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Shillong

Golf Course:  

Shillong Golf Course, one of the oldest golf courses in India. Located at an altitude of 5200 feet above sea level, the golf course is a golfer’s delight with its immensely beautiful landscapes and state of the art 18 holes Golf Course. Spread over an area of 5,873 yards, with a longest put distance of 594 yards, the Shillong Golf course is one of the most challenging in the world.

 

Meghalaya Butterfly Museum:

The Meghalaya Butterfly Museum is one of its kinds in the world and is a popular tourist hotspot of Shillong. Located in Riatsamthiah area at a distance of 1 Km from the Shillong city center, the butterfly museum is home to 1,600 species of butterflies, moths and insects.

 

Police Bazaar:

No visit to Shillong is complete without visiting the Police Bazaar. Also known as PB by the local population, Police Bazaar is the downtown area of Shillong offering shopping escapades and eating joints. Police Bazaar due to its location in the heart of the city is a popular cross section for tourists before embarking on various city adventures and tourist attractions.

 

Mawsynram:

Mawsynram located on the outskirts of Shillong is considered to be one of the wettest places in India. Mawsynram is also a popular trekking destination due to its picturesque hills and surreal surroundings. Religious tourists also have a special attraction towards Mawsynram as its home to the Mawjymbuin Cave which is naturally built stalagmite shaped Shivalinga attracting Hindu pilgrims from across the world.

 

Shillong Peak:  

Shillong peak is one of the most widely visited tourist attraction in Shillong. Located at an altitude of 1965 meters above sea level, Shillong Peak is one of the highest Himalayan peaks showcasing a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan ranges. The peaks also feature a radar station of the Indian Air Force and photography is not allowed due to security concerns.

 

Spread Eagle Falls:  

The Spread Eagle Falls is arguably the widest waterfalls in Shillong and is a popular tourist hotspot in the city. The falls are also commonly known as Sati Falls or Urkaliar.

 

Sohpetbneng Peak:  

Sohpetbneng Peak located at an altitude of 1,343 meters above sea level is one of the most beautiful peaks of Shillong. Associated with mythological tales of the Hynniewtrep community, Sohpetbneng Peak is an ideal site for solitude seekers and meditation practitioners. Sohpetbneng Peak is located at a distance of 20 Kms from Shillong city center but the serene surroundings make it a must visit on any travelers itinerary.

 

Jakrem:

Jakrem is a popular health resort near Shillong that attracts a large number of tourists. Famous for its hot water sulphur springs, the resort at Jakrem is located at a distance of 65 Kms from the Shillong city center. Local cabs and buses are available to reach Jakrem from Shillong.

 

Lady Hydari Park:

Lady Hydari Park named after the wife of the first Governor of Assam is a popular tourist attraction in Shillong. Famous for its breathtaking orchids and beautiful flowers, Lady Hydari Park also features a mini zoo and children park attracting kids and local population. Roses and rose buds in a variety of colors are the specialty of Lady Hydari Park.

 

Beadon Falls:

Located at an altitude of 1496 meters above sea level, Beadon Falls are located in a dense jungle hosting wild beasts and animals. Government authorities have constructed a viewpoint for the tourists to have a compelling view of the falls. Beadon Falls are famous for having crystal clear water that fall over a height of 100 feet making it one of the most beautiful sights in Shillong.

 

Bishop Falls:

The Bishop Falls is part of the double falls along with the Beadon Waterfalls originating from the same source of river Umshyrphi. Bishop waterfalls are a famous tourist attraction due to its unique three step water falls from a height of nearly 135 meters. Bishop Falls at located from a distance of 2 Kms from the main city center of Shillong and attracts a large number of visitors every day.

 

Crinoline Falls:

Crinoline Falls are arguably the most beautiful water falls in Shillong attracting a large number of visitors and tourists alike. Covered with a green belt of rare flora, Crinoline Falls have a falling height of 13 meters. Surrounded by picturesque orchids at the base of the fall, Crinoline Falls are located in the middle of the city along with the Lady Hydari Park and is easily accessible from any corner of the city.

 

Sweet Falls:

Sweet Falls as the name suggests is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Shillong. Situated near Happy Valley, at a distance of about eight kilometer from Shillong, it is a famous picnic spot for the locals as well as tourists. Sweet falls are a very steep and dangerous as it is surrounded by rocky terrains. High caution is advised for the tourists.

 

Elephant Falls:  

Situated at a distance of 12 km from the capital city of Meghalaya, Elephant Falls is a collection of three smaller waterfalls that combine together to form the final stream.. The footpath from bottom of the Falls leads to a small lake which is a popular tourist’s hangout.

 

Wards Lake:  

Wards Lake is an artificial manmade lake surrounded by beautiful serene gardens and is one of the most well known hotspots of Shillong city. The horse-shoe shaped lake is frequented by tourists, honeymooners and picnickers alike and is famous for its wide variety of fish in the vicinity of the Lake. The lake complex has a cafeteria offering wide range of refreshments making it an ideal holiday excursion hotspot.

 

Shillong Cathedral:  

Shillong Cathedral is a popular and ancient church of Shillong built by the Germans in the year 1913. Interiors of the cathedral are made of terracotta, which exhibits suffering and death of Jesus Christ. In front of the main altar the grave of the first Archbishop of Shillong, Late Rt. Rev. Hubert D Rosario. The church today has been marked as a Heritage monument attracting catholic community from across the state to offer prayers.

 

Marai Cave:

Marai caves located at a distance of 16 Kms from Shillong city is a popular tourist attraction. The intriguing caves are associated with many mythological stories. As per the locals, the children of the Syiems of the kingdoms of Mylliem and Khyrim dug the cave and came through it. The caves showcase a breathtaking view of Shillong city and the surrounding hills.

 

Rhino Heritage Museum:  

The Rhino Heritage museum of Shillong is one of the popular military heritage museums in the world. Located at the t-junction of National Highway 44 and 40 overlooking the Umshyrpi River, the museum was built in the year 1928. The museum has many historical photographs related to the military as well as things related to the local culture. Some of the famous possessions of the museum include exhibits relating to the War of Liberation for Bangladesh, machine guns and military equipment made by China, Iraq and NATO.

 

Anthropological Museum:

Anthropological Museum of Shillong is a well known tourist attraction in the city showcases exhibits of physical anthropology specimens. Established in 1954, the museum is well known for its rare pale anthropology and cultural anthropology collection. The museum remains closed on second Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays   and charges a nominal entrance fee.