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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

Things to do in Shillong

1.Mawsynram

24 kilometres from city centre

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2.Motphran

2 kilometres from city centre

The monument dedicated to the memory of the 26th Khasi Labour Corps, who had fought fo...

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3.Mawphlang

20 kilometres from city centre

A beautiful village in East Khasi Hills in Northeastern India, Mawphlang is situated 2...

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4.David Scott Trail

20 kilometres from city centre

One of the most popular trekking routes of Meghalaya, the 16 kms trekking trails cover...

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5.Museums

2 kilometres from city centre

Shillong has several museums showcasing the rich history and culture of the Northeast I...

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6.Umiam Lake

10 kilometres from city centre

The breath-taking man-made reservoir located at a distance of 15kms to the north of Sh...

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7.Elephant Falls

8 kilometres from city centre

Located at 12 kms from Shillong, the elephant falls is an excellent pitstop before you...

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8.Shillong Peak

4 kilometres from city centre

One of the major attractions of the hill station, the Shillong peak is located at a di...

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9.Don Bosco Museum

2 kilometres from city centre

Located in the East Khasi Hills district, the three-in-one institution combines a muse...

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10.Ward's Lake

1 kilometres from city centre

  Located at a distance of 2 kms from the city centre, the ward’s lake is a must visit ...

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11.Sweet Falls

7 kilometres from city centre

One of the steepest and beautiful falls in the country, the sweet falls lies about 5 k...

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12.Sohpetbneng

4 kilometres from city centre

Situated towards the outskirts of Shillong, the Sohpetbneng Peak is a steep mountain, ...

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13.Meghalaya State Museum

1 kilometres from city centre

Located at a distance of 2.2 kms from the city centre within the State Central Library...

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14.Lady Hydari Park

2 kilometres from city centre

One of the major tourist attractions of Meghalaya, the park is dedicated to the first ...

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15.Spread Eagle Falls

2 kilometres from city centre

Located at 6 kms from the town the Spread Eagle falls, is also known as Sati falls or ...

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16.Mawlynnong

0 kilometres from city centre

Mawlynnong is a quaint, tiny and beautiful village situated in East Khasi hills at a d...

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17.Jakrem

44 kilometres from city centre

Located about 64 kms from Shillong, Jakrem is the famous hot water springs of sulphur ...

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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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