North East India has many Jewels that is worth boasting of and Why not,the Natural beauty that revolves around North East India is just an eye-candy for anyone and will cherish it for their life… 😀
So with all said and done,let me introduce to all–another such eye-candy City in North-East India– SHILLONG
I guess many have heard about Shillong and if Not never mind–Read on to know more.
Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya(One of the State of NE India) and is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level,Shillong is also known as The Scotland of East due to its rich natural look and feel,Being at such a high altitude Shillong serves the purpose of a Hill Station–a treat to visit and watch.A perfect Gateway for weekends,a gateway to relax,feel the nature and cherish the nature is what Shillong offers and all the time I went there,I was never disappointed..:D
The Official languages of Shillong is English and in Recent times it is also known as The City of Music,as you will find many Concerts happening in Shillong every now and then.Apart form being a Tourist Destination,Shillong is also place to prestigious IIM. Best time to visit Shillong is between September to May
Though not a very big City,there are lots of Tourist Place one can visit in and around the city and all of them are worth a visit..
And Here are some of them worth visiting.. 🙂
What to See in Shillong?
- Shillong Golf Course:-It is one of the largest golf courses in Asia at an altitude of around 5200 ft.It is sometimes equated with “Glen-eagle Course” in the United States because of its beauty and unique place,hence it’s called the “Gleneagles of the East. It enjoys the rare distinction of being one of the few natural golf courses in Asia.Not only is the Shillong golf course scenic and enjoyable, it is also challenging.
- Shillong Peak:-A picnic spot,10 km from the city,1965 m above sea level, offers a panoramic view of the scenic countryside and is the highest point in the state.One of the most visited site of the hill station,this peak provides breathtaking views of the Shillong City and Himalayan ranges.
- Shillong Police Bazar:-Major commercial hub of the city and the main bus stand is located here,anyone travelling to Shillong will first land here and from hereon they will be on their way to various tourist destination in and around the city or Meghalaya.
- Don Bosco Museum:-It is a museum in Shillong that has a repository of information on entire North-Eastern state.The Museum allows visitor to have an overview of North-East India.Museum timing is from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and the entry fees is around INR100.
- The Wards Lake:-It is an artificial lake located at the heart of the city has it’s own charm. It 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 walkway and is inter spread with gently sloping flowerbeds and innovative illumination,edged in by luxuriant greens.
- Umiam Lake:-Also known as Barapani(Big Water) is a scenic place that renders a breathtaking view is located in the hills around 15 km to the North of Shillong.It is popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities.Tourists visit this spot for kayaking,water cycling,scooting and boating.
- Sweet Falls:-It is the most beautiful of all the waterfalls in Shillong.It lies about 5 km from the Happy Valley and is about 96 m in height.Located at a distance of about eight kilometre from Shillong,the waterfall is a famous picnic spot for the locals as well as tourists.The beauty of the waterfall along with gargling sound of the water, bird chirps and rich flora are the highlights of this fall.
- Elephant Falls:-Located near Upper Shillong and about 12 km from Shillong,these are beautiful sights especially in the rainy season and are favorite picnic spots among the locals and tourist. Beyond the Elephant Falls,one can also view the Upper and Lower Elysium Falls.
- Bishop Falls and Beadon Falls:-They about 2 km from Bara Bazaar,Shillong.There is a hydroelectric powerhouse at the base of the falls.The Bishop Falls is also nearby and together they mingle and flow into the Umiam River.The Bishop’s fall is often referred to as twin brother of Beadon fall.
- Glass Mosque:-India’s first Glass Mosque was opened recently is newly added to the list of Tourist Attractions,though I have not personally visited the Mosque but going by the pictures and details it appears to be a visual treat.
- Lewduh:-The Largest open street market in north-eastern India. It has large sections dedicated to local fruits, vegetables, honey, fish etc.
How to get To Shillong?
Shillong is very well-connected to Guwahati,One can take the Road know as Guwahati-Shillong Roads and enjoy the 100-110 kms drive to Shillong through a very scenic route,The journey itself is breathtaking as it takes you through the Zigzag Road.
Buses and Rented Cars ply regularly from Guwahati to Shillong at regular intervals of half-an-hour to 45 minutes.No Permit is required to Visit Shillong and if you are traveling to Guwahati,it is very much recommended to make a day trip to Shillong… 🙂
Alternatively one can take a Helicopter ride from Guwahati(Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airpot,Guwahati) to Shillong and it usually takes 30minutes and the service is provided by Meghalaya Government–Here is the details
Where to Stay in Shillong?
Meghalaya Tourism Dept. has provided a List of number of Hotels in their site both Government and Private–Check it out Here