The land of waterfalls, the Scotland of the East - Shillong needs no introduction and yet deserves so many. A must-visit if you are visiting the North-East, this lovely town offers you an experience that is unmatched. There is tons to see and do in Shillong and if you are a traveller who enjoys packing a lot of things in your vacation, you'll love Shillong. From numerous waterfalls to lakes to historical sites, you'll be spoilt for choice. Umiam Lake is a manmade lake that resembles the lakes of Scotland and is a wonderful way to spend your afternoon, but be prepared to walk a lot. The boating activity take place a little further from where you park your car and it's quite a long, long walk. Do check the weather before you step out since the weather here can be a little unpredictable. The Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures is another enlightening spot where you learn about the various cultures and tribes of Assam. The centre may get a little boring if you are not into history and it's best to head here if you are a history buff. Otherwise, you can spend your day at Elephant Falls, which are divine! The sight is incredible and the whole experience brings one much closer to nature. The beauty is mesmerising and the locals there are a treat to interact with. Do take back some bamboo goods when you are here and don't forget to bargain! Mawjymbuin Caves is another great touristy spot here and a treat to explore. The caves are well lit and not dangerous at all albeit a few tricky curves so if you are travelling with children, you can definitely bring them along. Do wear proper shoes when you are out on your expedition to avoid a fall. Reaching Shillong is hassle free and doesn't take too long from the urban city of Assam. Taxis ply at all times of the day and it's almost a 5 hour stunning drive. Do choose your hotels carefully in Shillong since the hotels here are absolutely splendid and you shouldn't miss a chance to enjoy the warm hospitality of this lovely town.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Shillong is from October to May
How To Reach
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Bread Cafe-Among the numerous bakeries and cafes in Shillong,what was it in Bread Cafe that caught my eye? Well,the banner on the entrance said "Bread Cafe-The Baker's Coffee Shop". And that itself dragged me to it,like a duck to water. Quite,cozy and humble is what can be said about the setting and seating. Ambience is fair as well. Can't say the same about the music,though. But what steals the show is the amazing range and quality of the food they offer. The pies always freshly baked and the coffees always delightful. It is indeed a delectable affair!You can have your breakfast from here,although I prefer to follow it with second and a third breakfast as well. Well,it's sort of tough to eat everything that is on offer just in one shift,right? The Cafe also offers coffees (both hot and cold) that,though congenial in themselves,go perfectly well with the baked goods.Coming to the pocket pinch,looking at my platter one is likely to think that I must've fished out quite a sum for a breakfast that looks so lavish and neat. Well,that's not quite the case. With qualities that can give the costliest and most famous bakeries in my city a run for their money, I would say it's fairly reasonable and absolutely worth the money. No surprise I spent most of my mornings there.
Located a little outside the main city of Shillong in Meghalaya, this is a beautiful two tiered waterfall. The two parts are named as the Wir Phang falls and the Wei Laplam Falls. These two flow along dingles of rock and then blend together to justify its name which is the Elephant Falls. This is no doubt a must see in the state and people not only from other places but also from the same state cannot resist repeated trips to this tranquil destination. The place is much away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets and thus very peaceful and refreshing too. The monsoons are the time when you find the Elephant Falls in its full vigor with snow white, foamy water gushing down the falls. This ckear color makes the perfect combination with the shades of greenery around. There are also a number of medicial plants and shrubs whose goodness get infused in this therapeutic waters of the Falls.
Arranged 10 kms from the city, Shillong Peak offers awesome perspectives of the city from a noteworthy height of 1965 m above ocean level. Shillong Peak, the most elevated point of Shillong, is found 5 km toward the south of the city and is 1961 meters which is 6,433 feet in height. Being the most astounding crest in the locale, it is frequently encompassed with mist. The top itself is not steep, but instead semi-round like that of a crown set on the level and broad top of the Shillong Hill. The crest is open by means of the Upper Shillong or Jowai Road. If you arrive on a day when mists don't play ruin sport, you will have the capacity to see the lofty Himalayan tops and the Bangladesh fields from here. Indian Air Force has its radar station here. This spot is a standout among the most well known tourist center in Shillong as a result of the breathtaking perspectives it offers.
Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
A museum where you find all details and information not only about Meghalaya but all the Sister States which include Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Sikkim and Nagaland and Manipur. This is a museum for indigeneous exhibits which are directly related to everything about the culture and lifestyles of North- East India. This includes galleries of costumes, food, occuopation, musical instruments and art and crafts. Here you also get to know all about the tribes now and then of this whole region. All this have made this a prime attraction for tourists.
Mawphlang Sacred Forest
The tribes of Meghalaya are known for their efforts to preserve the natural beauty, flora and fauna of the state, and the best example of their dedication to the cause is the Maphlawng Sacred Grove, a dense, sprawling forest with a smattering of ancient Buddhist monoliths. The forest is completely silent save for the chirping of birds and buzzing of insects, displaying every shade of green you can possible imagine. It has a quiet, supernatural vibe about it, which makes you think that you have walked straight into the Forbidden Forest from the Harry Potter books. No one is permitted to pluck or kill anything that lives in this forest.
This is a census town in Shillong and the name literally in Khasi means the "Place where the River Umkhrah originates". The place has a number of holiday resorts and the natural beauty and cold weather are in itself reasons enough to spend a day or two here. there are also churches and schools over here along with the Ramkrishna Mission of Meghalaya and the famous Kalpatru Sweet Shop.
Shillong Golf Course
Start the day with a visit to the Golf Course.On the second day of the festival, you can choose to take out a few morning hours to explore the city. Photographers will have the time of their lives witnessing the incredible 18-hole golf course in Shillong. Lose yourself in the shades of green as you walk along the tarmac road overlooking the breathtaking green expanse.
Don Bosco Museum
We then reached Don Bosco Museum. The entry fee was Rs.50/person. Inside, there was a big board showing Sonia Gandhi's photo and her comment on the Museum visit. Don Bosco is considered as the best museum representing an entire state culture at a same place. The museum is a 5 storey building with collection and perfect explanation about Khasi, Garo and Jaintia Hills. After 2 long hours, we then went to next spot which was the Church. We took some very nice clicks of Church from outside and then went in to pray Jesus Christ in a completely silent environment of the Church. We then skipped the Lady Hydari park & passed through Golf course which was no more scenic looking as it appeared in Google pics while planning our journey. The driver was very generous, so he took us to Shri Rabindranath Tagore's residence again which we had missed due to the assembly meeting.
Wards Lake: When everyone was busy getting ready in the morning and waiting for the cab to visit Mawlynnong village, I was already returning from Ward's Lake which is really a divine place to visit early morning. It is amazing when you start your journey with such beautiful place where you can say "good morning" to the strangers and run with them to warm yourself up or you can just sit and enjoy the peace and click some beautiful pictures.
Shillong Club Tennis Courts
This is one of the highest golf courses of Asia and also is the reason for which Meghalaya is known as the "Gleneagles of the East". This is a 18 hole full golf course amidst some of the most beautiful sceneries of the country. This golf course is historically significant too because this was the place where a number of British personalities tried their hands with their clubs during the Summer season. Till today some major golfing events of the country are organized over here.
Mawjymbuin known as the wettest place on earth, the Mawjymbuin Cave is a characteristic ponder that conveys massive religious criticalness. The 209-meter high buckle, otherwise called Krem Mawjymbuin, dumbfounds each guest. This cave is made of calcareous sandstone and comprises of a few stalagmites, which are framed as a consequence of weathering, calcium carbonate testimony and trickling of mineral-advanced fluid. Its uniqueness makes it a thing of enthusiasm for geologists, who direct various looks into here. One of these stalagmites is formed like a Shiva Lingam and is respected consecrated by Hindus. A little stream streams under the eastern part of this cavern and goes through enormous stones. Numerous fracture doors and sections shape a piece of this hollow, some of which are hard to enter. This is a ideal place for spending a quality vacation with both friends and family. The transportation services available here are also very affordable.
Iewduh Bara Bazar
Locally known as Lewduh, this is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets and trade center of the North East India. Most of the shopkeepers here are women and there are a number of monolithic idols of gods and goddesses out here. A number of religious ceremonies are performed here every year and this place is directly managed by the government authorities. The best thing you can shop from here are flat bamboo items such as mats, hats and other decoratives. It is suggested that you do not bargain much out here as the women are poor and they work really very hard with very low sales turnover due to the remote location.
Ward's Lake: Situated in the heart of the city, Ward's lake is surrounded by flower gardens and is popular for a refreshing walk, and a bit of boating. Take a walk around this pristine artificial lake, or simply admire the colourful floral beds, there's much to see here. One can visit Ward's Lake any time of the year, the best time, however is between June and July, when the several orchids and a number of other floral special are on their full bloom. This post was originally published on Footloose Dev.
Iewduh: Also known as Bara Bazaar this is one of the oldest and largest traditional market, and a trade center where traditional items are sold. No visit to Shillong can ever be completed without a few hours of directionless strolling and ending up buying some beautiful wooden cutlery from Bara Bazaar.
This is a beautiful waterfalls hidden from the crowd. you have to trek through the jungles for 2 kms and reach this quaint waterfalls, and trust me its all worth it. you may get lost here, so it is preferred you take a local from the nearby village Mawlyngbna or Lawbah with you. The stream water is so clear that we can actualy drink straight out of it. There is also a place Hew Luri Laura which has old fossils of animals and humans together. Because of heavy rains, we couldnot go.
Enter day 4 for India cleanest village Mawlynnong village , food there was awesome , we have some farms egg . We went to living root bridge , trek for some time , on return we have take one wrong turn . End of the day was for shopping to buy some local goods , we went to Shillong famous Police Bazar.
5) Risa Colony:Make sure to visit “Derby Shullai”~a lady who makes the finest of wine from different varieties of fruits and she has a collection of around 30-35 different varieties. She is a very famous lady and is known for it even at the wine festival held there. My favourite was the “Shiong” made up of wild cherries. The bottle cost is around 500 bucks which is very reasonable as compared to the thousands you pay at top notch restaurants. Incase, you face difficulties in getting there, you can connect with me through your comments below or drop a message and I would be happy to share her contact details.
I have always had a deep connect with churches since had studied in a Convent since my childhood days. On the way back to Shillong, I happened to cross by the church. It drew me towards it like a magnet and in no second I was inside the church, attending the holy mass which is held on the Sundays at 6 in the evening.