Nov 28 2016
Shillong is the capital city of Indian state of
Meghalaya as well as beautiful hill station and one of the most preferred destinations
in North-East India. Shillong was capital city of Indian state of Assam, after splitting
a new state Meghalaya (abode of Clouds) was created and Shillong became capital
city of new state. In British period they tried to find out their country
within Shillong, the city also known as ‘Scotland of East’. Now days you also
can find signs and memories of old British era. The city is located at 4850 ft.
above sea level and made by Britishers.
Bazar area is heart of the city, also locally known as PB. number of hotels are
located here also you can find markets, state tourism bus terminus, Meghalaya
state transportation’s office, taxi stand, counter of Meghalaya tourism and
Meghalaya helicopter service booking office. Number of tourist places are
there, few are natural and few are manmade, for breathtaking views, great
scenic beauty with rivers, waterfalls, emerald-green lakes, panoramic view of
hilltops, festivals. Best tourist places are given bellow..
Cathedral is one of the biggest church of North East
India as well as in India. The Roman Catholic Church is located in heart of the
city (in the Laitumkhrah area view
in Map), locally the church known as Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians.
The main hall of this cathedral is fascinating and calm, number of wall
paintings and wall papers is describing the life story of god Jesus. The Laitumkhrah
Cathedral (Catholic Cathedral) is must visit location in Shillong.
Falls is most beautiful and one of the biggest waterfalls in
Shillong as well as Meghalaya (show
on map). The name was given by British for a big rock, which resembled
elephant. July to August is best time to visit the falls, however you can visit
this any time. This is collection of few waterfalls, water dropping from top to
bottom in few streams. You need to go down by number of slopes to see the
scenic beauty of the fall.
Entry: Rs.20 per adult, camera charges Rs.50.
Peak (show on Map)
is located very near of Elephant falls, the height of the peak is 6500 ft. There
is a view point and a watch tower, entire Shillong city and surrounding mountain
forest can be seen in clear day. The view of the entire city from watch tower
is breathtaking and amazing. Oranges and handcraft products are selling from
few outlets at Shillong Peak, also you can take photograph with traditional
Khasi dress from here.
Entry: Rs.10 per adult, Rs.50 for camera, you need a
valid Indian identity card, the place under Indian Air Force and foreigners not
Air Command Museum located at upper Shillong near
Elephant falls, an amazing collection of Indian air force. The remain open daily
from 9.00 A.M to 5.00 P.M, This is where you can see some of our real heroes
and read about their bravery and dedication at the same time, see things like Ejection
Seat, and canons, and guided missiles etc. Entry not allowed for foreigners.
Lake is the most favorite place for local people as well as
for tourists, surrounded by flower garden and plants. The artificial lake was dug
by prisoner and initiated by Sir William Ward. Boating facility is available
here, all paddle boats are floating on the lake, entire lake is surrounded by
nice walk able footpath. Most attractive part of the lake is Melody Fountain - Water
dances to the rhythm of music in the lake. It has a wooden bridge at the middle
you can feed Catfish from the bridge. The Wards lake is located just few meter way
from Police bazar, you can visit by walking from here. Note: the park is closed
on every Tuesday, so plan accordingly.
Entry: Rs.10 per adult and Rs.5 for child (above 12
Hydari Park has variety of local flowers, plants and
orchids, a small zoo within the park. There are varieties items for children like
swings, sea-saws, slips for them. The park itself is a famous picnic spot for
local. This park is named after the Lady Hydari, the first lady of the state,
wife of the Governor of Assam. Best time to visit the park is winter for blossoming
flowers and orchids.
Note: Lady Hydari Park remains closed on
Bosco Museum or Don Bosco Centre on Indigenous Cultures is walking dictionary for entire
north east India. The museum has amazing collection of tribal attires, weapons,
ornamentation, accoutrements and rare photographs. This is also the largest
cultural museum in the whole Asia. Another best attraction of the museum is Skywalk.
The Skywalk provides best view of the ‘Queen City Shillong’.
Entry: Rs.100 per adult and camera Rs.100 (smart phones
also treats as camera), remains open every day from 9.00 A.M to 5.30 P.M except
national holidays and Sundays.
Lake is an artificial lake in Indian state of Meghalaya near
Shillong, locally known as Barapani. The lake will be in top
among all artificial lakes in India, located just 16 kms away from capital city
Shillong. Umiam Lake is created by damming on ‘Umiam’ river, this is also
a water reservoir and spreads across around 200 sq. kms. Boating facility also
available here, view of the nearby is superb and breathtaking.
Course is another best tourist attraction in Shillong, a lush
green 18-holed Golf Course. This is one of the oldest and most beautiful golf courses
lots of falls around the city. These forms number water falls in rainy season,
few of notable waterfalls are Bishop Falls, Sweet Falls, Spread Eagle Falls