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The Best Things to Do in Shillong

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Umiam Lake , Shillong
Umiam Lake lies some 15 km (9.5 mi) from Shillong tucked away amidst the scenic hills of Meghalaya. Created by damming the Umiam River in the
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Police Bazar , Shillong
A renowned market in downtown Shillong, Police Bazar offers a variety of merchandise, making it one of the most important shopping areas of M
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Specialty Museum
Immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of Northeast India at Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures. Founded by the Salesians of Don
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Duration: 6 days
Meghalaya is one of the gems of Northeast India, because Meghalaya is a potpourri of vivid landscapes. It is indeed God’s own garden with lush green mountains, mysterious caves, sparkling rivers, and some majestic waterfalls. Richness of Culture Home to the Khasi and Garo culture, Meghalaya boasts of its unique cuisines, vibrant clothing, and melodious folk music. Though it has a moderate climate, the best time to visit Meghalaya is in autumn. Its capital Shillong, known as ‘The Rock Capital of India’, has a peppy evening vibe.The true essence of Meghalaya tourism lies in its villages, here cleanliness is a culture that is practiced dedicatedly, that the village Mawlynnong is named the cleanest village of Asia! The Living Roots bridges at Nongriat Village are so mystical they seem to be straight out of some Peter Pan movie! Also, if you have seen those pictures of a slender boat over crystal clear waters then you already know what boating in Umngot River at Dawki Village looks like.
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Elephant Falls , Shillong
This waterfall consists of three consecutive sections, named by the British for the rock that resembled an elephant. That rock has since been
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Ward's Lake , Shillong
Visit an artificial lake dating to the colonial period of the area and feel the ambient of lush green gardens and scenic hills reflecting in
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Established as the capital of Assam by the British, the hill station of Shillong today serves as the capital of Meghalaya, created in 1972. Since then, development has made the "Scotland of the East" into a fairly plain Indian town, although some colonial-era architectural highlights still shine through. As with other hill stations, the climate here remains noticeably more temperate than at lower elevations, and most Shillong itineraries focus on the verdant valleys and forested hillsides--the main beneficiaries of the cool mountain air and the monsoon rains. Use our India trip itinerary maker website to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Shillong.

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Where to stay in Shillong

Shillong's accommodations cater to a range of tastes and budgets, meeting the needs of budget-conscious backpackers and middle-class Indian families wishing to get away from the heat at lower altitudes. The Police Bazar district has most of the lodgings of interest to those seeking the simplicity of a guesthouse or the value of a hostel. Staying in this lively commercial area puts you right in the thick of things. To the south, you'll find some pristine resort hotels set in privileged spots with vistas, pools, and fine-dining restaurants.
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