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A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, Shillong provides a relief from the heat across the country. This hill station is known for its picturesque sights and traditions. The soothing climate makes Shillong suitable to visit in all seasons. The light drizzles and the cooling gentle wind adds to the joy of visiting this hill station. This place is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’. One can find descendants of the Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim tribes.
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is the home to numerous waterfalls. The exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and the zoo are the key reasons why people visit Shillong. Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfalls, caving, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and culture. Shillong in particular has been in limelight for its jovial people and their culture. Interestingly, Shillong has a very westernised culture and it has a very young feel to it. Shillong is also famous as the music capital of India, as many prominent musicians have hailed from this place. Many music events keep happening throughout the year, making it a very lively place.
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I visited Shillong during the month of August, and it was absolutely beautiful. For a person who adores nature, I had a brilliant time walking alongside hills and pine trees. But let me warn you, always carry an umbrella! If you are into hiking, visit the beautiful living root bridges. My heart was beating a thousand miles per hour through that experience, but it was worth every second. The beautiful capital of Meghalaya, it’s too easy to fall in love with this state!
We have visited Shillong and Cherrapunjee during end of June . We stay 2 days over there . Both Places are nice . We found a genuine gentleman namely Dipak Pal +91 8414055529 who drives a black-yellow taxi. For local sight seeing, such as visiting Shillong peak, Elephant falls, Museum, Hyderi Park, Church, Ramkrishna Mission, Golf Course etc. we paid Rs. 2000 only. This taxi driver Dipak Pal took us to Cherrapunjee for Rs. 2000. He acted as reliable guide for us. On the way, he stopped at Mawdok bridge, Nohkalikai falls and Ramkrishna Mission.
My road trip to Shillong was an enthralling venture. The humongous, water dripping hills complimented the sleek, curvy roads. The view of Umiam Lake from the Borapani Bridge gave me chills. The weather of Shillong is very calm. Police Bazaar and Bara Bazaar, are the heart of this hill station, and are the busiest with lots of artifact shops and restaurants. The hotels are very affordable and comfy. There are even youth hostels for group travelers. The Don Bosco Museum, All Saint’s Cathedral and the Elephant Falls are my personal recommendations for those who are planning to visit Shillong and enjoy a fresh retreat from the smoke and noise of cities.
Lovely sceneries. Beautiful landscape.
Monsoons can be severe.
Shillong is a lovely place that can be enjoyed by people of all age groups and from any part of the world.