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TEN MUST-SEE PLACES IN AND AROUND SHILLONG

TEN MUST-SEE PLACES IN AND AROUND SHILLONG

By somreeta Mukherjee

 

Shillong is a beautiful hill station located in the East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya, India. This ‘Scotland of the East’ is well linked with Guwahati, and if you wish to visit Shillong, you can easily board a train or take a flight to Guwahati and then, hire a cab or shared taxi in which you can travel to the ‘Abode of Clouds’. Located at an average altitude of 1500 meters above sea level, Shillong is picturesque with stunning landscapes surrounded by hills, often covered with spongy sheets of clouds, twisting and curling along the slopes. The weather is very pleasant and during the winters, it is quite cold. There are many spectacular spots in and around Shillong and mustn’t miss them out!

 

1.WARD’S LAKE: This tranquil lake is surrounded by lovely gardens and carpets of green grass. It is a major tourist attraction and tourists visit this spot to enjoy the beauty of the place as well as to embark on boating. A modish wooden bridge, white in color, looks over this horse shoe-shaped man-made lake. A narrow pavement encircles the periphery of the lake and is ideal if you want to take a stroll around the pool of water.

1 Ward's lake

2 ward's lake

2.UMIAM LAKE: A dam, as a part of the first Hydel power project in North East India was being constructed, way back in 1965 and a lake was formed in the process. This serene lake is the Umiam Lake, also known as Barapani. The lake is surrounded by hills and the sky gets its blue reflection in the sparkling waters of the lake. If you want to taste water cycling, boating, kayaking or scooting, Umiam Lake is the place to be!

3 Umiam Lake

  1. NOHKALIKAI FALLS: It is perhaps one of the most beautiful and graphic waterfalls I have ever seen! In fact, at 335 meters, in India, Nohkalikai Falls is the highest plunge waterfall. The waterfall is surrounded by a thick growth of trees. The sky, the waterfall, the greenery around, the brown shades of the cliff and the frank end of the plateau combine into a dramatic combination that casts a deep impression on your mind. The name of this waterfall has been derived from a tragic legend and indeed, we realize that the ‘sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts’.

4 Nohkalikai falls 5 Nohkalikai falls

  1. LADY HYDARI PARK: A lovely garden with well-trimmed plants, beds of flowers and well-maintained plots of grass, Lady Hydari Park is a combination of children’s park and a mini zoo. Tourists as well as local people frequent this park which is named after the wife of Assam’s Governor. The zoo has at least seventy three species of birds and about one hundred and fifty species of mammals and reptiles.

6 Lady Hydari park

  1. CATHEDRAL OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS: It is one of the most fine-looking churches in Shillong. It is huge and is rightfully a reason for the pride of the Catholics residing in the region. Apart from being an important place for worship, it is also a major tourist attraction of the place

9 CATHEDRAL OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS

8 CATHEDRAL OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS 7 CATHEDRAL OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS

 

 

  1. ELEPHANT FALLS: A striking series of three waterfalls, the Elephant Waterfalls is one of its kind. To enjoy the beauty of the falls, spend at least 45 minutes for an excursion around the falls. Follow the steps and reach right down where the water gushes after flowing through the three levels.

10 elephant falls

11 elephant falls

  1. SHILLONG PEAK: To enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Shillong amid the hills and the clouds, you need to reach up to the Shillong peak. It is beautiful and mesmerizing out there and it is situated at about 1965 meters above sea level.

 

  1. CHERRAPUNJEE: Cherrapunjee is a spectacular place, just fifty four kilometers away from Shillong. It is one of those spots that experience maximum rainfall. The drive along the roads of Sohra is pleasant and you can see waterfalls down rifts and cliffs, every now and then.

13 Cherrapunjee

9.RAMKRISHNA MISSION: This famous educational institution is a prominent seat of learning. The enormous stature of RKM in the lap of colossal hills add a different dimension altogether. Learning almost becomes synonymous with worship in such an ambience.

14 RKM

10.MAWSMAI CAVES: The deep Mawsmai Caves add a sense of adventure to your tour programme. The roomy opening of the cave squeezes in an undersized neck and you need to crawl in between two sheets of rocks , mostly flanked by Stalactites and Stalagmites.

15 Mawsmai Caves

Shillong is a magnificent place surrounded by mountains. The pleasantly cool weather, the soft loops of clouds and the pictorial landscape make this ‘Abode of Clouds’ a paradise for tourists. Visit these spots for a complete and satisfying experience. You can either hire a cab or contact the Meghalaya Tourism Office in Shillong to arrange for sightseeing. Try to stay for at least three days to see all these beautiful spots and enjoy the flavor of Shillong

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8 Responses

  1. Divya Thapa says:

    My dad was from Shillong. Miss going there! Will visit someday again! Amazing place! I love the momos there too!

  2. Kinkinee Kinkinee says:

    I love shillong too
    Theres a market there
    .forgot the name.but you get awsome stuffs out there

  3. Kinkinee Kinkinee says:

    I dont remeber the name.its a small market.a lot like BK market .
    But awsome place.

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