What to See
Shillong Peak: Shillong's most defining feature, some legends have it that Shillong derived its name from this hill. An ideal picnic spot, at 1965 m it offers spectacular views of the city and the eastern Himalayan ranges. It is also believed that the patron deity Leishyllong has her abode at these peaks and protects the city from here. The views of the light-studded city are especially beautiful in the evening.
Cherrapunji: Actually located over 50 kms from Shillong, Cherrapunji was at one time known as Sohra. It is situated in one of the most prolific rain-belt of the country. Hence, at all times you would be greeted by the greens of the hills and trees. Take a tour through the waterfalls, especially the famous 1,000 ft Nohsngithiang Falls, cascading into gorges. Cherrapunji is also known for its limestone caves and orange honey. It is a great centre to explore the Khasi culture and is home to an ancient Presbyterian Church and a Ramakrishna Mission.
Sohpetbneng Peak: An area that's spiritually inclined, it is revered by the Hynniewtrep tribe. Literally meaning the 'navel of heaven', Sohpetbneng is set amidst scenic views of a forest and it is believed that people traveling here are sure to receive spirituality and peace.
Ward's Lake: A beautiful and serene horse-shoe shaped lake located in the heart of the city, Ward's Lake is also known as Polok Lake. The lake is fantastic for boating, talking walks along the cobble-stoned paths and striking flowers and is a popular haunt for tourists, honeymooners and picnickers. Don't miss out on the Botanical Garden located below the Ward's Lake, which is home to a range of exotic plants and flowers.
Open from: Botanical Garden - 9.30 am-6.00 pm
Umiam Lake: Umiam is a majestic lake surrounded by green hills in the Khasi region. It has a Water Sports Complex that provides a range of activity options, including row-boats, paddle-boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, water scooters and speed boats.
Lady Hydari Park: This is the site of some of the most beautiful varieties of roses you'd ever find. It also has a lake hat abounds with pelicans, a mini zoo and a Butterfly Museum with several multi-coloured species within. Open from: Butterfly Museum - 11.00 am-4.00 pm
Entry fee - Rs 5
Golf Course: Said to be the third oldest golf course in India, this is the place for golf lovers. It was started as a 9-hole course and later converted to 18-holes. Also called 'Gleneagle of the East', it is picturesquely set amidst pine trees and rhododendron bushes.
Meghalaya State Museum: Located in Lachumiere the museum has exhibits dating to the tribal era, including a collection of ancient scriptures. Open from: Summer - Monday-Saturday 10.00 am-4.30 pm;
Winter - 10.00 am-4.00 pm
Closed on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
Waterfalls: Shillong has several quaint-named waterfalls dotting its landscape. Bishop and Beadon Falls cascade together in the same gorge disappearing into seemingly mists. Elephant Falls is located 12 kms from Shillong and is particularly charming because of the stream descending through falls located amidst fern-covered rocks. Spread Eagle Falls or Urkaliar Falls, so called because of its appearance as an eagle with its wings spread. The fall has steep cliffs reaching to a deep pool. Sweet Falls near Happy Valley and Crinoline Falls near Lady Hydari Park are popular hangouts for family picnics and outings. At a distance of 15 kms Rengthiam Falls is a relatively unexplored area, apt for simply viewing the pristine beauty of nature.
Anglican Cemetery: This is an old churchyard in Rilbong, with gravestones dating centuries.
Kyllang Rock: A mammoth sized circular granite rock located between Mairang and Nongkhlaw with a diameter measuring to 1,000 ft.
Lum Nehru Park: Located next to the Orchid Lake Resort, this park has beautiful well-tended lawns and houses exotic flowers, an orchid-house and an aviary.
Thadlaskein Lake: This Lake is located en route Jowai from Shillong amidst grasslands, rice fields and rows of pine and oak trees. Legends have it that the lake was dug with the bow tips of the followers of Sajar Nangli, one of Jaintia's famous war leaders.
Jakrem: Located over 60 kms from Shillong, this is famous for their hot springs of sulphur water, which are believed to have medicinal properties.
Ranikor: An angler's delight, test your skills at baiting the Golden Mahseers, Golden Carp, Silver Carp and Common Carp.
Mawsynram: Located 55 kms from Shillong, this is also located in the rain belt of the region. Its other attractions include an unexplored cave with a giant stalagmite sloping into a natural Shivalinga.
Dawki: Another excellent picnic spot, Dawki is made of silver streams and deep waters and offers magnificent views of the Khasi Hills.
Syntu Ksiar: Actually a vast pool, the Myntdu River here appears to encircle the Jowai town and appears to come to a sudden halt. This spot is Syntu Ksiar meaning Golden Flower. Catch picturesque views of nature here.
Jaintia Hills Caves:Located close to Shillong on the way to Jowai, these magnificent caves were used as hideouts during wars between Jaintia Kings and foreign intruders.
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