Shillong

Discover Shillong, the land of sunshine and clouds

Nestled at a height of 4,490 feet above the sea level, Shillong, the capital To Meghalaya, is one of a fascinating hill station in India. Extensively blessed with nature's beauty, it is an ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate. Obtaining its name from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong, the province is composed of breathtaking waterfalls, majestic mountains and green valleys, luminous lakes and rustling brooks.

Due to the presence of dense pine forests, lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls and the pristine lakes, and due to its remarkable resemblance with the Scottish ridges, the British captioned it ‘the Scotland of the East'. Shillong is the sole destination that renders each aspiration of peace and nature fanatics and adventure seekers. While you are exploring Shillong, you might have to witness the unannounced occurrence of a downpour. So, just listen to the sound of the rains descending and fall in love with the each droplet that falls. Because, when the rain retreats, you will be delighted to realize that the entire province is just been given a rejuvenating shower.

Often witnessing the shower and sunbeams playing hide and seek, you will fall under the spell of an ethereal magic of the tranquil province. Shillong has a lot to offer for those who are on a quest for something excellent. So, here you can indulge in adventurous water rappelling at Elephant Falls, take a stroll along Ward's Lake, spend a surreal moment while boating on the Umiam Lake.

Certainly, Shillong is the realm of eccentric beauty with undefiled nature. Here the mists and sun reveal their own companionship or solidarity through a clear interaction of Sunbeams and Shadows. The blissful city retains the colonial charm blending with that of the modern era. Not only that, the magical province owns innumerable Shillong tourist attractions that might leave you awe-inspired. So, below is a list of few destinations that you would love to pay a visit.

1. Mawlynnong Village:

Flaunting the ethereal charm of the undefiled beauty of nature, Mawlynnong Village is located in the East Khasi Hills in the district of Meghalaya. Conferred as the ‘cleanest village of Asia' the serene village retains the aura of tranquility. So, if you are on a quest of seeking peace, Mawlynnong, ‘God's own Garden' would be an ideal place to reestablish peace.

2. Elephant Falls:

It is worth beholding the crystal clear whitewater and enclosing greens of the dreamlike realm. One of the most popular tourists' hubs in the East Khasi Hills district, Elephant Falls has gained a vast number of explorers due to its majestic beauty. Although the falls retain its charm throughout the year, it is advisable to visit during monsoons.

3. Shillong Peak:

Snuggling at the height of 6449 feet above the sea level, it is the highest peak of Shillong. Standing tall on the great heights, it offers a fascinating view of the entire city, the plains of Bangladesh, and the great Himalayas. You can even initiate a trekking safari to witness the breathtaking view of the sprawling province that your eyes can follow.

4. Umiam Lake:

Located at a distance of 15 kilometers to the North of Shillong, Umiam Lake is one of the most beautiful men made lake. Encompassed by coniferous woodland, it sprawls over an area of about 221 square kilometers. Apart from bestowing the aura of absolute tranquility, it is also an ideal picnic spot, and an adventurous spot to indulge into water sports like kayaking, water cycling, boating, etc.

5. Don Bosco Museum:

Shillong not only offers the best sightseeing places and the most thrilling adventures, but it also sustains the collective information on the entire Northeastern India. Don Bosco Museum, a theme museum exhibits a wide collection of regional artworks, ornamentation, handicrafts, photographs, attires, weapons, etc. So, besides having a wonderful vacation, you can enlighten yourself with the facts since the inception of their existence.

6. Mawsynram:

Anticipated as one of the wettest places on earth, the alluring province of Mawsynram is an ideal place for the nature lovers. It is the most suitable place to witness the enchantment of the rains. It is, in fact, a rain lover's heaven, where the kindness of Mother Nature can be easily witnessed and felt with the gush of unpolluted air, majestic cascades falling fro great heights, profuse and rejuvenating greens and clear blue skies.

7. Mawphlang:

Located at distance of 25 kilometers from the main city, Mawphlang is the abode to the Sacred Forest, the famous sacred forest groves of Meghalaya. Preserved by the traditional religion sanction, since the ancient times, it is one of the remarkable features of the Khasi Hills. The sacred grove often called as ‘nature's own museum is the habitation to a wide variety of flowering trees, plants, orchids, and butterflies.

So, above I have mentioned few places where you can unwind and rejuvenate. Apart from the mentioned above places, the other significant places are Spread Eagle Falls, the largest falls of Shillong. You can hike in the oldest and famous trekking trails, that is, David Scott Trails, which is named after a British officer and a representative. Besides, you can indulge in caving expeditions on the longest natural caves and Laitlum Canyons. Take a stroll by the Wards Lake and spend an hour enjoying the tranquil ambiance at Lady Hydari Park.

As Shillong is one of the smallest states in the Northeastern province. But, when it comes to sharing joys, the little state has a lot to bestow. So, if you are on a quest to explore and discover something incredible, Shillong welcomes you to fulfill all your eagerness.

So, have a happy traveling!

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