Shillong the pride of the north east India – The Scotland of the North East India
One of the most serene and popular tourist destinations, Shillong the pride of the north east India has always been a traveller’s paradise. It is the capital city of Meghalaya and the district headquarters to the East Khasi Hills. Shillong is situated at a height of 1,496 meters, which makes the scenic beauty spell more charisma and calmness. It’s apt location and soothing climate makes tourists fall in love and call it “the Scotland of East India”. There are a large number of attractions that are must visit, when you plan your Shillong travel.
Why You Should Visit?
This place seems to be the God’s own canvas in terms of natural beauty as there are mesmerizing waterfalls, pine trees, mountains, gardens, etc.
Here are some of the major places that you should not miss:
Lady Hydrai Park –
A beautiful park, named after the wife of ex-Governor of the State, is one of the best places to rest and enliven. The park has a small zoo that has innate creatures of Meghalaya’s forests including Hornbills and Leopard cats.
A scenic location, just out of a Bollywood scene, Wards Lake is the famous shoe-shaped lake of Shillong. Tourists can enjoy a wide array of fishes playing in the crystal clear waters, from the nearby arched bridge and witness beautiful birds in the nearby Botanical Garden.
Shillong Peak –
Located at an altitude of 6445 feet, the Peak is the highest point of Shillong. It is a popular picnic spot, offering an astounding view of the whole city and also a glimpse of the magical Himalayas.
Do not miss the beautiful waterfalls in and around Shillong like Elephant falls, Bishop and Beadon falls, and Spread Eagle falls.
What are the Best Things to Do?
It offers a wide range of things and activities to do for the tourists. Here is a list of the best activities that one can experience while travel to Shillong:
Shillong Golf Club – This famous Golf Club is situated at an altitude of 5200 feet and is compared with ‘Glen-eagle Course of the United States for playing golf. Tourists visit the premises of the club to have a panoramic view of the whole Shillong city.
Lewdah and Bara Bazaar –
These two places are the major markets of the city where you can find a huge variety of native agricultural produce like honey, pineapples, wild mushrooms, etc.
Wangala Festival –
If you are in this city, then you ought to visit the annual harvest festival called Wangala festival, wherein people of Shillong pay a tribute and thanks to Saljog, the Sun god, for a good agricultural produce. The festival is celebrated in the month of October-November.
The tourists may also enjoy adventure activities such as open-water diving, caving, camping, trekking and village stays.
Visit this place all year round to enjoy the scenic beauty. Whether it is summer, winter or rainy season, each season has its own reasons to visit this beautiful city.
How to Reach & Accommodation Options
It is well-connected to different modes of transport like air, train or road. Therefore, to reach Shillong by air, one can take a flight to domestic airport located at Umroi in Shillong connected to Kolkata airport.
One can reach Shillong via train by getting down at the Paltan Bazaar railway station in Guwahati. For moving around there are cabs and buses in abundance for convenient travel.
The options for Shillong accommodation are available for every budget with required amenities. One can easily find a wide range of accommodations starting from luxury hotels facing majestic Himalayas to pine trees facing camping options. Nevertheless, there are regular guesthouses and lodges as well for backpackers who are on a budget trip.