Shillong

Shillong, also known as the 'Scotland of the East' is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak.

Updated: June 21, 2020

Shillong, also known as the 'Scotland of the East' is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshiped at the Shillong Peak.
This hill station is known for its picturesque sights and traditions standing as tall as 1496 meters. The light drizzles and the cooling gentle wind with soothing climate makes Shillong suitable to visit in all seasons. It is  is the home to numerous waterfalls. The exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and the zoo makes Shillong a perfect holiday destination.

Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya. 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. 

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is famous for its women-centric society as well as having been declared Asia's cleanest village.

Umiam Lake is a mesmerizing man-made reservoir, which is located at a distance of 15 kilometers north of Shillong. The lake was formed after a dam was constructed to generate hydroelectric power. The serene lake or the reservoir is surrounded by thick coniferous forests and expands over an area of about 222 square kilometers. It is surrounded by lush green East Khasi hills that form one of the best panoramic sights. The picturesque location and the serene beauty of the lake attract tourists from all over the world.

You can admire the flora and fauna, spend some time in the park, take a long boat ride in the lake, enjoy boating and various water-sports. There are a few islands in the lake that can be used as stop point if you want some rest while boating through the lake.

The Elephant Falls are among the most popular falls in the North-East, located 12 km away from the capital city of Shillong. It is named after an Elephant like stone at its foot. It is called as 'Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew' by the local Khasi people, which means 'The Three Step Waterfalls', as these falls consist of three mesmerising falls in succession. The first of the three waterfalls are tucked between the dense trees and are very broad. The second waterfall reduces to thin strands of water and is almost negligible in winters due to the receding water levels. The third and the most visible waterfall is the tallest with clear water flowing like a sheet of milk on the dark rocks in the backdrop.

Shillong Peak is the highest point of Shillong situated at a height of 6449 ft and 1965 m above sea level. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city, the Himalayas, its waterfalls as well as of the Bangladesh plains. A telescope is available for tourists to get a bird's eye view here.

Don Bosco Museum houses a wide collection of regional artwork, attires, accoutrements, handicrafts, ornamentation, photographs and weapons of North Eastern stated of India. The museum consists of a seven store building with seventeen galleries.   

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