Travel Within Shillong

Shillong

Once the capital of the Raj-era Assam Province, Shillong today is the state capital of the beautiful North-East Indian state of Meghalaya. This region, literally called ‘The Abode of the Clouds’ has an abundance of geological curiosities that attract a stream of visitors from around the world; Shillong with its many natural and man-made attractions, is the veritable jewel in this crown of hills.

This cosmopolitan and multi-cultural hill city is a vibrant and welcoming hub for students, businessmen and visitors who are attracted by its renowned educational institutions, its many financial opportunities and of course, its innumerable tourism attractions. Being well connected by road, Shillong is at once secluded and yet easy to reach.

Above all, Shillong continues to be famous for its fascinating natural splendour, its beautiful hills and plentiful flora; the orchids and ferns of the region deserve special mention. Adventure-seekers will also be rewarded by rich trekking and caving prospects. Read on to know how best to discover a few of the the treasures and places to visit that Shillong has to offer you!

Wards Lake

A beautiful oasis of calm in busy Shillong, Wards Lake offers boating options and landscaped gardens for strolling through. A part of Shillong's Raj legacy that remains a beloved recreational spot.

Lady Hydari Park

Ideal for small picnics and al fresco parties, Lady Hydari Park is an excellent spot for families. Among the attractions are a small zoo, a mini deer park, a mini museum and plentiful sheltered stretches of lawn.

Teer

Afternoons at Polo Ground are enlivened by the archery competitions that form a strong thread in Shillong's cultural fabric. Watch the archers battle it out, bet on the outcome and who knows, you could go home with more than pleasant memories.

Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures

7 stories tall and 17 galleries dense, DBCIC is an outstandingly comprehensive repository of North-Eastern indigenous artefacts and cultures. Guided tours, touchscreens and presentations enhance your experience.

Shillong Golf Course

The beautiful rolling greens and quaint clubhouse of what is even now called "The Gleneagles of the East" actually dates in part back to 1889, making it the second oldest course in Asia. A must-visit for avid golfers.

All Saints Cathedral

The picturesque carvings and stained glass of the All Saints Cathedral remind viewers of the region's colonial history. Built by the British in the Tudor style, this cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897 and subsequently re-built.

Wankhar Entomology Museum

Make a prior appointment to visit this private collection of butterflies and insects of the North-East and elsewhere. Nature-lovers of all ages will marvel at the fascinating displays of insect wonders lovingly preserved for generations.

Cherrapunjee

A day trip out of Shillong leads one into some of the wettest parts of the world. Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram offer panoramic vistas of rolling hills and virgin jungles, adventurous treks and picnic spots galore. Also on the way are the Nohkalikai Falls (the fourth largest waterfalls in the world), living roots bridges and many testaments to the region's rich history of missionary work.

Elephant Falls

This popular tourist attraction invites you to climb down among the hills to view the three cascading tiers of the waterfall. Warning: not recommended for those with physical ailments.

Mawlynnong Village

The Cleanest Village in India presents a pretty portrait of picture-perfect houses, sparkling roads and a pristine stream. Meals are available on request. Stop on the way to see the Balancing Rock and the living roots bridge at Riwai

Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Walk on other-worldly trails through the Sacred Forest, a short drive out of Shillong. This grove has been kept in its original pristine state for centuries now, revered by locals and venerated by visitors.

Shillong Peak

A short, scenic drive out of the city gives one an unparalleled view from 6,433 feet above sea level. More than a tourist attraction, this site continues to be a place of religious importance to the Khasi’s.

Umiam Lake

Barapani, as the locals affectionately call this man-made lake, is a vast reservoir visible as you enter Shillong. It offers water sports such as boating, kayaking etc.