Shillong, the most popular and ideal summer vacation spot in exotic Northeast India, is a haven for nature lovers. Shillong’s 18-hole course makes it a golfer’s paradise. Adventure seekers are also drawn to the allure of the Shillong tour due to the fantastic hiking routes and water activities offered at the Umiam Lake resort, including motorboats, water scooters, skiing, and sailing.
Because of its picturesque surroundings, joyful residents, clouds, towering pines, mountains, and valleys, Shillong, the city of the waterfall, is referred to as Scotland of the East and is regarded as a photographer’s paradise. The Fruit Garden, Polo Ground, and Golf Course, as well as the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians and Grotto, are some of the top tourist attractions in Shillong.
Shillong, which is the home of the Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo hill tribes, is the best place to witness the colourful way of life and cultural traditions of the tribes of north-eastern India. Shillong city was selected as the region’s administrative hub during the British era due to its favourable climate and location between the Brahmaputra and Surma rivers.
Shillong’s top attractions and destinations
Root Bridge: Meghalaya’s Living Root Bridges are a breathtaking illustration of the beauty of nature. These magnificent structures, which rank among the most popular tourist destinations in Meghalaya, have been carefully constructed over the years. The tangled, heavy roots that make up the ever-evolving Meghalaya bridges give the structure strength and allow it to support 50 or more people at once.
Elephant Falls: Around 12 kilometres outside of the city is Elephant Falls, which can be reached by taking a brief detour from the Cherrapunji route. With two tall waterfalls and fern-covered rocks all around, it is a stunning location. You can descend to the lowest pool and take in the view by using bridges and wooden steps.
Nohkalikai Falls: It stands 335 metres tall (1,099 ft). A waterfall that joyfully pours down a rocky cliff and into a deep George is eerily beautiful. The fall that carries Likai’s name is a legendary one. After her second husband killed and roast her daughter from her first marriage, Likai committed suicide here. She realised what she had done after eating the curry and ran away while yelling like a crazy person to the palm trees, where she threw herself over the edge.
Lady Hydari Park: There is also the exquisitely landscaped Lady Hydari Park, which is overflowing with flowers of all shapes and sizes. Additionally, there is a museum dedicated to butterflies and a small zoo where colourful species are kept for sale and future generations.
Mawjymbuin Cave: Mawsynram cave, located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, may contain Mawjymbuin cave. The 209-meter-high cave, also called Krem Mawjymbuin, is significant from a religious standpoint. Shillong is 56 kilometres away from the cave.
Ward Lake: Near the Raj Bhawan is a man-made lake called Ward Lake. A beautiful botanical garden with a horseshoe-shaped lake is home to this picturesque bridge. On this lake, boating is quite popular.
Golf Club: Along with an 18-hole golf course where tournaments are held, the Golf Club also has a polo field, restaurant, and bar. The course is regarded as one of the prettiest and wettest in the entire world. The club was founded in 1898, and the present 5873-yard, 18-hole course was installed there in 1924. In a hilly valley that is covered in rhododendron and pine trees, the fairways are planted with a hardy local grass species.