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
Book a Package Tour
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.
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.
Buddhist Temple Road
This is the only Thai Temple and monastery in India which was built by a Thai Monarch. It was on the request of the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru that this temple was built. The main aim ws to strenghthen relations between Thailand and India and this place also became a favourite of tourists- Buddhists or not. The temple is just adjacent to the tourist bungalow and has typical, subtle Thai architectural patterns and designs with sloping roofs and pagoda style facades. There is a beautiful idol of Buddha made of Bronze inside. The recent addition is a life size idol of the Lord. The best thing firstly is that you are welcomed inside the temple irrespective of your caste, creed, clan or social status and the second is the peaceful atmosphere of the temple. This is an apt place to meditate and detoxify yourelf.
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.
Cafe Shillong Bed and Breakfast
This is an exquisite B&B in the center point of Shillong-it feels like a home stay. The rooms are spotless and large (and loaded with FabIndia furniture)! They have complimentary wi-fi as well. Overall, this is one of the better places you'll discover in Shillong. The main drawback is that they don't have and supper, however you can arrange it from an eatery close by. Very well kept up agreeable and attractive bed & breakfast.... Moreover offers the kind of a home stay. The B&B offers four rooms. One suite room, two extravagance and one fancy. It is extremely well located and has simple access to the city's heart. perfect for a very getaway while being amidst the town. Cafe Shillong is always first on the priority list when it comes to a short trip in Shillong. The place has been designed to make you fell 100% comfortable and secured in the unknown place.
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.
The Majestic Hotel
Shillong has upscale, mid-range and budget hotels for tourists. Check in to a hotel of your choice that fits your bill and enjoy the hospitality of the place. Budget travelers can try Lake View Inn, Rohit Guest House, Hotel Rainbow Shillong and the Majestic Hotel. Mid-range hotels include the Hotel Center Point, Hotel Alpine Continental or the Hotel Polo Towers.
We reached Shillong after a 4 hour drive grabbing a bite here and there of the authentic northeastern cuisine and enjoying the Punjabi folk music that Bishu played for us. It was 7 but the sun was gone already to take his goodnight sleep. Negotiating with traffic of the hill station we reached its heart in a place beyond our imagination. It was one of the best Bnb places I had ever been too. Tucked on the top of a hill this house was majestic bungalow with open arms. The owners were extremely friend and in our 5 day stay with them we did connect with them at a deeper level. Especially the little boy who became my new found friend in the Scotland of the north-east. Contact details - Polo Hills, near Golf Club, Pynthormukhrah, Shillong Contact Person: Anthony 08794707022
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.