Dawki River

Things to do in Shillong

Located in the lap of the Himalayas, Shillong is one of the most elegant and popular tourist destinations of Meghalaya. Often referred to as the abode of clouds, Meghalaya is well-known among travel enthusiasts mainly for the wide range of surprises which it offers to the visitors at every nook of the state.
From exploring the serene lakes to enjoying the picturesque views of the foggy mountains and gorgeous waterfalls, there are a lot of things to see and enjoy in this city. Shillong is also home to a number of well-preserved museums which portray the cultural beliefs and history of its inhabitants ideally. Even the adventure geeks are going to fall in love with this place instantly as there are innumerable varieties of thrilling activities to try out here.
Along with all these, there are a number of local restaurants scattered all over the hill station and some of the mouthwatering dishes are definitely a must-try even if you are not a foodie. Be it angling at Dawki or boating in Umiam Lake, there are a lot of things to do in Shillong which will let you earn some remarkable reminiscences.
Once you step on the land of Shillong, quite often, you will feel that this city shares an intense and soothing connection with nature and its tribes. The peaceful vibe of the valleys, misty captivating hills, and the mesmerizing sky, all of it is what makes Shillong such a perfect place for the tourists to unwind and enjoy amidst its overwhelming greenery and serpentine waterbodies.

Frequently Asked Questions- Things to do in Shillong

1. What all water sports can be done in and around Shillong?

Some of the prime water activities in Shillong are:
Pedal boating
Scuba diving
Cliff jumping

2. Are there options for Zip-lining in Shillong or in the outskirts of the city?

The options for zip-lining are available in:
– Shnongpdeng which is around 8 km away from Dawki
– Mawkdok Dympep valley in Cherrapunjee

3. Which is the most suitable place for camping?

There are a number of serene places like Mawsynram, Cherrapunji, and Dawki, for Camping. However, camping overnight by the riverside in Shnongpdeng is going to be the best location.

4. What are some of the less visited places in and around Shillong?

Just because Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, it does not necessarily mean that it is the only city that houses the best destinations of the state. There are a number of less-visited spots in and around the outskirts of Shillong, which includes:
-Spread Eagle Falls
-Arwah Cave, Sohra
-Wahkaba Falls
-Phe Phe Falls
-Tyrshi Falls
-Butterfly Museum
-Rynji Falls

5. Is it more satisfying to camp overnight at Shnongpdeng or Dawki?

Definitely Shnongpdeng! Even though this place is still unknown for many, and maybe that is why it seems to be much peaceful and better than Dawki. Even though both the places offer a number of adventure activities, opting for camping in Shnongpdeng by the riverside is going to be the best choice.

6. What are some best places for beginners to trek in Shillong?

There are numerous places for trekking and hiking in and around Shillong. However, when it comes to beginners, the Double Decker Root Bridge Trekis going to be the ideal option.

7. Are summers of Shillong bearable?

The summers of Shillong are not that hot and humid compared to the other states of India. Moreover, the weather of Shillong stays quite pleasant all around the summer months. The temperature generally ranges between 25° Celsius (Maximum) to 16° Celsius, in the months of summer.

8. When is the ideal time of the year to see nature at its best in Shillong?

It’s unquestionably the monsoon. However, if you are not that fond of rains, the months just after the monsoon are quite charming too.

9. Is Shillong safe enough for solo travelers?

Yes, Shillong is relatively a much safer place to travel alone than many of the other well-known Indian towns and cities. Besides that, it has ample transportation facilities and good places to stay for even solo travelers.

10. How long does it take to explore all the places in Shillong?

Most of the tours in Shillong are planned between 3 Nights 4 Days to 6 Nights 7 Days. However, to cover the whole of Shillong as well as certain hidden gems around the city, 4 Nights and 5 Days are going to be sufficient.