribal diversity, handicrafts, housing patterns etc.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sumanta Dawn shares, “Be aware of the heavy traffic and leave early. If you are a fan of English Football and handicrafts, never miss the local shops.”

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5Let the cold weather and beauty takeover at Elephant falls
Let the cold weather and beauty takeover at Elephant falls

HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhishek Sharma shares “A mountain of fun 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 destinations 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.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurav Sinha Choudhury shares “Must visit Elephant Falls in Shillong. This beautiful place called the Scotland of the East - Shillong!! The 3 stage falls in a delight to watch. One can click precious memories. The romantic weather also ornaments its beauty. ”

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Reviews (254)

Tandra ghosh

Tandra ghosh5.0/5

1 review

Shillong

Weather was fine and sightseeing was also great with Meghalaya tourism . Food and Shopping: Food is costly there . Highlight of the trip: The scenic beauty of nature mesmerized me.

Suman

Suman5.0/5

12 reviews

Shillong : The Scotland of the East

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 .

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Recommended Duration in Shillong

Number of days to spend in Shillong as recommended by our travellers.

3 days

58.8%

4 days

29.4%

5+ days

11.8%

Shillong Overview

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.


Photos of Shillong

Shillong, Meghalaya

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Abhishek arora

Untouched beauty of India
Shillong, Meghalaya

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Himanshu Kumar

Good hotel and courteous staff. Moreover, rooms we
Shillong, Meghalaya

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Sudipto rakshit Rakshit

Don’t miss Laithlum...35 km away from Shillong
Shillong, Meghalaya

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Sudipto rakshit Rakshit

Don’t miss Laithlum...35 km away from Shillong

There is so much to see in Shillong.

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