Born in the laps of nature, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and offers every one of its bequeathed element for exploration to the wanderlust.
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.
Fun activities at Wards Lake
Throughout the year
Shillong has all kinds of hotels, ranging from luxury to budget. Reservations should be made in advance as it is an ideal destination for tourists.
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.
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.
The city is small so the best way to go about in Shillong is on foot. Else local cabs (shared taxis) are available.
Day 1- Arrive at Shillong. Check-in and rest. Then visit Umium Lake and Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures. Day 2- Visit Orchidarium and Botanical Garden, Ward's Lake, Police Bazaar and All Saints Church. Day 3- Begin day at Elephant Falls. Then visit Shillong View Point, Lady Hydari Park and Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians.
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.
Most of the eateries shut down early (9 P.M.) An umbrella is a necessity while packing your bags.
One of the most amazing place to visit. So much to explore and great place for shopping too.
By Sasirekha Mohanraj
Can we have a route map for the locations in Shillong?