Shillong or the ‘Scotland of the East’ is located in the state of Meghalaya. The capital of the state Meghalaya, this city in the lap of the Eastern Himalayas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya. It's known for the manicured gardens at Lady Hydari Park.

Nearby, Ward's Lake is surrounded by walking trails. Known for its undulating plains covered by lush green vegetation, it rises to a height of around 1500 m above the sea level.

While the mountains form an integral part of the beautiful landscape of Shillong, the terrain is also decorated by the river beds of several major rivers of north and north-east India. There are many waterfalls here which are spots of tourist attraction.

Shillong was capital for composite Assam during the British regime and later till a separate State of Meghalaya.

Weather conditions in Shillong are typically pleasant, pollution-free.

Its summers are cool and very rainy, while its winters are cool and dry. Shillong is subject to vagaries of the monsoon. The monsoons arrive in June and it rains almost untill end of August.

English is the official language of the state while Khasi is the predominantly spoken language in Shillong. English, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and Nepali are also widely spoken in the city.

The locals are well-versed in English and Hindi and this makes tourism popular in the state.

Travel Tips

Shillong has pleasant climate through the year and can be the visited any time.

If you are travelling during the winter months pack warm cloths as winter is very cold in these regions. Summer is pleasant with moderate temperature.

Driving to Shillong will no dobut take you through a scenic route that gives a spectacular view of the cloud covered, rolling hills and deep gorges. But don't get so captivated by the view that you lose control the car.

If you are not confident about driving in and around a hilly region then hiring the services of a professional may be a better idea.

Keeping the numbers of local cab services might be a good idea as you never know when you might find yourself stranded.

Equip yourself with all necessary amenities like trekking kit, cameras and binoculars.

Always put a personal first - aid - box in your bag, you never know when you might need it.

Carrying a tour guide book will be handy. It will not only help you in gaining heaps of information about the region but also hepls in visiting places around Shillong. 

Travel light in terms of cash as there are around 13-14 ATMs located in Shillong at various locations of different banks. Withdrawing money would not be a hassle and most of the hotels accept credit and debit cards for payment.


When to visit

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Things to do

While visiting Shillong, there is a very good chance that your trip will draw to an end, but the places to visit will not be exhausted. The entire region is packed full of beautiful spots to go to.

The Elephant Falls is a famous waterfall which is just 12 km from the city of Shillong. The stream here flows through two successive falls.

Umiam Lake is a reservoir in the hills 15 km north of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. It was created by damming the Umiam River in the early 1960s.

Motphran is a monument in the city that had been erected in memory of the Khashi soldiers who served in the British Army during World War I.

Nan Polok is an artificial lake. If you are interested in boating, you can visit the place.

Bishop Fall and Beadon Fall are two waterfalls that plunge from great height into the valley below and provide a grand sight to the tourists.

You can also visit Chrysalis Art Gallery, the art gallery houses artwork from various artists from the north-east part of India.

The Butterfly Museum is another place that is frequented by the tourists. The privately owned museum is the only one of its kind in all of the country. If you want to get better acquainted with the local tribal culture and indigenous art form, Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum is well worth visiting.

The museum has an impressive collection of relics and artifacts that offer interesting insight into the life of the local people. Shillong is also the place to visit if you are a golfing enthusiast, as the city has one of the largest golf courses in the world. It is also the wettest golf course, making the challenge that much more interesting. Shillong Peak is a popular picnic spot. It rises to a height of above 2000 m from the sea level and offers a magnificent view of the surrounding areas and the city of Shillong.

Getting Around

The city of Shillong is quite well developed and getting around is fairly easy. The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses.

You can also move about by renting a car. Car renting services are fairly numerous and come at a reasonable price


Places to Stay

As a popular tourist destination, there are a large number of hotels in Shillong where you can book your accommodations.

Depending on whether you want to pamper yourself or look at the budget end of things, there are a wide variety of hotels to care to your needs.

How to Reach

  • Umroi Airport is the only airport in the region. The airport is also not very well connected. You can take a flight to Kolkata, and from there take a connecting flight to Shillong. Flights for Umroi Airport leave only from Kolkata.
  • Railway travel is not very developed and there are no major railway stations in the region. The nearest important railway station is at Guwahati in Assam. From the station, Shillong is about 100 km. The distance can be covered by bus or taxi.
  • This is the best way to travel if you are going to Shillong. The roads are well developed and connected to the other cities in the north-eastern part of the country. There are two major highways which you can take to reach Shillong. National Highway 40 connects Shillong to Guwahati, while National Highway is connected to Tripura and Mizoram. There are plenty of buses which leave daily for Shillong. You can also take a cab or a rented car to reach Shillong. Taxi services can be availed of from cities like Guwahati, Agartala, and Dimapur. These cab rides can cost 800 - 900 INR from Guwahati, approximately 2500 INR from Dimapur. However a cab drive from Agartala is relatively costlier and can go up to 4000 INR.

Surrounding Attractions

Umiam Lake is one of the nearby places of tourist attraction. It resembles the lochs in Scotland and features a water-sport complex. There are many picturesque caves in the surrounding areas. Taking a trip through the caves is also another good way of spending your time here.

The famous town of Cherrapunji is just an hour’s drive away and a cab ride will cost approximately 800 to 900 INR.

Also at a distance of 102 kilometers lies the city of Guwahati, one of the most important cities of North- eastern India. It takes about two hours by road.

Important Numbers

Woodland Hospital: (0364) 2225240/2224885

Police Station: 0364 2224400

Fire Brigade: (0364) 2222000/2227700