Shillong has always been the meeting point of traditional cultures
and cosmopolitan styles. Termed as "Scotland of the East"
it is the capital of Meghalaya. Located at an altitude of 1,496
mts. above sea level, this beautiful hill station has been one of
India's best known hill resorts for many decades. This hill resort
is unique in its scenic beauty and culture. Shillong is the capital
of Meghalaya. A fresh balmy air and a bracing climate makes Shillong
a place for all seasons. The capital takes its name from that of
a tribal deity 'Shulong' who is believed to reside on the Shillong
Peak. The tribes of Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal
and Langrim trace their descent from Shillong. With rolling green
slopes and extensive parks Shillong is also a proud possessor of
one of the best 18 hole golf courses in the world.
Located in the heart of Shillong, the lake with gradually undulating
grounds, surrounded by a garden of flowers and pine trees, offers
a charming winding walk-a-way in the midst of rolling flower beds
and fairyland lighting.
The lake has a strikingly beautiful arched bridge. Boats of all
sizes and shapes are available while the cafeteria provides you
At 10 Km from Shillong it is the highest point in Meghalaya and
offers a panoramic view of the scenic countryside. In the evening
the city appears like a star studded abyss.
12 Km away on the outskirts of the city, the mountain stream descends
through two successive falls set in dells of fern-covered rocks.
56 km from Shillong, Mawsynram is famous for the giant stalagmite
formations shaped like a shivalinga, locally called Mawjymbuin.
64 km from Shillong, the place is a popular health resort with hot
springs of sulphur water believed to have curative powers.
The lake is 17 km from Shillong and offers water sports facilities
including sailing, water scooter, and water skiing. There is the
Orchid Lake Resort for accommodation to holidayers.
About 14 km from Shillong; is famous for the home of the Raja of
Nongkhlaw who spearheaded a war against the British.
Places of Interest
The beautiful 18-hole Golf Course; the Shillong Peak which gives
a panoramic view of the city with the snow-clad Himalayan peaks
in the distance; the Wards Lake with facilities for boating. Adjacent
to the lake is the Botanical Garden; Lady Hydari Park and the mini
zoo within it are equally enjoyable for children too. The State
Central Library Building and its museum are a treasure house of
information about olden times and the lifestyles then. Lovely waterfalls
abound in and around Shillong. To name some: Margaret Falls, Spread
Eagle Falls, Bishop Falls, Beadon Falls, Elephant Falls and Sweet
Shillong is connected with Calcutta by air and Guwahati (104 km)
is the nearest railhead from where one can take a bus/taxi. Shillong
is also well-connected by road to other neighbouring states and
Hotels & Accomodation
Orchid Hotel, Polo Road, Shillong - 793001. Phone: 24933.. Telex:
Hotel Alpine Continental (3-star), Thana Road/Quinton Road, Shillong
- 793 001. Phones: 220991 (5 lines), 223617. Cable: ALPOTEL. Fax:
Pinewood Ashok, Shillong 793001. Phones: 23116, 23765. Cable: PINEWOOD/
Hotel Polo Towers (3-star), Oakland Road, Polo Ground, shillong
793 001. Phones: 222340-341-342. Cable: POLO TOWERS. Fax: 0364-220090,
Centre Point, Centre Point-heart of the town, Phones: 225210/220480.
Fax: 227222, 225239.
Orchid Lake Resort, (Meghalaya Tourism) Umiam ( Barapani). Phones:
Shillong Club, Kachari Road. Phone: 225497.
General Information & Accomdation info on Shillong city of Meghalaya - India