The North-Eastern states of India have much natural beauty to behold. The picturesque hill station of Shillong nestled amidst the Garo and Khasi hills in Meghalaya makes for a great summer getaway. Walk by the cascading waterfalls, explore the lush gardens, and pristine lakes on your next trip to Shillong.
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Visit this pristine lake surrounded by thick coniferous forests and East Khasi Hills. Sail through the azure lake on your private boat while enjoying the views of tiny islands. Take an afternoon stroll or plan a romantic picnic in the adjoining Lum Nehru Park. Along with soaking in the beautiful scenery, enjoy thrilling water sports like boating, water cycling, and kayaking.
Book hotels in Shillong Police Bazar which are located in the vicinity of this lake.
If you are planning your trip in May-June, book hotels in Shillong Police Bazar in advance to avail the best offers.
Location of the lake: Shillong, Meghalaya
Distance from Meghalaya city center: 16.5 Kilometers
When is it open: Sunday- Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm
Easiest Route: You can drive or hire a private cab from Police Bazaar to reach Umiam Lake.
Bask in the magnificent views of the surrounding hills and valleys, from the Shillong Peak, which is the highest viewpoint in Meghalaya. This peak is perched at an altitude of 6449 feet and surrounded by fog and buoyant clouds. Enjoy a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the distant hills, waterfalls, and cityscapes from the Shillong Peak. Capture some instaworthy photographs of the scenic natural surroundings while enjoying the cool mountain breeze. Do not forget to carry a valid ID proof which is required to be presented at the check post.
You can take a private cab from hotels in Shillong Police Bazar to reach the Shillong peak.
You can also check in with local tour guides at hotels in Shillong Police Bazar for recommended sightseeing tours.
Location of Shillong Peak: Shillong,793004
Distance from Meghalaya City Centre: 4 km
When is it open: Sunday-Saturday from 9 am to 3:30 pm
Easiest route: Board a bus or a private cab from the city center to reach the Shillong viewpoint.
Hike to the Elephant Falls to enjoy picturesque views of this cascading waterfall, which is one of the most scenic tourist spots in Meghalaya. The name is derived from a gigantic adjoining rock, that has an eerie resemblance with that of an elephant. Admire the beauty of the effervescent waters streaming in layers, surrounding a thick canopy of greenery. Take a stroll around the waterfall while shopping for souvenirs from the local shops.
Book your summer stay at the best hotels in Shillong for a memorable trip.
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Location of the waterfall: Upper Shillong, Meghalaya
When is it open: Sunday-Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm
Distance from Meghalaya City Centre: 11 Kilometers
Easiest route: You can reach Elephant falls by cab or state-run bus ride.
The striking Laitlum Canyons which is perched in the Khasi Hills is one of the top tourist attractions in Shillong. The Laitlum Canyon is the chosen destination for adventure enthusiasts, trekkers, nature lovers, and people seeking some tranquility. Put on your hiking gear and trek this hilltop viewpoint to enjoy stunning views of plunging gorges, the silhouette of hills, meandering hilly roads.
This is a great place to visit for honeymoon couples owing to the idyllic beauty and serenity. If you have altitude sickness, it is recommended to avoid trekking due to the lack of oxygen.
You can drive to the Laitlum Canyons if you are staying at any of the Cherrapunji hotels.
Book your stay at Cherrapunji hotels at least one month in advance to avoid peak season tariffs.
Location of the canyons: East Khasi Hills, Shillong, Meghalaya
When is it open: Sunday- Saturday
Distance from the Meghalaya City Centre: 4 Kilometers
Easiest route: Laitlum Canyons is about a 10 to 15 minutes drive from Mawpat road.
Plan a day trip to the scenic Ward’s Lake with placid waters encircled by cobblestone walkways. Take a leisurely evening stroll holding the hands of your significant other. Soak in the natural beauty, plan a fun picnic, and watch dancing fountain shows surrounding Ward’s lake. Ignite your artistic imaginations inspired by Claude Monet while gazing at the blossoming lotuses surrounding the lake. If you are having children, buy some puffed rice at the entrance gate to enjoy feeding the fishes at the lake. Plan your sightseeing tours nearby Shillong while staying at a Meghalaya hotel this summer.
To avail of attractive discounts on your stay, book your Meghalaya hotel in advance.
Location of the lake: Police Bazaar, Meghalaya
When is it open: Every Day from 8:30 am to 7 pm (March to October).
Easiest route: You can easily spot the lake which is located near the Raj Bhavan.
This charming park is a haven for nature lovers and joggers alike. Take a stroll across the sprawling gardens while pausing occasionally to smell the roses from the aromatic rose bushes.
Enjoy a tour of a mini zoo inside the park that houses 73 bird species and 100 reptile species. Visit the park during the mornings to get a parking space outside the park.
Location of the park: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya
When is it open: Plan a visit on Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 5:30 pm (The park is closed on Mondays)
Distance from Meghalaya City Centre: 2 kilometers
Easiest route: You can drive via MG road to reach Lady Hydari Park in about 10 minutes.
Surrounded by exuberant greenery, scenic walking trails, and exotic wildlife, a visit to the Mawphland Sacred Forest is a must for all nature lovers. Spend some tranquil moments trekking through the lush forests cradled in beautiful scenic surroundings. Explore a plethora of indigenous flora and fauna unique to this region of Meghalaya.
Take a tour guide along with you to discover the intriguing facts about the Mawphland Sacred Forest.
Location of the forest: Lum Sohpetbneng, Meghalaya
When is it open: Sunday- Saturday from 9 Am – 4:30 Pm
Distance from Shillong city center: 26 Kilometers
Easiest route: Take a private cab or taxi to reach this forest which takes about an hour.
Known as a mystical land adorned with numerous waterfalls, Shillong attracts a multitude of tourists from all around the world.
Visit the Spread Eagle Falls to bask in the majestic views of this sparkling waterfall. Take stunning photographs of this beautiful waterfall and spend some time soaking in the serenity and tranquility. Calm your mind to the soothing sound of the gushing waterfall.
Be astounded with mesmerizing views, the trickling sound of the waterfall, and a slow-moving stream cutting through the rocks.
Location of the waterfalls: Laitumkhrah, Meghalaya
Distance from Shillong city center: 3 km
When is it open: Sunday- Saturday from 10 AM – 6 PM
Easiest route: Take a private cab ride to the Spread Eagle Falls
These are some of the picturesque tourist spots to explore in and around Shillong on your trip this summer.
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