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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

Onward Journeys:

  • 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!

An Aerial view of the Majestic City of Shillong aka 'the Scotland of the East' and 'India's Rock Capital'
An Aerial view of the Majestic City of Shillong aka ‘the Scotland of the East’ and ‘India’s Rock Capital’
The Madina Masjid is the only Glass Mosque of India and is the largest in the North Eastern Region of India
The Madina Masjid is the only Glass Mosque of India and is the largest in the North Eastern Region of India
Nohkalikai or 'Fall of Likai' is India's tallest plunge waterfall at the Wettest place on planet Earth i.e. Cherrapunjee
Nohkalikai or ‘Fall of Likai’ is India’s tallest plunge waterfall at Cherrapunji
Nohkalikai or 'Fall of Likai' is India's tallest plunge waterfall at the Wettest place on planet Earth i.e. Cherrapunjee
Nohkalikai or ‘Fall of Likai’ is India’s tallest plunge waterfall 
Cherrapunjee near Shillong is the Wettest Place on Planet Earth that records the heaviest rainfall anywhere in the World
Cherrapunji near Shillong is the Second Wettest Place on Planet Earth that records the heaviest rainfall 
Mawlynnong Village in Meghalaya is rated as the cleanest Village in Asia
Mawlynnong Village in Meghalaya is rated as the cleanest Village in Asia
Mawphlang near Shillong is the Site of the Khasi Hills Sacred Grove and is the Hub of Khasi Culture that hosts the Monolith Festival every year in October
Mawphlang near Shillong is the Site of the Khasi Hills Sacred Grove and is the Hub of Khasi Culture
Mawphlang near Shillong is the Site of the Khasi Hills Sacred Grove and is the Hub of Khasi Culture that hosts the Monolith Festival every year in October
Mawphlang near Shillong is the Site of the Khasi Hills Sacred Grove and is the Hub of Khasi Culture 
Shillong Tour, Mawlynnong clean village Meghalaya, Cherrapunjee Rain Meghalaya, Nohkalikai Falls Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya Tourism
The Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong in Meghalaya
Shillong Tour, Mawlynnong clean village Meghalaya, Cherrapunjee Rain Meghalaya, Nohkalikai Falls Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya Tourism
Boats at the Umngot River at Dawki in Meghalaya
Shillong Tour, Meghalaya Tourism, Ecotourism Meghalaya, Festivals of North East India, Tribes of North East India
The Don Bisco Museum at Shillong provides an insight to the rich and varied culture of the tribes of North East India
Shillong Tour, Meghalaya Tourism, Ecotourism Meghalaya, Festivals of North East India, Tribes of North East India
The Garo Tribe of Meghalaya celebrate the Wangala Festival. Image nelive.in
Shillong Tour, Meghalaya Tourism, Ecotourism Meghalaya, Festivals of North East India, Tribes of North East India
Asia’s Cleanest Village and one of the Best Ecotourism retreats across North East India – Mawlynnong Village, East Khasi Hiils, Meghalaya
Shillong Tour, Meghalaya Tourism, Ecotourism Meghalaya, Festivals of North East India, Tribes of North East India
Living Root Bridge at Asia’s Cleanest Village Mawlynnong in Meghalaya
Shillong Tour, Meghalaya Tourism, Ecotourism Meghalaya, Festivals of North East India, Tribes of North East India
Living Root Bridge at Asia’s Cleanest Village Mawlynnong in Meghalaya
Living Root Brides Meghalaya, Cherrapunjee Meghalaya, Shillong City Meghalaya, Khasi Tribes Meghalaya
The Elephant Falls at Shillong in Meghalaya
Living Root Brides Meghalaya, Cherrapunjee Meghalaya, Shillong City Meghalaya, Khasi Tribes Meghalaya
The Trek to the Living root bridges at Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya
Living Root Brides Meghalaya, Cherrapunjee Meghalaya, Shillong City Meghalaya, Khasi Tribes Meghalaya
the Scotland of the East – Shillong at Abode the Clouds – Meghalaya
Living Root Brides Meghalaya, Cherrapunjee Meghalaya, Shillong City Meghalaya, Khasi Tribes Meghalaya
Amazing View of the Landscape near Shillong in Meghalaya
Living Root Brides Meghalaya, Cherrapunjee Meghalaya, Shillong City Meghalaya, Khasi Tribes Meghalaya
The Hills near the Nohkalikai Falls at Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya
Living Root Brides Meghalaya, Cherrapunjee Meghalaya, Shillong City Meghalaya, Khasi Tribes Meghalaya
At Meghalaya
Living Root Brides Meghalaya, Cherrapunjee Meghalaya, Shillong City Meghalaya, Khasi Tribes Meghalaya
The Majestic Nohkalikai Falls at Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya
Shillong Tours, Meghalaya Tourism, Umiam Lake Barapani, Center Point Shillong, Police Bazaar Shillong
One of the largest artificial water reservoirs of North East India, the Umiam Lake is a picturesque location to capture your clicks at Meghalaya