Places To Visit In shillong

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Here are the top 31 tourist attractions to see in Shillong:

1. Umiam Lake

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10 km
from city center
1 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Umiam Lake, a mesmerizing man-made reservoir, is located at a distance of 15 kilometres north of Shillong which is the capital of the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. The lake was formed after a dam was constructed to generate hydroelectric power. The scenic Umiam Lake is encircled by lush green East Khasi hills that form one of the best panoramic sights for nature-lovers in the country. The sunrise at the lake is a treat to watch and shouldn't be missed. The Umiam Lake has a park adjoining it which is a hotspot for picnics and frequented by locals for a getaway from their busy scheduled.

2. Elephant Falls

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8 km
from city center
2 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Named after an Elephant like stone at its foot, the Elephant Falls are amongst the most popular falls in the North-East, situated next to Shillong. It is a tourists' paradise with three layers of the falls accessible to the layman from different vantage points. The Britishers named this fall so owing to the presence of an elephant-shaped rock on one side of the fall. However, the stone disintegrated and was washed away due to an earthquake in 1897. Elephant Waterfalls is a superb place for spending some time in the midst of nature while capturing the incredible moments for your keepsake.

3. Police Bazar

1 km
from city center
3 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Police Bazar is the major market of Shillong, and a popular shopping haunt for locals and tourists alike. In addition to an array of restaurants, hotels and big brand stores, the Police Bazaar also has a flea market section which is pocket-friendly and draws the maximum number of tourists owing to its traditional handicrafts stores, exquisite Meghalaya merchandise, regional apparels, junk jewellery and the like. The colourful market is thronged by shopping enthusiasts as well as foodies.

4. Laitlum Canyons

3 km
from city center
4 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Perched on the East Khasi Hills, Laitlum Canyons is a less explored but one of the most picturesque tourist and trekking destinations in Shillong. The canyons are located about 21 Kms south of Shillong which is about a half-hour drive away. Literally, translating to 'End of hills', this exotic viewing site offers the best panoramic views of the whole of Meghalaya embraced by the majestic hills and valleys. The spot is secluded and serene, ideal for quiet and peaceful getaways. It can be visited by families, friend groups as well as couples. To catch this place at its best, visit Laitlum Canyons either during sunrise or sunset.

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5. Shillong Peak

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4 km
from city center
5 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

At the height of 6449 ft or 1965 m above sea level, Shillong Peak is the highest point of Shillong. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city, the Himalayas, its waterfalls as well as of the Bangladesh plains. A telescope is available for tourists to get a bird's eye view. Trekking up to this semi-circular Shillong Peak is highly recommended for the best views but it is often bounded by heavy fog.

6. Mawphlang

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20 km
from city center
6 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Mawphlang, home to Meghalaya's Sacred Forest, is a beautiful village situated 25 kilometres away from Shillong, the capital city of the north-east Indian state of Meghalaya. The village lies in the district of East Khasi Hills and is famous for its sacred groves. The village is named Mawphlang as it is one of the several monoliths in the Khasi Hills. The name Mawphlang means Grassy Stone (Maw phlang) and is a land of legendary stories, sacrifices and unique culture. For the ones who want a glimpse of the tradition, culture and lifestyle of the Khasis that is fading away in the modern world, Mawphlang is the place to visit.

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7. Ward's Lake

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1 km
from city center
7 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

A pretty artificial lake surrounded by gardens is an ideal evening get away! Also known as the Polok Lake, it is usually flocked by couples, picnickers and locals.

8. Don Bosco Museum

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2 km
from city center
8 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Hailed as Asia's largest Museum of Indigenous Cultures, the Don Bosco Museum is the house of the beautiful culture and tradition of North East India. It is conveniently located in the Mawlai area, near the Police Bazaar. With its seven storeys, it rises into the skyline of Shillong and flaunts 16 laid out galleries that showcase artefacts, paintings, figures significant to the Northeastern culture. Not only do these provide a feast to the eyes of the visitors, but also give an insight into the lifestyle of the North-Eastern people.

9. David Scott Trail

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36 km
from city center
9 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Most popular trekking routes of Meghalaya, this path was originally laid by David Scott, a British officer as early as in the 1800s. It is still used to commute between Assam and Bangladesh.

10. Mawlynnong

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42 km
from city center
10 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Mawlynnong is a small village situated around 90 km from Shillong in the East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya and is also known as God's own Garden. It was declared as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 by Discovery India which certainly which makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Indian state. Mawlynnong village is a community-based ecotourism initiative where the entire community made collective efforts in making and maintaining the cleanliness of the village.

11. Mawsynram

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44 km
from city center
11 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Currently the wettest place on earth (tough competition with Cherrapunjee), Mawsynram receives 12m of rain annually. The generosity of mother nature can be easily seen and experienced with the fresh air, blue skies waterfalls and lush greenery.

12. Lady Hydari Park

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2 km
from city center
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places to visit in Shillong

One of the most famous tourist spots of Shillong, the park is dedicated to the first lady of the province - Lady Hydari. This sprawling park encompasses a wide variety of flora along with a cute mini zoo housing 73 species of birds and over 100 reptiles.

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13. Sweet Falls

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5 km
from city center
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places to visit in Shillong

One of the steepest and the most mesmerizing falls of the country. The sound of gurgling water, chirping birds, the feel of the falling water and the lush greenery - all together just take your breath away.

14. Nohsngithiang Falls

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40 km
from city center
14 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Plunging from a height of 315 meters, Nohsngithiang Falls are another wonder that Cherrapunjee has to offer to its visitors. Also known as the Seven-sisters falls, Nohsngithiang is an absolutely amazing sight to behold.

15. Jakrem

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45 km
from city center
15 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

A famous health resort. Hot sulphur springs with medicinal properties is it's USP.

16. Spread Eagle Falls

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2 km
from city center
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places to visit in Shillong

Located in the East Khasi District, 6km from the city these falls are considered to be the widest in all of Shillong. The falls gush down steep hills and into a massive pool.

17. Diengiei Peak

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10 km
from city center
17 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Situated on the western side of Shillong, is 6200 ft in altitude, this peak is just 200 ft shorter than the tallest peak in Shillong, Shillong Peak. For a height of about 1000 ft, the gradient of this peak is very steep and precipitous which makes for excellent mountain climbing.

18. Kyllang Rock

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30 km
from city center
18 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Some 78 km away from Shillong, a unique giant rock made out of red granite, Kyllang Rock is a giant dome placed in the West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya.

19. Sohpetbneng

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11 km
from city center
19 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

At 1343m above sea level, an ideal location to meet nature. Sohpetbneng means 'navel of heaven' in the local language and is truly heaven - with the breathtaking view of Shillong it offers.

20. Museums in Shillong

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1 km
from city center
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places to visit in Shillong

There are innumerable museums in Shillong. The Arunachal State Museum, Meghalaya State Museum, Wankhar Entomology Museum, The Butterfly Museum and the Rhino Museum - there are so many, each as wonderful as the previous one.

21. Khasi Hills

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26 km
from city center
21 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Named after the Khasi tribe of Meghalaya, the Khasi hills are famous for housing the Sohra or Cherrapunjee scarp, one of the regions with highest annual rainfall in the world, and the prevalent use of living root bridges seen in this region. The Nongkhum island, the second largest river island of Asia, is also located within this spectacular area.

22. Meghalaya State Museum

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1 km
from city center
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places to visit in Shillong

The museum, a great attraction for tourists, exhibits vast collection of artefacts of tribal era and a collection of ancient scriptures. The museum is situated within the State Central Library complex at Laichumiere and is managed by the government of Meghalaya.

23. Jaintia Hills

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46 km
from city center
23 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Part of the former Jaintia Kingdom, the Jaintia Hills is a land of majestic hills filled with rich natural vegetation and mineral deposits situated in Meghalaya. The Jaintia Hills is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of India, the Krang Suri Falls and the fascinating Nartiang Monoliths.

24. Garo Hills

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157 km
from city center
24 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Situated close to the Indo-Bangladesh Border, the Garo hills get their name from the Garo tribe who inhabit the area. The Nokrek Biosphere reserve, one of the most important national parks with international importance, is located in this nature-rich area. The hills are also decked with splendid waterfalls, enriching the environmental coherence of the place.

25. Mawjymbuin Cave

43 km
from city center
25 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Mawjymbuin Cave is situated in Mawjymbuin village in Mawsynram (the wettest place on earth) in Cherrapunji and is a religiously significant site. Made of calcareous sandstones and having numerous stalagmites (formed as a result of calcium carbonate depositions, weathering and dripping of mineral enriched liquid), the 209-metre high cave is of special interest to geologists who conduct special researches here. The Mawjymbuin Cave is also thronged by naturalists, photographers, pilgrims and tourists alike.

26. All Saints Church

1 km
from city center
26 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

All Saints Church is constructed on the Kacheri Road in Shillong. One among the oldest churches in the city, this was built during the British Raj and boasts of colonial style architectural finesse. The church was a whole wooden structure and is busiest during the routine Sunday masses.

27. Cathedral Of Mary Help Of Christians Shillong

1 km
from city center
27 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, also known as the Laitumkhrah Church is one of the most beautiful churches of Shillong, built on a steep plateau that requires one to climb a set of steps to reach. It is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. The church with its towering arches and big stained-glass windows has two levels: a chapel and a huge cathedral. A distinguishing fact about the church is that it is constructed to resist earthquake.

28. Air Force Museum

8 km
from city center
28 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Situated in the Upper Shillong area, Air Force Museum is a brilliant display of the country's defence forces, especially the Air Force and learn about the defence history. A great place for adults and children both, the museum has aircraft models, uniforms of pilots, miniature models of missiles, rockets, machinery, technology demonstrations of the Indian Air Force- Eastern Command along with pictures of Indo-China war and Indo-Pak war.

29. Butterfly Museum, Shillong

1 km
from city center
29 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Also known as Entomological Museum, Butterfly Museum in Shillong is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. Situated on the Riatsamthiah Jaiaw, near Christian Academy School, the museum houses an extensive collection of vibrant butterflies, moths, beetles and other insects. The museum also cultivate butterflies for commercial purposes.

30. Ever Living Museum

5 km
from city center
30 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Situated in the Mawshbuit Village in Shillong, Ever Living Museum is a privately owned museum depicting the love for nature, culture, tradition, posterity and history. An ethnographic museum, it houses the objects of the hill tribe of Garo, Khasi and Jaintia Hills and is divided into three sections. The first section houses contemporary and ancient weapons and armoury used by the Meghalayan tribesmen. The second gallery displays the bamboo handicrafts items. And the third is a beautiful lawn of orchids, wild flowers and fruits etc.

31. Rhino Heritage Museum

2 km
from city center
31 out of 31
places to visit in Shillong

Located in the Bara Bazaar area of Shillong, Rhino Heritage Museum is dedicated to the army personnels, military weapons and war missiles and rifles. The museum gets its name from the pink coloured rhinoceros sculpture installed outside the premises. Among other exhibits, the highlight is the display of the weaponry of the Japanese army.

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What are the top hotels in Shillong?

There are 190 Hotels 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

How can I commute within Shillong?

The city is small so the best way to go about in Shillong is on foot. Else local cabs (shared taxis) are available.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Shillong?

The top sightseeing places in Shillong are Mawlynnong, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Don Bosco Museum, Mawsynram.

Can you suggest an itinerary for Shillong?

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.

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
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