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Shillong, Meghalaya, India

Shillong

Shillong

Meghalaya, India

A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, this hill station is known for its weather, picturesque locations and traditions. This place is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East. One can find descendants of the Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim tribes.

 

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is home to numerous waterfalls. The key reasons people visit Shillong are the exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, cafes, and museums. Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfalls, caving, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and culture. Shillong, in particular, has been in the limelight for its jovial people and their culture. Interestingly, Shillong has a very westernised culture, and it has a very young feel to it. Shillong is also famous as the music capital of India, as many prominent musicians have hailed from this place. Many music events keep happening throughout the year, making it a very lively place.

Shillong Travel Tips

Nearest railhead to Shillong is Guwahati, which is at distance of 100 km. Shillong airport at Umroi connects only to Kolkata, else Guwahati is the nearest major airport. Shillong bus stand is located at the city center and regular bus services to Guwahati are available. Shillong is connected to Guwahati by NH 40 and to the rest of the North-East by NH 44.

Respect the local culture there, try the local cusine and carry all the essentials you need.

Shillong Facts

Shillong is a hill station in the northeastern part of India and the capital of Meghalaya, which means "The Abode of Clouds".

Shillong has steadily grown in size since it was made the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills in 1864 by the British.

Shillong remained the capital of undivided Assam until the creation of the new state of Meghalaya on 21 January 1972, when Shillong became the capital of Meghalaya, and Assam moved its capital to Dispur in Guwahati.

How to Reach

Flight
Flight By Air

Shillong Airport, located 35 km away at Umroi, is a domestic airport that links the hill station with Kolkata via Air India regional flights. Another bigger and convenient airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati, which is approximately 130 km away from Shillong. There are regular flight options being offered by most of the major carriers such as AirAsia India, GoAir, Air India and Jet Airways from here for Delhi, Bagdogra, Imphal, Bangalore, Agartala, Kolkata, Silchar and Mumbai, to name a few destinations.

Train
Train By Train

Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Shillong, which is about 135 km away. The Guwahati Railway Station is well connected to major cities in India via an extensive rail network. Premium trains such as Rajdhani Express takes about 34 hours to reach Guwahati from New Delhi. From outside the station, travellers can hire a taxi or cab or take a bus to reach Shillong.

Car
Car By Road

Transport Corporation (MTC) buses operate from Guwahati to Shillong. Depending upon their budget and requirement, travellers can choose from sleeper, air conditioned, luxury and Volvo buses. Travellers can also drive to Shillong from Guwahati via NH 40, a journey that takes around 3 to 4 hours to cover a distance of 135 km.

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Top Attractions

Umiam Lake

Umiam Lake is a reservoir in the hills 15 km north of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. It was created by damming the Umiam River in the early 1960s. The principal catchment area of the lake and dam is spread over 225 square km. 

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Umiam Lake

Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Known as ‘Nature’s Museum’, this forest is one of the oldest and most famous sacred groves of Meghalaya, harbouring a diversity of flowering and medicinal plants, trees, mushrooms, birds and insects. The forest is located in the village of Mawphla...

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Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Elephant Falls

To reach the falls, you have to climb 150 steps which would be a little slippery. You will find a few benches along the way for you to sit and relax. Elephant Falls is also referred to as ‘The Three Step Waterfall’ as you will see three different parts ...

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Elephant Falls
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