Shillong : Life in the Hills
The enchanting hills of Shillong seem alive bubbling with tremendous energy and vigor. These hills are filled with some scenic and incredible sights.
The picturesque landscape of Shillong will fascinate you with a spectacular series of amazing waterfalls. The glorious mountain peaks will captivate you while the crystal clear waters of the blue lakes will mesmerize you. The diverse array of flora and fauna alleviates the beauty of Shillong to a divine level. Even the buildings here are enchanting. Here, you will find ancient monuments and buildings coexisting peacefully with the scenic landscape. Shillong has a beautiful hangover of the colonial era. The buildings still have their charm of the old age.
How to Get There
By Air :
Shillong Airport in Umroi, is a small airport that is available for the flights via Alliance Air and is located at a distance of 40 km from Shillong.
By Rail :
There are no rail lines in Meghalaya. The nearest railway station is Guwahati. It is 104 km from Shillong and very well connected with all major cities of India.
By Road :
National Highway 40, an all-weather road, connects Shillong with Guwahati. State's Transport Corporation and private transport operators have services to various places in Meghalaya and to neighboring states. Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) and
Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) operates bus services from Shillong to Guwahati and Guwahati to Shillong from 0600 hours to 1700 hours daily.
The Elephant Falls is an enchanting place. The beauty of this waterfall will captivate you completely. The sight of the glorious sparkling waters falling down amidst the lush green foliage will take your breath away.
The picturesque Shillong Peak allows you to get an amazing panorama of the surrounding region. The landscape around the peak is similarly superb. You can relax in the serene atmosphere of the peak while a beautiful expanse of greenery stretches before your eyes. Visit during the evening and you will be presented with another amazing view of the city lit up under the darkening skies.
The Butterfly Museum is a veritable treasure house of the beautiful insects. Here rows and rows of glass cases are filled with some of the most spectacular butterflies you may have seen. The rich collection of butterflies can help you appreciate their beauty and learn about them as well. There are various conservation programs performed by the museum to protect the different species of moths and butterflies. You can even enjoy the incredible pleasure of watching these stunning insects float around dazzling you with all the colors of the rainbow.
Lady Hydari Park
The verdant expanse of the Lady Hydari Park is rife with exquisite beauty. You will be charmed with the blooming roses and flowers that seem to be painted with every colour of the rainbow. The stunning array of colours is like a feast for the eyes. Here, you can also take a stroll through the mini zoo or watch the graceful deer at the deer park.
The British originally introduced the gentleman’s game of golf to Shillong. Now, the golf course is one of the oldest in India. The course is surrounded by tall trees of pine and rhododendron creating an absolutely charming sight. It makes teeing off here a more pleasurable experience indeed.
Created after a dam was built over the Umiam River, the lake offers some incredible sights. You will be enchanted with the breathtaking beauty of the lake if you visit during the sunset. Sometimes a light mist hangs over creating a scene that will remind you of a painting. The bluish hues of the lake merge with soft golden rays of the sun when the mist is around.