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!
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 and amazing place, best tourist attractions, waterfalls, caves, very clean city, friendly, welcoming and disciplined atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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