Shillong is the capital city of Indian state Meghalaya lying in North east direction.Shillong is a famous tourist destination and it is a famous hill station.Main attraction of Shillong is it is not required as much walking normally used in other hill stations. Adequate facilities, scenic beauty, cheerful people, clouds and tall pines, mountains, valleys, meadows and an excellent golf course make Shillong a great destination. The people Khasi, Jaintia and Garo hill tribes have a colorful lifestyle and cultural traditions. Shillong can be a base for visiting other places in Meghalaya.
Best time to visit October-November and March-April
Languages English, Hindi, Khasi, Garo, Assamese
STD Code 0364
Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya used to be once the British army cantonment area during the British period. The British began liking this city so much that they started off calling it as the ‘Scotland’ of the East’. Even to this day, Majority of the Indian tourists take the trip to Shillong to feel relieved of the scorching heat of summers.
The milling crowd of people thronging the ‘Lady Hydary Park’, the nearby ‘Mini Zoo’ and ‘Wards Lake’ is a scene worth watching, where they collect for picnic. The city’s ‘Levduh Bazaar’ is counted to be one of the largest Bazaar of the eastern India.
There are several famous cascading water falls around this city. The famous falls worth visiting are:
- The ‘Spread Eagle Falls,
- Sweet Falls,
- Crinoline Falls,
- Bishop and Beadon Falls.
- Elephant Falls.
Shillong’s ‘18 holes Golf Course’ is the main attraction for the rich and famous.
There are museums rich in collection famous amongst which are:-
- Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum,
- Butterfly Museum: (A privately-owned museum of Shillong located at a distance of 2 km from Police Bazar),
- Zoological Museum in Risa Colony
- Forest Museum in Lady Hydari Park
- Anthropological museum at Mawblei
- Rhino Heritage Museum at Shillong
- Botanical Museum at 4th Furlong
- Arunachal Museum at the Cantonment Area,
- Air Force Museum at Upper Shillong.
Other viewable spots
- Motphran : During World War I, The “Stone of France” known as “Motphran” was constructed in memoriam of the 26th Khasi Labour Corps which had served under the British in France.
- Shillong Peak: At a distance of some 10 km from the city, the 200 high Shillong peak shows the unique view of nature to the city dwellers. This is an ideal jaunt of picnic spot located at a height of 1965 m above sea level giving off a panoramic view of the scenes and sceneries of the landscape.
- Cherapunji: The area of Cherapunji some 54 km away from Shillong is considered to be the place where the heaviest rainfall takes place in the entire world. But some years past, the Hasimara in West Bengal was the place where the heaviest rainfall was recorded. But the attraction of Cherapunji still holds on even to this day. Some 55 km way from Cherapunji, Masinram is the place where the excessive rains occur. The bird’s eye view of of the delta area of Ganges- Brahmaputra of Bangaladesh could be had Cherapunji. The oranges and honey of this are is most famous.
- Muflang: It attracts the nature lovers for its botanical riches. It is also famous for Jakeram and hot water sources. Away at a distance of 40 km from Shillong, the capital of the famous Nogkhala king Tirot Singh Siem. The king had fought a long battle in 1820 against the intruders.
- Ranikor: At a distance of 140 km from Shillong is located Ranikor which is also called the Pehalgaum of Meghalya. The Mahsir fish variety found here is sent all over the country.
- Tura: ‘Tura’ is the district HQ of ‘Garo Hills’. The ‘Tura Peak’ at a height of 1500 meter from the sea level proves to be very challenging for the mountaineers. The tourists visiting ‘Tura’ cannot leave the place without watching the folk dance of this area.
Nartiang: 65 km away from Shillong, ’Nartiang’ was the historic capital of Jayantia kings. Huge builders have been set on the grave yards of the Jayantia kings here which is holding on still since several centuries.
- Umius lake: This place situated at a distance of 17 km from the city is in no way any less than thrilling. The beatific scenes are worth seeing here. There is a beautiful restaurant here along with the facility of boating where delicious cuisines could be enjoyed.
- The 2 National Parks of Meghalyaare ‘Nikrek’ and ‘Balpakaram’ are the residences of the two rare species of the golden cats. The ‘Balpakram Plains’ present the sight similar to that of ‘Grand Canyon’ of America. These plains divide the Garo Mountains from the Khasi Mountains.
The city located in the middle of the Shillong plateau surrounded by hills, three of which are revered in Sohpetbneng, Lum Diengiei and Lum Shillong.
When to travel?
Best time- September to November and November to March.
summers are very pleasant and free from pollution.
Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya is located just 55 km (34 minutes), the world’s wettest place from Mawsynram.
Owing mainly to its latitude and high elevation, the climate of Shillong is sub-tropical with mild summers and chilly to cold winters. It is subject to the whims of the monsoon temperatures. The monsoons arrive in June. It rains till the end of August. The best months to visit Shillong are October to November and March to April.
Air Route: Though, there exists Umrao Air Port but has a very limited flight.
Rail Route: No Rail connection for Shillong.
Road Route: There are two major ‘National Highways’ passing through Shillong. It is well connected from all the major north Indian Provinces.
Local Transport: There are shared black-and-yellow taxis running on fixed routes. Private taxies are also available. Auto-Rickshaws are rarely available here. Presently Govt. city buses ply within the Shillong area. The bus is convenient for travelling.