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"Scotland of the East"

Shillong Tourism

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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Nature's Paradise

Famed as "Scotland of the East", Shillong brings to you a true nature’s paradise flourished with rich culture. Shillong is wrapped with hills, greenery and sheer serenity. The waterfalls and lakes of Shillong are the perfect spots to find peace of mind and add a lovely contrast to the panorama that comprises green in majority.

Nightlife in Shillong

The nightlife in Shillong is quite unique in its own sense. It is not very happening or electrifying like what nightlife is usually assumed to be. In Shillong, nightlife is slow and steady. People usually like to relax and have a drink or two at some of the bars Shillong has. However, the city doesn’t lack nightlife completely. One can find, Shillong has many pubs, bars and discos. The nightlife in Shillong has slowly shifted from sedate to a happening one. Some of the best places to experience the nightlife in Shillong are Cloud 9, Café Shillong, Tango and Platinum.

Shopping in Shillong

In Shillong, even though one is mostly preoccupied with the beauty of nature, they will also have a strong urge to stroll through the markets in the city and go on a shopping spree. Choosing from the variety of souvenirs can prove to be a difficult task. The markets are full of tribal market products that are mostly made of bamboo and wood. The markets also have an ample number of shops for fashion enthusiasts. One can find hand-woven shawls, trendy head gears and traditional Khasi dress for women. The prime shopping centres in the city are the Lewduh market and Police Bazaar.

Restaurants and Local Food in Shillong

Shillong fosters the flavours, colours, elements and popular dishes of an authentic Meghalayan cuisine. Do try the local preparations such as Tungtab which is a preparation of fermented dry fish, a wide variety of Momos, Tarumbai, which are fermented beans as well as the very popular Dohneiiong, a preparation of pork using local spices.
You must also indulge in Kyat which is a beverage prepared from rice. A traditional and refreshing item is the Kwai prepared from betel nuts. Other than these Shillong's restaurants have enough choices from Chinese, Indian and Tibetan cuisines.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Shillong early in the morning and check in to your hotel. Start your day with a fulfilling breakfast at places like Bread’s Café and Dylan’s Café. Visit the famous Shillong Golf Course and experience the legacy of the colonial era. Next, head towards the Mawphlang Sacred Forest and explore the rich diversity and the monoliths. End your day with a hearty dinner at Café Shillong.

Day 2 - Start your second day early and head towards the Shillong Peak. You can take a short trek to the highest peak. Next, head towards the Elephant Falls and spend a relaxing time at this beautiful waterfall and rejuvenate your body. After having a delicious lunch at restaurants like City Hut Family Dhaba or Dejavu, visit the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture and learn more about the cultures and traditions of the place.  

Day 3- Start your final day of the trip with visiting the Chrysalis Art Gallery and spend some time amongst the multiple works of art by the artists of Northeast India. Next, visit the Shillong Baptist Church and offer a prayer amidst the peace and serenity of the church. End your day with a shopping spree at the Lewduh market and collect as many souvenirs as you can.

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What is the local food in Shillong?

Shillong fosters the flavours, colours, elements and popular dishes of an authentic Meghalayan cuisine. Do try the local preparations such as Tungtab which is a preparation of fermented dry fish, a wide variety of Momos, Tarumbai, which are fermented beans as well as the very popular Dohneiiong, a preparation of pork using local spices.
You must also indulge in Kyat which is a beverage prepared from rice. A traditional and refreshing item is the Kwai prepared from betel nuts. Other than these Shillong's restaurants have enough choices from Chinese, Indian and Tibetan cuisines.

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What are the places near Shillong?

The top places near to Shillong are Cherrapunjee which is 36 km from Shillong, Jowai which is located 33 km from Shillong, Nongpoh which is located 35 km from Shillong, Guwahati which is located 65 km from Shillong, Mawsynram which is located 44 km from Shillong

What is the best time to visit Shillong?

The best time to visit Shillong is between September and May as the weather remains pleasant during these months. It does occasionally rain, but it is relatively lesser than in the monsoons season, i.e. between June and August. During the season, the region experiences heavy rainfall, and it might be tough and inconvenient to explore the tourist attractions. The beauty in monsoons is at its peak as the terrain turns into a scenic paradise with lush greenery, lakes, ponds and waterfalls coming to life. It, therefore, can be an off-season location worth a visit for some.
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What is not so good about Shillong?

Monsoons can be severe.

What is famous about Shillong?

Lovely sceneries. Beautiful landscape.

What are the things to do in Shillong?

The top things to do in Shillong are Mawlynnong, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Don Bosco Museum, Mawsynram. You can see all the places to visit in Shillong here

What is the best way to reach Shillong?

Nearest railhead to Shillong is Guwahati, which is at distance of 100 km. Shillong airport at Umroi connects only to Kolkata, else Guwahati is the nearest major airport. Shillong bus stand is located at the city center and regular bus services to Guwahati are available. Shillong is connected to Guwahati by NH 40 and to the rest of the North-East by NH 44.
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Who should visit Shillong?

Shillong is a lovely place that can be enjoyed by people of all age groups and from any part of the world.

How much does a package cost for Shillong?

The packages for Shillong start at INR 5476 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top hotels in Shillong?

There are 190 in Shillong which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Shillong are Cafe Shillong Bed & Breakfast, OYO 10491 Pumpkin Guest House, Risa Maria Home Stay with Kitchen, Adorable StayShillong, OYO 27919 Blooming Inn Guest House, Quindelina. You can see all the hotels in Shillong here

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Kenneth Rynjah 1 year ago
I'am a local boy from Shillong and I was born here let me tell you guys Shillong is the best and beautiful place Shillong is paradise. Most tourists who have been to Shillong would know and understand me, and there are lots and lots of unexplored places where most tourists have never been heard or seen, Shillong is heaven. "Name Hidden"
Vikrom Sharma 2 years ago
Lovely and amazing place, best tourist attractions, waterfalls, caves, very clean city, friendly, welcoming and disciplined atmosphere.
Vivek Bardhan 2 years ago
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.
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