Shillong, the capital of North Eastern state Meghalayas, capital is popularly known as Scotland Of the East. With temperature ranging from 23C in summer and 4C in winters, Shillong is one of the largest hill stations in India. British legacy is all around, with British style houses, predominantly Christian population, Shillong is one of the finest destinations for nature lovers.
Most of the Shillong population belong to Khasi tribe, most famous matrilineal society in India. The mother is the head of the family and youngest daughter owns property and all children takes mothers surnames.
How to Reach Shillong ?
Shillong does not have any railway station, but its nearest Railway Station is Guwahati 95KM away, which is well connected by trains from all over India.
There are also buses, low cost jeeps, ply frequently from Guwahati.
Shillong has a small air port and Alliance air has few flights on some days in a week from Kolkota. Vayudoot also operates helecopter services between Guwahati and Shillong.
Best way to visit Shillong is to hire a car from Guwahati and spend 2 days in Shillong with the same car.
What to see in Shillong ?
Shillong has many places of interest.
a. Umium Lake
Picturesque man-made lake which has water park as well as Lum Nehru park. Hot picnic spot during new years time. It is around 12Km before Shillong while going from Guwahati.
b. Wards Lake
Very beautiful lake with boating facility. A must visit while in Shillong.
c. Shillong Peak
It is the highest point in Shillong around 10 KM from city center. It has very good view of whole of Shillong it looks dreamy while clouds keep blocking your view of Shillong from above!
Wettest place on earth is around 58 KM from Shillong, Cherrapunji is a must visit while in Shillong.
e. Elephant Falls
This is one of the most beautiful water falls of Shillong. Buy some local handicrafts here.
f. Butterfly Museum
There is a huge collection of different types of butterflies. This museum presents some of the finest and rarest species of butterflies.
There are many delicacies in Shillong, ranging from Pork Momo to Many local dishes.
Best time to visit Shillong is after September till April.