Shillong

Shillong, Maghalaya

The Capital of Meghalaya, Shillong  a small Hill Town, which is also known as “The Adobe of Clouds”. Before the formation of Meghalaya, Shillong was the capital of Assam.

Shillong is well known for its idyllic and unimpaired beauty and was called the ‘Scotland of the East’ by the British. It is a charming holiday destination with its mesmerizing scenic beauty. Its beautiful lakes and amazing waterfalls, with marvellous pine forests and lush green mountains will refresh your mind, body and soul. It is also a favourite place for the golf lovers, as it offers one of the largest golf courses in Asia.

Location: 56 kms from Cherrapunji, the wettest place in the World

Climate: Summers are quite hot, while winters are chilling cold.

You can wear cotton clothes in summers but also bring along a few light woollens as a precaution. Pack your bag with woollens, if you are planning to visit Shillong in winters.

Best time to visit: October-March

How to reach:

By Air: Umroi Airport (30.3 kms)

By Train:  Guwahati Railway Station (104 kms)

By Road:  Volvo coaches and public transport are easily available

Places of interest

Elephant Falls

Location: 12.6 kms from Shillong

Best month to visit: July and August from 10.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.

Earlier named as “Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew” given by the Khasi people which means ‘Three Steps Water Falls’, Elephant Falls is a combination of three rivers. The name ‘Elephant Falls’ was given by the British regime because the rock from where the water used to fall down resembled an elephant. Later, this rock was destroyed in a strong earthquake. Famous as one of the Natural Wonders of North-East India, Elephant Falls is a major attraction for a lot of tourists, nature lovers and photographers.  The waterfall is in three steps- Broad, Tamed and Tallest. It is surrounded by elegant green trees, which add to its beauty.

Shillong Catholic Cathedral Cruch

Location: 2.3 kms from Shillong

Timings: All days of the week except Sunday from 7.00 a.m.- 6.30 p.m., Sunday timings: 8.00 a.m.- 6.30 p.m

This is the most ancient church built in 1913 by the Germans and is about 50 years old. The Church is also known as ‘Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians’. You will be fascinated by the architecture of the Church, as it is built in Gothic Architectural Style.

This church is earthquake resistant as it is made on sand rather than rock, which makes it unique from other churches.  The walls of the church tell about the life stories of various saints and exquisite scenes from the Holy Scriptures.  

Spread Eagle Falls

Location: About 6 kms from the city, 3 kms from the Polo Ground

Timings: Open all days from 10.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.

This widest waterfall is also locally known by the name of ‘Sati Falls’ or ‘Umkaliar Falls’. This fall got its name ‘Spread Eagle Falls’ because it looks like an Eagle which has its wings spread wide. The waterfall forms a small pool of water after descending from an irregular rocky path.

This fall forms an astounding picturesque place of natural beauty, with the beautiful thick forestation surrounding it.  It is one of the most visited picnic spot by tourists and locals.

Lady Hydari Park

Location: 2.7 kms from the city

Timings: Open all days of the week from 9.00 a.m.- 8.00 p.m.

This park is named after the wife of the Governor of Assam. The mini zoo, with 73 species of birds and more than 100 reptiles, is governed by the State Forest Department and is a source of amusement for the kids, in the park. It also has a special play area, which your children will love. A magnificent Museum is also a part of the park that highlights the state’s biodiversity. The major highlight of the park is the elegant and appealing bed of radiant roses.

Wankhar Entomology Museum

Location: 2.8 kms from the city, 5 kms from Police Bazar Bus Stand

Timings: Open on Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sunday closed.

Also known as ‘Butterfly Museum’, this exquisite Museum was made by the Wankhar family in 1930. This museum has a vast collection of different species of butterflies, moths, rhinoceros beetles and stick insects of different patterns and colours.  This museum has a collection of around 1600 species of butterflies and moths from all over the World.

Rare species of the butterfly are also found here. This is the only Museum in India, which is totally devoted to butterflies and moths. The Museum also provides a Breeding Program to conserve the rare moth and butterfly species.

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