Breathtaking mountain peaks and crystal clear lakes make Shillong a place of tremendous beauty. Encircled by pine trees and clouds waiting to burst into a downpour, the soothing climate here makes it suitable for a visit in all the seasons.
The rolling hills around the town bestowed it with the title ‘Scotland of the East’. Known for its picturesque sights and traditions, a trip to this hill station is nothing short of a cultural extravaganza.
Best Time to Visit Shillong
Summers are pleasant in Shillong between September to May making them ideal months for a visit. Monsoons (June-August) bring heavy rainfall, making it difficult to travel during this time.
Places to Visit in Shillong
We have compiled up some of the best places to visit in shillong on your next trip.
(i) Dotted with a few islands and girdled by lush green East Khasi Hills, Umiam Lake proves to be a panoramic sight for nature lovers. Good for strolling and picnics, there are also opportunities for thrilling water sports like kayaking, boating, water cycling and scooting.
(ii) Shillong Peak lets you capture a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the distant hills, waterfalls, Shillong city, and the plains of Bangladesh. This place is best suited for photography enthusiasts.
(iii) Elephant Falls is a great stopover destination with clear water, flowing like a sheet of milk over the dark rocks.
(iv) Mary Help of Christians Cathedral is one of the most famous churches in Shillong featuring high arches and stained glass windows housed in a white marble building. If you are visiting on a clear day, do not miss the superb vista of the Brahmaputra River and Himalayan Peaks from the Cathedral.
(v) Ward’s Lake is surrounded by cobblestone walkways, towering trees, shrubs and lawn grass. Take an evening stroll and watch dancing fountain shows by the lake.
(vi) Visit the Don Bosco Museum featuring art galleries, wide collections of handicrafts, artefacts, attires, ornaments, and weapons used by various tribes of North-east India.
(vii) Take a casual walk in the Lady Hydari Park comprising of a sprawling and manicured garden including beautiful rose beds and children’s play area.
(viii) Take a close look at a display of various rockets, missiles, miniatures of fighter planes, badges, rank medals and awards at the Air Force Museum.
(ix) All Saints Cathedral reflects a colonial style architecture along with wooden roofs surrounded by lawns all around.
(x) Breathe in fresh air, clear blue skies, waterfalls and lush greenery at Mawsynram. This tiny village in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya is reportedly the wettest place on Earth.
Where to Eat in Shillong
(i) Hit Cafe Shillong for its vegetarian momos, delightful shakes and steaks.
(ii) Choose the trendy Ginger Restaurant in Hotel Polo Towers for a comfortable dining experience and delicious Indian and Continental cuisine.
(iii) La Galerie in Hotel Centre Point serves lip-smacking Indian, Chinese and Continental food.
Where to Shop in Shillong
(i) You can buy a variety of regional specialities from the Lewduh Bara Bazar including seasonal vegetables, fruits, exotic spices, and handicrafts.
(ii) Lanes of Police Bazar are filled with street shops selling Bamboo and cane decor pieces, tribal art products, traditional Khasi dresses, trendy headgear and hand-woven shawls.
Marked by parks bright with flowers and rills, steep winding lanes, charming cottages and a vibrant presence of folk culture and music, Shillong is the place to have a spectacular vacation for culture vultures.
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