Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya and also the largest city of the state. Shillong is often referred to as ‘Scotland of East’. Shillong has a lot more to offer than just its scenic beauty, beautiful weather and the lush green surroundings. Shillong offers many things for people of all age groups which can be done here on their visit to Shillong.
So if you are planning to go Shillong any time soon then here is a list of 10 things to do in Shillong:
Shillong lake is probably one of the most visited tourist spots in Shillong tourists from all over India as well as outside India come to visit this attraction. Shillong lake is located in the heart of Shillong and offers a splendid view of Shillong city. This late-nineteenth-century lake is a must-see for anyone visiting Shillong. It has a certain charm to it that is difficult to miss with the lake, the flora and fauna surrounding it, and the beautifully constructed bridge in the middle. The highlight is a flock of ducks and swans swimming in the lake and occasionally coming ashore.
The place offers you multiple photographic locations for your memories. You can spend a quiet evening with family and friends here. It also has a walking track if you are interested in light cardio on your holidays.
Elephant falls is another popular tourist destination in Shillong. Elephant falls located at Mawdiangdiang, Shillong which offers an enchanting waterfall during monsoon season. Elephant fall is approximately around 10 km away from Shillong city center . Elephant Falls’ height is 12 meters with thick green forest surrounding it. Elephant Falls offers great adventurous activities like rappelling and trekking through the thick forests deep into the hills where you can view Elephant falls up close. Elephant falls Monsoon time offers a great opportunity to play with water.
The waterfall got its name because during colonial times there was a boulder shaped like an elephant standing by the waterfall. Unfortunately the elephant shaped rock was destroyed during a major Shillong earthquake in the late 1800s. But the name still stands through history.
Lady Hydari Park is a beautiful park located at the heart of the city. It is known to hold various festivals and celebrations. It is a hub where you can relax and have a walk amongst the colourful flowers, green grasses and the relieving shades provided by the thick branches of trees. The park is beautifully crafted and hosts a good variety of fishes. It is a place where many young people like to click photos and selfies. This park also has a mini zoo that showcases many wild animals like the big black bear, the leopard, the deer, monkeys, and many species of birds like the peacock, the owl, parrot and swans.
Shillong is also home to one of the oldest golf clubs of India. Shillong is very popular with tourists which makes Shillong Golf course a lovely place for golfers as well as tourists who can enjoy scenic beauty while playing here.
The course is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by pine and rhododendron trees, as well as a plethora of bird species. The United States Golf Association and Museum has dubbed it the ‘Gleneagle of the East’ because of its lush foliage and beautiful splendour. The Shillong Golf Course, which is famed for its stunning views, hosts annual competitions where players from all across the country compete.
An ideal holiday destination located in south -west Shillong, Shnongpdeng tourist village is a must visit for tourists. The village offers a mesmerizing view of the Shillong hills and also offers many activities like boating, fishing, etc. which can be enjoyed by tourists.
The cathedral is located in the heart of Shillong and is one of the most popular tourist destinations here. The architecture is simply stunning and it is definitely worth a visit. The blue colour of the building and the serene colour of the foot paths on both sides adds to its beauty. Situated just beside the main road of the city, you can easily spot this church when passing through this road.
Shillong peak is the highest point in Meghalaya and offers some stunning views of the city of Shillong. It is located about 16 km from Shillong city centre and can be reached via road or by trekking. To get a closer view of each part of the city, you can pay Rs10 to use a telescope.
Don’t forget to have a peek at the local produce that the local people are selling on the side of the road. You will be amused by the amount of talent and dedication put into each art and crafts that can be used both as an souvenir and as practical tools to be used at home.
Mawsynram is a small village located about 56 km from Shillong and is known as the wettest place on Earth. It receives an average rainfall of 11,872 mm every year. This makes it a must visit for tourists who are interested in witnessing nature at its best. The Umkhakoi natural lake attracts many people because of the unique looks of the rocks. These rocks possess holes filled with water and add to the serenity of the lake. You can do boating, kayaking on this lake.
There are also many natural caves present around the village. The Krem Jymbuin and the Krem Puri are the most famous ones.
Umiam lake is another man-made lake located in Meghalaya and is a popular tourist destination. The lake is surrounded by lush green forests and hills which make it a beautiful sight to behold. It is situated about 24 kms from the city of Shillong and the best time to visit is during summer when the lake has maximum amount of water and the surroundings are green.
You can do many activities here like water scooting, motor boat riding, water cycling and dine in a restaurant nearby.
The Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Culture is a museum located in Shillong which showcases the culture and heritage of the people of Meghalaya. It is definitely a must visit for those who are interested in the culture of this region. The museum is a seven storied building and displays a vast range of tools and crafts from all the tribal people of Northeast India. From the outside the museum has a pointed tip which look very beautiful and can be seen from far away.
So these were some of the best things to do in Shillong, hope you get to enjoy all of them on your next visit here. Shillong is well connected by roadways and is easily accessible from all parts of India. However, during the rainy season traveling to Shillong might be a little tricky. But nevertheless, it’s definitely worth a visit.
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