Shillong aka the Scotland of the East and the Rock Capital of India is a place where you see a blend of the cultural world and modern civilization. Shillong is the capital of the state of Meghalaya (meaning abode the clouds) and very true to its description. Shillong is also the District Headquarters of East Khasi Hills District and is situated at an altitude of 1,496 metres above sea level. The capital city has a bracing climate throughout the year. This city has been the seat of Government since the consolidation of the British administration in this part of India more than a century ago.
The city is well connected with motorable roads, has its own charm, different from other hill stations, and presents a natural scenic beauty with waterfalls, brooks, pine grooves and gardens. The place, the people, the flora and fauna and the climate all combine to make Shillong an ideal resort throughout the year. Shillong offers amenities for tourists with good hotel accommodations, facilities for sports, angling, trekking and hiking.
Meghalaya’s main ethnic communities, each having its own distinctive customs and cultural traditions are the Khasis (of Mon-Khmer ancestry), the Garos (of Tibeto-Burman origin) and the Jaintias said to be from South East Asia. The common trait binding all three communities is its matrilineal system in which the family linage is taken from the mother’s side. The people of Meghalaya are known to be hospitable, cheerful and friendly.
Just about 90 kms from Shillong city is Cherrapunji – ‘the Rainiest Place on Planet Earth’ where the clouds cease to clear the sky and drops of rains continue to fall on your windshield in the majestic three (3) hour drive from Shillong to Cherrapunji. The picturesque landscape on your way will surely make you fall in love with this drive across the misty hills and you will surely make your mind to visit Cherrapunji again!
Cherrapunji is located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya and is home to five of the most famous waterfalls of the State that has now turned into favorite tourist destinations. One noteworthy among these list of five is the Nohkalikai Falls, which is also India’s tallest plunge Waterfall standing tall at a height of 1115 feet (340 meters). As per the Khasi folklore an interesting story exists behind this waterfall’s name.
If you are from the North East the name Shillong would mean a perfect weekend get away for you. The pleasant weather, the spectacular drive along NH 40, the Barapani lake, the numerous waterfalls, cheap booze (this one to lift you damp spirits), mouth watering dumplings and not to forget the Second wettest place on Earth ‘Cherrapunji’ are sure motives to get you hit the road and drive to Shillong.
Places to visit in Shillong:
- India’s only Glass Mosque
- Umiam Lake
- Elephant Falls
- Shillong Peak
- Butterfly Museum
- Air Force Museum
- Golf Course
- Don Bosco Museum
- The Cathedrals and Churches of Shillong
- Cherrapunji – the Second Wettest place on Planet Earth and Land of the Double Decker Living Root Bridge and India’s tallest Plunge Waterfalls
- Mawlynnong Village – Asia’s cleanest village
- Dawki ~ the Border of India and Bangladesh
- Umngot River ~ the Clear waters of Umngot
- Umiam Lake – the biggest artificial lake in the State
- Pynursla – Home to the Longest Living Root Bridge
- Dwarksuid – Devil’s doorway
- Jakrem – Hot water springs of sulphur water which is believed to have curative medicinal properties
- Nongkhnum Island – Biggest river island in Meghalaya and the second biggest river island in Asia
- Mawphlang – the Site of the Khasi Hills Sacred Groves and David Scott Trail Trek
- Mawlyngbna – the Land of Undulating mountains and pristine clear waterfalls
- Tura – the Home to the Red Pandas at the Nokrek National Park
- Mawsynram – the land of steep sliding slopes, the fresh air, the rolling green mountains and the deafening but beautiful waterfalls
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to visit Shillong – ‘the Scotland of the East’ and ‘the Rock Capital of India’, the State of Meghalaya, Incredible India!