30 Best Places to Visit in Shillong
Best Places to Visit in Shillong
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and a hill station also known as the Scotland of the East. All throughout the year tourist come to this beautiful city to spend quality time with friends and family in the lap of nature. There are various tourist attractions in Shillong where one can explore waterfalls, caves, natural parks and lakes besides the local tribal culture, heritage, lifestyle, and the unique cuisine of the local tribals. The weather of Shillong is very pleasant due to its geographical location nearby the plains of Bangladesh.
Following are the 30 best places to visit in Shillong:
It is one of the best sites to visit in Shillong and easily accessible as it is located on the National Highway 6 commonly known as G.S Road (Guwahati – Shillong Road). You will find this awesome place on the road side before reaching Shillong.
If one want to enjoy the scenery of the lake then one have to park the vehicle with no charges and enjoy the beauty of the nature from above the hills side where a pavilion (Watch Point) has been made. And if one want to enjoy the water sport Such As Boating, Kayaking, Water Cycling and Scooting then you have to visit “Umiam Water Sport Complex” located near Jawaharlal Nehru Park.
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life of Shillong, this is the only falls which can be easily accessible for people of all ages, with stairs leading it to the base of the falls. One can view all the three steps falls and enjoy by the stairs leading downwards. There are lots of shop chargeable for souvenir, eatables, Local Tribal attire for Photos, and lots more.
Best time to visit is in the month of March To October, nevertheless it is open throughout the year for visitors and it looks equally memerising but when the water flow is more than the falls looks even more pleasant.
Entry fees: Rs 20 Per Head
Parking Fees: Rs 20 Per Vehicle
10:00 AM To 6:00 PM in Summer
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Winter
3. Police Bazaar
Police Bazaar, also locally known as Khyndailad is the most favourite destination for shopping lovers among the locals and the tourists alike. Varieties of local, traditional as well as foreign products are available here. The market is mostly known for urban lifestyle products including ethnic and western outfits.
Police Bazaar also holds an entertainment hub for the kids and the adults. For the entertainment of kids a gaming zone is available on the top floor of Reliance Trends (Muda Complex). And for the adults there are lots of movie theaters where one can enjoy movies at cheaper rates.
The museum stores a wide collection of regional artworks, attires, accoutrements, handicrafts of North Eastern State, ornamentation, photographs of old days (glories) and weapons used in olden days by the tribals of North East.
If you get to visit here do try the Skywalk present on the seventh storied of the building which you give you the scenic view of the surroundings.
Timing: 9:00 AM to 4.30 PM
Open: Monday – Saturday (Closed on Sunday)
It is a manmade lake with boating facility and a restaurant. The cherry timber blossom between the last week of October and second week of November and Cherry Blossom festival is also celebrated during this time of the year which is organised within the premises of the lake.
Best time to visit Ward’s Lake is during spring season although it looks beautiful throughout the year.
November to February: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
March to October : 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
This peak is very beautiful and it provides a bird eye view of the Shillong City. One who is visiting Shillong Peak may take a binocular to have an amazing experience of viewing Shillong City.
Here you can buy lots of souvenir and artifacts from the shop available out there and local traditional tribal attires are available on rent to wear. If you want to experience the attire of the tribes you can take the dress on rent and click picture by wearing it. Children enjoy a lot wearing these traditional dresses.
Shillong Peak Opening and Closing Time:
Open throughout the year from: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
7. Mary Help of Christians Cathedral
This church is dedicated to Mother Mary which one can witness some of the relics of mother Mary erected out there as a dedication towards her.
8. Lady Hydari Park
This park remains open every day throughout the year except on Monday, it remains closed.
Lady Hydra Park Opening Time:
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
This Shillong Golf Course also serves as the picnic spot for the youngster as there are lots of open space for them to loiter around and play games.
10. Mawphlang Sacred Grove Forest
Mawphlang Sacred Forest is densely covered in around 80 hectors of land filled with lots of natural wonders. Here one get to see rock cutting caves and also lots of spooky stories resides here of the god of the protector of the forest. There are some areas where no tourists are allowed to pluck branches. Best time to visit Mawphlang Sacred Grove Forest is during the summer season. Though it is open throughout the year for the tourist.
Opening Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Rs.20 per person
Rs.20 for camera.
Rs.300 for an English-Khasi speaking guide for one-hour.
11. Madina Masjid
Best time to visit is during evening time.
From this place one can get a bird eye view of the hills around which is covered with greenery entirely and with cloud hovering just above the head during monsoon. It is the best place to rejuvenate and refersh yourself from all the hustle and bustle of city life. It is also one of the best places for picnic and to have some leisure time with the nature. It is open throughout the year and best time to visit is in the morning and afternoon as at these times the real beauty of this place can be seen.
13. Air Force Museum
This museum is maintained by the Eastern Air command, Shillong. Here you can visit to see some of the artifacts of the Indian Air Force. Things worth seeing in the museum are the picture gallery, war memorials and the dummy aircraft.
As the Museum is situated at the Airforce Base Station security is the main concern out there. While visiting here one is required to take Identification Card.
It remains open through the year.
14. Bishop Falls
Bishop Falls View Point is open throughout the year from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
15. Captain Williamson Sangma Museum
It is open throughout the year from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
16. Mawkdok Dympep Valley
Mawkdok view point is the site from where you can enjoy and admire natural, scenic beauty of the Mawkdok Dympep Valley. It is a deep valley where you will find where zip – lining is also available for adventure enthusiast. One has to walk down through number of steps to reach the view point.
These are limestone caves of Meghalaya. It takes around 14 minutes to move and come out of the cave. Mawsmai cave is pretty popular spot of Cherrapunjee where you will witness large no of tourist. The natural limestone cave will surely fascinate you and getting inside the cave is an adventurous experience. Inside the cave you will see water dripping regularly from the roofs and even there is formation of stalagmites and stalactites. The caves floor and the roof are naturally joined together forming pillars. There are some places inside the cave where one has to kneel down and lower their heads. Exploring Mawsmai Cave will be an experience of a lifetime. It remains open throughout the year. Opening Time:
9:30AM -5:30 PM
18. Seven Sister Falls
This waterfall is referred to as Seven Sister Falls and locally known as Nohsngithiang Falls. The Seven Sister Falls derives its name from the seven streams which plunges from the top of the cliffs and it is the fourth highest waterfalls in the country. The beauty of the falls can be fully seen during rainy season. The falls flows down amid the setting sun rapidly forming a perennial rainbow making it a great sight to see for the tourist. There is a platform build for the tourist to have a full view of this falls and park for some leisure time with the nature on the top of the mountain.
It remains open throughout the year. If you want to really enjoy the beauty of this falls visit during the clear rainy season that is in the month of June and July.
Though this site is open for tourists throughout the year, monsoon is the best time to visit Nohkalikai Falls when the falls are fully formed. There is a viewing gallery from where you can have a view of the waterfalls, surrounding greeneries and the beautiful valley.
20. Double Decker Living Root Bridge
This bridge is a unique creation of the Khasi tribes by roots of ancient rubber trees, found only in the northeastern region. This roots grow in such a way making it in a form a bridge at the top of a river and creating a path way for the local people to cross the river easily. It is also an ideal place for trekking. Two bridges are formed here due to the entanglement of roots making it in the form of a Double Decker Bridge. It is a wonder, astonishment and a unique spot for travelers to visit while they are in Cherrapunjee.
21. Krangsuri Falls
There are lots of thing to do here apart from clicking the picture of the beautiful scenery. One can simply swim in the pool but have to take life jacket which cost around Rs 30 per person. Also there is a boat ride available above the falls. I would suggest that if you visit here then keep around 1.50 to 3 hour in your hand to enjoy the beauty around here. Best time to visit Krangsuri Falls is during the rainy season.
Best time to visit Umngot River is during the summer season. It is also open throughout the year.
The villagers here love cleanliness which can be witnessed by the visitor. Dustbins are kept in most of the places in order to maintain the cleanliness of the vicinity of the village.
This site is located around 90 to 95 kilometers from the city of Shillong. As being the role model of many village, the village children are imparted a lesson for cleanliness at the very early age which we get to see here even the kids are very careful about cleanliness of the village. Apart from cleanliness this village has a vast densely covered area with varieties of fruit trees, lovely flower garden, etc. There is also a balancing rock in the village where one big rock is placed over the small rock with a perfect balance. The village also has the famous Mawlynnong Living Root Bridge.
Although opened throughout the year, best time to visit Mawlynnong is during the rainy season when in the lush green bush are dense.
24. Dainthlen Falls
It is one of the most beautiful falls in Cherrapunjee circuit of tourism. It is also one of the most famous site for picnic among the locals.
This place is also known by the locals as the home of the python , as there are lots of holes (structure) which resemble as python, locals believe that python lived there long time back.
The waterfalls passes between the two huge rocks making it an amazing sight for the viewers. The river at Dainthlen spreads out and falls into the narrow gorge. The waterfalls is named after a “Thlen” meaning a snake of large size or a python. You can also visit Saimika Park which is a nearby attraction.
It is open throughout the year and no restriction nor any charges for visiting this falls but only parking charges is applicable.
Entry Fees: Free
Rs 20 for two wheelers.
Rs 50 for heavy vehicle.
25. Butterfly Museum
It is owned by Mr. Wankhar who is keen for the conservation of these butterflies and moths. This museum is situated in Jaiaw, Shillong. This place is a real treat for children, so if you are travelling with children you must visit this place.
Monday to Friday – 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Closed on Sunday
26. Kharmih Varieties Spot
This spot remains open throughout the year. But best time to visit is between March to October when it rains as the beauty of this spot reveals only when there are ample of rain pour.
27. Wei Sawdong Falls
You have to go down the steep hills. Some of the stairs are made out of bamboo, branches and stones on the steep hills for the ease of travelers. If you have physical strength and capable of using bamboo stairs and natural stairways and also climbing up then you must visit this place.
28. Dawki Tamabil Border Crossing
29. Thangkharang Park
Another best thing about this place is that the trees are labeled in such a way that helps students and nature lover study nature. Overall, the bushes and lawns have been nicely-maintained which also makes the park a beautiful site for picnic. It also has small playground for kids and youngsters and shaded areas to relax.
The beauty of the place captivates you in such a way that it does not allow you to leave early from there.
It remains open throughout the year and is open from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
30. Ever Living Museum
Rs.50/- per Adult, Rs.20/- for Children, Rs.30/- for College Students.
Rs.2000/- for Documentary, Rs.5000/- for Film Shooting, Rs.20/- for Mobile Camera, Rs.50/- for DSLR Camera.