Shillong Travel Guide and Tourism

Meghalaya’s capital, Shillong is quaint hill-station flanked by pine forests and a few hundred waterfalls scattered across the charming landscape. Also referred to as the Scotland of the East, Shillong is replete with remnants of its British legacy, that can be seen in its architecture and the cuisine found on most menus. The beautiful Umiam, is a manmade lake and locally known as Barapani, it’s one of the best places to visit in Shillong. The Wards Lake is another artificial creation and tourists flock to this destination mainly for the boat rides. The multitude of waterfalls crowding the city - Sweet, Bishop and Beadon, and Elephant falls play a significant role in Shillong’s tourism. The Don Bosco Centre of Indigenous Cultures, is a cultural repository for all the seven Northeastern states, boasting of everything from weapons to rare photographs. To witness a magnificent view of the entire city, the Shillong Peak at 1695 msl fanning out over the town is your best bet. Shillong sightseeing also incorporates the beautiful Golf Course, that is perched at an elevation of 5200ft.
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Best Time To Visit Shillong

Peak Season to visit Shillong is from September to May, when the city ushers in winter during the months of November and December. The weather is extremely pleasant as the rainfall is relatively less during these months.

Shoulder Season: Monsoons occur during June and August and Shillong looks especially beautiful during these months when the waterfalls are at their best.

Budget For Shillong

For Budget Travellers: INR 900 - 1000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 700 - 800
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 30 - 150
  • Public Transport in buses and taxis: INR 10 - 50
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1200 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 850 - 1000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 200 - 500
  • Local transport in private taxis: INR 200 - 400

For Luxury Travellers: INR 4000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 700 and upwards
  • Local transport in taxi rentals: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Guided tours: INR 1500 and upwards