Tourism in ShillongShillong , known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ is one of the popular tourist destination in Northeast. Thousands of tourist from all over the world visit the place every year.
There are waterfalls in Shillong like Elephant Falls, Rong'bong Falls, Sweet Falls, Spread Eagle Falls, spanning lakes like the Umium Lake and Ward's Lake. Apart from these, there is the beautiful Shillong View Point atop the Shillong Peak which gives a view of the whole town of Shillong. The town is bordered by beautiful blue hills filled with lush green pine trees.
Shillong is also a land of beautiful villages like Mawsynram, the wettest place on Earth and Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia. There are also other small villages across the town of Shillong. Shillong also has many religious centres, churches and cathedrals among other religious tourist spots.
Tourist Places in ShillongElephant Falls: The Elephant Falls, located in East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya is only 12 kms away from the city of Shillong. It falls at the outskirts of Shillong and is a main tourist attraction in Shillong.
Ward’s lake: The lake was built in the memory of Sir William Ward, the then Chief Commissioner of Assam. The lake is located in the heart of the Shillong town.
Shillong Peak: Located at a distance of about 10 kms from the heart of the city, the peak is another very popular tourist spot in Shillong.
Lady Hydari Park: The park located in the city of shillong is a popular spot both with locals and tourist, with an abundance of plants and flowers.
Umiam lake: The lake popularly known as Barapani (big water) is located 15kms from Shillong. The lake is popular tourist spot in Shillong.
Cathedral Catholic Church: The Cathedral of Shillong is located in the Laitumkhrah area in Shillong, is one of the most exquisite churches in the city. The cathedral is a must visit tourist destination in Shillong.
Shillong Golf Course: The Shillong Golf Course is located at the East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya. The Shillong Golf Course is one of the oldest and natural golf courses in the world.
Shopping in ShillongVisit to any place is incomplete without shopping. People of all age group love shopping and shilling is no less when it comes to shopping. One can explore the local markets in Shillong for trendy souvenirs. Mention may be made of handwoven shawls, mounted butterflies, black mushrooms, Khasi dresses for women, orange honey, orange, pineapple and other fruit products. The Bara Bazaar in Shillong is one of the oldest and the largest traditional markets in the entire northeast. The police bazaar in shillong is one of the popular markets in Shillong. The market has a number of hotels and multi cuisine restaurants, shops that cater to every need of the buyer. This is also a popular place where people spend their evenings. Some of the popular Shopping Outlets in Police Bazar includes Meghalaya Handlooms & Handicrafts, Assam Emporium, Purbashree Emporium, Khadi Gram Udyog. Also one can visit Grand Bazar,Dedar Market, Glory's Plaza, OB Shopping Mall, Vishal Mega Mart.
Hotels and Restaurants in ShillongTourists in Shillong can relish the authentic cuisine in some of the best hotels and restaurant in Shillong. Some of the finest hotels and restaurants in Shillong includes Hotel pinewood, Hotel Orchid, Royal Heritage Tripura Castle, Hotel Polo Towers, Hotel Centrepoint, Hotel Yalana, Hotel Broadway, La Galarie Restaurant, Bamboo Hut Restaurant, City hut Dhaba and so on. Given below are the addresses of some of the good hotels in Shillong-
Hotel Center Point
Police Bazaar, Shillong 793001
Phone: 0364 2225210, 2220480, 2229839
Fax: 0364 2220100
Hotel Pegasus Crown
Ward's Lake road, Police Bazaar, Shillong 793001
Phone: 0364 2220667, 2220668, 2220669, 2220665
Fax: 0364 2228835
Ri Kynjai resort
Ri kynjai, shillong U.C.C. Road
Umniuh Khawn, Ri Bhoi
Shillong 793001 Meghalaya
Phone: 098 6242030
G.S.Road, Shillong 793001
Phone: +91 364 2226996 / 2220815
Fax : +91 364 2501892
Transportation in ShillongShillong is well connected by railways and roadways with the major cities in the northeast. The Umroi airport is located about 35 km from Shillong. Presently Air India operates on these routes. There are direct flights from Shillong to Kolkata, Jorhat, Guwahati.
Shillong is well connected by two major highways NH40 that connects Guwahati to Shillong and NH 44 connecting Tripura and Mizoram that passes through Shillong. Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) bus facilities are available from Guwahati and adjoining areas.
Shillong also have local taxi service within the city. The taxis are always shared and the rates vary from Rs 5/- to Rs 15/-.
Travel and Tour package in ShillongFor the convenience of the tourist a list of tour package in Shillong are mentioned below:
A trip to Scotland of the east
3 days 2nights
Places covered: Shillong and Cherapunji
Price: Rs 10,000
Hotels: Lake view Inn
Explore the blue Hills of Meghalaya
5days 4 nights
Places covered: Shillong and Cherapunji.
Price: Rs 13. 300
Hotels: Lake view Inn
The Scenic Assam and Meghalaya
5 days 4 nights
Places covered: Guwahati, Pobitora, Kaziranga, Shillong
Price: Rs 22,299
Hotels: Zizina Resort-Pobitora, Lake View Inn- Shillong, Aranya Tourist Lodge-Kaziranga