Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya. It’s known for the manicured gardens at Lady Hydari Park. Nearby, Ward’s Lake is surrounded by walking trails. North, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features displays on the region’s native people. Waterfalls include the Elephant Falls to the southwest. East of here, forested Shillong Peak offers city views.
Shillong has steadily grown in size since it was made the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills in 1864 by the British. In 1874, on the formation of Assam as the Chief Commissioner’s Province, it was chosen as the headquarters of the new administration because of its convenient location between the Brahmaputra and Surma valleys and more so because the climate of Shillong was much cooler than tropical India.
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.
Best Places of interest in Shillong For Nature Lover
1- Elephant Falls:
12 km on the outskirts of the city, the mountain stream descends through three successive falls set in dells of fern covered rocks.
2-Lady Hydari Park:
A beautifully manicured park in Shillong town with its own small zoo.The park stretches over a kilometer and has an adjacent mini zoo.
Known locally as Nan-Polok. It is an artificial lake with garden and boating facilities, built during the colonial era.
4- Shillong Golf Course
Shillong has one of the largest natural golf courses in Asia: Gleneagles of the East. It enjoys the rare distinction of being one of the few natural golf courses in Asia. Not only is the Shillong Golf Course scenic and enjoyable, but it is also challenging. A group of British civil service officers introduced golf to Shillong in 1898 by constructing a nine-hole course.
The present 18-hole course was inaugurated in 1924. The course is set in a valley covered with pine and rhododendron trees. The tight fairways, carpeted with a local grass which hardens the soil, are difficult to negotiate. The number of out-of-bounds streams that criss-cross every fairway makes it all the more trying. Obstructions come in the form of bunkers, trees, and rain.
The longest hole is the 6th, which is a grueling 594 yards. Shillong Golf Course is considered to be the “Glen Eagle of the East” at the United States Golf Association Museum. It was set in a valley at an altitude of 5200 ft in 1898 as a nine-hole course and later converted into an 18-hole course in 1924 by Captain Jackson and C. K. Rhodes.
5- Shillong Peak
A picnic spot, 10 km from the city, 1966 m above sea level, offers a panoramic view of the scenic countryside and is the highest point in the state. Obeisance is paid to U Shillong at the sanctum sanctorum at the peak’s summit every springtime, by the religious priest of Khyrim/Mylliem State.
6- Bishop and Beadon Falls
Bishop Falls is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 135 meters (443 ft). The Bishop’ Falls is often referred to as the twin brother of the Beadon Falls since both tumbles down the same escarpment into a yawning gorge. Beadon Falls and Bishop Falls are off the National Highway 40 (India) at Mawprem. A narrow road at Mawlai takes one to a viewpoint from where both the falls can be seen together.
7-Spread Eagle Falls
Also known as Sati falls or Umkaliar, the Spread Eagle Falls is placed at a distance of 6 km from the city and is one of the most popular waterfalls in Shillong. Equally popular amidst the locals and the tourists as a picnic spot, these falls create a huge pool of water when they cascade down. The surroundings are verdant, peaceful and pristine.
Lying in Shillong Cantonment area, spread eagle waterfalls are known to be the widest waterfall of Shillong. It is the widest at the top and cascades down through steep hills, cutting down the meandering rugged terrain, towering the three sides of the huge pool and splash of water, it creates. Do not forget to click memorable photographs of the surroundings, the waterfalls and the Lake here.
8- Sweet Falls
Sweet Falls is a waterfall in Shillong. It lies about 5 km from Happy Valley and is about 96 meters in height. It is often termed as the “most beautiful” yet “most dangerous” waterfall in Shillong. The destination is accessible via road.
Crinoline Falls is a mesmerizing beautiful waterfall which nestles in the woods of Shillong. This waterfalls is located in the heart of the city and is surrounded by greenery. This waterfalls fall from a height of about 13meters in length and gives out cascading looks. There are many beautiful flowers which grow in its vicinity.
10-Don’t Forget to visit Umngot river must recommendation from The Venture king | Travel Blog
Umngot River or Dawki stream is a little waterway that courses through Dawki in the East Jaintia Hills. Its a completely clear waterway which is uncommon to discover in India, one can see the whole impression of the watercraft and it gives the inclination that the vessel is flying. The stream closes at the global outskirt of India Bangladesh. The characteristic magnificence of Dawki is framed by the Umngot River as it were.
The stream in Dawki is additionally a prime angling spot. One can take a watercraft ride in this waterway, the ride keeps going up to a decent 30 to 40 mins and it is extremely wonderful. The waterway is the normal limit between Ri Pnar or Jaintia Hills with Hima Khyrim of Khasi Hills over which hangs a solitary traverse suspension connect. It is the portal to Bangladesh.
How to reach:
The nearest airport and railway station for Shillong is in Guwahati (Assam), at a distance of 149 km. For visiting in monsoon by road is the best way to get to the hill station. National Highway 40 connects Shillong with other towns. The roads are in good connection but it is strongly advised to be safe while driving.
Get on over to the massive suspension bridge for iconic shots of boats on the water!
Only Jio Sim cards tend to work here. There are zero networks on the likes of Vodafone and Airtel, don’t say I didn’t warn you!
There are a few holes in the wall restaurants serving fresh fish from the river and thaali meals of rice, meat, dal and vegetables
The nearest ATM is in Dawki