Shillong is unquestionably the most appealing choice in north-east, to spend the summer vacations. It is the one and only hill station in India that can be reached from all sides. The plush mountains with pine plantations, sparkling lakes, stunning waterfalls, and thrilling actions present here contribute to making Shillong a prime tourist hotspot.
Snuggled at an elevation of about 1,496 m above sea level, Shillong is the traditional abode to the tribal Khasis. Shyllong or Lei Shyllong deity has given the nomenclature Shillong, and the picturesque valleys, historical museums, luxuriant golf course, breathtaking a view from the peak, and assorted biodiversity has earned the title “ Scotland of the East”.
Located approximately 10 km from the CBD, Shillong Peak showcases the most jaw-dropping elevated views of the entire city profile, from 1965 m above sea level. It is the top most point in Shillong and offers the most photogenic view of remote Khasi hills and stunning cascades and streamlets.
Laitlum canyons located in the Khasi Hills offers the most photogenic vistas of the surrounding valleys and meadows. A place that is not ample traveled gives one an experience to cherish, seeing the circumstance that Laitlum locally refers to ‘end of hill’. One will see the stunning views of valleys and neighboring hills from the site. People love this place to chill, relax and hang out and explore the canyon area and the amazing vistas and stunning sights will make them skip a beat. This is a true paradise and absolute bliss for nature lovers.
Umiam Lake is formed from a budding reservoir, which is created by the damming of Umiam River. Popular for thrilling water sports and a favorite hangout place, this place is located roughly 15 km from the city. The expansive man-made water body, sprawling over 10 sq. km is also known as “Bada Pani” because of its size. The state tourism department has established an Orchid Tourist Home, adjacent to the lake and has arranged for a thrilling water sports like kayaking, speed boats, sailing boats, row boats, paddle boats, cruise boats scooting, boating and water cycling.
The three stepped waterfall- popularly known as Elephant Falls is nestled 12 km from the main city. The name was given by the British- as it a rocky outcrop nearby resembled an elephant. However, the rock is not there now and had been demolished long ago due to a massive earthquake. The monsoon season brings more vibrancy to the tremendously bouncing waterfalls, and one can see the water gushing down in huge vigour. One may merge the vacation to Shillong Peak and Elephant Falls in one day as both are located quite close to each other.
Mawjymbuin Caves, one of the primary pulls of Shillong, is situated 56 km away from Shillong city. The natural caverns are snuggled on the world’s dampest site, Mawsynram. One will be needed to do some widening and unfolding and at real exercises while exploring the caves. The outstanding stalagmites observed in the caves are wonderful. Continuous drops of water fell on a huge karst feature and resulting its look like a Shiva Linga. Travelling in and around the naturally shaped caves is a stimulating experience, memorable for a lifetime.