Shillong

Shillong is a hill station and the capital city of the North Eastern state of Meghalaya. It is known for its lush greenery, picturesque waterfalls and thriving culture. At an altitude of 1496 meters, Shillong provides a relief from the heat across the country.

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Air Force Museum, Shillong
Within Shillong city limits
History

The Air Force Museum, situated in the East Khasi Hills District of Shillong is a a museum of defense, culture and heritage of Shillong. The well maintained display of technologies and models used by the IAF Eastern Command is housed within the Air Force Museum of Shillong. It is located within Shillong city limits.

Other than missiles, air crafts and cultural insight, the Air Force Museum also offers pictures of Indo-Pak and Indo-China war. The museum can be easy located as it is near national highway 106, inside the campus of Eastern High Command. The museum offers a panoply of wa...

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All Saints Church is one of the oldest and most magnificent churches of Shillong. The church was built on Karachi Road during British Raj among the mesmerizing hills, forests and waterfalls of Shillong. However, the disastrous earthquake of 1897, left the old church in ruins and derbies. A new church was constructed and was completed in 1902. The structure of the church is heavily influenced by colonial architecture and it is a marvelous wooden structure. Opposite to the State Central Library, it shares the same vicinity as other tourist attractions such as the State Museum, Lady Hydari Par, C...

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Barabazar also called as lewduh Market is a prominent market located in East Khasi hills of Shillong. The name Lewduh market literally means the market of the common people. And it surely stands for its name, as the market offers almost everything for all by all. It is at a distance of 3. 7 km from Shillong and takes about 10 minutes to reach there.

Barabazar is one of the oldest and largest trade centres in Northeast India. It is fascinating to see women running most of the shops here. Religious ceremonies take place every year in the market area. The rituals performed signifies to ...

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Beadon Falls, Shillong
5 kms from Shillong city limits
WaterNature

Beadon falls is one of the twin falls located on the East Khasi Hills of Shillong. It is a narrow stretch of the waterfall that falls into Umiam river at its foot. It is at a distance of 5 km from the centre of Shillong and is well connected by road transportation.

Beadon falls is one of the tallest and steepest waterfalls in India. It is located in the Suna valley of Shillong. It falls along with its twin brother Bishop falls which is adjacent to it. The falls can be seen from a viewpoint that is located just a few kilometres away. However, there are a couple of other viewpoints too...

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Bishop's Falls, Shillong
5 kms from Shillong city limits
WaterNature

Bishop's Falls is a waterfall located in the city of Shillong, Meghalaya. It is located close to Shillong city limits and is approachable from the city.

The waterfalls cascades from green elevation, forested with different varieties of flora. Visitors can witness the waterfalls from a distance, one cannot get close to the actual site.

The Bishop Falls is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 135 metres (443 ft). The Bishop' Falls is often referred to as the twin brother of the Beadon Falls. More than the waterfalls, the greenary and the scenic beauty of the site can...

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Crinoline Falls
Within Shillong city limits
WaterNature

Crinoline falls is one of the most celebrated waterfalls of Shillong. It attracts visitors from around the world and is preferred by all age groups. It is located at a distance of 3 km from Shillong and is well within the city.

Crinoline falls fall from a height of 13 feet creating a natural water pool at its bottom. The water gushes through the rocks and dense greenery surrounding it to fill water to the pool. It seems like a most pristine location, which is flanked by colourful orchids on both the sides of the pool. The waterfalls are well maintained with all the tourist facilitie...

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Don Bosco Museum, Shillong
4 kms from Shillong city limits
Art

The Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures is Asia's largest Museum of Indigenous Cultures of its kind. Located in Mawlai, it is 4 kms away from Police Bazaar in Shillong.

Don Bosco Museum in Shillong remains a major tourists' spot providing a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyles of the peoples of North East India. Perched at the hill of Mawlai in Shillong, it has seven floors with various galleries presenting the eight states of north east India in a panoramic view. Rising into Shillong's skyline the Museum is a seven storey building with 17 well laid out galleries o...

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Don Bosco Square
Within Shillong city limits
HistoryFood

Don Bosco Square is a public square in Shillong. Do Bosco Square is a piece of Shillong history that stands out right in the centre of this locality. There is an elegant statue of Don Bosco aloft a podium situated at the center of the square.

Don Bosco Square in Shillong is the busiest hangout place for college's students. The popular schools and colleges in Shillong are located in this area, which include 4 of the oldest educational institutes of the region. Don Bosco Square area is also popular for small restaurants that are located on both sides of the road. Visitors usually com...

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Elephant falls
12 kms from Shillong city limits
NatureWaterWildlife

Elephant falls is a very popular waterfall in Meghalaya located in Shillong. Elephant falls is know for its dramatic and picturesque view. The falls were named so during the British era. The falls were given the name "Elephant" because of an elephant-shaped rock which was once present at its foot. It is located at distance of 12 kms from Shillong. Its easily accessible location and proximity to the city makes it for a great half-day trip.

Elephant falls is 3 layered waterfalls. The first one is very broad and hidden among the forests. The second one is a thin line of water, which ten...

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Ever Living Museum
9 kms from Shillong city limits
HistoryWildlifeNature

The Ever Living Museum is prominent museum located at Mawshbuit, around 9 kms from Shillong. The Ever Living Museum was opened as a living testimony of one's love for nature, culture, tradition, history and posterity.

The Museum owned and operated by retired Meghalaya government engineer Kyntiewbor War. Inaugurated in April 2015 as the latest addition to Shillong's long list of museums, The Ever Living Museum is considered as a modern-day 'cabinet of curiosities', a microcosm of Meghalaya showing a collection of its tribes, stones and flowers, put together by this after years of co...

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India Orchidarium and Botanical Garden is a prominent tourist attraction located in Ward's Lake in Shillong. Just 2 Kms from Shillong, India Orchidarium and Botanical Garden is located in a relatively remote area on the outskirts of the city.

Wards Lake is a century old picturesque lake located near the heart of the city. Wards Lake is popular for short garden walks and boating. India Orchidarium and Botanical Garden - just below the Wards Lake - is home to indigenous and exotic plants and colourful species of birds. This Botanical garden houses an incredible collection of rare orc...

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Kyllang Rock
78 kms from Shillong city limits
NatureWaterArchitectureHistory

Kyllang Rock is a magnificent rock structure located in the West Khasi Hills of Shillong. It is a unique rock made of red granite. Visitors have to trek for a few kilometers before being able to reach the rock. It is at a distance of 78 kms from Shillong. And is well connected from the capital city.

This massive structure of Kyllang Rock is located at a height of 5400 feet above sea level with a width of 1000 feet. The gigantic rock is said to have magnetic properties and is believed that no one falls off from its top. This monolithic rock is a part of Khasi folklore and one gets to ...

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Lady Hydari Park
Within Shillong city limits
WildlifeWaterHistory

Lady Hydari Park is a Japanese styled public park in Shillong. Its a lush green park, stretched over a kilometre in the heart of Shillong.

Lady Hydari Park is named after the erstwhile first lady of Assam, Lady Hydari. Distinct Japanese influence is seen in every space in the Park, from the round shaped hedges to circular design elements and to small ponds scattered all around the park. There are a vast variety of orchids and flowering plants that add to the glamour of the Park. But the bed of roses is exceptionally the best of Lady Hydari Park.

Lady Hydari Park is not only...

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Laitlum Canyons
23 kms from Shillong city limits
AdventureNatureHill

Laitlum Canyons is a little-explored natural canyon situated in the East Khasi Hills of Shillong. Laitlum Canyons provides a great trekking / hiking opportunity to visitors in addition to the amazing scenary. It is at a distance of 23 kms from Shillong and takes about one and half hour to reach there.

'Laitlum' literally means the end of the hill which it surely is. Visitors will find 300 odd huts, almost on the cliff of the hill and cultivating little available land on the slopes of the mountain. They actually live on the edge. The place has a 3000 step long staircase and a rustic r...

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The Living Root Bridges are a collection of man-made grown bridges. The Living Root Bridges are Meghalaya's most famous root bridges. The most famous one being the "double-decker" root bridge. The Living Root Bridges are located in Cherrapunji(Sohra), around 54 Kms from Shillong.

The Living Root Bridges are made from rubber tree roots also known as Ficus elastica tree. Some of the root bridges are over 100 feet long and haven taken 10 to 15 years to attain the perfect shape. Once fully grown, these roots last for as long as 500 years.

Deep in the dense tropical forest o...

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Lumpongdeng Island, Shillong
17.8 kms from Shillong city limits
AdventureWaterNature

Lumpongdeng Island is a natural island located in the state of Meghalaya. The island is in the Umiam lake also known as Barapani Lake, which is located in the North of Shillong. The island is located around 17. 8 kms from the Shillong International Airport. In order to reach the island, people need to take either a speed boat, a tourist boat, or even a canoe.

Lumpongdeng Island is a beautiful isolated island which is a private enterprise in collaboration with Meghalaya Tourism. It is famous for its boat house and camping. Since the lake is surrounded by sylvan hills, the island has...

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Mahadev Khola Dham
5 kms from Shillong city limits
AdventureNatureHistory

Mahadev Khola Dham is a hindu temple located within natural caves around 5 kms from the main city center of Shillong. The easiest way to reach this place is to take a cab. Visitors can trek at Mahadev Khola canves or climb the steps leading to the temple.

The history of the temple goes back to the belief that a saint named Lakhiya Baba came pondering this place around 150 years back. During those days the area was covered with thick forests. It is said that a major of the battalion named as SubedarGurkha Rifles dreamt about a saint wearing red color dress and a string made of rudra...

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Marai Cave, Shillong
16 kms from Shillong city limits
Adventure

Marai Cave is one of the many caves located in the Khasi Hill range of Shillong, Meghalaya. Marai Cave has many different names. "Krem Marai" or "Cave of Marai". The cave is made up of several slabs of rocks that forms its different and deep cave like structure. The distance of the cave from the city of Shillong is 16 kms and it is on the way to Jowai.

Marai Cave is said to be a sacred place where there are mentions of many mythological legends and folklore of Meghalaya. There are a lot of stories associated with the Marai Cave. One of the many stories is that the daughter of Shill...

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Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians also known as Cathedral Catholic Church Shillong is a historic church positioned between Dhankheti and Laitumkhrah. Cathedral Catholic Church Shillong is one of the most prominent churches in Meghalaya, visited by over 300,000 worshippers every year.

Cathedral Catholic Church Shillong is erected on the same site where the first church of Shillong was built. The current Cathedral Church was built over 50 years ago. The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians is one of the most beautiful churches in Shillong. It known for its high arches and stained ...

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Mawjymbuin Cave
56 kms from Shillong city limits
ArchitectureNatureAdventure

The Mawjymbuin Cave is situated in the city of Shillong and located in the Mawsynram Village near the East Khasi Hills. The Mawjymbuin Cave is 56 kms from the city of Shillong. The Mawjymbuin Cave is situated in one of the wettest place on the planet. The cave is a natural wonder that attaches enormous religious connection. The cave is situated in the wilderness with no close by amenities or basic facilities. The local transport facilities are reasonable and abundant.

The Mawjymbuin Cave is also locally known by the name of Krem Mawjymbuin. It is a 209 metre high cave that is made ...

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Mawlynnong
78 kms from Shillong city limits
NatureWildlife

Mawlynnong is a village that is situated in the city of Shillong and is located on the East Khasi Hills district of the state of Meghalaya. Mawlynnong Village is located 90 kilometres away from the main city of Shillong and is along the border of India and Bangladesh. The Mawlynnong Village is locally known as "God's own Garden", considering the natural scenic beauty that prevails in this village. The villege is located at a distance of 78 Kms from the city of Shillong.

The village of Mawlynnong has been given the title of "The cleanest village in Asia" by Discover India in the yea...

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Mawsmai Cave
58 kms from Shillong city limits
NatureAdventure

Mawsmai Cave is one of the longest and the most beautiful caves of Meghalaya. The Mawsmai Cave is situated on Shella Road at Cherrapunjee. It is located over 6 kilometres away from the heart of the town of Cherrapunjee. This cave is a natural formation which has never needed the aid of man-made modifications. Local public transportation facilities are available at reasonable fares and are always willing to navigate tourists from one spot to another. This Mawsmai Cave is not situated in the barren lands of the town but instead have basic amenities of food and snacks around the vicinity of the c...

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The Meghalaya State Museum is a government run museum in Shillong. Meghalaya is bestowed with cultural heritage that is well maintained and presented by the state's museums. This museum is located at East Khasi Hills District, Shillong. Meghalaya State Museum is located within Shillong city limits.

Meghalaya State Museum was established in 1975. Meghalaya State Museum serves the purpose of enriching tribal culture and giving respect to our patriotic leaders. This museum serves as a symbol of justice since it has confined collections of different monuments for the great patriots of ...

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Motphran
Within Shillong city limits
ArchitectureHistory

Motphran is a historical monument, which translates to "Stone of France", which was erected to commemorate the sacrifice of the 26th Khasi Labour Corps. Motphran is located within Shillong city limits, it would approximately take a 15min drive to reach here.

The British built this monument to honour the 67 porters who died carrying arms, ammunitions and other essential items for the British soldiers during the First World War. Originally named as Mot France, it bears the words of the famous Latin poet, Horace: "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" which can be roughly translated ...

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Nohkalikai Falls
55 kms from Shillong city limits
WaterNature

Nohkalikai Waterfalls is natural waterfall located around 5 km from Cherrapunjee. NohKaLiKai is the fourth highest waterfall in the world. Falling from a height of 1,100 ft, this fall is a great attraction of Cherrapunjee. It is located at a distance of 55 Kms from the city of Shillong.

Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India and The falls are often covered with fog and mist. Its height is 1115 feet (340 metres), making it as the highest waterfall in India and its one of the wettest places on Earth. This is at present a popular tourist attraction where one will find...

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Police Bazar, Shillong
Within Shillong city limits
Food

Police Bazar is a one-stop public square and a market for every kind of tourist visiting Shillong. It offers several kinds of opportunities for shopping and entertainment. Being a market is something that is complex, crowded yet beautiful. People from various states come here for many goods and thus facilitate local trading swiftly. Police Bazar is located within Shillong city limits.

Police Bazar is central to Shillong. It's a square with 5-6 roads converging onto it and one side being totally occupied by Shillong Club and other government buildings. All roads are shopping streets...

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Nestled at the approximate altitude of 2000m above the Sea Level and located at a distance of 10 kms from the heart of the city the Shillong View Point, also known as Shillong Peak, aggrandized as the highest geographical point of the entire Meghalaya State is greatly esteemed amongst the vacationers and day-trippers as an ideal picnic destination and a classic tourist hotspot. The panoramic bird's eye view of the downhill Shillong city during the day and the fascinating vista of the glimmering city lights at night yield a real treat to the human eyes.

Enclosed by luxuriant Himalay...

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Situated 26 kms from Shillong, Sohliya Strawberry Farm is a village filled with serenity and blessed with natural beauty. The village is renowed for is far streching strawberry farms which are under care of the locals. The village serves as the spine of strawberry production in the state of Meghalaya.

Sohliya Strawberry Farm, with its regular and high quality production of strawberries, is a sight to to behold. Visitors will be able to witness thousands of hectares of land with ripe, red strawberries. It is a modern farming success story that was started off by one man as an experi...

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The Sohpetbneng peak is a hill-top located 20 kms north of Shillong. The Sohpetbneng peak is reknowned for its beautiful scenary. A name so peculiar has attracted recent tourist interest that adds credits to it other than the spiritual significance it holds to the tribes of the region. The spiritual significance of this peak to what is considered to be connecting the heavens to earth is extravagant.

Sohpetbneng peak means 'Navel of Heaven' stands holding an aura of sacred beliefs and ancient history and wisdom of religion. The place is believed to hold a golden tree at the peak whi...

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The Spread Eagle Falls - popularly referred to as the Sati Falls - is a natural waterfall located near Shillong. Derived from its majestic looks like an eagle with its wings spread far and wide, The Spread Eagle falls is a great tourist destination situated about 6 kms away from the main city of Shillong. The waterfalls serves as among the most popular waterfalls in the area and is a great tourist destination to look forward for close to the city.

The thin steep fall of water in the mountain spreads bold and beautiful in the lower parts and the sight of the cascading water is mesme...

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St. Anthony's Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden near in the heart of Shillong. The botanical garden is located inside the campus of St. Anthony's College. It was inaugurated for public in 2004 and has been a place of attraction for tourists, ever since. The garden also serves as a reserve for the study and scientific research of various flora. It is situated at a distance of 2. 5 km from the center of the city.

The garden was established with a motive to secure the existence of rare and endangered plant species. It is for this reason that the garden boasts of showcasing some o...

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Sweet Falls, Shillong
10 kms from Shillong city limits
NatureWater

Located 10 kms away from the city of Shillong, the Sweet Falls are one of the steepest waterfalls in Meghalaya. The white waterfalls descend from a mighty height of 312 ft. The flow of the stream remains unbroken by any hindrance from large rocks and the water tumbles with tremendous force. Sweet falls are situated in the East Khasi Hills.

The Sweet Falls allure the tourists to dive into the splendor of nature. The falls drop amidst the exquisiteness of lofty mountains, green forests, colorful flowers, and warbling birds. The scenic beauty is so amazing that tourists tend to gaze a...

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The Grand Madina Masjid
Within Shillong city limits
Architecture

The Grand Madina Masjid in Shillong is a marvel of architecture and is the only mosque to be constructed out of glass in the entire Indian territory. The 120 ft. high and 61 ft. wide magnificent structure of glass dome and glass minarets is a four-level building is situated in the Lahan area of Shillong. It is easily accessible owing to its location within the limits of the Shillong city.

Grand Madina Masjid is one of the most beautiful mosques in India that glitters and glows in green color at night. The mosque is the largest in the Northeastern states and is open for everyone who...

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The Sacred Forests of Mawphlang
25 kms from Shillong city limits
WildlifeNature

The Sacred Forests of Mawphlang is a forest spread across 78 hectares of land. Sacred Forests of Mawphlang is preserved by the local tribes of the region. The Sacred Forests of Mawphlang is located about 25 kms from the main city of Shillong.

Like most other areas around the Khasi hills, the Sacred forest also has been protected and conserved by the local tribes of the region. The place is considered to house the deity U Ryngkew U Basa. This significance of the forest has led to strict policy of no trees being cut down. Sacred Forests of Mawphlang is the perfect example of natures ...

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Umiam Lake
15 kms from Shillong city limits
AdventureWaterNatureHill

Umiam Lake, commonly known as Barapani lake, is a water reservoir and a destination for adventure seekers located in the hills 15 kms to the North of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India.

Umiam Dam, which impounds the lake, was built by the Assam State Electricity Board in the early 1960s. The dam's original purpose was to store water for hydroelectric power generation. The Umiam Stage I powerhouse, located north of the lake, has four 9-MW turbine-generators, which entered commercial operation in 1965.

Umiam lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state o...

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Wankhar Entomology Museum
Within Shillong city limits
HistoryWildlife

Wankhar Entomology Museum is a specialized museum that displays a private collection of rare varieties of insects like butterflies, moths and beetles. Wankhar Entomology Museum located in Riatsamthiah, within Shillong city limits.

Wankhar Entomology Museum is said to be the only museum in India exclusively devoted to moths, butterflies and insects. The museum is owned by the famous Wankhar family of Shillong, which established the museum during 1930s. The museum is located in a ground floor of a private bunglow. Wankhar Entomology Museum has a vast collection of different species of ...

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Ward's Lake
Within Shillong city limits
WaterWildlifeNature

Ward's Lake or popularly referred to as the Pollock's Lake is a Lake situated in the middle of the city of Shillong. The artificially developed garden and lake is filled with lush greenery and is a named after the Chief Commissioner who started the project. It is within Shillong city limits.

The Ward's Lake serves among the most common tourist attraction in the north eastern city, Shillong. The main water body is man-made is surrounding by beautiful garden filled with exciting species of flora that leaves behind much to explore. The lake is also adjacent to the botanical garden th...

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