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Nestled at an altitude of 4908mt Shillong is a scenically blessed hill station in North-East India. It is capital of Meghalaya. Enclosed by the rolling hills, Shillong is often referred as the “Scotland of East”. It is one of the most favored hill stations of India. Formerly known as “Yedo”, during British Raj Shillong used to be the capital of Assam. Till date the colonial era charm of Shillong has captivated the minds of many travelers. Shillong caught the limelight for its rich culture and breathtaking natural beauty.
Spread Eagle Falls also known as Sati Falls or Umkaliar is the most popular waterfall in Shillong. It is located at a distance of 6km from the main city of Shillong. Spread Eagle Falls got its name due to its peculiar shape. Surrounded by verdant forest it is one of the favored picnic spot in Shillong for the locals and tourists. Cascading down the rugged path Spread Eagle Falls creates a small pool of fresh water in the base. The serene ambiance and pictorial setup amidst the nature has made Spread Eagle Falls a must visit destination of Shillong for the nature lovers.
Spread Eagle Falls Timings: 10am to 6pm
Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) of Shillong is the Asia’s largest Indigenous Cultures museum of its kind. Providing the complete information about the human civilization this 7 storey building has become an anthropologist’s paradise. In the top floor of Don Bosco Centre of Indigenous Culture visitors can relax and enjoy the tribal dance of the North East region. Housing the vast knowledge about the human evolution this museum of indigenous culture has attracted travelers from all over the world towards Shillong. Owning its own Skywalk Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures offers a panoramic vista of the Shillong.
Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures of Shillong Timings:
Summers: 09:30am-05:30pm (Monday-Saturday), 1:30pm-05:30pm (Sunday)
Winters: 09:30am-4:30pm (Monday-Saturday), 1:30-4:30pm (Sunday)
Entry fee of Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures of Shillong for:
Indians: Rs 50|Foreign Nationals: Rs 150
Nestled in the east Khali hill of Shillong is a less explored destination called Laitlum Canyons. Sprawled with green rolling meadow, Laitlum Canyons is famous for offering the breathtaking view of adjacent valley dotted with the bamboo plantation and vibrant flower bed of orchid. Laitlum Canyons is located at a distance of 3km from the main town of Shillong. The trail towards Laitlum Canyons is an added charm for the trekkers and adventurers visiting Shillong. Far from the bustling hassle of city Laitlum Canyons with its serene ambiance and surreal vista of scenic gorge has become an abode for the nature lovers in Shillong.
Perched at an altitude of 1965mt is Shillong Peak one of the famous tourist destinations of Shillong. It is located at a distance of 10km from the main city. Shillong Peak is known for offering the panoramic vista of snow capped mountain range looming over the scenic hill station of Shillong. It is the highest point in Shillong. The night view of city from Shillong Peak has left visitors awe-stricken and mesmerized.
Shillong Peak Timings: 9am to 5pm
Located on the outskirts of Shillong is Elephant Falls one of the natural wonders of Meghalaya. Fed by three rivers Elephant Falls is a two-tier waterfall set in the scenic valley of rocks. Elephant Falls also known as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew by the native tribe of Shillong is located at a distance of 12km from the main city. Bounded by the emerald green forest the best time to visit Elephant Falls of Shillong is considered during rainy season when the waterfall is at its pristine form. Elephant Falls with its clear water and majestic glory has attracted and ensnared the heart of many travelers making it a must visit destination of Shillong.
Elephant Falls Timings: 10am to 6pm
Mawjymbuin Cave located in the wettest part of the world is a natural cave in Meghalaya. Also known as Krem Mawjymbuin, Mawjymbuin Cave is a must visit destination for the nature lovers and adventurers visiting Shillong. It is located at a distance of 56km from Shillong. Mawjymbuin Cave consists of several stalagmites, which are formed as a result of weathering, calcium carbonate deposition and dripping of mineral-enriched liquid. One such stalagmite is in the shape of Shivalinga which has made Mawjymbuin Cave a sacred pilgrimage centre of Shillong. Exploring the naturally formed Mawjymbuin Cave of Shillong is a thrilling experience, which words fail to describe.
How to reach Shillong: Shillong is well connected by roads with all major northeastern states so travelling by state bus is one of the easiest ways to reach Shillong. Since Shillong does not have its own airport and railway station visitors need to board a flight/train towards Guwahati. The nearest airport and railway station from Shillong is in Guwahati. The distance between Shillong and Guwahati is 125km.
Best time to visit Shillong: Blessed with temperate weather, Shillong can be visited throughout the year. But the best time to relish the untapped beauty of Shillong is said to be from March to June and October to February.