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    Shillong Peak - 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. According to historians, Shillong is named after this hill. As per regional mythology, the patron deity 'Leishyllong' has her abode at the hill and protects city against all evils from here. Besides, a sanctum offering curtsy U Shulong is situated at the hill top. During springs, the spiritual pastor of Mylliem offer prayers at the sanctum. An ideal retreat for visitors, the location also features a radar station of the Indian Air Force. Due to security reasons at the air base, travellers have to surrender their cameras while reaching view-point.

     

    Elephant Falls - Elephant Falls is among most popular tourist sites of the city in East Khasi Hills District. The waterfall is located in Upper Shillong area within the Eastern Air Command of Indian Airforce. Situated at a distance of 12 km from the capital city of Meghalaya and at a distance of 8 km from Rhino Point, the site can be advanced through public transport. The serene fall is a collection of three smaller falls that combine together to form the stream that falls over fern-covered rocks. The Khasi tribe named it Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew, meaning Three Steps Water Falls. Other waterfalls in the region include the Wir Phang Falls and the Wei Laplam Falls. Britishers named it Elephant Falls during their regime after a rock by the side of fall that resembled elephant. The rock was destroyed later due to earthquake. Besides, there is a footpath from bottom to fall leading to a small lake.

     

    Wards Lake - Wards Lake is among most popular tourist locations of the hill station. It is an artificial lake that is enveloped within a widespread garden. Also known as Polok Lake, the water body is located in the middle of the city. The serene horse-shoe shaped lake is frequented by tourists, honeymooners and picnickers. Wards Lake offers numerous recreational activities such as boating, walks along with cobble-stoned paths and fountain dancing.  Wooden bridge at the middle of the lake is the highlight of the water body. Either side of the lake has lotus flowers over a wide stretch. Besides, visitors can spot various colourful species of fish in the lake. Furthermore, the lake complex has a cafeteria offering a wide range of foodstuff and beverages for refreshment. Along with the Wards Lake is a Botanical Garden that houses an extensive range of exotic plants and flowers. Located beneath the Raj Bhavan (Governor's Residence), the lake can be easily approached through local transport.

     

    Golf Course - 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. The replica of the Old Links at St. Andrews, situated in the backdrop of snow-covered Himalayan ranges, hosts tournaments in the months of October to December. Golf Course in the city is among the most challenging courses in the country sprawling over an area of 5,873 yards, with a longest hole distance of 594 yards. Due to out-of-bounds streams crossing the paths all around the course, the course pose a challenge, even for the seasoned golfers.

     

    Lady Hydari Park - Lady Hydari Park is among the most frequented tourist spots of the region. The park is dedicated to the first lady of the province, Lady Hydari, wife of the Governor of Assam. Lady Hydari Park encompasses a wide variety of local flowering plants and orchids, and is landscaped in Japanese style. Sprawling over an area of more than a kilometre, the park also features a mini zoo that comprises 73 species of birds, 140 of reptiles and other mammals. Besides, the park also houses a deer abode within it. The best grown blossoms, roses and red rose beds of various colours are the highlights of the park. Along with the garden and zoo, the park premises have a special play area for the children. The play arena features swings, sea-saws, slips and other rides for children.

     

    Umiam Lake - Umiam Lake is among the popular tourist spots and is 17 km from Shillong. Resembling to the lakes of Scotland, the beautiful lake was formed as a part of building a reservoir. The water body is also known as 'Barapani' (big water), sprawling over an area of 10 sq. km.The location is frequented by thousands of travellers for kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating. The lake is managed by Meghalaya State Electricity Board, while the tourism activities are developed by the Meghalaya Tourism. Water complex offers a vast range of activities, which include row boats, paddle boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, water scooters and speed boats. Apart from these, visitors can also avail rides of river bus, speed boat and cruising boat. The tourist location also features a garden, known as Lum Nehru Park along with the water sports complex. Surrounded by Khasi hills, the man-made water body is situated at a distance of 15 km from Shillong. The principal catchment area of the lake and reservoir is spread over 220 sq. km.

     

    Don Bosco Museum - Don Bosco Museum, is a theme museum that has a repository of information on the entire north eastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The museum exhibits a wide collection of regional artwork, attires, accoutrements, handicrafts, ornamentation, photographs and weapons. The Indigenous North East Culture is displayed at the largest cultural museum of the Asian continent. Don Bosco Museum is situated within the Sacred Heart Church premises and is managed by the Salesian order of the Catholic Church. Known as Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC), the museum allows visitor have an overview of Northeast India. The museum features seven storey building with seventeen galleries displaying artefacts, paintings and fibreglass items. Besides, the visitors can witness some of the rare dance forms of the Northeast at the top most storey of the museum.

     

    Shillong Cathedral - Shillong Cathedral is one of the most ancient churches of the region. The largest church of the province, known as Cathedral Church of Mary Help of Christian, was built by the Germans in 1913.Heritage monument, known for its beautiful architecture, is a worship place of over 3,00,000 strong catholic in the Khasi and Jaintia region. As the church has the seat or throne of the Bishop, it is known as Cathedral Church.The flanks of the Cathedral Church include set of 14 Stations of the Cross. The interiors are made of terracotta, which exhibits suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Additionally, the works of church art are also portrayed, which include Holy Scripture and the life of Saints. On the left side, facing the main altar is a grave of the first Archbishop of Shillong, Late Rt. Rev. Hubert D Rosario. In front of the statue of Mary and the child Jesus along with the grave is another altar.

     

    Mawlynnong waterfall - Mawlynnong Waterfall is located is one of Asia’s cleanest and immaculate villages, Mawlynnong, Shillong. Popularly known as “God’s own garden”, this is a place that teaches every visitor a thing or two about cleanliness during their trip to the North East. This pleasant destination creates a completely magical experience with its picturesque beauty and peaceful falls. It is a favourite attraction for several travel enthusiasts and photographers, thanks to the breath-taking view. The sight of the falls and the sounds of the water, coupled with the fresh air in this pristine environment make this place a favourite of all travellers. The Mawlynnong Waterfall is surrounded by forests and beautiful orchids which provide an experience that comes close to visiting paradise. This place is known best for its soothing ambience which makes you want to come back for more serenity. The best time to visit these falls would be during the monsoon months between June and September. Experience the verdure that’s nothing short of inspiration for an artist. The densely treed hills around are a nature lover’s absolute delight.

     

    Mawjymbuin Cave - Mawjymbuin Caves are located at a distance of 56 km from Shillong. These are natural caves with many natural formations inside as well. The major draw here is a giant stalagmite in the shape of a Shivlinga. What adds to the curiosity is the fact that this Shivlinga is constantly bathed in water issuing from a stalactite shaped like a cow's udder. Pilgrims, geologists, nature lovers, adventure seekers as well as photographers visit the Mawjymbuin Caves, which is also known as Krem Mawjymbuin. The Mawjymbuin Caves can be easily accessed from Shillong by bus and other local transportation. The best period to visit is just after monsoons. You can also visit the David Scott Trail, Wankhar Entomology Museum, Police Bazar, India Orchidarium and Botanical Garden, Gold Digital Cinema, Sweet Falls, Air Force Museum, Diengiei Peak and the Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum located nearby.

     

    Mawsynram - Fondly known as the place to record the highest amount of rainfall on the planet, Mawsynram is an enchanting little village situated in the East Khasi Hills district of the state of Meghalaya. Flourishing with healthy green flora and fauna, the village is bound to appeal to the traveller in you, bringing out those suppressed feelings that get buried in our everyday corporate world. The botanical garden at Mawsynram is rich with varied and rare varieties of plants and fruits. If you are a fan of magnificent rock formations, do visit the Dwarksuid – a beautiful pool which is surrounded by eye-catching rocky banks. Mawjymbuin Cave is another popular place which houses speleothems that have naturally been moulded to take the shape of a Shivalinga. The village is very near to Bangladesh and the country’s fast-flowing and magnanimous rivers can be seen from the flat top of Symper Rock.

     

    Bara Bazaar (Iewduh Market) - A huge shout-out to all the shopaholics heading towards the delightful rainy town of Shillong! Bara Bazaar has everything that you need in order to satiate your hunger for shopping, and then much more. One distinct feature of this place is that it is extremely chaotic, but you will still love roaming amongst all the chaos and discovering rare and unusual products in its many little shops. Also called Lewduh Bazaar, meaning ‘the market of common people’, it is mainly the meat and vegetable market for the local population of Shillong. Besides groceries, the colourful market also houses innumerable shops for pocket-friendly clothes and accessories. It is a big hit among foreign tourists as it has earned popularity as the largest trade centre in the entire North East area of the country. Also, as you walk through the narrow lanes of the friendly market, you will notice that almost all the shopkeepers here are women.

     

    Sweet Falls - Sweet Falls, a very steep fall, is one of the most mesmerising waterfalls in the country. The beauty of the waterfall along with gargling sound of the water, bird chirps and rich flora are the highlights of this fall.Situated near Happy Valley, at a distance of about eight kilometre from Shillong, the waterfall is a famous picnic spot for the locals as well as tourists. Water cascades down from a great height which is hardly visible from the foot of falls. The site is situated along with a mini zoo and a Butterfly Museum. Visitors can witness most beautiful varieties of roses in the surroundings along with distinct species of pelicans. As there are no barricades, rocks and protecting boundaries around the place of fall, high caution is advised.

     

    Laitlum Canyons - Laitlum Canyons is an upcoming tourist destination at Shillong in Meghalaya. This place is remarkable due to its natural environmental formation. Perched at great heights, it is in fact the edge of a hill which is surrounded by green hills and valleys. The view of grassy plus rocky hills all around and tiny villages far below is really magnificent. Walking down to the valley via an uneven rocky path is rather easy; however the climb uphill is a bit tedious and there is only one shop in the vicinity which offers simple snacks. Laitlum Canyons is not at all crowded and commercialized like other tourist places and is best suited for a secluded and peaceful break from the usual hustle bustle of city life. It is absolutely a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers. Mawlynnong waterfalls, Mawjymbuin Caves, Elephant Falls, Mawphlang Sacred Forest and Wankhar Entomology Museum are some other interesting places in Shillong.

     

    Mawphlang Falls - This calm, serene and magnificent waterfall nestled away in the thick green forests of Shillong is perhaps the most soul-cleansing experience you will have in your life! While the waterfall in itself does offer something unique, it is also the entire environment around it that creates the magic. The extremely clean and pristine state of the water also adds to its charm and makes it look like a place right out of your favourite fairy tale.This waterfall is the kind of place where you can conveniently take your lunch basket, sit beside the falling water and gaze at nature in its purest form as you picnic. The waterfall is surrounded by thick and flourishing trees on all sides and it does feel like you’re sitting in the middle of a forest. A number of locals who have been residing in the area for a few years worship a few of the ancient trees in the forest as they are believed to bring good luck. In fact, these forests are known as Mawhplang Sacred Forests by the local population. These forests also house myriad varieties of life forms and are a true treat to both mind and soul.

     

    David Scott Trail - David Scott Trail is one of the most popular trekking routes in Meghalaya. Originally this trekking trail was a bridle path established by David Scott, a British officer, in the early 1800s, and was used by people to travel from Assam to Bangladesh. Though the entire route extends for over a 100 km and takes about five days to trek, the best known existing portion of this horse track is located between the villages of Mawphlang and Lad Mawphlang. The trek takes you across the beautiful terrain of East Khasi Hills and covers around 16 km. During this four hour walk you will cross streams, dodge waterfalls, trudge through meadows, pass through sacred groves, valleys and Khasi villages. One can also set up camps on the way and enjoy the captivating beauty of the green rocky cliffs in the Umiam valley.

     

    The Meghalaya Butterfly Museum - The Meghalaya Butterfly Museum houses 1,600 species of butterflies, moths and insects of distinct patterns and colours gathered from around the world. Museum was inaugurated with the view to conserve rare species of fascinating colourful butterflies and moths. Most of the species housed in the museum belong to the province of Meghalaya. Located at Riatsamthiah, the institution initiated the breeding program for butterflies. The same initiative has come a long way, and is now developed into a full fledged Butterfly and moth anthology. In addition to butterflies and moths, visitors can also spot some rare species of beetles. Furthermore, study-oriented museum also provide a rare insight on the life span and habitat of fragile species. Lying at a distance of mere 1 km from the capital city of the province, the place can be easily accessed via local transport.

     

    Jakrem - Located over 64 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, Jakrem is one of the many hidden wonders of the country. Not densely populated like the other tourist destination in Meghalaya, Jakrem is the land of Hot Springs. The area is blessed with bursts of hot sulphur water, which is gaining popularity among the people across the globe. Jakrem is quickly getting recognised for the beautiful health resort it is. The waters in these scenic hot springs are said to carry curative medicinal properties and is used by most tourists as a hot bath for good health. Since it is located not too far from Shillong and can be accessed from the Mawkyrwat -Shillong Road, visitors can take a taxi or a bus and reach Jakrem to enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot waters, especially in the colder seasons. You can stop at the many villages en route to Jakrem and enjoy a typical Meghalayan cuisine meal.

     

    Meghalaya State Museum - Meghalaya State Museum is a frequented tourist site that exhibits vast collection of artefacts of tribal era and a collection of ancient scriptures. The museum houses a habitat section displaying living places of tribes, instruments used for day-to-day activities such as hunting and fishing. Travellers can also witness weapons, transportation equipment, agricultural tools and household articles like pots, spoons, water jug, tobacco box, baskets. The museum was a part of the state of Assam till 1972, formation year of Meghalaya for exhibiting ethnographic and archaeological objects. At present, the museum is situated within the State Central Library complex at Laichumiere and is managed by the government of Meghalaya.

     

    Spread Eagle Falls - Spread Eagle Falls is located in the East Khasi Hills District, in the Shillong Cantonment. It is about 6 km from the city and 3 km from the Polo ground. The Spread Eagle Falls or the Sati Falls are considered to be the widest fall in entire Shillong. It grows wide near the pinnacle and gushes down steep hills that tower round the three sides into a massive pool created by the splash of water. This fall is also known as Sati Falls and Urkaliar or the falls into which Ka Liar slipped Tourists visit this calm and serene place to enjoy the sparkling waterfall, which looks like an eagle with wings spread out. Thus, it is named as Spread Eagle Falls. The steep cliffs on three sides with a pool beneath are a treat to the eyes.

     

    Beadon Falls - Beadon Falls is one of the two waterfalls flowing through a cluster of hills at an altitude of 1,496 metre. The site is located amidst a dense forest, which is a habitat to wild animals like leopard, langurs, wild cats, deer and bird species. Maintaining a good flow throughout the year, the waterfall runs down in disjoint cascades of almost 100 feet to crush rocks beneath. Tourists can witness crystal clear water of the falls flowing through. It also provides an opportunity to the tourists to trek in the valley. Beadon Falls along with Bishop Fall roll down the same ridge to a deep valley.  Visitors come in large numbers to visit the clear water stream and the picturesque surroundings throughout the year. Furthermore, government authorities have constructed a RCC Viewpoint for the tourists to have a mesmerising view of the fall. In addition, Mawlai Grid Sub-Station is also visited by the tourists to witness the view of twin waterfalls.

     

    Bishop Falls - The Bishop Falls, twin of Beadon Waterfall, origins from the river Umshyrphi. The Bishop streams down to the left of Beadon into a deep gorge. The site is also called 'Sonapani' after a native committed suicide at the site.The three-step waterfall falls from an altitude of 135 metre along with the other fall. The fast stream of water has created a wide pool at the bottom. Tourists visiting the location engage themselves to trek up or down along with the stream. The site also has a Grid Sub-Station of the Electricity Board at the bottom of the falls. Situated off the Guwahati road at Mawprem, travellers can take a road to Mawlai to the view point from where both falls can be spotted together. The site is easily approachable from the city with at a distance of 2 km from Bara Bazaar, the hub of Shillong.

     

    Botanical Survey of India Orchidarium - Botanical Garden is located along with Ward Lake in the midst of Mawphlang Sacred groves or virgin forest. Among popular tourist sites in the city, the garden has a rare collection of orchids and plantations. The spot delights nature lovers with ampleness of indigenous and exotic plants. To preserve the forest and flora of the area, a religious myth is associated with the place. As per the myth, the entire plantation is considered sacred and disturbing it brings misfortune. Located in a remote area on the outskirts of the city, Botanical Garden also features an orchid house that has an amazing collection Orchids. Besides, there is a mini aviary with a collection of rare and colourful species of birds.

     

    Crinoline Fall - Crinoline Fall attracts visitors from across the world owing to its picturesque beauty. The fall is marginally covered with green bushes at the falling point at an altitude of 13 metre. The blend of sound of the water stream and bird chirping is a pleasant experience. At the foot of the Crinoline Fall, there is a large swimming pool surrounded by beautiful Orchids, which lures tourists to take a dip in the cold water. Along with the waterfall, there is a restaurant offering a wide choice in cuisines like regional, Indian and continental. Besides, the tourism department of Meghalaya hosts occasions and festivals at the bank of the swimming pool. Moreover, there is a small zoo run by the administration of the Crinoline Fall.

     

    Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum - Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum is located in the East Khasi Hills District of Shillong. Run by the Art and Culture Department of the State Government, the museum provides an insight into the tribal culture, history, life style and traditions of the region. On display are ethnic handicrafts, animals and plants as well as archaeological objects. The museum is situated in the State Central Library Complex.

     

    Sohpetbneng Peak - Sohpetbneng Peak is an ideal site for solitude seekers that stands at an altitude of 1,343 metre from the sea level. The location provides a mesmerising bird’s eye view of the dense forest and the city of Shillong.The peak is associated with mythological tales and is revered by the Hynniewtrep community. It is believed that Hynniewtrep tribe of Meghalaya grew a tree at the peak,  which acted as a ladder between them and God. In course of time, the Hynniewtrep tribe comprising Khasi, Jaintia, Bhoi and War tribes migrated from the highlands. Due to this, the religious significance of the site faded over the years. Sohpetbneng, meaning the 'navel of heaven', is known for divine essence and is transformed to tourist's site. Tourists can reach the heavenly peak point which is 20 km from Shillong.

     

    Wankhar Entomology Museum - Wankhar Entomology Museum, situated in Shillong, has a vast collection of different species of butterflies, moths, rhinoceros beetles and other stick-insects of different patterns and colors. Established in the 1930s by the Wankhar family, it is locally known as the Butterfly Museum. Around 1600 species of butterflies and moths which have been collected from all over the world are displayed here. This museum has the honor of being the only known museum in India devoted to moths and butterflies. Wankhar Entomology Museum has also played an important role in the conservation of rare butterfly and moth species by starting a breeding program. The museum has a few displays providing insight into the life span and habitat of these insects. Tourists can also visit the Assembly Church of Jesus Christ and St. Joseph's Catholic Church which are situated nearby.

     

    All Saints Church - All Saints Church is one of the oldest churches of Shillong constructed during the days of British Raj. The British used to compare the area around Shillong to Scotland because of its hills, waterfalls and forests and many used to stay here during summer. The original church constructed on Kacheri road was completely destroyed in 1897 in an earthquake. Construction of the new church was completed in 1902. The colonial style church is having wooden structure. There are masses every day, but on Sundays many believers come here to attend morning mass. All Saints Church stands opposite to the State Central Library. While visiting the All Saints Church, you can also visit some of the other nearby attractions like the State Museum, Lady Hydari Park, Crinoline Falls and swimming pool and Butterfly Museum.

     

    Diengiei Peak - Diengiei Peak, situated on the western side of Shillong, is 6200 ft in altitude, just 200 ft shorter than the tallest peak in Shillong, Shillong Peak. Known for its panoramic views of Shillong, Diengiei Peak paints a perfect portrait. Being one of the highest peaks here, it is often surrounded with fog. On top of the peak there is a huge hollow crevice shaped like a cup. Geologists believe that the hollow cup shape could be the remains of an inactivate volcano. The best time to visit the Diengiei Peak is from November to June. Known for its beautiful surroundings, numerous photographers visit the peak. One can also get spectacular views of the Umiam Lake surrounded by the city of Shillong from the peak. For a height of about 1000 ft, the gradient of this peak is very steep and precipitous which makes for excellent mountain climbing. Other adventurous sports like rock climbing and rapelling can be done here.

     

    Marai Cave - Marai Cave, also known as 'Krem Marai', is an intriguing cave and is associated with mythological stories. As per the locals, the descendants of the Syiems of the kingdoms of Mylliem and Khyrim dug the cave and came through it. Another story is linked with the cave as per which only daughter of the reigning deity of the sacred peak of Shyllong, known as U 'Lei Shyllong, lived there. The cave is located at a distance of 16 km from city on the way to Jowai. There is a steady climb of 20 minutes along with the vegetation belt, rocks and cultivated land to reach the cave. A vast slab of rocks can be witnessed from the base itself, forming a cave-like structure. Cave front gives a magnificent view of Shillong featuring mountain ranges, closely clubbed buildings and a wide cantonment of Assam Regimental Centre.

     

    Motphran - Motphran, meaning the ‘Stone of France’, is a monument dedicated to the memory of the 26th Khasi Labour Corps, who had fought for the British in France during WWI. There is an inscription in Latin by Horace, the famous poet, which reads ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori’. The phrase can be translated to mean ‘It is sweet to die for one’s country’.

     

    Arunachal State Museum - The Arunachal State Museum is situated in the Cantonment Area. It throws light on the customs and culture of the various ethnic tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. There are 26 main tribal groups in Arunachal Pradesh some of which are Wanchos, Noctes, Tangsas, Khamptis, Mishmis etc. each group has its own culture, dress, dialect and social hierarchy.

     

    Butterfly Musuem - The Butterfly Museum is located 2 km to the north of the Police Bazaar on the Jaiaw Road. It has a good display of mounted butterflies and beetles from India and abroad. Butterflies are also bred here as part of a conservatory program.  

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    Shillong Peak - 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. According to historians, Shillong is named after this hill. As per regional mythology, the patron deity 'Leishyllong' has her abode at the hill and protects city against all evils from here. Besides, a sanctum offering curtsy U Shulong is situated at the hill top. During springs, the spiritual pastor of Mylliem offer prayers at the sanctum. An ideal retreat for visitors, the location also features a radar station of the Indian Air Force. Due to security reasons at the air base, travellers have to surrender their cameras while reaching view-point.

     

    Elephant Falls - Elephant Falls is among most popular tourist sites of the city in East Khasi Hills District. The waterfall is located in Upper Shillong area within the Eastern Air Command of Indian Airforce. Situated at a distance of 12 km from the capital city of Meghalaya and at a distance of 8 km from Rhino Point, the site can be advanced through public transport. The serene fall is a collection of three smaller falls that combine together to form the stream that falls over fern-covered rocks. The Khasi tribe named it Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew, meaning Three Steps Water Falls. Other waterfalls in the region include the Wir Phang Falls and the Wei Laplam Falls. Britishers named it Elephant Falls during their regime after a rock by the side of fall that resembled elephant. The rock was destroyed later due to earthquake. Besides, there is a footpath from bottom to fall leading to a small lake.

     

    Wards Lake - Wards Lake is among most popular tourist locations of the hill station. It is an artificial lake that is enveloped within a widespread garden. Also known as Polok Lake, the water body is located in the middle of the city. The serene horse-shoe shaped lake is frequented by tourists, honeymooners and picnickers. Wards Lake offers numerous recreational activities such as boating, walks along with cobble-stoned paths and fountain dancing.  Wooden bridge at the middle of the lake is the highlight of the water body. Either side of the lake has lotus flowers over a wide stretch. Besides, visitors can spot various colourful species of fish in the lake. Furthermore, the lake complex has a cafeteria offering a wide range of foodstuff and beverages for refreshment. Along with the Wards Lake is a Botanical Garden that houses an extensive range of exotic plants and flowers. Located beneath the Raj Bhavan (Governor's Residence), the lake can be easily approached through local transport.

     

    Golf Course - 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. The replica of the Old Links at St. Andrews, situated in the backdrop of snow-covered Himalayan ranges, hosts tournaments in the months of October to December. Golf Course in the city is among the most challenging courses in the country sprawling over an area of 5,873 yards, with a longest hole distance of 594 yards. Due to out-of-bounds streams crossing the paths all around the course, the course pose a challenge, even for the seasoned golfers.

     

    Lady Hydari Park - Lady Hydari Park is among the most frequented tourist spots of the region. The park is dedicated to the first lady of the province, Lady Hydari, wife of the Governor of Assam. Lady Hydari Park encompasses a wide variety of local flowering plants and orchids, and is landscaped in Japanese style. Sprawling over an area of more than a kilometre, the park also features a mini zoo that comprises 73 species of birds, 140 of reptiles and other mammals. Besides, the park also houses a deer abode within it. The best grown blossoms, roses and red rose beds of various colours are the highlights of the park. Along with the garden and zoo, the park premises have a special play area for the children. The play arena features swings, sea-saws, slips and other rides for children.

     

    Umiam Lake - Umiam Lake is among the popular tourist spots and is 17 km from Shillong. Resembling to the lakes of Scotland, the beautiful lake was formed as a part of building a reservoir. The water body is also known as 'Barapani' (big water), sprawling over an area of 10 sq. km.The location is frequented by thousands of travellers for kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating. The lake is managed by Meghalaya State Electricity Board, while the tourism activities are developed by the Meghalaya Tourism. Water complex offers a vast range of activities, which include row boats, paddle boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, water scooters and speed boats. Apart from these, visitors can also avail rides of river bus, speed boat and cruising boat. The tourist location also features a garden, known as Lum Nehru Park along with the water sports complex. Surrounded by Khasi hills, the man-made water body is situated at a distance of 15 km from Shillong. The principal catchment area of the lake and reservoir is spread over 220 sq. km.

     

    Don Bosco Museum - Don Bosco Museum, is a theme museum that has a repository of information on the entire north eastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The museum exhibits a wide collection of regional artwork, attires, accoutrements, handicrafts, ornamentation, photographs and weapons. The Indigenous North East Culture is displayed at the largest cultural museum of the Asian continent. Don Bosco Museum is situated within the Sacred Heart Church premises and is managed by the Salesian order of the Catholic Church. Known as Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC), the museum allows visitor have an overview of Northeast India. The museum features seven storey building with seventeen galleries displaying artefacts, paintings and fibreglass items. Besides, the visitors can witness some of the rare dance forms of the Northeast at the top most storey of the museum.

     

    Shillong Cathedral - Shillong Cathedral is one of the most ancient churches of the region. The largest church of the province, known as Cathedral Church of Mary Help of Christian, was built by the Germans in 1913.Heritage monument, known for its beautiful architecture, is a worship place of over 3,00,000 strong catholic in the Khasi and Jaintia region. As the church has the seat or throne of the Bishop, it is known as Cathedral Church.The flanks of the Cathedral Church include set of 14 Stations of the Cross. The interiors are made of terracotta, which exhibits suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Additionally, the works of church art are also portrayed, which include Holy Scripture and the life of Saints. On the left side, facing the main altar is a grave of the first Archbishop of Shillong, Late Rt. Rev. Hubert D Rosario. In front of the statue of Mary and the child Jesus along with the grave is another altar.

     

    Mawlynnong waterfall - Mawlynnong Waterfall is located is one of Asia’s cleanest and immaculate villages, Mawlynnong, Shillong. Popularly known as “God’s own garden”, this is a place that teaches every visitor a thing or two about cleanliness during their trip to the North East. This pleasant destination creates a completely magical experience with its picturesque beauty and peaceful falls. It is a favourite attraction for several travel enthusiasts and photographers, thanks to the breath-taking view. The sight of the falls and the sounds of the water, coupled with the fresh air in this pristine environment make this place a favourite of all travellers. The Mawlynnong Waterfall is surrounded by forests and beautiful orchids which provide an experience that comes close to visiting paradise. This place is known best for its soothing ambience which makes you want to come back for more serenity. The best time to visit these falls would be during the monsoon months between June and September. Experience the verdure that’s nothing short of inspiration for an artist. The densely treed hills around are a nature lover’s absolute delight.

     

    Mawjymbuin Cave - Mawjymbuin Caves are located at a distance of 56 km from Shillong. These are natural caves with many natural formations inside as well. The major draw here is a giant stalagmite in the shape of a Shivlinga. What adds to the curiosity is the fact that this Shivlinga is constantly bathed in water issuing from a stalactite shaped like a cow's udder. Pilgrims, geologists, nature lovers, adventure seekers as well as photographers visit the Mawjymbuin Caves, which is also known as Krem Mawjymbuin. The Mawjymbuin Caves can be easily accessed from Shillong by bus and other local transportation. The best period to visit is just after monsoons. You can also visit the David Scott Trail, Wankhar Entomology Museum, Police Bazar, India Orchidarium and Botanical Garden, Gold Digital Cinema, Sweet Falls, Air Force Museum, Diengiei Peak and the Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum located nearby.

     

    Mawsynram - Fondly known as the place to record the highest amount of rainfall on the planet, Mawsynram is an enchanting little village situated in the East Khasi Hills district of the state of Meghalaya. Flourishing with healthy green flora and fauna, the village is bound to appeal to the traveller in you, bringing out those suppressed feelings that get buried in our everyday corporate world. The botanical garden at Mawsynram is rich with varied and rare varieties of plants and fruits. If you are a fan of magnificent rock formations, do visit the Dwarksuid – a beautiful pool which is surrounded by eye-catching rocky banks. Mawjymbuin Cave is another popular place which houses speleothems that have naturally been moulded to take the shape of a Shivalinga. The village is very near to Bangladesh and the country’s fast-flowing and magnanimous rivers can be seen from the flat top of Symper Rock.

     

    Bara Bazaar (Iewduh Market) - A huge shout-out to all the shopaholics heading towards the delightful rainy town of Shillong! Bara Bazaar has everything that you need in order to satiate your hunger for shopping, and then much more. One distinct feature of this place is that it is extremely chaotic, but you will still love roaming amongst all the chaos and discovering rare and unusual products in its many little shops. Also called Lewduh Bazaar, meaning ‘the market of common people’, it is mainly the meat and vegetable market for the local population of Shillong. Besides groceries, the colourful market also houses innumerable shops for pocket-friendly clothes and accessories. It is a big hit among foreign tourists as it has earned popularity as the largest trade centre in the entire North East area of the country. Also, as you walk through the narrow lanes of the friendly market, you will notice that almost all the shopkeepers here are women.

     

    Sweet Falls - Sweet Falls, a very steep fall, is one of the most mesmerising waterfalls in the country. The beauty of the waterfall along with gargling sound of the water, bird chirps and rich flora are the highlights of this fall.Situated near Happy Valley, at a distance of about eight kilometre from Shillong, the waterfall is a famous picnic spot for the locals as well as tourists. Water cascades down from a great height which is hardly visible from the foot of falls. The site is situated along with a mini zoo and a Butterfly Museum. Visitors can witness most beautiful varieties of roses in the surroundings along with distinct species of pelicans. As there are no barricades, rocks and protecting boundaries around the place of fall, high caution is advised.

     

    Laitlum Canyons - Laitlum Canyons is an upcoming tourist destination at Shillong in Meghalaya. This place is remarkable due to its natural environmental formation. Perched at great heights, it is in fact the edge of a hill which is surrounded by green hills and valleys. The view of grassy plus rocky hills all around and tiny villages far below is really magnificent. Walking down to the valley via an uneven rocky path is rather easy; however the climb uphill is a bit tedious and there is only one shop in the vicinity which offers simple snacks. Laitlum Canyons is not at all crowded and commercialized like other tourist places and is best suited for a secluded and peaceful break from the usual hustle bustle of city life. It is absolutely a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers. Mawlynnong waterfalls, Mawjymbuin Caves, Elephant Falls, Mawphlang Sacred Forest and Wankhar Entomology Museum are some other interesting places in Shillong.

     

    Mawphlang Falls - This calm, serene and magnificent waterfall nestled away in the thick green forests of Shillong is perhaps the most soul-cleansing experience you will have in your life! While the waterfall in itself does offer something unique, it is also the entire environment around it that creates the magic. The extremely clean and pristine state of the water also adds to its charm and makes it look like a place right out of your favourite fairy tale.This waterfall is the kind of place where you can conveniently take your lunch basket, sit beside the falling water and gaze at nature in its purest form as you picnic. The waterfall is surrounded by thick and flourishing trees on all sides and it does feel like you’re sitting in the middle of a forest. A number of locals who have been residing in the area for a few years worship a few of the ancient trees in the forest as they are believed to bring good luck. In fact, these forests are known as Mawhplang Sacred Forests by the local population. These forests also house myriad varieties of life forms and are a true treat to both mind and soul.

     

    David Scott Trail - David Scott Trail is one of the most popular trekking routes in Meghalaya. Originally this trekking trail was a bridle path established by David Scott, a British officer, in the early 1800s, and was used by people to travel from Assam to Bangladesh. Though the entire route extends for over a 100 km and takes about five days to trek, the best known existing portion of this horse track is located between the villages of Mawphlang and Lad Mawphlang. The trek takes you across the beautiful terrain of East Khasi Hills and covers around 16 km. During this four hour walk you will cross streams, dodge waterfalls, trudge through meadows, pass through sacred groves, valleys and Khasi villages. One can also set up camps on the way and enjoy the captivating beauty of the green rocky cliffs in the Umiam valley.

     

    The Meghalaya Butterfly Museum - The Meghalaya Butterfly Museum houses 1,600 species of butterflies, moths and insects of distinct patterns and colours gathered from around the world. Museum was inaugurated with the view to conserve rare species of fascinating colourful butterflies and moths. Most of the species housed in the museum belong to the province of Meghalaya. Located at Riatsamthiah, the institution initiated the breeding program for butterflies. The same initiative has come a long way, and is now developed into a full fledged Butterfly and moth anthology. In addition to butterflies and moths, visitors can also spot some rare species of beetles. Furthermore, study-oriented museum also provide a rare insight on the life span and habitat of fragile species. Lying at a distance of mere 1 km from the capital city of the province, the place can be easily accessed via local transport.

     

    Jakrem - Located over 64 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, Jakrem is one of the many hidden wonders of the country. Not densely populated like the other tourist destination in Meghalaya, Jakrem is the land of Hot Springs. The area is blessed with bursts of hot sulphur water, which is gaining popularity among the people across the globe. Jakrem is quickly getting recognised for the beautiful health resort it is. The waters in these scenic hot springs are said to carry curative medicinal properties and is used by most tourists as a hot bath for good health. Since it is located not too far from Shillong and can be accessed from the Mawkyrwat -Shillong Road, visitors can take a taxi or a bus and reach Jakrem to enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot waters, especially in the colder seasons. You can stop at the many villages en route to Jakrem and enjoy a typical Meghalayan cuisine meal.

     

    Meghalaya State Museum - Meghalaya State Museum is a frequented tourist site that exhibits vast collection of artefacts of tribal era and a collection of ancient scriptures. The museum houses a habitat section displaying living places of tribes, instruments used for day-to-day activities such as hunting and fishing. Travellers can also witness weapons, transportation equipment, agricultural tools and household articles like pots, spoons, water jug, tobacco box, baskets. The museum was a part of the state of Assam till 1972, formation year of Meghalaya for exhibiting ethnographic and archaeological objects. At present, the museum is situated within the State Central Library complex at Laichumiere and is managed by the government of Meghalaya.

     

    Spread Eagle Falls - Spread Eagle Falls is located in the East Khasi Hills District, in the Shillong Cantonment. It is about 6 km from the city and 3 km from the Polo ground. The Spread Eagle Falls or the Sati Falls are considered to be the widest fall in entire Shillong. It grows wide near the pinnacle and gushes down steep hills that tower round the three sides into a massive pool created by the splash of water. This fall is also known as Sati Falls and Urkaliar or the falls into which Ka Liar slipped Tourists visit this calm and serene place to enjoy the sparkling waterfall, which looks like an eagle with wings spread out. Thus, it is named as Spread Eagle Falls. The steep cliffs on three sides with a pool beneath are a treat to the eyes.

     

    Beadon Falls - Beadon Falls is one of the two waterfalls flowing through a cluster of hills at an altitude of 1,496 metre. The site is located amidst a dense forest, which is a habitat to wild animals like leopard, langurs, wild cats, deer and bird species. Maintaining a good flow throughout the year, the waterfall runs down in disjoint cascades of almost 100 feet to crush rocks beneath. Tourists can witness crystal clear water of the falls flowing through. It also provides an opportunity to the tourists to trek in the valley. Beadon Falls along with Bishop Fall roll down the same ridge to a deep valley.  Visitors come in large numbers to visit the clear water stream and the picturesque surroundings throughout the year. Furthermore, government authorities have constructed a RCC Viewpoint for the tourists to have a mesmerising view of the fall. In addition, Mawlai Grid Sub-Station is also visited by the tourists to witness the view of twin waterfalls.

     

    Bishop Falls - The Bishop Falls, twin of Beadon Waterfall, origins from the river Umshyrphi. The Bishop streams down to the left of Beadon into a deep gorge. The site is also called 'Sonapani' after a native committed suicide at the site.The three-step waterfall falls from an altitude of 135 metre along with the other fall. The fast stream of water has created a wide pool at the bottom. Tourists visiting the location engage themselves to trek up or down along with the stream. The site also has a Grid Sub-Station of the Electricity Board at the bottom of the falls. Situated off the Guwahati road at Mawprem, travellers can take a road to Mawlai to the view point from where both falls can be spotted together. The site is easily approachable from the city with at a distance of 2 km from Bara Bazaar, the hub of Shillong.

     

    Botanical Survey of India Orchidarium - Botanical Garden is located along with Ward Lake in the midst of Mawphlang Sacred groves or virgin forest. Among popular tourist sites in the city, the garden has a rare collection of orchids and plantations. The spot delights nature lovers with ampleness of indigenous and exotic plants. To preserve the forest and flora of the area, a religious myth is associated with the place. As per the myth, the entire plantation is considered sacred and disturbing it brings misfortune. Located in a remote area on the outskirts of the city, Botanical Garden also features an orchid house that has an amazing collection Orchids. Besides, there is a mini aviary with a collection of rare and colourful species of birds.

     

    Crinoline Fall - Crinoline Fall attracts visitors from across the world owing to its picturesque beauty. The fall is marginally covered with green bushes at the falling point at an altitude of 13 metre. The blend of sound of the water stream and bird chirping is a pleasant experience. At the foot of the Crinoline Fall, there is a large swimming pool surrounded by beautiful Orchids, which lures tourists to take a dip in the cold water. Along with the waterfall, there is a restaurant offering a wide choice in cuisines like regional, Indian and continental. Besides, the tourism department of Meghalaya hosts occasions and festivals at the bank of the swimming pool. Moreover, there is a small zoo run by the administration of the Crinoline Fall.

     

    Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum - Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum is located in the East Khasi Hills District of Shillong. Run by the Art and Culture Department of the State Government, the museum provides an insight into the tribal culture, history, life style and traditions of the region. On display are ethnic handicrafts, animals and plants as well as archaeological objects. The museum is situated in the State Central Library Complex.

     

    Sohpetbneng Peak - Sohpetbneng Peak is an ideal site for solitude seekers that stands at an altitude of 1,343 metre from the sea level. The location provides a mesmerising bird’s eye view of the dense forest and the city of Shillong.The peak is associated with mythological tales and is revered by the Hynniewtrep community. It is believed that Hynniewtrep tribe of Meghalaya grew a tree at the peak,  which acted as a ladder between them and God. In course of time, the Hynniewtrep tribe comprising Khasi, Jaintia, Bhoi and War tribes migrated from the highlands. Due to this, the religious significance of the site faded over the years. Sohpetbneng, meaning the 'navel of heaven', is known for divine essence and is transformed to tourist's site. Tourists can reach the heavenly peak point which is 20 km from Shillong.

     

    Wankhar Entomology Museum - Wankhar Entomology Museum, situated in Shillong, has a vast collection of different species of butterflies, moths, rhinoceros beetles and other stick-insects of different patterns and colors. Established in the 1930s by the Wankhar family, it is locally known as the Butterfly Museum. Around 1600 species of butterflies and moths which have been collected from all over the world are displayed here. This museum has the honor of being the only known museum in India devoted to moths and butterflies. Wankhar Entomology Museum has also played an important role in the conservation of rare butterfly and moth species by starting a breeding program. The museum has a few displays providing insight into the life span and habitat of these insects. Tourists can also visit the Assembly Church of Jesus Christ and St. Joseph's Catholic Church which are situated nearby.

     

    All Saints Church - All Saints Church is one of the oldest churches of Shillong constructed during the days of British Raj. The British used to compare the area around Shillong to Scotland because of its hills, waterfalls and forests and many used to stay here during summer. The original church constructed on Kacheri road was completely destroyed in 1897 in an earthquake. Construction of the new church was completed in 1902. The colonial style church is having wooden structure. There are masses every day, but on Sundays many believers come here to attend morning mass. All Saints Church stands opposite to the State Central Library. While visiting the All Saints Church, you can also visit some of the other nearby attractions like the State Museum, Lady Hydari Park, Crinoline Falls and swimming pool and Butterfly Museum.

     

    Diengiei Peak - Diengiei Peak, situated on the western side of Shillong, is 6200 ft in altitude, just 200 ft shorter than the tallest peak in Shillong, Shillong Peak. Known for its panoramic views of Shillong, Diengiei Peak paints a perfect portrait. Being one of the highest peaks here, it is often surrounded with fog. On top of the peak there is a huge hollow crevice shaped like a cup. Geologists believe that the hollow cup shape could be the remains of an inactivate volcano. The best time to visit the Diengiei Peak is from November to June. Known for its beautiful surroundings, numerous photographers visit the peak. One can also get spectacular views of the Umiam Lake surrounded by the city of Shillong from the peak. For a height of about 1000 ft, the gradient of this peak is very steep and precipitous which makes for excellent mountain climbing. Other adventurous sports like rock climbing and rapelling can be done here.

     

    Marai Cave - Marai Cave, also known as 'Krem Marai', is an intriguing cave and is associated with mythological stories. As per the locals, the descendants of the Syiems of the kingdoms of Mylliem and Khyrim dug the cave and came through it. Another story is linked with the cave as per which only daughter of the reigning deity of the sacred peak of Shyllong, known as U 'Lei Shyllong, lived there. The cave is located at a distance of 16 km from city on the way to Jowai. There is a steady climb of 20 minutes along with the vegetation belt, rocks and cultivated land to reach the cave. A vast slab of rocks can be witnessed from the base itself, forming a cave-like structure. Cave front gives a magnificent view of Shillong featuring mountain ranges, closely clubbed buildings and a wide cantonment of Assam Regimental Centre.

     

    Motphran - Motphran, meaning the ‘Stone of France’, is a monument dedicated to the memory of the 26th Khasi Labour Corps, who had fought for the British in France during WWI. There is an inscription in Latin by Horace, the famous poet, which reads ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori’. The phrase can be translated to mean ‘It is sweet to die for one’s country’.

     

    Arunachal State Museum - The Arunachal State Museum is situated in the Cantonment Area. It throws light on the customs and culture of the various ethnic tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. There are 26 main tribal groups in Arunachal Pradesh some of which are Wanchos, Noctes, Tangsas, Khamptis, Mishmis etc. each group has its own culture, dress, dialect and social hierarchy.

     

    Butterfly Musuem - The Butterfly Museum is located 2 km to the north of the Police Bazaar on the Jaiaw Road. It has a good display of mounted butterflies and beetles from India and abroad. Butterflies are also bred here as part of a conservatory program.  

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