One of India’s most wonderful states for tourism is Meghalaya. Shillong, famously termed as the Scotland of the East is the capital of Meghalaya. A small and beautiful hill station with hidden treasures full of natural beauty which wil take your breath away. While in Shillong you will experience alluring hill town, beautiful caves, waterfalls, cleanest places and many other untouched beauty which will definitely leave a beautiful and unforgettable impression in your life. Here are the Best 10(Ten) beautiful tourist destinations in Shillong to visit in 2018:
1. Umiam Lake
Lush green lands, beautiful and serene water bodies is the picturesque and stunning Umiam lake. It is a man-made lake which provides inhabitants with water and is also their source of fishing.. Surrounded by thick coniferous forests, Umiam Lake is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in Shillong in 2018. Popular as Badapani (Big Water), the lake consist of few small islands, there is a park (Nehru Park) next to this place for outing and picnic. Here you can do boating or some adventure activities like kayaking and water skiing.
Mawlynnong is a small village in the East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya and is famous for being declared as Asia’s cleanest village because of which it has emerged as a popular destination in the past decade. It is known for its cleanliness. The road to Mawlynnong takes you through some wonderful farmlands and beautiful cloud covered mountains. The village have beautiful homes and some of them offer home stays. It also has a tree house which is a view point to see the Bangladesh border. The village is in itself a natural beauty. One can go for an easy trek to a single-decker living root bridge in the neighbouring village Riwai. Cabs are available from Shillong to reach Mawlynnong. The village can be traversed mainly by foot.
Mawsynram records the highest amount of rainfall on the planet, the mesmerizing village of Mawsynram is a perfect destination for a nature lover. It is situated in the East Khasi Hills district of the state of Meghalaya. Mawsynram is 1400 m above sea level. With the rich flora and fauna, the place will definitely attract the visitors. The place have a calming effect and you will be completely refreshed by visiting this place.
4. Dawki river (umngot)
A little known gem is the river Umngot, one of India’s cleanest river and a must visit place which comes under the Best 10(Ten) beautiful tourist destinations in Shillong to visit in 2018. The water is so clear that one can see the river bed below and from a distance it appears as if the boat is floating in mid-air!. The town is 95 km from Shillong. A boat ride on the glass-like, wonderful emerald green waters of the Umngot river will refresh you. The Umngot river is a prime fishing spot for both Indian and Bangladeshi fishermen. A short drive from the bridge will take you to the International border check post separating India and Bangladesh.
Cherrapunjee, also known as Sohra, is famous for being among the wettest place on earth and known for its living root bridges, made from rubber trees. Its unique climate and its untouched beauty are sure to refresh you inside out. It is a wonderful place to sit back and relax.
At the very start of Sohra you will find Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point which has an excellent scenic beauty. The waterfalls in the area are spectacular, its sound acts as a soothing effect to the ears and the fresh air to breathe is very pleasant In the surrounding hills, the Noh-Kalikai, Dain-Thlen and Kynrem waterfalls fall from the beautiful mountains.
A Double Decker root bridge located in Tryna village is one of the biggest attractions of Cherrapunjee. The bridge is a mixture of nature and engineering. Another place is Krem Phyllut which is an ideal place for cave lovers. There are different entrances to the caves and two river passages inside. It is definitely one among the Best 10(Ten) beautiful tourist destinations in Shillong to visit in 2018.
6. Shillong Peak
Shillong peak, is famous for the spectacular view of Shillong it provides through its peak which is the highest point in the Shillong City and is 1965 metres above sea level. You can nice good pictures of Shillong city view from here. If you desire to gift your eyes with the lovely views of Shillong City, you must go for it.
7. Elephant Falls
Elephant Falls is situated near Shillong peak. The peak can be visited first and then the Elephant Falls can be visited by afternoon. The falls look even more beautiful when bathed in the golden rays of the setting sun. Elephant falls is a combination of 3 rivers. It has three layers of the falls accessible from different points. The Britishers named this fall as Elephant falls because of the presence of elephant-shaped rock on one side of the fall. However, the stone has now disintegrated due to an earthquake in 1897. Elephant falls is one of the natural wonders of Northeast. You can go quite close to the waterfalls and feel its serenity and beauty fully. You will definitely enjoy spending some time here in the midst of nature.
8. Shillong Golf Course
Shillong Golf Course has the privilege of being one of the oldest, largest and finest natural golf course in the world. It is located in a beautiful and a scenic valley that is rooted with thick pine and rhododendron trees. It is also home to variety of birds and while you walk through the course the chirping sound of the birds will enchant you within. Golf was introduced in Shillong in 1898 by a group of British civil service officers and since then golf is played here. Even if you are not interested in playing golf, the beauty of the place will definitely make you love with it.
9. Laitlum Canyons
Located in the Khasi Hills, Laitlum Canyons is the most offbeat name in the list of the Best 10(Ten) beautiful tourist destinations in Shillong to visit in 2018. It is a little-explored and an ideal place for nature lovers and honeymoon couples. Here you can have the view of breathtaking gorges, steep winding stairways that goes down to the lush valley and zigzagging hilly roads. The overwhelming panoramic view of this hidden canyon will make you fall in love with it.
9. Ward’s Lake
Ward’s Lake is one of the most popular attractions of Shillong and among the list of Best 10(Ten) beautiful tourist destinations in Shillong to visit in 2018. It is impossible to miss the Ward’s Lake while you visit Shillong. It is another famous lake in Shillong apart from Umiam Lake. The lake is encircled by an extensive lush garden and cobbled walkway ideal for joggers and morning and evening walkers. The lake with its lotus beds all around is one of the beautiful lakes in India. The lake has a wooden bridge and lotus beds on both sides make the place look wonderful.