Misty mountains of Shillong
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, one of the smallest states in India and home to the Khasis. It is the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district and is situated at an average altitude of 5000 feet.
1. Shillong – Standing Among Clouds and Rhythms
Be it the musical blues or the lofty Khasi Hills reaching out to hug the blue sky, Shillong, fondly termed as ‘Scotland of the East’, has many magical charms to enthrall visitors. Western music lovers will have no dearth of filling in to the tunes of local groups while nature lovers can explore amazing caves, nature trails and intertwined roots of ancient trees – all in cool comfort. Catch up with the several music festivals that are held and you will get a firsthand experience of Shillong’s music frenzy.
The journey to Shillong is an experience worth savoring – gurgling waterfalls, foggy mountains, and the numerous fruit and pickle stalls that dot the road forcing one to halt and sample the fare. Must-see places here include the Umiam Lake, locally called Barapani, the Don Bosco Museum, Mawsmai Caves and Elephant Falls. Local bakeries offer delicious desserts and restaurants have a heady mix of Indian and Chinese fare. A drive to Cherrapunjee is an exhilarating journey through the clouds with spectacular views. If you’re still thirsting for more of nature’s bounty, then head 90 km away to Mawlynnong – is a small paradise, touted as India’s cleanest village.
2. Enjoying the Stillness of Umiam Lake
Umiam Lake is a reservoir located in the hills 15 km to the North of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. To See enjoy the scenic beauty Umiam Lake numerous tourists visit from all over India and World. The scenic spot is a part of a hydro-electric project, Umiam Umtru Hydro Electric Power Project, which resulted in the construction of this lake. The principal catchment area of the lake and dam is spread over 220 square km. Also known Barapani, this lake is an ideal place to experience the natural splendor of Shillong.
The lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities. Tourists visit this spot for kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating.
3. Mawsmai Caves near Shillong
Mawsmai Caves are called Krem Pubon in local language. The caves (there are more than one) are situated 6km away from Cherrapunjee.
Mawsmai caves, is fast emerging as a new tourist destination. The caves, made of limestone, spellbind the visitor the moment he enters the caverns. The entrance is well lit, but as one enters further inside, the mystery, starts unfolding. Coupled with the, the constant dripping of water from the cave roofs and the formation of stalactites and stalagmites, a phenomena specially found in limestone caves.
The Place where the roof and the floor of the cave joins together to form pillars, adds to the beauty of the place. While at some places, the openings are big enough for a person to just about crawl through, at others, the roofs as high as 40 feet.
4. Water Falls near Shillong
Spread Eagle Falls – Shillong
Spread Eagle Falls is located near East Khasi Hills District, Shillong. This is located near Shillong Cantonment, on the outskirts of the city.This Falls is like a sparkling waterfall which looks like an eagle with wings spread. Hence the name Spread Eagle Falls. The falls is locally known as Umkaliar. A soothing setting with the calmness of nature – a treat to the eyes.
The Sweet Falls is also located in East Khasi Hills District, Shillong. This Falls is situated near Happy Valley at a distance of about eight kilometers from Shillong. It resembles a straight pencil of water emerging from a large size water pipe, as it drops vertically over a distance exceeding two hundred feet. Most suitable for a day’s outing and picnic, Explore enjoy the treat to your eyes.
Elephant Falls is located near East Khasi Hills District, Upper Shillong. Located around 12 kms on the outskirts of the city the mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in dells of fern-covered rocks. At a short distance beyond the falls, there are two smaller falls which are none the less beautiful and captivating. These are the Wei Iaplam Falls and the Wir Phang Falls. A well paved footpath and a small wooden bridge facilitate access to these falls.
Climate in Shillong
The Shillong city features a subtropical highland climate. Its summers are warm and very rainy, while its winters are cool and dry. The monsoons arrive in June and it rains almost until the end of August. October–November and March–April are the best months to visit Shillong.
How to reach Shillong
Jet Airways has daily flights to Guwahati from Bengaluru (via Kolkata), New Delhi, Dibrugarh, Kolkata and Mumbai (via Kolkata) and regular flights from Agartala, Bagdogra, Imphal and Jorhat. Shillong is about 100 km from Guwahati and easily accessible via road.
Nearest Airport is Guwahati about 100 km from Shillong
How to book your Hotel Accomadation
White Orchid is a comfortable, clean guesthouse that’s in the mid-price range between Rs.750 – Rs. 1,500. Pinewood Hotel is another high-end option that exudes colonial charm and even gives access to their 18-hole golf course. You can also book your hotel using the link below.