Shillong, Meghalaya

5 Best Places To Visit In Shillong, Meghalaya

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Nestled in the Northeastern part of India, Shillong is a picturesque city known for its natural beauty, serene surroundings, and rich culture. The hills and waterfalls are scattered across the state and have pleasant weather. 

The capital city, Shillong, is a perfect retreat for nature lovers, and tourists will marvel at what the state offers. Whether you’re looking to explore the city’s intriguing history or be devoured by flora and fauna, Shillong has something for everyone. In this blog, we discuss some of the best places to visit in Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya.

Places To Visit In Shillong

Elephant Falls

Elephant falls, Shillong

Originally Khasi people named this waterfall “Ka Khaid La Pateng Khorsew.” When the Britishers found the waterfalls, they renamed as “Elephant Falls” as the falls harbored a rock resembling an elephant. But the rock was destroyed by the earthquake in the year 1897. 

It is a three-tiered waterfall where the second and third levels are separated by a bridge in-between. Steps are laid until the third tier of the waterfall. The place is quite peaceful, and you’ll also find Mattilang Amusement Park just opposite the third leg of the waterfall. Before entering the falls, you’ll encounter several shops in the parking lot. Here, you can wear traditional Khasi attire for just Rs. 100 and click pictures, buy gifts and souvenirs, and have fresh juice and snacks.

  • Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Entry fee: Rs. 100 per person
  • Parking: Free parking is available

Note: Bathing is not allowed in Elephant Falls.

Ward’s Lake

Situated at a prime location, Ward’s Lake is a relaxing attraction in Shillong City. Named after William Ward, a British commissioner, this lake is well-maintained with flower gardens and lofty trees. The white wooden bridge and bamboo hut elevate the place’s rustic vibe. 

Cherry blossoms will fully bloom in November, especially during the month’s end. Tourists tend to use these backdrops and photo-ops and click Gram-worthy pictures. You can sit, relax, watch ducks, take a stroll, and even go boating. Like the previous site, you can rent Khasi ethnic wear and take photos.

  • Timings: March to October – 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM during weekdays, 8:30 AM to 7 PM during weekends. November to February – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM during weekdays, 8:30 AM to 5 PM during weekdays.
  • Entry fee: Rs. 20 per person. Rs. 10 for senior citizens, children, and physically challenged people with ID proof. Separate fare for regular joggers.
  • Parking: Paid parking is available nearby

Shillong View Point, Laitkor Peak

Located at 1965 m, Laitkor Peak is the highest point in Meghalaya, offering breathtaking views of Shillong City and surrounding hills. At the top is a telescope through which you can get a panoramic view of the city. Since the viewpoint is in the premises of the Indian Air Force, due to security reasons, entry is permitted only for four-wheelers (can also be opted for 100 m away) after submitting a mandatory ID proof. Cameras are not allowed as well. The usual tea and snack shops are available nearby for you to hydrate and revitalize yourself. 

  • Entry fee: Rs. 50 per person
  • Taxi charges: Rs. 200 per person (two-way)
  • Timings: The Lake is open at all times. Water activities are available between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Parking: Paid parking is available

Note: Only Indian citizens can visit as it is a restricted defense zone.

 

Don Bosco Museum

The Don Bosco Museum is home to the art, culture, and traditions of indigenous people from Northeast India. A must-visit for history buffs, the place shares a glimpse of how the various tribes originated, migrated, and settled in the region across various generations. There are about 16 galleries that showcase rare pictures of tribal people, collections of musical instruments, ornaments, weapons, crafts, and artistic displays. The museum is a gateway for people into the lives of the locals and their ancestors. The newly added skywalk on the terrace gives 360° views of Shillong.

  • Entry fee: Rs. 100 for adults and Rs. 50 for students. Extra for photography and videography
  • Timings: February to November – 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The last entry is at 4:30 PM. December to January – 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The last entry is at 3:30 PM. Closed on Sundays.
  • Parking: Paid parking is available

Umiam Lake

Umiam Lake, Shillong

15 Km away from the capital city of Shillong resides Umiam Lake. The massive man-made lake lies amidst the lush green Khasi hills. The tranquil atmosphere makes the place a perfect spot for picnics and dates. If you’re looking for a place to stroll and spend time with yourself, this is your go-to place. The lake also offers several activities, including speed boat rides, canoeing, and kayaking, and houses a children’s park. While you can indulge in all these, there are a few other little things to experience here.

  • Entry fee: Free
  • Timings: The Lake is open at all times. Water activities are available between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Parking: Paid parking is available

What are the other interesting places to visit in Shillong? Let us know in the comments below so that we can cover this on our next visit.

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