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Introduction

Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, one of the smallest states in India. The romantic city of Shillong has been one of the important tourist destinations in the northeast. It is often referred to as the “Scotland of the East” due to its striking similarity with the Scottish highlands. The city derives its name from “Leishyllong”—the Superpower or God who is believed to reside on the Shillong peak, overlooking the city. Lying in the cradle of the tall pine conifers and pineapple shrubs, Shillong’s undulating terrain is a constant source of attraction for tourists from both home and abroad.

Area 10.36 sq km
Altitude 1,520 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-Min.-12.0C,Max.-28.0 C Winter,Min.-4.0C,Max.-22.0C
Language English, Hindi, Khasi, Garo, Assamese
STD Code 0364
Rainfall 2,954 mmaverage yearly
Best Time to Visit October–November and March–April

Shillong MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :-The nearest airport is Guwahati in Assam.
  2. Rail:-The nearest railhead is Guwahati in Assam.
  3. Road:-The Guwahati–Shillong highway connects two cities.

Places to Visit

Sohpetbneng Peak Botanical Garden State Museum Bishop and Beadon Falls
Mairang Ward`s Lake Shillong Peak Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian

Excursion

Jakrem Ranikor Cherrapunjee Mawsynram

Shopping

The prime shopping attraction are hand-woven shawls, handicrafts, orange flower honey and cane work, one can visit the various emporia like Meghalaya Handicrafts, Khadi Gramodyog and Purbashree. The main shopping areas are Police Bazaar, Bara Bazaar and Laitumukhrah. On Iewduh, the first day of the eight-day long Khasi week, people from all over eastern Meghalaya come to sell their products here.

Accommodation

Hotel Polo Towers Hotel Alpine Continental Rosa Ville Cottage Hotel Centre Point
Pinewood Hotel Broadway Hotel Hotel Blue Pine Hotel Magnum