Shillong is the most preferred holiday destination for nature lovers. Located amongst the most picturesque location, this beautiful hill station in the state of Meghalaya is also called as the ‘Scotland of the East’. Shillong derives its name from the local deity Lie Shyllong or Shyllong. The place is bestowed with captivating mountain peaks, transparent blue water lakes, enchanting waterfalls, historical museums and diverse flora and fauna. A visit to this nature’s abode will leave you fresh and rejuvenated and the beautiful impressions will last for a lifetime.
Location : State/District
Shillong is the capital city of the Meghalaya state in India.The latitude of Shillong corresponds to 25.5667⁰ North while the longitude is 91.8833⁰ East.
Shillong is beautiful hill station in the Meghalaya state and a popular holiday destination in the Eastern region of India.
Family holiday Destination
Shillong is a superb holiday destination with family members. This place is a heaven for nature lovers. Enjoying the beautiful sceneries with the company of your loved ones is very relaxing and gives a pleasurable feeling. Shillong is also an ideal weekend retreat for the crowd living in the adjoining state of Meghalaya.
Meghalaya has pleasant climatic conditions during the summer season from March till May and is the best time for sightseeing. The monsoon season starts from June to September and it is the time when the beauty of the place increases manifold. It is the best time to witness the exotic beauty of Shillong. Winters in the place are very cold with temperature reaching to 2⁰C. The months from November to February remains chilling in Shillong. If you choose to travel in winters you can enjoy the bliss of Cherry blossoms in Shillong. The place looks ethereal and make sure to carry heavy woollen clothes to keep you warm. Shillong can be visited all year round and is an ideal destination in all seasons.
Indian citizens can visit Shillong at their free will. There are no restrictions from the Indian government. However there are some rules for foreign tourists. They must acquire visa permission for travelling to Shillong and also manage all their travel documents and passports.
Places to Visit
Shillong is packed with places of interest for the thirsty travellers.
The Elephant Falls located on the outskirts of the Shillong city is a favourite destination among tourists. This is a spectacular two-tier waterfall, with the two falls being the Wei Laplam Falls and Wir Phang Falls. The place got its name from a rock that resembled an elephant. The stone was broken down during the earthquake in the year 1897, but the name however remains.
Christianity is a dominant religion in Shillong, therefore the place has some of the beautiful churches. The Cathedral of Mary help of Christmas is the most popular cathedral of the place. This cathedral is believed to be earthquake resistant and one can get the panoramic view of the magnificent Himalayan Mountains from here.
Shillong Peak is another prime spot and the highest point in the state of Meghalaya. Trek to this elevated spot and enjoy the splendid bird’s eye-view of the Shillong city and countryside.
Lady Hydari Park is a famous children’s theme park that has a deer park, a mini zoo and ample open space for children to play. This place derives its name from Lady Hydari, who was the first governor of Assam. The design of Lady Hydari Park resembles the Japanese style with willow trees, small ponds and rhododendron plants. The place also has a remarkable stretch of rose-beds that makes the surroundings even more beautiful. The park also has a museum inside, displaying the photographs of rare species, dried skin of python, skulls of elephant and stuffed leopard.
Butterfly Museum is one-of-its-kind museum in India that is entirely dedicated to conserve different species of moths and butterflies. This museum is privately owned by M/s Wankhar, Riatsamthiah in Shillong and houses an unbelievable 1600 varied species of butterflies, moths and other insects. This museum is not to be missed by any chance.
The Shillong Golf Course is a delight for golfers. Located at a high altitude amidst natural sceneries, this golf course is compared to the prestigious Glen Eagle Golf Course of United States.
Umiam Lake is one the beautiful spots in Shillong. Located in the northern part of the town, this place is a perfect blend of beautiful sight and adventure activities. The natural scenic surrounding of the place will mesmerise you while the adventure lovers can enjoy boating, kayaking and cycling on the lake.
Cherrapunjee is known as the wettest place of the world, receiving maximum rainfall and is located at a distance of 51 kms from Shillong. The place is surrounded with scenic waterfalls and is very popular for its ancient churches and limestone caves that are must visiting. Cherrapunjee is a paradise for nature lovers.Guwahati is located at a distance of 101 kms from Shillong and is the largest city in the North-East part of India. The place is famous for its tea cultivation and tea auction. There is also a renowned Kamakhya Devi Temple in this place that lures devotees from all over India.
Food & Accommodation
Shillong has a limited selection when it comes down to food. The place offers some of the popular south Indian and north Indian delicacies in the restaurants. Chinese cuisine is easily available in all the local eating joints. Some of the must-go restaurants of the place are Pinecone Restaurant, Ginger Restaurant, Munchies, Lil Chef, Broadway and Cafe Shillong. While in Shillong you must also taste the local cuisine at the small shacks and stalls along the Mawkhar Main Road.
Shillong has all range of accommodation options for tourists. For luxurious travellers there is Ri Kynjai Resort, Lakkhotaa Lodge, Polo Towers, Landmark Victoria and Royal Heritage – Tripura Castle. The room tariffs start from INR 5000+ per night. These hotels provide world-class amenities in comfortable surroundings. The mid-range option includes Pinewood Ashok, Orchid Lake Resort, Silk Route Hotel and Center Point. Shillong even has decent accommodation for budget conscious travellers. These place offer basic service to their guests at pocket friendly rates. Some of the options in this category are Assembly Hotel, Shillong Club, Grace Hotels, Eldorado Guest House, Broadway Hotel and JK International Hotel.