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Shillong Tourism

Surrounded by verdant mountains and picturesque landscape, Shillong is one of the most beautiful hill stations of northeast India. Located at an altitude of 1496 m above the sea level, Shillong with its rolling hills around the town is often called as ‘the Scotland of the East’. The hill station is known for its scenic beauty and calm atmosphere. This soothing climate makes Shillong suitable to visit throughout the year. Nestled into the valleys of Brahmaputra and Surma, Shillong is known for its traditions and culture. The gentle winds and light drizzles offer a rejuvenating atmosphere to anyone who wants to get away from the hassle of city life and soak into the beauty of this quaint hill station

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Shillong being the capital is famous for its numerous scenic waterfalls, the verdant array of mountains, crystal lakes, beautiful golf courses and museum which attracts tourists from all over the country, is often known as the gateway to Meghalaya. Shillong has a very westernised culture and apart from all the scenic beauty, this place is famous for its heavy rainfalls, caves and an amazing tradition. Also known to be the music capital of India, a lot of people travel from all over to be the part of many music events happening throughout the year.

How to reach

Shillong is well connected by road, rail and air.

How to Reach by Flight

Shillong Airport in Umroi, is a small airport that is available for the flights via Alliance Air and is located at a distance of 40 km from Shillong

How to Reach by Train

There are as such no proper rail lines in Meghalaya. Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station situated at a distance of 105 Km from Shillong.

How to Reach by Bus

Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) run buses from Guwahati to Shillong. The main interstate bus stand is located near to Guwahati railway station.

How to Reach by Road

Shillong is well connected by road to Guwahati. If you love to drive, you can easily drive from Guwahati to Shillong as they are only 100 kms apart.

How to travel within

The best way to explore Shillong is on foot. The city itself is small and can be easily covered walking. You can also hop on buses or hire cabs to go around in Shillong.

Local Cuisine

Shillong is a food lovers paradise. The Indo- Chinese cuisine is an important part of the Meghalayan food cuisine. The town of Shillong is home to mouth-watering chowmein and momos. If you enjoy devouring meats, this is the place to be. Mixing it up with something from a variety of cuisines (local, North Indian, Chinese, Bengali, Assamese), one can find plenty of food stalls and restaurants. The best of being in Shillong is the street food, you need not go to high-end restaurants to experience the authentic cuisine. 

Must try foods when in Shillong include:

1.      Momos,
2.      Jalebis,
3.      Tungrymbai (prepared using fermented soybeans that are grown in Shillong),
4.      Jadoh (Rice drenched in a flavourful mix of sour and spicy, topped with an assortment of herbs like mint leaves and ginger flower),
5.      Dohneiiong (Pork cooked with black sesame seeds and soy sauce),
6.      Chowmein,
7.      Dohkhlieh (salad made using pork, onions, and local spices) – found easily in Don Bosco Squares.
8.      Pukhlein (prepared from fermented rice)
9.      Smoked meat
10.   Chilly pork

Major eateries in Shillong include:

·        Café Shillong: L.P. Building, (NIIT Building), Main Road, Laitumkhrah
·        The police bazaar: Police Bazaar Road
·        Café Shillong heritage: Royal Heritage Tripura Castle, Tripura Castle Road, Celeve Colony, East Khasi Hills.
·        Trattoria: Police Bazaar Road
·        Jadoh: Don Bosco Square, Laitumkhrah
·        Sao Aiom: Ri Kynjai, Umniuh Khwan, UCC Road, Ri Bhoi District.

 

Shillong Itinerary

Day 1:

After an early breakfast from Guwahati to Shillong. On the way, drop by the Borapani Lake,  the biggest artificial lake in the  Meghalaya. You can reach Shillong in about 3.5 hours, right in time for a light brunch. Head straight to Cherrapunji and explore the caves and forests in and around the place. After lunch, head to the Mawlynnong village and spent the rest of the afternoon in the village. Head back to Shillong, explore the city at night and spent the night at the hotel.

Day 2:

Wake up early morning and head to the Shillong peak to witness the sunrise. You can visit the Elephant falls on the way back from Shillong. After the lunch, drive to the famous Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture. You can also visit the Shillong Catholic Cathedral nearby. Spent the evening at the Umiam Lake. Spent the night in Shillong.

Day 3:

After the morning breakfast, you can visit the Mawphlang Sacred forest on the way back you can also visit the ward's lake. Post lunch, you can roam around the shopping streets and then proceed to Lady Hydari Park for the evening. You can also visit the Chrysalis Art Gallery and the Butterfly museum post lunch. You can either head back directly to Guwahati or spent the night in Shillong and head back next day morning.

Mawphlang Sacred Forest
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After a heavy, delicious lunch, drive to the famous Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures.
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