Shillong – paradise of north-east

Shillong – undoubtedly the most popular hill station of north-east India is an abode of peace and tranquility. Often referred to as the “Scotland of East”, this hill town perched at an average altitude of 1496 m is certainly the most visited tourist destination of the north-east. The amazing series of waterfalls, the mystic mountain peaks, crystal clear water lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and zoo are some of the snapshots which ideally describe Shillong.


View of Shillong City from Shillong Peak

Where is Shillong?

The hill resort of Shillong is the state capital of Meghalaya and is at a distance of 105 Km from Guwahati.

About Shillong

Shillong was the capital of undivided Assam until the creation of the new state of Meghalaya on January 21, 1972, when Shillong became the capital of Meghalaya. Located in undulating pine covered hills, Shillong was a favourite hill resort of the Britishers. The British legacy is still visible in the architecture of its churches, Victorian style buildings, and lifestyle of its people.

The picturesque town of Shillong is an ideal gateway not only during summer, but during rainy season too the hill town with its bustling waterfalls and lakes filled to its brim presents a stunning look. Set amidst stunning natural setting enshrouded in mists, broken by sunny days, Shillong has a very unique charm which creates an indelible impression on the mind of every tourist visiting this hill town. Towering pines, gurgling mountain streams, awesome waterfalls, natural and artificial lakes, gorges and caverns, all combine to make Shillong a dream destination for tourists.

A visit to Shillong will definitely create an impression that you are in a western country. Highly westernised culture of this hill town is hardly found anywhere in India, making it a sought after destination for young and newly wed couples.

Shillong Sightseeing 

Umium Lake

Commonly known as Barapani because of its large size, this artificial lake is about 15 Km from Shillong and falls in the way to the Shillong city from Guwahati. The Lake is popular for the Water Sport and adventure facilities that it offers. Kayaking, Water cycling, scooting, sailing, skiing and boating are a few of the facilities available at the Water Sports Complex at Umium Lake.

Wards Lake

Located right at the heart of the City, this artificial lake built by William Ward in 1893-94 with a large sprawling garden is extremely popular among tourists and locals. Colourful fishes at the water of the lake are an added attraction.

Shillong Peak

10 Km from Shillong town is Shillong peak, the highest point of Meghalaya state. At an altitude of 1965 m from sea level, the peak provides a splendid panoramic view of Shillong town. On a clear night, the Shillong town appears as a bejeweled, twinkling carpet out of an Arabian lore. Explore the forest around the peak, where you will find rare and exotic plants – orchids, pines and others including the famous insect eating pitcher plant.


View of Shillong Golf Course

Golf Course

This natural golf course is the third oldest golf course of India. Set as a nine hole course in 1889 by a group of British Civil Service officer, was later converted to 18 hole course in 1924. The course is set in an undulating valley carpeted with a unique local grass surrounded with pine and rhododendron trees.

The golf course is termed as the ‘Gleneagles of the East’ and time spent at this golf course, whether you know playing golf or not will definitely be an experience to cherish life long. The lush green grass covered surroundings, occasional pine trees here and there, neatness and serenity of the place all combines to make it so popular among tourists visiting Shillong.

The Bishop and Beadon Waterfall

Though these two waterfalls are two separate falls, but as they tumble down the same escarpment they are often referred to as twin brothers. As the gushing stream of water plunges into a yawning gorge below, the sprinkled droplets create a mystic rainbow stretching across the spectrum. This twin fall is a must visit for tourists visiting Shillong. Being surrounded by verdant forests from every side the clear water of this twin fall gushes down almost a 100 feet to crush the resilient rocks below and make for a memorable sight.


View of the Elephant Fall

Elephant Fall

This huge fall have been developed as a major tourist attraction. Provision to reach the bottom of this steep fall by stairs and bathing in the water that collects in the small lake below makes it extremely popular among tourists. A wooden bridge in the way to reach the bottom of the waterfall provides a picturesque view of the fall.

Spread Eagle Fall

Located at the outskirts of the city is this waterfall, which is the widest among all the waterfalls in and around Shillong. The fall, looking like an eagle with wings spread out is extremely popular among tourists.

Sweet Fall

Located near Happy Valley, this waterfall dives from a height of 96 m and pounds with a gushing roar in the crevices below. The fall is extremely popular among locals as well as tourists. Set amongst a soothing setting, the fall is a treat to eye.

Butterfly Museum

Tour of Shillong will not be completed without a visit to Butterfly Museum. Developed and maintained by a private owner, the museum has rarest collections of Butterfly and insects in preserved form. There are as many as 1600 different varieties of butterflies on display, which have been collected from both India and abroad.

How to reach Shillong?

By Air

Gopinath Bordoloi Airport at Guwahati (129 Km) is the nearest airport. There is a also a small airport at Umroi, about 40km from Shillong. Alliance Air (of Indian Airlines) has flights from Kolkata on certain days of the week. Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd, under the Government of Meghalaya, has commenced regular helicopter flights connecting Shillong and Guwahati.

By Rail

Guwahati, at a distance of 105 Km is the nearest Railway station. Guwahati is very well connected with all major cities of India.

By Road

Both Deluxe and ordinary buses ply between Guwahati and Shillong. Meghalaya Road Transport Corporation runs regular buses. Private cars are also easily available.

Where to stay at Shillong?

Hotel Polo Towers

Hotel Polo Towers is the only Four Star hotel in the state. Set in idyllic surroundings with breath taking vistas of the hills, and only a tee away from Shillong’s famous golf course, Polo Towers is the ideal way to experience Shillong.

To know more about this wonderful and luxurious Shillong hotel, just click HERE  or call the hotel reception at: 0364-2222863 or 2222341.

Hotel Broadway

This is a budget Shillong hotel with a fair amount cleanliness. To know more callthe hotel reception at: 0364-2226996.

Hotel Knight Inn

Hotel Knight Inn is ranked as one of the finest hotel in Shillong city. The hotel is known to offer visiting guests and travelers a complete set of modern and spacious lodging facility that is class apart.

To know more about this Shillong hotel, just click HERE or call the hotel reception at: +91 94025 94025 or +91 98620 41289

Hotel Blueberry Inn

Blueberry Inn is one of the highest rated hotel of Shillong. Situated at a distance of just 1 km from Shillong Center, the hotel in itself is a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, blend with nature, designed to cater the best, with the cool& unsurpassed beauty of the Queen of Seven Sisters.

To know more about this Shillong hotel, just click HERE or call the hotel reception at: +91-364 2500 655 / 57

Hotel Centre Point (0364-2225210)
Hotel Alpine Continental (0364-2220991)
Hotel Pinewood (0364-2223116)
Hotel Embassy (9836489939)

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