Shillong

Shillong

Shillong is an amazing city in Meghalaya as well as the capital of Meghalaya and a must-visit place.  It is surrounded by pine trees. This beautiful hill station offers a chance to explore its weather, picturesque locations and traditions. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, Shilong is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East.

There are several waterfalls in Shillong. This destination draws the attention of tourists from across the world due to its mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, cafes, and museums. It is also popular for heavy rainfalls, caving, the tallest waterfalls, lovely sceneries and amazing people and culture.

You will get in touch with various tribes such as Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim tribes. But Shillong has a westernized culture. People know this place as the music capital of India and there are many famous musicians in Shilong.

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Best Time To Visit Shillong

  • Jan
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Summer-(March - June)- The temperature is ranging from 15°C and 25°C during summer. It is a cool and extremely enjoyable time to visit. During this time, you will see various festivals too.

Monsoon- (July - September)- The temperature is ranging from 12 °C and 16°C during monsoon. It gets heavy downpours during the season. It can be an ideal time for tourists, nature lovers or backpackers.

Winter-(October – March)- The temperature is ranging from 2°C and 22°C that makes this place amazing for tourists. This is the most suitable time to explore the hill station without bothering about the rain and the heat. You will see the Autumn Festivalwith entertainment, cultural programs, concerts and other activities.

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By air: Situated in Umroi at a distance of approximately 30 kilometers from Shillong, Shillong Airport or Umroi Airport is the nearby airport. It connects Kolkata to Shillong.LokpriyaGopinathBordoloi International Airport is another nearby airport at a distance of 120 kilometers from Shillong. Flights from Bangkok, Paro, and Singapore are easily available as well as other Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Imphal, Silchar, etc.

By train: Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest one,at a distance of about 96 kilometers from Shillong. You can get a direct train from Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. It can be a good option for budget friendly travelers.

By road: Bus operators like Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) and Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) regularly regulate many buses from Guwahati to Shillong.You can also hire a private car or taxi to travel. It can also give you a convenient and comfortable ride.

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Place to visit

Umiam Lake


Situated in the north of Shillong, it is a man-made reservoir. It was basically made after a dam was built to generate hydroelectric power. Covered by lush green East Khasi hills, this stunning lake offers the most scenic view for naturelovers in the country. You cannot miss the view of sunshine at the lake. There is also a park where you can enjoy a picnic. The sereneUmiam Lake is encircled by thick coniferous forests and spread over an area of about 222 square kilometers. Everyone can explore this natural beauty during their Shilong tour. Enjoy a long boat ride in the lake and also there is the option of boating and various watersports to enjoy. The local people come to this place to collect twigs and grass that you can see.

Place to visit

Elephant Falls


This is one of the most attractive tourist destinations and the most famous falls in the North-East, situated next to Shillong. It has an elephant-shaped rock on one side of the fall. It was named aftertheBritishers. Undoubtedly, this is the most beautiful place for spending quality time in nature while exploring nearby places. Elephant fallsconsist of three mesmerizing falls in succession.The first one is extremely wide and tucked between the dense trees while the second one lessens to thin features of water and is almost negligible in winters owing to the receding water levels.The third is the most visible waterfall and the tallest with clear water flowing like a sheet of milk on the dark rocks in the backdrop. Elephant Falls is the most visited place during your Shilong tour.

Place to visit

Shillong Peak


It is the highest point of Shillong at a height of 6449 ft or 1965 m above sea level.You will explore the most scenic view of the city as well as the Himalayas, its waterfalls as well as of the Bangladesh plains. Take a trek up to this semi-circular Shillong Peak to enjoy the amazing views, covered by heavy fog mostly. There is a telescope available for tourists to get a bird's eye view. In addition, it is located at the air force base where you can seea radar station of the Indian Air Force.

Place to visit

Don Bosco Museum


Situated in the Mawlai area, near the Police Bazaar, it is the biggest Museum of Indigenous Cultures in Asia. It houses the attractive culture and tradition of North East India. With its seven storeys and 16 laid out galleries, it showcases artefacts, paintings, and figures significant to the Northeastern culture. It is one of the most visited places that offer a glimpse of the lifestyle of the North-Eastern people. It has its own research wing, publications, newsletters and cultural calendar. Built in a hexagonal shape, it is the pride of Shillong's architecture. Various competitions are also held by the museum and scholars, writers, musicians and lyricists from different parts of India.

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Shillong is a popular attraction for tourists from every corner of the world. It is bestowed with the most enchanting spots that we have discussed above. This is the best place to visit and has several popular things to do and enjoy. It will make your trip memorable.

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You must have a Map of Shillongthatwill help visitors in discovering this lovely city. Get an idea ofthe climate and accommodation options.

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