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East Khasi Hills , Meghalaya

Shillong is one of the most hustling bustling, thriving and lively cities that you will ever come across. Yet the beauty of Shillong is that it is not as bad as the metros, neither is it an obscure place. This is a city that has just the right balance of beauty and urbanity and that makes it one of the best places to visit today. Shillong in Meghalaya is situated at an altitude of 1496 m above sea level and it is also the capital of the state. In fact it was the capital of Assam before Meghalaya was carved out of the state. Meghalaya simply means the abode of Clouds and Shillong is a hill station that make you realise why this place has received such a beautiful name. A place filled with verdant greenery, meandering rivers, rippling lakes and the most unexpected waterfalls, every bit of this city will take your breath away. The Shillong Peak is one of the most panoramic places to come across and it opens the entire countryside to you. 56 km from Shillong, situated in one of the rainiest rain-belt in the world, 1,300 m above sea level, Cherrapunji is one of the most glorious places to come across. This town with its wonderful waterfalls and greenery that is incomparable, it is a must visit for anyone who comes to Shillong. There are a number of falls that you definitely need to visit when you are in Shillong. They are part of what makes Shillong so very beautiful. The Sohpetbneng Peak is one of the best places to visit here and this is the peak from which you can completely enjoy the vision that Shillong presents to you.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 20.0°C /68.0°F 144 mm 4980feet 260000.0 /km2 Jan-Dec Coming Soon

Places of Interest

  • Butterfly Museum

    "One of the most amusing sights even for an adult is to watch a delicate little butterfly land on hands and perform a balancing jig before it takes off again to regale another bystander. The Butterfly Museum at Riatsamthiah presents some of the finest and rarest species of butterflies and moths. The museum, had initiated the breeding program for butterflies with an eye on the mounting commercial market. However, the program has now developed into a full fledged Butterfly and moth anthology. The museum also provides a rare insight into the life cycles and habitat of these fragile mortals"

    Butterfly Museum

  • Meghalaya State Museum

    "The State of Meghalaya used to be the part of the state of Assam till 1972. Post separation the state has made conscious efforts to preserve and highlight its own identity through display of its tribal culture and heritage. This Museum is located within the State Central Library complex which is situated at Laichumiere. The lifestyle and cultural diversity of the tribes in Meghalaya especially the Khasi tribes have been elaborately displayed in the museum. The information regarding history, culture and social structures of these tribes is also available in the museum."

    Meghalaya State Museum

  • Beadon Falls

    "The normal trends of Indian waterfalls do not apply to the unique waterfalls in Meghalaya. These waterfalls are almost always at their full glory and rarely dry up or become a trickle as is the case with rest of the waterfalls. The Beadon waterfall is surrounded by verdant forests from every side and the sight of the creamy torrent gushing down almost a 100 feet and crush the resilient rocks below is awe inspiring. The clear water stream and the picturesque surroundings make for a memorable sight. The sight is always in demand and provides an excellent opportunity to relax and enjoy a half day trek cum picnic with the entire family. An operational hydroelectric powerhouse is situated at the base of the falls"

    Beadon Falls

  • Bishop's Falls

    "Bishop's Falls is a Canadian town in the north-central part of the island of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, with a population of 3,341 at the 2011 census.The railroad played a major part in the area's history, as the town was a central hub during the travels of the \"Newfie Bullet\". There is a trestle in the town which is the longest east of Quebec. The existing trestle is the last of many which were built and destroyed by the strong ice flows (and a flood) that occur in the winter. The town sits along the Exploits River which flows through and to the falls from which the town takes its name.\nBishop's Falls also boasts a few famous NHL names, such as Alex Faulkner."

    Bishop's Falls

  • Crinoline Falls

    "Smack in the middle of the Shillong city is another natural splendor. The Crinoline Falls cascading down the luxuriant woodland create a graceful waterfall. The pool created by the fall has been creatively carved out to serve as a well sustained Swimming Pool. A dip in this pool is a foregone conclusion for the allure of the lagoon would drag and float the most ardent watch babies. The pool is perennially abounded with screeching hordes outdoing each other and feasting on the nature's bounty. An attached restaurant provides relief for the tired spirits and the adjacent area nourishes the heart with some soul stirring cultural programmes."

    Crinoline Falls

  • Elephant Falls

    "The Elephant Falls located just outside the Shillong city at a distance of approx 10 kms provides a unique sight wherein the water column carves out its way and surrenders to gravity at two successive locations. The gigantic stream accumulated just at the pinnacle comes crashing down the terrain and rebounds only to cover a short distance and once again leap into a daunting gorge. The very sight of natural pandemonium is enough to make one miss a heartbeat and leap with joy. The surrounding basin sheltered by the sky like green vegetation provides a perfect backdrop to this enchanting picnic spot."

    Elephant Falls

  • Shillong Peak

    "Shillong (English pronunciation: /???l???/;[2][3] Khasi: Shillong) is the capital of Meghalaya, one of the smallest states in India and home to the Khasis. It is the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district and is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level, with the highest point being Shillong Peak at 6,449 feet (1,966 m). Shillong is the 330th most populous city in India with population of 143,007 according to the 2011 census.[4] It is said that the rolling hills around the town reminded the European settlers of Scotland. Hence, Shillong is known as \"Scotland of the East.\" The population density of the state of Meghalaya in the current decade is 342 people per sq mile.\nIt has steadily grown in size and significance since it was made the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills in 1864 by the British. In 1874, on the formation of Assam as a Chief Commissioner's Province, it was chosen as the headquarters of the new administration because of its convenient location between the Brahmaputra and Surma valleys and more so because the climate of Shillong was much cooler than tropical India. Shillong remained the capital of undivided Assam until the creation of the new state of Meghalaya on 21 January 1972, when Shillong became the capital of Meghalaya and Assam moved its capital to Dispur in Guwahati."

    Shillong Peak

  • Spread Eagle Falls

    "As we move towards the forests from the Polo ground at a distance approximately 3 Km the calmness and peaceful lull of the verdant jungle is broken, initially with a silent hush, and later by a roaring waterfall that breaks out of the dominating green terrain with an aim to carve a niche for itself. Welcome to the Spread Eagle Falls or the Sati Falls. The Spread Eagle Falls can be considered as the widest waterfalls amongst those in and around Shillong. The stream grows wide just near the pinnacle and crashes into a massive pool created by its incessant splash on the rocks below."

    Spread Eagle Falls

  • Sweet Falls

    "Sweet Falls is a very steep fall, it is one of the most mesmerizing waterfalls in the country. The beauty of the waterfall along with gargling sound of the water, bird chirps and rich flora are the highlights of this fall. Situated near Happy Valley, at a distance of about 8 Kms from Shillong, the waterfall is a famous picnic spot for the locals as well as tourists. Water cascades down from a great height which is hardly visible from the foot of falls"

    Sweet Falls

  • Wards Lake

    "The story goes like this. A Khasi prisoner, bored with the penitentiary routine requested the warden for some creative release by permitting him to create some construction over the Wards Lake. He was permitted to do so and what stands today is a marvelous site of the Wards Lake or Polok's Lake as the locals prefer to call it. This century old picturesque (horseshoe-shaped) artificial lake lying beneath the Raj Bhavan (Governor's Residence) is located at the heart of the city and is extremely popular for its garden walks and boating. The lake is chock-full of fish it's a common sight to see tourists feeding fish from the bridge. The lake is encircled by a winding walk-way and is inter spread with gently sloping flowerbeds and innovative illumination, edged in by luxuriant greens."

    Wards Lake

  • Lady Hydari Park and Zoo

    "Lady Hydari Park, owes its existence to the erstwhile nature loving first lady of the state, Lady Hydari the wife of Governor of Assam (It used to be a big state). This mini zoo clubbed with a deer park stretches for more than one Kilometer and presents some of the best grown and bred rose beds. The roses and blossoms are of tasteful tones and colours. The park has been very passionately maintained and also provides a special play arena for the tiny tots. The combination of the zoo, Park and beautiful stretches of flower beds makes it an ideal location for young couples but also for the families to spend some quality time together."

    Lady Hydari Park and Zoo


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