Shillong

Shillong is situated at an altitude of about 1,496 m above sea level. It is the capital of Meghalaya and home of the tribal Khasis. The city has got its name from the deity Shyllong. Shillong is regarded as the “Scotland of the East”. The ancient monuments and different types of buildings and structures reflect the presence of the European settlers of Scotland.

Picturesque landscape and amazing series of enchanting waterfalls, the captivating mountain peaks, transparent crystal clear blue water lakes, amazingly beautiful golf courses, historical museums and diverse variety of flora and fauna accentuates the beauty of this place. The wonderful environment of this place adds to the pleasant experience of the travelers. Hand woven shawls, cane works, handicraft materials are some of the prime things that are often purchased by the people visiting this place.

Weather

Summer season starts from the month of March and continues till the month of June. The average temperature lies in the range of 24°C to 15°C. The weather during this period remains very pleasant and this is the best time to visit Shillong.

Monsoon season starts from the month of June and continues till September. Shillong is known for its exceptional beauty especially during the monsoon season. Monsoon season is considered as best season to visit this city when you can witness the real beauty of this exotic place.

Winter season is quite chilly in Shillong with the temperature dipping to 2°C. The months of November to February are recorded as the coldest in this place. The place remains pretty cold during December and January.

How to Reach

Shillong Airport in Umroi, is a small airport that is available for the flights and is located at a distance of 40 km from Shillong. Bus services are provided by Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) from the airport to the various cities of the state. There are regular flights to various cities across India.

There are as such no proper rail lines in Meghalaya. Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station situated at a distance of 105 km from Shillong.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Gleneagles of the East: Shillong, Meghalaya, has one of the largest golf courses in Asia, known as Gleneagles of the East. The golf course enjoys the rare distinction of being one of the few natural golf courses in Asia. A group of British Civil Service officers introduced golf to Shillong in the year 1898 by constructing a nine-hole course. The course is currently an eighteen-hole one that was inaugurated in the year 1924. It is set in a valley covered with pine and rhododendron trees, which in turn adds a lot of grace to its setting. The place is a great site for bird watchers too. Gleneagles of the East is believed to be the third most popular tourist attractions of Meghalaya.

Elephant Falls: A popular tourist spot in East Khasi Hills District, Upper Shillong, Elephant Falls are named so because of an elephant-shaped rock adjacent to them. Locally, the falls are known as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew. Situated at a distance of 12 km from Shillong, its scenic beauty has earned it a huge number of admirers, especially couples and families. Its crystal clear white water and the nearby greenery create a dreamy world which is worth clicking.

Shillong Peak: Situated at an elevation of about 1965 m above sea level, Shillong Peak gives a scenic view to the visitors. Beautiful landscape, lush greenery and the serene environment attracts large numbers of tourists. Shillong peak is actually one of the highest points of the state and is therefore regarded as a famous Shillong attraction. In the evening time, the city appears even more beautiful from here.

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