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The Most Beautiful Display Of Ever Living Museum

The Most Beautiful Display Of Ever Living Museum  Video Review

Ever Living Museum

Aiban Lyngdoh
20th May 18

Splendid Beauty Of Umiam Lake

Splendid Beauty Of Umiam Lake  Video Review

Umiam Lake

Aiban Lyngdoh
25th May 18

Knowing the culture

Knowing the culture  Video Review

Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum

Saurav Mantra
17th May 18

Khasi's richness in culture

Khasi's richness in culture  Video Review

Khasi Heritage Village

Aiban Lyngdoh
30th Jul 18

Khasi and its richness in culture

Khasi and its richness in culture  Video Review

Khasi Heritage Village

Aiban Lyngdoh
30th Jul 18

Family Thrill, feels great

Family Thrill, feels great  Video Review

Thrills Fun Park,Ri Bhoi District

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30th Jul 18

Indo-Bangladesh friendship gate

Indo-Bangladesh friendship gate  Video Review

Dawki Bangladesh Border Dawki

Aiban Lyngdoh
30th Jul 18

Fun time doesn't stop

Fun time doesn't stop  Video Review

Darrang Tourist Spot,Dawki

Aiban Lyngdoh
30th Jul 18

Khasi Heritage Village

Khasi Heritage Village  Video Review

Khasi Heritage Village

30th Jul 18


Well-preserved  Video Review

Mawphlang Sacred Forest

30th Jul 18

Reasons to go to Shillong

1Umaim lake
Umaim lake

The Umaim lake in Shillong is like a leaf out of your own perfect romantic notebook. Calm waters, picturesque backdrop and the silence threading all of it through makes for a stunning spot to fall in love. HolidayIQ Traveller Ismat Hussain Choudhary shares, “The scenery is beautiful and the weather is always pleasant." Adds Mahesh, "There are facilities like boat riding, kayaking, scooting for the adventure lovers. It can be visited throughout the year. You can even see people selling fishes." 


Read more at 5 Amazing Destinations in Northeast Where You Can Enjoy Winters

2For 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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3Get mystified by Umngot River's spotless emerald green water
Get mystified by Umngot River's spotless emerald green water

Tired of your busy life? Tired of cliché destinations to escape it? Dawki welcomes you with its refreshingly serene ambience. The cool breeze will help you get rid of all your stress and soak in the quaint atmosphere.

Jeet Roy implores you to visit Dawki: "Go on a drive to Dawki on the Bangladesh border, travelling over the Jowai-Amlaren-Dawki road. The journey itself would be the destination - you would pass the waterfalls and stone bridge at Thlumuwi, the Pitcher Plant park at Jarain, numerous other streams, rivulets, and falls, till you finally break through the woods and hills over the picturesque Sylhet food-plains at Dawki.”

This gorgeous place is a mere two hour ride from Shillong.


Read more at Why the Northeast Will Heal Your Soul. 6 Places That Silenced Even Veteran Indian Travellers!

4Psst..! These Destinations Are Undiscovered by Tourists. Planning a trip? Go Here!
Psst..! These Destinations Are Undiscovered by Tourists. Planning a trip? Go Here!

A photographer’s delight punctuated with gorgeous hills and stunning waterfalls, Shillong is the complete offbeat package.

Aninda tells you just why, “You can come here, nice place, can visit Cherrapunjee, Mawsynram always. But I will tell you some places which are even more awesome. Laitlum, Sweet Falls, Nongkhnum, West Khasi Hills, Beautiful valleys, Canyons, Lakes, Hot Springs, I'm a travel photographer, trust me.”


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5Not Having A Plan B
Not Having A Plan B

No matter how much you plan ahead, sometimes sh*t happens. It’s always advisable to have a backup plan in case things go south like losing your luggage or credit cards. The best way to tackle this is keeping some reserve disastercash stashed among your carry ons. Also, be sure to scan a copy of your passport and other important documents and email them to yourself. HolidayIQ Traveller Ankita Baranwal from Asansol shares, “I went to shillong few months back. It was such a beauty. The mountains and the waterfalls were so mesmerizing especially elephant falls. Shillong market is also very lively and crowded. I just want to tell that please visit Shillong, Cherrapunji and living roots bridge which is a wonder in itself. I never saw such bridge in my life. Also there is a village which is told as the cleanest village of the world.”


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Tandra ghosh

Tandra ghosh5.0/5

1 review


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.



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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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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

Photo by

Sudipto rakshit Rakshit

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

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