Situated 10 kms from the city, Shillong Peak offers spectacular views of the city from an impressive height of 1965 m above sea level. Being the highest point in Shillong, it offers stunning views of lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. If you are here on a day when clouds do not play spoil sport, you will be able to view the majestic Himalayan peaks. Monsoons are here and as the entire country breathes a sigh of relief from the scorching heat of the summers, it is time to witness a delightful downpour from the balcony over chai and pakoras. But let it not keep you indoors the entire season as India turns even better at certain places during monsoons.
Here are 6 most popular places to visit in Shillong.
1. Elephant Falls
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The Elephant Falls of Shillong are only a few minutes away from the Shillong peak. Nowhere are you going to find such a sight such a wonderful and amazing sight where the long stream of water runs down the heavy rocks. The place is absolutely picturesque and has quite a number of followers every year.
2. Mawjymbuin Caves
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Mawjymbuin Caves, one of the leading attractions of Shillong, is located 56 km from the city. The natural caves are situated on the world’s wettest place, Mawsynram. You will be required to do some stretching, squeezing and at times go on all fours as you explore the caves. The spectacular seen in the caves are amazing. One such huge stalagmite is in the shape of Shiva Linga on which drops of water fall steadily from a stone above. Exploring the naturally formed caves is a thrilling experience, which words fail to describe.
3. Shillong Peak
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Shillong Peak is the highest peak of the province of Himalayas, standing at an altitude of 1,965 metre above the sea level. One of the most visited sites of the hill station, this peak provides a breathtaking view of Shillong city and Himalayan ranges. The star-studded night along with the city lights is a treat to witness.
4. Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
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The museum is a good place to learn about the seven sister states that comprise the north-eastern region of India, with each floor of the hexagonal seven-story building representing one state. The top of the building is shaped like a flame indicating unification of the diverse cultures. Elevators available for the elderly and infirm. At the Food Museum, you can taste the special cuisine of the seven states besides a selection of Indian, Chinese and continental food.
5. Golf Course
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Golf Course of Shillong, is one of the oldest golf courses in the country, commissioned during British regime. The course was laid down by the British Civil Service Officers at a location known as ‘Laban’ in the year 1898. Initially started as a 9-hole course, it was transformed to 18-holes in 1924. Also known as ‘Gleneagle of the East’, it stands amidst pine groves and rhododendron trees at an altitude of 5,200 ft. above sea level.
6. Spread Eagle Falls
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Located within the Shillong Cantonment, on the outskirts of the city, lies a sparkling waterfall which looks like an eagle with wings spread. Hence the name Spread Eagle Falls. The falls is locally known as Umkaliar or the falls into which Ka Liar slipped. A soothing setting amidst the calmness of nature a treat for the eyes.
Shillong is not only the best place for family vacations in North-East India but also the best destination for enjoying adventure in North-East.
Shillong, one of the most compelling tourist destinations deserve more time to explore the land and take in the essence of its rich culture and enjoy its endless natural beauty. I had been to more tourist destinations here but the above mentioned places are my favorite places here. Do send along your ‘top favorites’ list here so that we will have more for tourists who plan to visit Shillong.