Shillong the capital of Meghalaya is famously known as the Scotland of the east is one of the most popular tourist destination of the North East. The captivating hill town has to be the first on the itinerary list while scheduling a holiday trip to the North East India. The romantic destination with lovely view points, mountain ranges, breath-taking waterfalls, scenic lakes with boating facility, museums, great hotels & restaurants of all types, and plenty of activities as well as shopping is located at an altitude of 4,908 ft.
Famous for the most wettest places in the Earth, Cherrapunjee is situated 56 Kms from Shillong and 1300 metres above sea level is full of greenery, numerous waterfalls cascading down deep gorges, great caves and many other natural attractions which you will love to experience. However Mawsynram about 60kms from Shillong and takes about 2 hours to reach by car has surpassed Cherrapunjee and experiences the highest rainfall in the planet now which is also popular for its Botanical garden with a range of flowering plantations and fruit trees, and also for beautiful pool and great caves.
Shillong peak offering panoramic view of the hills, Ward’s lake with a beautiful lake offering boating options, Lake Hydari with lovely parkland full of flowering plantations and trees, astonishing sight of the Elephant waterfalls, and a day trip to the huge Umiam Lake about 15 kms from Shillong offering various waters sports facilities, even the State Museum located at the State Central Library complex in Laichumiere allows a glimpse of the heritage and lifestyle of the Khasi tribesmen here. The Butterfly Museum at Riatsamthiah holds a rare collection of butterflies and moths are other notable tourist sightseeing spots.
Accommodation choices available at Shillong are plenty from budget stay to a luxury resort. Hotels, Guest Houses and lodges of varied budgets have mushroomed in and around Shillong. Reserved cabs and taxis would customize your tour perfectly which are plenty at disposal. The weather is cool all through the year making it an irresistible travel proposition. However winter is sets in at December and continues till February which is extremely cool. Either March to May or October to November experiences pleasant climate which makes it perfect to enjoy the place with family and friends.
The best way to reach Shillong is from Guwahati which takes about 2 and half hours by road lovely scenic uphill drive through lush green mountains, approximately 105 kms. Guwahati has accessed to Rail and Air with trains and flights operating from major cities and towns from the country regularly. Shillong also has a airport which is known as Umroi Airport but direct flight to this airport is irregular.