Meghalaya Shillong Hill Station
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It is famous as a tourist destination. It was the capital of Assam before independence and even after that. When statehood was attained by Meghalaya, Shillong was decided to remain as the capital. Shillong’s altitude is 1496 meters higher than the sea level. It has motor able roads to reach every corner. This hill station is originally named after a peak. There are a lot of legends related to the name of the hill station. Some people say that it has derived its name from a young boy whose name was Shyllong and it is said that a virgin mother gave birth to him of mysterious situations. Bisi was the village where he was born. People worshipped him because people truly believed that he was God and the phrase “Kot Shillong” also belongs to this legendary story. It means “ To bring Peace of time of Catastrophe , Danger or misfortune.
In 1864 Shillong achieved conspicuous importance. of 1874 it was made Assam’s capital. It remained the capital for around a century till Meghalaya was made a separate state. of 1897 a heart throbbing earthquake shaked Shillong’s grounds. On September 1949 the king signed the merger agreement. On November 11, 1975 Nagaland’s Governor LP Singh signed the Shillog Accord. On 4 July 2008 the Indian Institute of Management was established here.
How To Reach
You can take a flight, a train, or a bus to reach Shillong
Guwahati is the closest airport to Shillong and it is only 100 kilometers away from Shillong. Guwahati is connected to many important cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Agartala, aizzwal, Imphal etc. if one is traveling from Kolkata to Shillong then one can take a flight to umroi airport at Shillong. International Tourists can have access to Guwahati from Delhi or Kolkata.
There are many government and private buses that run from Shillong to Other important cities of Meghalaya. You can avail any of these to reach Shillong.
Guwahati not only has the closest airport but also railway station. If someone is traveling to Shillong availing the railway services then Guwahati is the closest stoppage which is just around 100 meters away from Shillong.
Places To Visit
From 9 holes of 1889 it was developed into a Golf- Course with 18 holes. This Golf Club is also known as “Gleneagle of the East” and is Asia’s second largest Golf-club.
The Ward Lake is a zigzag lake with an island. There is a bridge that connects the main land with the island. The joy ride of the lake, governor’s house with pine trees and botanical garden attract tourist here.
Wankhae & Co developed Riatosomithiah’s Butterfly museum which is a very fascinating attraction.
Captain Williamson Sangma State Museum reflects the Meghalaya’s culture & the tribal society’s life style. This place exhibits things linked with culture of the state arms, handicrafts, plants and animals, and archeological objects.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
The summers of Shillong face a minimum temperature of 15°C maximum temperature of 24°C. The summers stretch between March to June, and the winters stretch between November to February with the minimum temperature of 2°C. Rainfalls are received between June and September. Rainfalls here are generally heavy and bring along heavy winds. Overall it has a pleasant and cool climate. A trip to Shillong can be planned any time of the year but it is best to avoid chilly winter months of January and December.
Language And Culture
Hindi, English, Assamese and Khasi are Shillong’s official languages.
“Jymphong” is the Khasi traditional male dress. It is without a collar, is long and sleeveless fastened of the front. Most khasis have adopted the western Dress but they prefer to wear it on ceremonies. The traditional dress for khasi women is designed to give a cylindrical shape to the body. Along with this women wear crown of Gold or Silver at a ceremony with a Peak or a Spike whereas the crowns of men have feathers.
There are a few fine accommodation options that one can choose from. These options are slightly expensive but ensure a cozy stay and provide requisite modern facilities. One can also opt for budget accommodations and mid rung.
Summit Guest House
Upper Lachumiere, Shillong
Ph No 2226216
Bonnie Guest House
Ph.No.2229527, (M) 98630 21977
Summit Guest House
Upper Lachumiere, Shillong
Ph No 2226216
Apsara Guest House
Fruit Garden,Cleave Colony, Shillong
Ph No +91-98567 21384
Pine Brook Guest House
Howell Road, Laban, Opposite the SBI Laban Branch, Shillong-4
Ph: 9863062574/ 9863036475/ 9856122878/ 0364-2501422
Activities And Festivals
If you are interested of the tribal life style then you must visit the museum. If water sports interests you then a visit to the Umiam Lake situated 17 kilometers away from Shillong is a must. A day spent at the Wards Lake’s manicured banks can also prove to be quite a relaxing experience.
The forest surrounding the Shillong Peak is filled with exotic and rare plants like pines, orchids and the plant that eats insects- pitcher plant etc. it does not have any dangerous animals which is why exploring these forests can be fun.
Wangala festival is the festival of harvest celebrated of Saljong, the Sun God of fertility ‘s honour. It is celebrated to rejoice the good output and the end of the toil period.
Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival
The Khasis celebrate this festival of April. This is celebrated to say “Thank you” to God for a good harvest and to pay him respect. It is held on the Wecking Grounds close to Shillong.
It is a festival to seek the powerful Goddess Ka Blei Synshar’s blessings so that the harvest is bumper and rich.
There are many hotels that you can choose from, depending upon what your budget for your trip is. You can look for either the costly ones or the budgeted ones. All the hotels have good modern facilities like gyms, bars, swimming pools etc.
Hotel Polo Towers
Address: 3 star hotel, Oakland Road Polo Grounds, Shillong 793001, India
Hotel Lake View Inn
Address: 2 star hotel, MG Road Co-operative Apex Bank, Shillong 793001, India
Hotel Alpine Continental
Address: 2 star hotel, Police Bazaar Thana Road/ Quinton Road, Shillong 793001, India
Since Shillong is a small city and the best way to explore the hills, culture and people of the city is by walking.
You can also travel by the following means
City buses can be availed for the places of the city. Bazaar bus and city bus are the two kind that can be traveled in. if you are a tourist then you should use city buses whereas bazaar buses are for people from the villages traveling to their products.
You can also choose to travel of the unmetered yellow and black taxis of the city limits on a sharing basis.
Sohra or Cherrapunji is located about 60 kilometers away from Shillong and towards south of Shillong. It has a world record of receiving highest rainfall of a single colander year. It is very popular for limestone caves and a number of waterfalls present here, the most popular being Noh Kalikai Falls.
Water sports complex Umiam was established on the Umiam Hydro Electric Project’s reservoir positioned 20 kilometeres away from Shillong towards the North of Shillong. This comprises of a park and a lake resort.
You can shop for beautiful Handmade shawls, Cane Handicrafts, honey from the orange flower. These are some of the few specialties of this region. The shopping area is of the police bazaar.