The state capital of Meghalaya, as well as the district headquarters of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong is a beautiful hill station situated in the north eastern part of India. Situated at an altitude of 1,491 metres above sea level, the name Shillong was derived from Shillong - a powerful deity. According to legend, Shillong was born under mysterious circumstance to a virgin mother. An alternate theory goes that the name Shillong was derived from a peak of the same name.
Here's a list of places you have to visit and experiences you must have while in Shillong:
Lady Hydari Park
One of the most popular tourist attractions of Shillong, the Lady Hydari Park is spread across a kilometre or so. Home to a zoo, Japanese style landscaping and a butterfly museum, the park also has a lovely bed of roses. While in bloom, the rose bed looks mesmerizing and is definitely a site for sore eyes. The best time to see the park at its vivid best is in the months of April and October.
Shillong Golf Course
The Shillong Golf Course is one of the oldest and best natural golf course in the world! And we are not exaggerating! It is considered to be the "Gleneagle of the East" by the United States Golf Association and Museum. Having an 18 hole course, head over to this place to either play the sport or to watch an intriguing play in action. A must visit place in Shillong for Golf Lovers!!
The Ward's Lake is a beautiful manmade lake named after Sir William Ward, the then Chief Commissioner of Assam. A picturesque lake, it has an enchanting atmosphere. The bridge over the lake looks right out of a fairytale. Pack a picnic basket and have a memorable time with your loved ones around the lake. Boating is something you have to do at the Ward's Lake!
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Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
The Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures is a wonderful and interesting museum dedicated to the states of North East India. Collectively called the "Seven Sisters", the centre strives to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of the north eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram. Spread across seven stories, each of the seven floors represents the seven states. Housing seventeen galleries, on display are cultural artefacts and paintings. A must visit while in Shillong.
Situated on the outskirts of Shillong, the Eagle Falls is a wonderful place to visit. It is called so because from a particular angle, the waterfall looks like an eagle with its wings spread out. Set amidst dense forests, the waters cut through rocky terrains making for a tranquil locale.
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The local food of Shillong consists of some wonderful dishes. While in town, do taste dishes like the delectable Jadoh (aromatic amalgamation of pork and rice), the wacky but yummy Tungtab (fermented dry fish) and the humble but scrumptious Tarumbai (beans). And who can forget street food favourites such as dumplings, momos, soupy noodles and dim sums?!
Jalebi from Delhi Mistan Bhandar
Ask any Shillongite about his favourite place to eat scrumptious, delicious snacks and he will point you towards the Delhi Mistan Bhandar located at Police Bazaar. If you have a sweet tooth, ignore everything else on the menu and straightaway order their jalebis!
Fondly known as the "Rock Capital of India", the people of Shillong love music, especially rock. This passion for music is shared by the young and old alike. The city boasts of artists and bands that have gained international recognition even. It is also known to host many music festivals throughout the year.
Shad Suk Mynsiem
Shad Suk Mynsiem is a joyous festival celebrated in the month of April. The name roughly translates to "The Dance of Joyful Heart". A thanksgiving dance festival, this one lasts for three days. Men and women dress up in traditional fineries and dance to the beat of drums and flute. A vibrant occasion that you just have to witness. Check more festivals in India for 2017.
From being a British era summer retreat to rapidly developing into a modern city, this "Scotland of the East" is a beautiful melange of colonial-era charm and modernization. Have you planned a trip to Shillong yet? A thrilling yet soothing experience awaits you.