June 15, 2024

Shillong – Hill Station & Capital City of Meghalaya


Shillong – Hill Station & Capital City of Meghalaya

Shillong is a northeast Indian hill station and Meghalaya State capital. It is popular in Lady Hydari Park for its manicured gardens. In the neighborhood of Ward’s Lake are walking trails. To the north there is a show of tribal communities in the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Peoples. Elephant Falls to the southwest have Waterfalls. Shillong Peak provides forested views of the city east of here.

The wildest areas in the world are considered to be Cherropunji and Mausynram, on the Shillong Plateau roughly 55 km south west of Shillong, Mausynram and Cherrapunji. Often the waters of Nohsngithiang waterfall swell with heavy rainfall. The town’s calcareous cellars and orange honey are popular.

Shillong city
Shillong city

Shillong Tourism

Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, a charming town surrounded by pine trees. It derives its name from the idol of the Shillong Mountain, Lei Shyllong. Shillong is 1496 meters high and offers countrywide relief from sun. The hills are renowned for their picturesque temples and rituals. Shillong is ideal for all seasons due to the relaxing climate. Small drizzles and the soothing, gentle breeze make this hill resort more fun. The position is often referred to as ‘Eastern Scotland.’ There are descendants from the tribes of Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim.

Shillong, Meghalaya’s capital city, is host to several cascades. The ranges, the crystal blue lakes, the golf courses, museums and zoo are the most significant reasons to visit Shillong. Aside from its natural glory, the cave, highest waterfalls, majestic scenery and awe-inspiring people and community, Meghalaya, is the gateways to Meghalaya. For its jovial people and their culture, Shillong was especially highlighted. Interestingly, Shillong’s society is very western and very young.

 Often regarded as the music city of India, Shillong has come from this location with many famous musicians. There are numerous music festivals during the year and this is very vibrant.

Top 9 Places To Visit In Shillong

Elephant Falls

It is one of the major tourist attractions, Elephant Falls, located just 12 kilometers from the state capital. Flanked by the appeal of the sparkling water that flows into the layers and lush green foliage, the view is full and you can enjoy your day’s picnic with your family or with friends. The British called the great waterfall after a rock on the ground that looks like an elephant. However, an earthquake in 1897 killed the eerie similarities. This hallmarked view is a total tourists’ paradise, with three levels of falls accessible and surrounded by luxuriant greenery and pure streams of water that blow down through their rocks. Although falls can be visited all year round, moonsoons are the only way to see falls in full force and the beauty is forever inscribed on your memory. The three-layer natural cascade view is seen as one of India’s most impressive cascades.

Tip: You should leave your home early to prevent road traffic and delays on the road to the Elephant Falls. The steps leading to the slopes may also be slippery and you should wear strong grip lightweight boots.

Location: Upper Shillong, Shillong

Best time to visit: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entry fees: INR 20 per person

Activities/Attractions: Nature photography, sightseeing, shopping for souvenirs, Bamboo handicrafts, and exquisite hand-woven woollen shawls

 Shillong Peak

Another attraction worth a visit in Shillong, this mountain provides a panoramic view of the scenic landscape, the lofty Himalayas hills, many waterfalls and Bangladesh’s neighboring land. This is the highest part of town located at an altitude of 1965 m from the sea level. The Upper Shillong or Jowai Road helps you to reach this lovely summit. Trekking is strongly encouraged to take advantage of your visit to this sometimes nebulous tourist attraction.

You will be spellbound with plentiful greenery and beautiful views all over. For the nature enthusiasts, walkers, explorers, artists and birdwatchers, it’s an authentic paradise. It is thought that in these hills lives the patron god Lieshyllong, from which the name of Shillong derives. At the top of the Shillong Peak there is a holy place where ceremonies are organized every spring. The location has an Air Force base and a radar, so it is best for visitors not to bring their cameras and be prepared for rigorous safety monitoring.

Tip: Carry a valid ID proof for entry beyond the check post

Location: Shillong View Point, Shillong

Best time to visit: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Entry fees: N/A

Activities/Attractions: Photography, trekking, and bird watching

Umiam Lake

Umiam Lake is one of Shillong’s other highlights and is located in Umiam, on the Shillong Guwahati Highway, a short distance from the capital. This relaxing place is widely referred to as Barapani, and gives you peace and enjoyment in the nature or a variety of water sports, such as sailing, water skiing. It is surrounded by thick coniferous trees on the one hand and the East Khasi Hills on the other, and gives a wonderful view and is therefore the best iconic location for the artists and photographers of landscape.

This gigantic, human-made lake has many tiny islands and great picnic areas, and is also home to a dam on the Umiam that is worth visit. The nearby Lum Nehru Park is popular with local residents and visitors alike. Everybody here has something with it, be it teachers, holidaymaking, nature enthusiasts, botanists or adventure-seekers. Then if you schedule a trip to Shillong plan your day’s travel to Shillong. Behind the name of Umiam there is an intriguing tale meaning the tears in Khasi.

It is said that one of the two sisters lost his life on the way from the sky to Meghalaya. The other sister shed so much sorrow that she made up the lake of Umiam.

Location: Umiam Lake, Shillong

Best time to visit: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entry fees: INR 20 per person

Activities/Attractions: Pedal boating, fishing, kayaking, and various other water sports

Sohpetbneng Peak

One of the other must-sees in Shillong due to its holy aura and its tranquil nature is Sohpetbneng Peak located on the outskirt of the city. Considered by the locals to be the ‘Heaven’ Naval,’ it is a photographer’s paradise and has a sacred value for the Hinniewtrep tribe. Its picturesque and hyperspectives lure visitors during the year to this peak. It provides stunning views of the forest surrounding it at an altitude of 1343 meters above sea level.

Location: Lum Sohpetbneng, Shillong

Best time to visit: 5:00 AM to 9:30 PM

Entry fees: N/A

Activities/Attractions: Trekking, photography, and sightseeing

Don Bosco Museum

If you are a buff of history, don Bosco is the spot to visit. It displays a wide variety of regional works, artifacts, vestments, sculptures, arts and crafts and is considered to be the largest museum in Southeast Asia, including ornamentations, portraits and weapons. It consists of a 7-story building with 17 galleries to experience the cultural heritage of almost all of North East India. It is situated in the middle of the city. This Indigenous Culture Museum is a must-visit for you to learn about North East’s diverse heritage and community.

Location: Mawlai, Shillong

Best time to visit: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday to Saturday; closed on Sundays

Entry fees: INR 50 per person

Activities/Attractions: History and architecture

Laitlum Canyons

Ward’s Lake

Ward’s Lake is one of this gorgeous city’s other famous tourist attractions. Located in the city center, this horserobic lake, known locally as the Pollock’s lake, is enclosed by a lush garden and is surrounded by a cobblestone walkway. Locals and visitors are drawn to the large loto beds on the lake’s edge and to the dancing fountain by hordes. In the café or in the botanical garden you should only relax.

Location: Police Bazar, Shillong

Best time to visit: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry fees: INR 10 per person

Activities/Attractions: Boating, fishing, feeding the fish from the wooden bridge on the lake, walking, and sightseeing

Mary Help for Christian Cathedral

Shillong is worth a visit to many churches, but Mary aid is a must visit for the Christian cathedral. Established in 1936, this church is renowned for its distintive and striking architecture and an important religious location in Shillong. It is a perfect example for the architects as an example of Gothic Revival. This holy house, perched on top of a hill, offers a sense of serenity and spirituality. The high arcs and stained glass windows, work that displays scenes of the Bible, improves the overall look of the church.

The white marble structure.

 Still now, after so many years of renovation, Mother Mary’s statue looks graceful and grand. You can see lovely terracotta stops on the cross when you reach the cathedral which depict the life events of the Holy Jesus. The largest prayer hall of the Christians in Eastern Khasi and Ri-Bhoi is said to be the Cathedral of Shillong’s Roman Archdiocese. The church has been built in such an extent that it can withstand earthquake shock waves. It’s full of devotees on Sunday when you are in the city center. Visitors to this sacred structure are urged to spend a week in the quiet surroundings to enjoy its beauty.

Location: Laitumkhrah, Shillong

Best time to visit: 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM, Monday to Saturday and 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM on Sunday

Entry fees: N/A

Activities/Attractions: Architecture of the building


Cherrapunjee, located at a distance of 2 hours from Shillong and 1300 meters above water level, is a must-visit. Popular for the heaviest rainfall in the world, this is the world’s wettest spot. Sohra is a well-known waterfall and is a very important holiday destination, including the popular Nohsngithiang Falls. This wonderful jewel of nature has plenty of excuses to come.

The natural beauty of the area, the scene of the mountains’ rivers streaming into the rustic water cascades, the cities of famous calcareous groves, flourishing flora and fauna, the orange trees, natural honey and the Syiem of Sohra Headquarters and the Center for Culture and Literature of the Khasi. Cherrapunjee has missed its rainy slots with the shifting climatic conditions, but it is still beautiful today with swirling clouds, misty mountains, foaming rivers, waterfalls and scenic path. When you visit Shillong, this cloud dwelling is not missing.

Location: Cherrapunjee

Best time to visit: October to May, 5:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Entry fees: N/A

Activities/Attractions:  Photography and sightseeing

Nongbareh – Meghalaya

33 KM towards South from District head quarters Jowai. 10 KM from Amlarem. 46 KM from State capital Shillong

Nongbareh Lyntiar Pin code is 793109 and postal head office is Dawki .

Kudengthymmai ( 2 KM ) , Mawngap ( 2 KM ) , Khonglah ( 2 KM ) , Lamin ( 2 KM ) , Amkoi ( 3 KM ) are the nearby Villages to Nongbareh Lyntiar. Nongbareh Lyntiar is surrounded by Pynursla Block towards west , Mawkynrew Block towards North , Khadarshnong-Laitkroh Block towards west , Jowal Block towards North .

Jowai , Shillong , Karimganj , Hailakandi are the near by Cities to Nongbareh Lyntiar.

This Place is in the border of the Jaintia Hills District and East Khasi Hills District. East Khasi Hills District Pynursla is west towards this place

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