Shillong the capital of Meghalaya is a popular hill station with beautiful
lakes and waterfalls. Situated at an altitude of 1496 m above sea level,
it is one of the biggest hill station in India. Shillong was the capital
of Assam, before the formation of Meghalaya as a new state in 1974.
Derived its name from a local deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong,
Shillong is called as the "Scotland of the east" because of
itís similarities to the terrain of Scotland. The main reason for tourists
getting attracted to Shillong is its clean environment, greenery as well
as unpolluted fresh air. Set in pine forests and lush green mountains,
Shillong has few places worth visiting. Wardís Lake, Shillong Peak, Elephanta
Falls, Bishopís Falls, Beadonís Falls, Crimolineís Falls, Spread Eagle
Falls, Sweet Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian,
a polo ground and the famous 18 hole golf course.
Here are some important tourist attractions in Shillong;
It is is an old Anglican cemetery which has graves dating
back centuries including those soldiers killed in the Lushai campaign
Fall together in the same gorge, Beadon Falls
and Bishop Falls are the most popular waterfalls in Shillong.
Both these are located at Mawprem, 3-km north. The Elephant Falls
with the fern-covered rocks on which it falls, is located 12kms away.
Set amidst the green vegetation, the falls provides an enthralling experience
to tourists. Located in the Shillong Cantonment, about 6 km from the city
is Spread Eagle Falls an eagle-like fall. Also called
as Sati Falls and Urkaliar Falls, the fall has steep cliffs reaching to
a deep pool beneath. Crinoline Falls near Lady Hydari
Park gas a swimming pool surrounded by various flowers. The Meghalaya
Tourism Department conducts occasions and other festivals at the bank
of the swimming pool which is a prime attraction of this place.
Sweet Falls near Happy Valley and Rengthiam Falls
- 15kms from Shillong on the Shillong - Jowai highway are ideal for viewing
the pristine beauty of nature.
The pretty Ward's Lake is located right in the heart of the city. Earlier
known as Elliotís Lake, Chief Commissioner Sir William Ward rebuilt it
in 1893-94. It is a picturesque lake with a white wooden Japanese like
bridge. The lake is popular for itís short garden walk, boating and fishing.
One portion of this lake has beautiful shades of the lotus and the winding
pathway around the lake has a background of lush greenery and flowers.
Umiam lake, 16 kilometers from Shillong is also famous
for fishing and boating.
It is is located near to the Ward lake. Built in the early 1900, it has
has variety of rare and exotic plants and trees. The well laid paved walks,
the serenity etc makes the garden a favorite location for city residents
as well as for tourists.
It is an artificial lake located 56-km from Shillong and 8-km
from Jowai off NH-44. Set amid the meadows, oak and the Myntdu River,
this lake offers its tourists a serene and refreshing atmosphere. Legend
says that this lake was dug by the followers of the Jaintia Chieftain
U Sajar Nangli.
Iewduh - Shopper's Stop
Also known as the 'bara bazar', it is one of the busiest market
area in Shillong. Rrun mostly by women, one can get vegetables, fruits,
grocery, utensils, clothes, footwear etc.
The Shillong peak
The Shillong peak which is highest in the state is ideal for trekking.
It is situated at a height of 1965 kilometers, about 5kms south of Shillong.
Also known as the 'abode of the gods' the peak offers a panoramic view
of the countryside.
The Kyllang rock
The Kyllang rock, beyond Mairang off the Shillong - Nongstoin Road is
a block of granite that rises to some 220 metres. One can get a grand
view of the valleys to the north especially during winter months. Near
Mawsmai, there is a complete view of the high falls, Noh-sngi-thiang across
a wide gorge.
The Butterfly Museum
It is at Wankhar and Co, Raiatsamthiah. The museum was started in the
1930's by Mr. Sikdar an entomologist. It has a good display of mounted
butterflies and beetles from India and abroad. The butterflies are breeded
here as a conservatory measure. Visit : 1000 -1600. Contact for more details
The Captain Williamson Sangma Museum
Stands on the premises of the State Central Library,
it has ethnographic and archaeological objects. Visit : 100 - 1600, Monday
to Saturday except 2nd Saturday and all Government holidays. Entry free.
All Saint's Church
Situated opposite the State Central Library, Shillong, is All
Saints Church, a historic structure built in Tudor style. Built of wood
and plaster it has beautiful stained glass windows.
Lum Nehru Park
Situated near to Orchid lake resort, at Umiam, about 15 km from
Shillong, Lum Nehru Park is a charming park. The park is famous for its
aviary, orchid-house and beautiful lawns and flowers.
Situated at a height of 1,343m, 20-km from Shillong, Sohpetbneng
Peak is considered as one of the sacred peaks of Shillong. Set amidst
a beautiful scenic view against the backdrop of forest, Sohpetbneng Peak
is also known as 'Navel-of-heaven'.
The 18-hole Shillong Golf Course is one of the oldest golf courses in
the world, and the second oldest in Asia. Started in 1889 as a nine hole
course, it was later converted to 18 holes in 1924 by Captain Jackson
and C. R. Rhodes. It is termed as the 'Gleneagle of the East' at the United
States Golf Association Library and Museum. Set amidst lush greens and
nestled among pine trees, the Golf Course provides a beautiful panoramic