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Shillong (ि◌शलां ग) is the capital and the largest town of Meghalaya.
Shillong was the capital of Assam, but after the state was split as Assam and Meghalya meaning 'The abode Clouds', it became the first capital of the newly formed State of Meghalaya . Located in undulating pine covered hills, the city has a milder climate than tropical India. The city center is 1496 meters above sea level. Shillong currently has a population of around 270,000. Home to several waterfalls, it is also known as the Scotland of East. The British legacy is still visible in architecture and food habits of population. The Assam style houses with slanting roofs, large number of windows and wooden floors look like a piece of art (and happen to be very good idea, considering Shillong lies in a area where rains and earthquakes are very common). Shillong receives heavy rainfalls during monsoon and the rainy season usually lasts longer than rest of India. An umbrella is therefore a necessity while packing your bags. Although people avoid the rainy season, it is generally the time when city is clean (rains wash the streets of all garbage) and waterfalls are in full strength. Most of the Shillong population belong to Khasi tribe, who are predominantly Christian. There are significant Bengali and Nepali minorities. An interesting aspect of Khasis are that they are a matrilineal society - the mother is head of family, youngest daughter owns all the property and mothers surname is passed on to children.
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There is a small airport at Umroi, about 40km from Shillong. There are Alliance Air (operated by Indian Airlines) flights from Calcutta to Umroi on certain days of the week. Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati (104 km from Shillong) is connected to rest of India with regular flights. Shared cabs (typically small cars from the airport, and larger Tata Sumos from Guwahati town center) are available from outside airport connecting to Shillong. The rate (as of June 2007)is INR 300 per passenger from Guwahati Airport to Shillong. The cab
depending upon bus class (ordinary. you'll probably stop mid way at Nongpoh to freshen up and get some refreshments. Buses run by Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC).City bus and Bazar bus.30 to 100. Being shared taxis.
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. The city itself is small and can be easily covered walking and exploring hills and people. They take around 3 hours to reach Shillong from Guwahati.to Rs 15/. however. Most of times they carry vegetables. Many private run buses also run between two cities but they leave from Paltan Bazar area and cost around Rs. Nongpoh is also a good place to pick up bamboo pickles and other condiments. The ticket fares vary between Rs. in order to make a better fare. These are generally SUV sized vehicles (Tata Sumo & Mahindra Bolero) shared between 8 people. the driver will not pick up any more passengers (or stop roadside to find more) but the fare will be significantly higher than if one had just hailed the taxi as it passed by. Please note that many of the buses are very old and only visible difference among bus class is number of people allowed to sit.6/6/2010
Shillong travel guide . You will find many locals paying in form of betel leaves instead of cash. Private buses might be better built but are occasionally crowded and have more stops enroute. semi-deluxe and deluxe).
For places within city limits. rates may vary from Rs 5/. Bazar buses are for villagers coming to Shillong to sell their products.
Black and yellow unmetered shared taxis ply within city limits. City buses are notoriously slow. poultry etc. ply every half an hour from Guwahati to Shillong. These are faster and are always shared. fruits. It is 105 km from Shillong and very well connected with all major cities of India. There are two kinds of buses that pass from Shillong . En route from Guwahati to Shillong.maximum. The nearest railway station is Guwahati. drivers often pick up additional passengers en route to the same destination. Many times you will find that walking will take you earlier to your destination. city buses are good options.
There are no rail lines in Meghalaya. Drivers move their buses from bus-stop only when the bus gets packed or another bus arrives. City buses is what tourists should use.
Best way to go about in Shillong is on foot.
The main interstate bus stand is located right next to Guwahati railway station. 5 for one journey. If one decides to negotiate the "hire" of a taxi. Bus tickets are atmost Rs.Wikitravel
drops you off at Police Bazaar from where you can get a ride to almost any part of Shillong. Shared taxis are available from Paltan Bazar area. 70.
Manipur. This is also the largest cultural museum in the whole Asia. which resembles the 'Lochs'. the first lady of the state. Run by the Salesian order of the Catholic Church. Elephant Falls. There is a water sports complex. and is a must-see for all tourists.wild cats and numerous bird species. Suna is the home to wild animals such as deer. It has a wooden bridge at the middle. A cafeteria is there to provide refreshment. Extreme caution is advised as there are no barricades and rocks are nearly always slippery (due to rain or dew). The fares should be fixed before travel.org/en/Shillong 3/8
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For sightseeing it is a good idea to hire a taxi cab for full day. This park is named after the Lady Hydari. Mumbai being first. It is a famous picnic spot for local population. Fr Sebastian is the priest who has taken up the cause of preservation of art and culture with 'missionary zeal! Wards Lake. it is a very steep fall. accoutrements. Hotel staff will be able to give you an idea of reasonable rate. it is very slow and disciplined unlike most of India. Mizoram. This lake is man-made and is better known as 'Barapani' (big water) for its sheer size. leopard. Mawlai. Located within the precincts of the Sacred Heart Church.6/6/2010
Shillong travel guide . or lakes of Scotland. meghalaya (north of shillong).langurs.A fountain dancing to the tunes of song is also there. Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. slips for them. sea-saws. Bishop & Beadon Falls. Nagaland. It is located in Upper Shillong area which also houses the Eastern Air
http://wikitravel. Meghalaya. wife of the Governor of Assam. Located in Happy Valley. The park has variety of local flowering plants and orchids. Boating facilities are available in the lake. Wards Lake is an artificial lake surrounded by a fairly large garden. Lady Hydari Park. Children wiil like it as there are few swings. ornamentation and rare photographs.
Umiam Lake. It also has a small zoo within it. This park has a mini zoo and a deer park. which is spread over more than one kilometre. Lots of lotus plants with leaves are there on either side of lake. Much of the infrastructure is basic and many roads outside city are in bad shape due to heavy rains and poor maintenance. There is a garden ( Lum Nehru park) by the side water sports complex. the Don Bosco Museum is a truly amazing repository of information on the entire North Eastern states of Assam. but within the city the roads are quite good. A beautiful lake north of Shillong. weapons. One can find lots of colourful fishes in the lake. edit Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous North East Culture. the edifice iteself is shaped like a spiral and its distinct form is discernible from quite some distance away. Although the city traffic ranks second in the country in terms to vehicles to population ratio. Located in Suna valley. It has an amazing collection of attire.these two are very beautiful falls.
The scenic fall is not continuous and more of collection of smaller falls. Golf course Shillong golf course is located at an altitude of around 5200 ft. The city view during night is a scene to remember. Shillong Peak. Students of zoology will find them interesting. This is the first golf course of India which has 18 holes in it. This museum presents some of the finest and rarest species of butterflies. This place is also attractive for adults where they can see the natural beauty and play with the beautiful and colourful butterflies. Visit the State Central Library . com/ Shillong-Hotels
Command of Indian Airforce. Shillong Peak is the highest point in state of Meghalaya (1965 meters above sea level).6/6/2010
Shillong travel guide . it is a gold-mine. pines and others including the famous insect eating pitcher plant (Nepenthes khasiana).Located near Dhankheti. Unfortunately with time and poor management many books are being lost. Read Reviews & Book Your Hotel.orchids.
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Compare Rates. For British searching for clues about ancestors in this area. There are separate areas dedicated to vegetables. fruits. Because there was a rock by the side of fall which resembled elephant.It is one of the biggest market in North-East India. This golf course is so beautiful and located at the unique location that some time it is compared with the “ Glen Eagle Course” of the United State. it was started at the time of British Raj and holds many rare books and almanacs. Explore the forest around Shillong peak .
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Take a walk through Iewduh (Bara Bazar)-Iewduh means Big Market .There are no large or dangerous animals and forest is full of rare and exotic plants . It is host to a radar station for Indian Air force and tourists are advised to declare their cameras while reaching view-point and not to take pictures of radar facilties. MakeMyTrip. Low Price Guaranteed!
www. There is a view-point where you can get breathtaking view of Shillong city. betel and so on. fish. It has footpath leading to bottom fo fall where it reaches a small lake. There is a huge collection of different types of butterflies. iron works. This place is like a dream come true for the putters. beef. Its name elephant falls was given by British.
Ginger at Hotel Polo Towers is good. Handicrafts Showroom "Purbashree" located in police bazar. It has large sections dedicated to local fruits. Shillong is one of the fashion capitals of India. Khasi and Tibetan recipes use very little spices (including salt) unlike cooking style of rest of India and emphasis is on boiling or roasting rather than frying in oil. suruchi hotel.6/6/2010
Shillong travel guide . this place serves excellent bengali food.
PragueEventsCalendar. A must try for all the bengalis and others who appreciate bengali food. Traditional bamboo handicrafts and woollen handmade shawls are most popular buys. Please visit the Meghalya Govt. honey. the hotels mentioned below have restaurants that have their own charm. fish at a very economical price. Additionally art-crafts made of wood and bamboo funitures are popular. com
Iewduh is the largest open street market in north-eastern India. although cleanliness remains a issue in smaller food-outlets. Uncle Shop. Indian and Tibetan foods are popular and even khun ksew.it has innumerable number of shops selling top quality brands from India and abroad. Royal Heritage has a nice restaurant. Selection Centre. The well known ones are RAPs Apparel in Raps' Mansion MG Road. one can try Delhi Mistaan Bhandar in Police Bazar which in my opinion. one can get a very nice picture of local life in here. Bamboo Hut in RAPs' Mansion MG Road is one of the famost hangout and also the CITY Dhaba near Earl Holiday Home. As a tourist. Sip & Dine at Hotel Alpine Continental have excellent restaurant. the restaurant is clean. Most of the better ones are located in Police Bazar area.. Shillong has a pre-dominantly Christian population. Tourists can explore the caves. staff is polite and food is very good. daal. Meghalaya. therefore pork and beef are easily available in restaurants run by local Khasis. etc.
There are a variety of restaurants in Shillong. The food is simply superb and the quality of fish is great. fish etc. One should definitely try Momos (steamed Tibetan dumplings filled with cabbage and pork) They come as small momos and big momos and are very popular snacks. in Police Bazar. Bamboo shoot pickles are quite favourite of the tourists. Apart from these. police bazar (near parking lot). where they will have to pass through dark and murky interiors. rice. Broadway Collection.org/en/Shillong 5/8
choice.has the best jalebis in the world. vegetable.recommended edit
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There are many naturally beautiful caves in Shillong. Chinese.
Hotel Polo Towers. After a hard day of travelling around shillong. Serves decent food. Madras Cafe (Police bazar). 100 for a meal. it refreshes you like anything edit Sharma Bhojanalaya. Serves South-east Asian cuisine including traditional tribal food. Shillong (5 minutes from City centre on foot). Nightlife is generally at its peak on Fridays and Saturdays.org/en/Shillong 6/8
.40. Cocktails at Hotel Alpine Continental. They also serve some south indian rice dishes. laitumkhrah. dosas. Laitumkhrah. edit Swish. Dosas are their favourite and are crispy and hot. Laban Last Stop Taxi Stand. Great food at reasonable prices edit Sesame. ☎ +919436332977. 7 am to 10 pm. If you like pubs and clubs. then Shillong has quite a few of them. sandwiches and pizzas too. Centre Point. Laitumkrah. Newly opened and offers an interesting menu including the Jaintia thali. Good food for veggies edit
http://wikitravel.com) . Picadilly (English Pub). Hotel Polo Towers.Because of the tax structure on alcohol in this state. (turn left at the junction). Tango at Police Bazar in O B Shopping Mall. ☎ 091-9863083167. marwari thali priced at Rs.Wikitravel
Foodplus. Swish Cafe which is opening soon after undergoing renovation. Police bazar. vada etc.6/6/2010
Shillong travel guide .famous for it's jalebis edit MOT (Matter of Taste). edit
It is the drinker's paradise.Opp SBI. For all those who look for vegetarian food. This small but busy place in polica bazar serves some authentic south indian dishes like idlis. Near Police Bazaar (Enter from Iewedeh. is the first cafe in Shillong and is a favourite haunt of youngsters and anyone who wants a good cup of coffee and some tasty snacks.shillonghotels. MOT is an amazing coffee shop which serves pastas. near roop kala sarees). Platinum. Matter of taste. you will be hard pressed find cheaper drinks anywhere else in India. A fast food joint Cum Hotel edit Chef's Multi Cuisine Restaurant.  (www. Irish coffee is a must try. Sundays are very very dull. if you are the type who buys liquor from a shop and drinks in your hotel room.. Cloud 9. M G Road. Vintage sweet shop in Shillong. Its a cute little coffee shop with a lot of character! edit Delhi Mistan Bhandar.
Most of the hotels are located in and around the Police Bazar which is the noisy. The Monsoon is the best time to enjoy thundering waterfalls.com) Lake View Inn. (+91 98624 20300/01 Email:rikynjai@yahoo. Ri Kynjai Resort.html) The Majestic Hotel.co. Backpackers might want to check the Youth Hostel near Office of Chief Telecom Officer (CTO Complex). Laimukhra.com) Hotel Alpine Continental.alpinecontinental.Shillong Tel:+91-9954364952  (http://www.  (http://www. Shillong  (http://www. Limestone caves are full of stalactites and stalagmites and you will find many adventurous souls venturing deep into them.northeastindiatravels.Wikitravel
Shillong has options for all kind of travellers.in). crowded city centre of Shillong. Internet reservation is available only in few starred hotels.majesticmonsoonshillong.3 Star.com) Shillong Club Guesthouse near Police bazaar Rohit Guest House. Near Shillong Times Building. It holds the world record for the highest rainfall ever in a calendar year.hotelpolotowers. Rosaville Cottage. Hotel Polo Towers and Royal Heritage have locations that are more relaxing.6/6/2010
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White Orchid Guesthouse. Pure Bengali food available Laban Howell( Near Police Bazer)road well furnesid 700 to 1200 Kolkata Cont.com Hotel Polo Towers.shillonghotels.com) Royal Heritage Tripura Castle (+91 364 250 1111/49 Email: rh_tripuracastle@rediffmail. MG Road.
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Hotel Centre Point (+91 364 222 0272/ 222 0480 Email: centre_point91@rediffmail. 2264_2051Rooms Rs 1000-1500 resturant .shillonghotel. Cherrapunjee (or Sohra as called locally) is around 60 km south of Shillong. It is famous for its various waterfalls (most famous of all Noh Kalikai Falls) and limestone caves. (http://www.com/rosaville/index.  (http://www. Shillong`s Only 4 Star Hotel.
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This page was last edited at 12:36. but please plunge forward and help it grow! Retrieved from "http://wikitravel. Kamal Agarwal. Sacred Forest (or Mawphlang as called locally) are groves around 25 km away from Shillong. around 20 km north of Shillong. Jaintia Hills This is not a hot tourist spot but one can find a beautiful lake. The heavily covered grounds around the forests facilitating growth of ferns and orchids most of them endemic. Based on work by Prashant Jain.6/6/2010
Shillong travel guide . Abhinav and Anuvab Nandi. These are considered sacred by Khasis and people were forbidden to enter them earlier. It also offers many water sports activities. images are available under various licenses.org/en/Shillong
Umiam is a water sports complex. Text is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3. It also gets the heaviest rainfalls in world in recent years. The campus consists of a lake resort and a park.0. is a hot-spring of sulphur water. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. a 700 hundred years old Durga temple and a rock garden.
http://wikitravel. Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel and others. on 15 May 2010 by Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel. This ensured protection of a dense growth of several kinds of trees including the Khasi pine. Jakrem. developed upon the reservoir of the Umiam Hydro Electric Project. This is a usable article. believed to have curative medicinal properties. An adventurous person could use this article. see each image for details. Mawsynram is 56 km from Shillong and is known for the Giant Stalagmite formation shaped into a "Shivalinga" and found inside a cave known locally as Mawjymbuin. 64 km from Shillong.