Shillong - Scotland of the east
Shillong is the capital town of Meghalaya, a state of Northeast India. The town serves as the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district. Formerly Shillong was the capital of undivided Assam until the new state of Meghalaya was formed in 1972. Situating at 4908 ft above sea level, the highest point of this area is Shillong Peak with 6449 ft.
The beautiful rolling hills in and around this town remind the landscapes of Scotland. That is why it is called the ‘Scotland of the East’. And travellers of any type love to visit this marvellous location. The green rolling hills, Himalayan foothills jungle, raging rivers, wide agricultural fields, places of architectural or historical or religious importance –altogether create a perfect tourist’s spot in Shillong. There are so many sites to explore and to observe in this heavenly travel destination, that people from the whole world love to come here again and again.
Places to visit in Shillong
Locating at a distance of hardly 10 km from the city, Shillong Peak gives open, vivid panoramic view of the whole area. Besides, this place serves as radar of the Indian Air Force. That is why visitors need to submit their identification for approval to pass the gate.
This village in East Khasi Hills district is the wettest place on our planet, receiving the highest amount of average annual rainfall of 11872 mm. There is a cave in the village, namely Mawjymbuin Cave, where a nature made stalagmite in Shivalinga shape is found.
Mahadev Khola Dham
Mahadev Khola Dham is a very popular tourist attraction near Shillong. Apart from its religious significance for the Shiva devotees, the place is also very pleasant. The Shiva Lingam is believed to be more than 150 years old.
Lady Hydari Park
The Lady Hydari Park is very popular for picnic or get together with friends or family. It is like a mini-zoo with deer park. There are also a kid’s play-zone and variety of flowers with roses, orchids etc. The park is named after the first lady, meaning the wife of the first governor of Shillong.
The rivers combine and create the Elephant Waterfalls, which is almost 12 km from Shillong town. It was named so by a British officer of this area after an elephant-like rock was discovered. Unfortunately, the rock was destroyed later in an earthquake.
One of the serene water bodies of Northeast India is the Umiam Lake, located 15 km away from Shillong. Created to damn the water of Umiam River, the lake is now one of the most favourite places of tourists for hangout and water-sports.
Don Bosco Museum
A whole bunch of information about the Seven Sisters’ States of Northeast India is found in Don Bosco Museum near Shillong. This theme museum exhibits a huge collection of weapons, artwork, attires, accoutrements, ornamentation, handicrafts and photographs of the entire region.
Like Umiam Lake, it is also a popular spot for picnic and hangouts among both tourists and locals because of its amazing surroundings and fresh atmosphere. Locating at the middle of the town, it provides the opportunity of boating too.
The small village of Mawlynnong in East Khasi Hills is not only famous for eye-soothing landscapes, but also its neat and clean environment. No doubt it has been announced as Asia’s cleanest village. The Dawki Umngot River, waterfall, living foot-bridges etc are main attraction for tourists.
David Scott Trail
Shillong has several trekking and hiking trails in and around the town. Among them David Scott Trail is one of the best and most visited trekking routes, extending for over 100 km. The best part of this trail is located between Mawphlang and Lad Mawphlang villages.