Shillong often called as the ‘Scotland of the East’. Because of its stylish, elegant and beautiful landscapes. I could begin by saying that something about the city attracts me at first sight. And what the city uncovered to me in the short time I spent, earned it a spot in my rundown of most great spots in North East India.
We landed at Guwahati airport from Kolkata early in the morning. You can find car rental service counter inside Airport (Cost 2500 INR) or you can find cars for shillong from outside airport. The 114 kilometers of road from Guwahati Airport to Shillong was surprisingly pleasant and I should say makes for a rather smooth drive.
Shillong city is offered with some perfect sightseeing facilities like the Ward Lake or the Botanical Garden. However, what holds the visitors most are the waterfalls in and around Shillong. Among them the Elephant Falls of Meghalaya holds the prime consideration. Here we present to you top 10 spots to visit in Shillong
• Elephant Falls was the British name of what the nearby Khasi individuals once called as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew (or “Three Steps Waterfalls”) since the falls really comprised of three areas in progression. We gained from a sign here that the British renamed the falls because there used to be a stone looking like an elephant close to one side of the fundamental falls (which I believe was the bottommost one). In any case, that stone was destroyed in earthquake in 1897. The falls are surrounded with green vegetation that gives a flawless scenery.
• The Don Bosco Museum It is part of DBCIC (Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures). DBCIC comprises research on cultures, publications, training, animation program and the museum, which is a place of knowledge-sharing on the cultures of the northeast, and of culture in general.
• Shillong Golf Course, in the East Khasi Hills area in Meghalaya, prides in being one of the most established, biggest and finest common golf circuits over the world. It is in a lovely valley with thick pine and rhododendron forestation. A group of British administration officers introduced golf in Shillong in the year 1898 by developing a nine-opening course. The present 18-gap course introduced in 1924.
For its greenery and grand excellence, the United States Golf Association and Museum has given it the title of ‘Gleneagles of the East’.
• Laitlum Canyons Is among the most astonishing and beautiful traveler destination, situated on the East Khasi Hills of Shillong is The Laitlum Canyons, which in exacting sense signifies “The End of Hills” or “The End of The World”. Settled in the grasp of magnificent slopes and valleys, The Laitlum Canyons in one such spot from where scene of Meghalaya could be seen and respected. Situated at only 45 min drive from the focal point of Meghalaya’s capital Shillong, this colorful site is generally quiet. The climb to the spot is a long, rough, however verdure trail, which draws in trekkers and nature sweethearts. The wrapping mist, the freshness of the fog makes the place stunningly dreamlike.
• The “Stone of France” which is locally known as “Motphran” was raised in memory of the 26th Khasi Labor Corps who served under the British in France amid World War I. It bears the expressions of the renowned Latin writer Horace “Dulce et decency est star patria mori” which can be generally converted into English as “It is sweet and fitting to bite the dust for one’s nation”.
• David Scott Trail Shillong has been named after David Scott, a British office. The officer found this course in the principal half of 1800s as a mule track for venturing out from Assam to Bangladesh. The distance between Ladmawphlang town to Mawphlang town is about 16 kms in length and is a pleasant day climb. This was initially the horse- cart route that connects the fields of Slyhet (now in Bangladesh) to Assam. Twisting around, sliding and rising an unpleasant height of around 1400 m, the trail leads from sleepy little Ladmawphlang town to Mawphlang.
• Wards Lake – One of the most well-known attractions of Shillong. Otherwise called Pollock’s Lake, this artificial water body is surrounded by a rich garden and lies in the middle of Shillong city. It is famous in local people, family vacationers and honeymooning couples, as an excursion spot. The lake is named after the then Chief Commissioner of Assam, Sir William Ward, who began the arrangement for the foundation of this lake. It was later developed in the year 1894 by Colonel Hopkins. One of the related stories is that a Khasi prisoners build up the area around the Lake to change the monotony is his every day schedule.
• Cathedral Catholic Church, otherwise called the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, is a lovely holy place situated in the heart of Shillong. This basilica falls under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong. The development of the present place of worship was begun after the primary church worked at this site got demolished in a fire in 1936. This Church was given the status of a shrine in 1980, on fulfilment of the Catholic Church’s 100 years in North East India.
• Shillong Peak-Is situated at the height of 6449 ft above sea level, this is the highest point of Shillong. It offers a panoramic view of the scenic countryside. It is said that Shillong gets its name from this Place itself. Local stories tell that the divinity ‘Leishyllong’ resides in the slopes and shields the city from all disasters. The place is at the Indian air force base and a radar station of the Indian Air Force. Because of security reasons, overwhelming checking is done at the entry gates.
• Lady Hydari Park – Lady Hydari Park is named after the First Lady of the territory, spouse of the primary Governor of Assam; Shillong being under Assam administration amid the British occupation. Alongside Ward’s Lake it is the best maintained park in the city. A little house inside the recreation centre likewise houses an exhibition hall. The historical centre primary point is to feature the State’s rich biodiversity. The most thing you’ll see as you enter this park is that it is outlined in a Japanese garden style. spotted with little lakes, rhododendron plants and willow trees. The park is also the only place with a mini zoo