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Shillong – Scotland of the East

Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya. It’s known for the manicured gardens at Lady Hydari Park. Nearby, Ward’s Lake is surrounded by walking trails. North, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features displays on the region’s native people. Waterfalls include the Elephant Falls to the southwest. East of here, forested Shillong Peak offers city views.


1. Shillong was a small village until 1864, when it became the new civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia hills

2. In 1874, it became the capital of composite Assam under British rule.

3. In 1972, after the formation of Meghalaya as an independent state, Shillong became its capital.


1. Go for river rafting at ranikor

2. Trek Shillong peak

3. Visit Elephant falls

4. Mawsynram  ( 44kms away)

5. Visit Don Bosco Museum

How to reach there


Shillong doesn’t have an airport within the city. The nearest airport to the hill station is the Umroi Airport near Barapani, which is about 25 kilometres away. This has limited connectivity with other cities. The nearest major airport that is well-connected with multiple cities across India is in Guwahati, which is about 125 kilometres away.

The closest railway station from Shillong is in Guwahati. It’s about 100 kilometres away . The Guwahati railway station is connected to New Delhi and other major cities across the country.

Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) run buses from Guwahati to Shillong. The main interstate bus stand is located near to Guwahati railway station. Reasonable prices for different types of buses like AC, AC Sleeper, luxury and Volvo busesare available for Shillong.

Nearby destinations

1. Mawlynnong ( 42 kms away)

2. David Scott Trail (36 Kms away)

3. Jhakrem (45 kms away)

4. Jaintia Hills (46 kms away)

5. Mawjymbuin Cave ( 46 kms away)

Some hotels in Shillong with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Hotel Orchid Annex
Rockski Boutique Bed and Breakfast
Best Holiday Inn
Jessica Residency
The Homestead Shillong
Meera Holiday Villa
Hotel Pegasus Crown


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