Shillong – Meghalaya

Shillong, the capital city of the north eastern state of Meghalaya, this beautiful hill station rests at an altitude of 1496 metres and is popularly referred to as the Scotland of the East, owing to the cascading waterfalls and undulating hills surrounding it. It is a great destination that fits the dream of nature lovers and adventure seekers. The picturesque landscape of the hill station attracts many.  The colorful city situated on Khasi Hills offers adventurous outdoor activities such as rock climbing and boating.

Shillong Peak

Shillong peak is the highest peak in the Himalayas. Situated 10 kms from the city, Shillong Peak offers spectacular views of the city from an impressive height of 1965 meters above sea level. Being the highest point in Shillong, it offers stunning views of lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. It is the best destination for nature lovers. It is said that Shillong is named after this peak. But as per mythology, it has been found that the patron deity 'Leishyllong' has her abode at the hill. It is this deity who protects the city from evil. The view from the peak is breathtaking as it defines the Shillong city and the Himalayas view from peak. During the evenings, the city appears even more beautiful. The place is best suitable for photography lovers. We will be able to view the majestic Himalayan peaks and the Bangladesh plains from here. Offering the most breathtaking panoramic views of Shillong, this vantage point makes an ideal picnic spot during the day, and is equally stunning by night.

Don Bosco Museum

The culture of the land is best understood by a visit to Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture. The museum gives a clear insight into the history and culture of the tribes who lived here in the ancient times. The seven storied building has many galleries that highlight the different faces of the city. The galleries here are about Prehistory of the tribal world, culture, art, musical instruments and tools used in the past for fishing and hunting. The skywalk on the sloping roof at the top of the building is an attraction for adventurous tourists.

Laitlum Canyons

A paradise by every definition, Laitlum canyons in the Khasi Hills gives panoramic views of the hills and valleys. The word Laitlum means ‘end of hill’. One will have breathtaking views of valleys and surrounding hills from here. It is an amazing opportunity for the trekkers.

Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls, the Three Steps Waterfalls as it is originally called, is located 12 km from the capital city. The three steps in which the water falls earned it the name as Three Steps Waterfalls, which was later called as Elephant Falls by the British. The stone that resembled an elephant near the beautiful falls inspired the British to name the falls thus, though the stone is no longer seen as it was destroyed in 1897 by an earthquake. The rainy season brings more life to the already energetic waterfalls and we will see the falls in full vigor.

Mawjymbuin Caves

Mawjymbuin Caves, one of the leading attractions of Shillong, is located 56 km from the city. The natural caves are situated on the world’s wettest place, Mawsynram. The spectacular stalagmites seen in the caves are amazing. One such huge stalagmite is in the shape of Shiva Linga on which drops of water fall steadily from a stone above. Exploring the naturally formed caves is a thrilling experience, which words fail to describe.

Butterfly Museum

The Entomological Museum, established in the 1930s, is more popularly known as the Butterfly Museum. It is a private property. It is the sole museum in India which is dedicated to preserving the species of butterflies and moths. This colorful museum, with 1,600 species of butterflies, insects and moths, is a veritable treat for visitors.

Lady Hydari Park

Lady Hydari Park, a children's themed park, derives its name from the wife of the first Governor of Assam, Lady Hydari. Established and maintained by the Forest Department, this park incorporates a mini zoo, a deer park, and an open area for children to play. The vast stretches of rose-beds make it strikingly beautiful. The park has been designed in a Japanese style, as there are several elements like rhododendron plants, small ponds and willow trees which remind one of the garden styles of Japan. There is also a museum in a small house located inside the park. The rich biodiversity of Meghalaya has been showcased in this museum, which includes photos of rare species, stuffed leopard, dried skin of python, and skulls of elephant.

Umiam Lake

The Umiam Lake, located in the north of Shillong, combines beauty and adventure facilities. It is also famous as Barapani or Big Water. It is an admired tourist destination for water cycling, kayaking and boating. The lake also provides a number of ecosystem services, like storing water for electricity generation and downstream irrigation.

Shillong, one of the most compelling tourist destinations deserve more time to explore the land and take in the essence of its rich culture and enjoy its endless natural beauty.

The Majestic Hotel

Me-ba-ai Plaza, Polo Market, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001

Laid-back, individually decorated rooms with colourful accents feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with premium channels, and tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms add minifridges, and suites include sitting rooms and balconies. Room service is available.

Hotel Lake View Inn

MG Road, Secretariat Hills, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001

The simple rooms feature fans and flat-screen TVs. Upgrades add sitting areas and scenic views. Breakfast and parking are included. There is a restaurant serving Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine.

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