Places to visit in Shillong
Pursuant to formation of Assam as a Chief Commissioner’s Province, the tempting Shillong became the capital of Meghalaya popularly known as “The Abode of Clouds” is a beautiful hill station located in northeastern part of India.
Due to its scenic beauty, Shillong is also referred to as “Scotland of the East.” There are oodles of places to visit in Shillong, and the place gives warmth to the heart and relief to the eyes of the voyagers who visit the destination to get rid of their daily rat race life.
Being a multi-linguistic state where English, Hindi, Khasi, Gharo, Assamese are the famously spoken languages, it is one of the preferred holiday spots of the people all over the world. There are various picturesque places to visit in Shillong like Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak including various sightseeing as Waterfalls, Lakes and Museums just to name a few.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SHILLONG
- Shillong, like other hill stations of India, was developed by Britishers and was named from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong.
- The minimum and a maximum temperature range between 4.64 degree Celsius and 24.95 degree Celsius respectively at various places in Shillong.
- Despite getting devastated by an earthquake in 1897, Shillong managed to emerge as the best place to enjoy crystal clear lakes, impressive mountains and mesmerizing waterfalls.
- Various adjoining tourist attraction places to visit in Shillong are Guwahati, Kaziranga, Siliguri and Darjeeling.
Ways to Commute to Places to visit in Shillong
On the basis of the increase in the number of tourists visiting Shillong each year, it is very well connected with all major northeastern states through Road transport.
Visitors can commute through following two National highways:-
National Highway 40: It is connected to Guwahati.
National Highway 44: It is connected to Mizoram and Tripura.
For a comfortable and easy journey towards Shillong tourist spot, taxi services are also available to places like Dimapur, Agartala, Aizawl and Guwahati. The daily flights are also available between the city with Kolkata and Jorhat.
Another option is to self-drive and relish the majestic beauty of the place. One can also access the private buses as well as state transport buses to reach various places to visit in Shillong.
Interesting places to visit in Shillong:
Amazing Shillong tourist spot in and around the city comprise of:
The Spread Eagle or Sati Falls: It is known as the famous picnic spot for the sightseers and is located about a mile away from the Polo Ground. If hunger strikes you, you can eat a nice cake from Cherry Toppings- The Cake Shop. You can visit these falls between 10:00 am to 06:00 pm with no entry fee.
The Sweet Falls
Also known as ”Weitden”, it is one of most beautiful waterfalls in Shillong. It is 96 m in height and lies around 5 km from the Happy Valley. The preferred time to visit this amazing Shillong’s tourist spot is between 09:00 am to 04:00 pm. You need not spend a penny to enjoy the place.
The Elephant Falls
It is one of the favourite visiting places for the locals especially in the rainy season. The explorers can also view the flawless beauty of the Upper and Lower Elysium Falls beyond the Elephant Falls. Its entry fee is INR 20 per person along with INR30 per vehicle.
The Beadon Falls
Known for Hydroelectric powerhouse at the base of the falls and located nearby Bishop Falls, it lies about 2Km from Bara Bazaar. Together they commingle and flow towards the Umiam River. You can view the spot without incurring any cost between 09:00 am to 04:00 pm.
Other places to visit in Shillong are:
It is the highest point of Shillong and is 1961 meters in altitude. It is accessible via Jowai Road and often surrounded by fog. To get a perfect glimpse of the site, you should plan your trip between 09:00 am to 05:00 pm. Furthermore, to satisfy your hunger, you can grab food from Jovin Restaurant or Food Plus depending upon your choice of meal.
Hynfiiewtrep tribe regarded it as the sacred peak and it is 1343m in altitude. You can save your money by visiting this peak as there is no entry fee.
There are two paths that lead to this hill from Shillong. You can go through Umiyangka Village using a narrow tract or you may choose to travel by GS Road.
The Ward Lake
A horse-shaped, artificial lake lying beneath the Raj Bhavan is one of the important places to visit in Shillong. Tourists can enjoy feeding the fishes from the bridge and can roam around using the boats available there. A Khasi prisoner who wanted to get out of the cell anyhow initiated the construction of this bridge. It’s been frequently visited at the weekends.
The State Museum
To catch a glimpse of the Khasi tribe, you must visit the State Museum located at the Central Library complex in Lachumiere. It is open between 10:00 am to 04:00 pm and usually closed on Saturdays and Sundays. You can spend up to 2 hours at this spot. Photography in the museum is allowed. The museum entry fee varies for different categories of voyagers as:-
Adult: INR 5 per head
Child (below 2 years): INR 3 per head
Students (if they are able to show their ID Proof): INR 3 per head
Teachers/Staff: INR 3 per head
Don Bosco Centre For Indigenous Culture
It is situated in Mawlai, Shillong. If you are interested in Research or publications related to cultures, then Don Bosco Museum part of DBCIC (Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures) is a place where you can share your knowledge with respect to the subject.
Also `known as “Butterfly Museum”, consists of a wide collection of butterflies and moths. You can reach there by bus or taxi. The expenses to view the museum are INR 5 per person and you need to visit between 10:00 am to 04:30 pm.
Events and Festivals
Apart from places to visit in Shillong, it is famous for the native events and festivals as well. People from diverse backgrounds, cultures and religions reside in Shillong. Hence, Christmas, Good Friday, New Year are various important celebrations for specific tribes. Wangala festival dedicated to the Sun God is celebrated by the Garos. Jaintias celebrate Behdienkhlam while Khasis’s celebrate Shad Suk Mynsiem.
Meghalaya Handicrafts is famous for hand-woven shawls. The other areas where you can shop is Police Bazar, Bara Bazar and Laitumkhrah. If you are looking for woven baskets, you must visit the shops situated on the corner of Kacheri Road.
Best Time to visit Shillong
To visit someplace, you just need a plan just like you need an excuse to escape from a situation. Similarly, the best time to visit Shillong is between October-November and March-April as the weather during that time is pleasant and welcoming for people from all age groups. All the places to visit in Shillong are at the epitome of their beauty during this time.
The annual mean rainfall is 2954 mm. Thus, it is advised not to visit such areas during monsoon days as such places are prone to various natural disasters like hill slides, Tsunami et al. Also it is rightly said that precaution is better than cure and whenever you move out of the house, always carry a safety cover alongside to stay safe and secure.
Where to Stay While in Shillong
Impressive and incredible tourism offered by Shillong is an answer to what you will be served during your tenure of stay there. In this era of digitalization, you should not worry about where you will stay as lots of options are available to book hotels, guest house or flats online. You can choose any of these residential options available depending upon your budget. Normally, it costs 2500 INR per night to stay in an affordable as well as a nice place.
However, if you are planning to visit between October-November or March-April which is a peak season, you should book your accommodation in advance to save yourself from falling into a ‘waiting list.’
[Tip: Do carry some warm clothes to avoid falling sick because of extremely cold weather and don’t forget to carry an umbrella and comfortable shoes so as you can explore all the places to visit in Shillong without any obstacle.]