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Surrounded by pine trees, Shillong is a hill station located in the North-eastern part of India. This city is best known for its scenic beauty, heritage, and traditions. Also known as the ‘Scotland of East’ Shillong has various wonderful waterfalls. And apart from the waterfalls; the mountain peaks, museums, zoos, its culture are a few prominent reasons why tourists visit Shillong more often.

Why You Should Visit Shillong

Shillong has a very young feel to it. There are many reasons to visit Shillong; be its magical charm, the unmissable beauty of its roads, the living bridges, the caving activities. And it is the nice blend of all these things that makes Shillong an unforgettable tourist destination in India.

Places to Visit in and Around Shillong

Elephant Falls. These are one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shillong. The name of these waterfalls came from the presence of an elephant-like foot at its bottom. However, it is believed that in 1897, that statue was disintegrated due to an earthquake. Overall, it is a great place to explore with your loved ones and make some beautiful memories.

Shillong Peak. This peak is considered as the highest point of Shillong. From here, one gets to witness a dreamlike view of the Himalayas. What’s more interesting is that even a telescope is also available here so that the tourists don’t miss out on any opportunity to witness the incredible views of nature.

The Don Bosco Museum. It is fundamentally a theme museum that consists of collective information on the Northern-Eastern states of India. Thus, if you are planning to visit someplace interesting then, Don Bosco Museum is definitely worth a visit.

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Things to do in Shillong

Go for Boating in Umiam Lake. How about going on a boating trip with your kind of people? Boating on the Umiam lake is a very refreshing experience for the tourists. Historically speaking, this lake also holds a very significant prominence. This is so because the birth of this lake was due to the incorporation of the first Hydel Power Project in this region.

Angling. Shillong offers various opportunities to indulge yourself in angling. For instance, Umiam lake has innumerable species of fishes. Due to this, Umiam Lake is also considered as a heaven for people who are into angling. Apart from Umiam Lake, Dawki is another great option to indulge in this activity.

Events and Festivals in & Around Shillong

Shillong Autumn Festival. This festival is organized by the Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum and Meghalaya Tourism. During this festival, it feels as if the entire city comes alive attracting lots of tourists and locals from all over the city.

Behdienkhlam Festival. It is a very important festival of Shillong which is celebrated by the Jaintia tribe. However, the primary celebrations are observed in the town of Jowai. If the folklores are to be believed then, one reason for the celebration of this festival was the end of a horrific plague.

Best Time to Visit Shillong

The best time to visit Shillong would be between the months of September and May. During this time, the overall climate is very good for sightseeing. Talking about summers, this is a pleasant time to visit Shillong too. The winters and the monsoon season, are also a good time to travel to Shillong.

Famous Food and Clothing of Shillong, Meghalaya

While talking about Indian cuisine, many forget to mention the delicacies belonging to North-Eastern India. The dishes which come from these regions are deeply rooted in Indian culture. To name a few scrumptious cuisines famous in Meghalaya would be Jadoh, Doh-Khlieh, Nakham Bitchi, Pumaloi, and many others.

Locally speaking, Meghalaya consists of tribal people out of which the most prominent tribes are Garo, Khasi, Jaintia. The men of the Garo tribe wear eking. It is a small loincloth kind of material that is worn around the waist. The Garo women of this place wear long dresses which are generally made up of cotton. They also carry a blouse which they wear with a hand made lungi, known as Dakmanda. 

The women of the Khasi tribe wear a Jainsen along with a blouse. Jainsen is a piece of cloth that covers the body of the womenfolk right from the waist down and all the way to ankle. The men of the Khasi tribe wear a very long unstitched waistcloth.  

And the men and women who belong to the Jaintia tribe go with a Kyrshah. It is a small piece of cloth that has checks to be worn on the head.

How to Reach Shillong?

Shillong is a beautiful city of Meghalaya and is famous for its natural scenic views. Shillong is located at a distance of 2,003, 2,827, 1,108, 3,048 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach here by the following means of transportation.

By Air. Shillong doesn’t have its own airport. The nearest airports are Umroi airport and Guwahati airport located at a distance of 30 km and 120 km respectively. Depending upon your location, you can choose either of the two. 

However, Shillong airport has very limited flight connectivity. Thus, the next best option comes across as the Guwahati airport (GAU) i.e. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. Formerly known as the Borjhar Airport, it is considered as the primary airport serving the North-Eastern states in India. Managed by the Airport Authority of India, this particular airport is considered the 8th busiest airport in India. Many flights operate to and fro from this place. After you deboard the flight, you will need to catch a cab to travel the remaining distance.

Here is how you can reach here. 

  1. Delhi - Board Air Asia, Air India, Go Air, Vistara, Spicejet from Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,500
  2. Kolkata - Board Air India, IndiGo, Air Asia, Spicejet, Vistara flights from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.2,500
  3. Patna - Board Air India, Spicejet, Vistara, Go Air flights from Patna airport. The airfares start from Rs.3,000
  4. Lucknow - Board IndiGo, Go Air, Vistara, Air India from Lucknow Airport. The airfares start from Rs.2,500

By Train. The nearest railway station is the Guwahati train station. It is located 90-100 km from here. This station is located at the heart of the city. What is interesting to know is that this station is the first fully solar operated railway station in India. This railway station is considered one of the A1 rated train stations in our country. After you deboard at the train station, you will need to further cover the distance by some means of public transportation like a cab. Here is how you can reach here by the following trains.

  1. Delhi - Board DBRT RAJDHANI Express from New Delhi Railway Station and deboard at the Guwahati Junction.
  2. Patna - Board Porvotor S Kranti from Patliputra station and deboard at the Guwahati Junction
  3. Lucknow - Board Avadh Assam Express from Lucknow NR station and deboard at the Guwahati Junction
  4. Agra - Board Brahmaputra Mail from Tundla Junction and deboard at the Guwahati Junction
  5. Jaipur - Kavi Guru Express from Jaipur station and deboard at the Kamakhya Junction

By Road. Depending upon your location, you can also consider traveling from the road networks. From Guwahati, you can also consider taking a bus. Yes, there are many private as well as government buses available traveling at regular intervals of time. And seeing your comfort, you can also hire a taxi for your journey. 

  1. Delhi - 2,003 km via NH27
  2. Patna - 1,000 km via NH27
  3. Kolkata - 1,108 km via NH12
  4. Lucknow - 1,451 km via NH27
  5. Gaya - 1,106 km via NH27
  6. Ranchi - 1,158 km via NH27

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