A popular tourist destination, Shillong is called the Scotland of the East. One can expect beautiful lakes, parks, mountains, forests, waterfalls and wildlife on a visit to Shillong. The locals over there are extremely courteous and friendly. A visit to this fabulous location can leave one with memories to cherish for lifelong.
Distance: The distance between Guwahati to Shillong is around 99kms.
Driving hours: A trip via bus or a personal car will take around 2 hours 42 minutes.
Best time to visit: March, April, October and November are the best months to visit this place.
Along the way to Shillong, one can get a nice glimpse of some beautiful lakes. The forest roads and the fresh air make the road trip to Shillong all the more exciting. A few days trip is enough to cover a lot of attractions in Shillong.
Popular tourist attractions in Shillong
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Don't go by the name. It's called Elephant Falls because the rock over there resembled an elephant. An earthquake destroyed the rock, but the place remains a popular attraction in Shillong. Picture a two-tiered mountain stream tumbling through the forests, admits dense greenery. It's an amazing sight to watch by itself.
Mostly run by women, it's the oldest and largest wholesale market in Shillong. Located on a hilltop, it's a kind of flea market that one would love to visit over and over again. From clothes to hardware, just about anything and everything is available in this market.
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For adventure lovers, this cave is a must visit. With set entry and exit points, one might have to crawl at some places to move from one segment to another. The best part is that the cave is not infested by bats. Walking, escaping, crawling, every bit of the time spent inside the cave is great fun.
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Located around 15kms from Shilling, this lake is a popular picnic spot for tourists. The sheer size of the lake is a wonder in itself. Spread over a large area, one can spend some quality time at this lake.
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An important pilgrimage location, this temple is devoted to Goddess Kamakhya. Open all days from 05:30 am to 09:00 pm, this temple is very popular with devotees.
Other Popular Attractions:
There are a good number of valleys, monuments, parks, lakes and temples in Shillong. So, the attractions are literally endless. Shillong Peak, Butterfly Museum, Golf Course, Japanese style Lady Hydari Park, Thangkharang Park, Bishop Falls, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Umiam Lake and Laitlum Canyons are some of the popular attractions that one can cover on a visit to Shillong. The choices are numerous. One will have to choose the places depending on the time at hand, budget and personal preference.
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Place for food and stay
A bungalow converted into a hotel, Café Shillong is a well maintained and a clean place to stay. At decent pricing, one can enjoy all the basic amenities including Wi-Fi. The food is good, and the rooms are spacious as well. One can enjoy a great view from the balcony. The staff members are welcoming as well. Overall, it's a nice place for a comfortable and peaceful stay.
As such, there are loads of hotels in and around Shillong. Also, there are ample of choices when it comes to foods such as Marwari, Gujarati, South Indian, etc. Most hotels are reasonably priced so one can choose a hotel according to one's budget.
The journey can be a bit weary if one chooses to cover a lot of places within a limited period of stay. However, the picturesque beauty of this place will refresh one's senses within no time.