Awesome Places To Visit In Shillong, Meghalaya

Umiam Lake Meghalaya

Today I am going to write on the places to visit in Shillong. Shillong is the Capital of Meghalaya There are quite a number of places to visit in Shillong.
The distance from Guwahati to Shillong distance is about 100 kms. To go to Shillong you will get shared taxis from the Airport or you can hire one for yourself. If you want to take bus there is a bus service as well from Guwahati Airport to Shillong else you can get from the main Guwahati City in Paltan Bazar.

In this post, I will write about the places which you can cover in Shillong City. Here you can read about the best places to visit in Meghalaya.

1. Police Bazar:
Police Bazar Shillong
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I don’t know how it got this name as police bazaar but Police Bazar is the main hub and shopping center of Shillong with a large number of tourists visiting and shopping. One can find a number of shops and vendors on both sides of the road, selling a variety of goods from dress material, leather goods, winter wear, shoes, handicrafts, souvenirs including branded items. Besides, there are a number of hotels, restaurants and eateries in the zone.
The market is in the Centre of the City and is worth visiting. Landmarks like the Meghalaya Assembly, Meghalaya High Court and the Meghalaya Tourism or the Shillong Tourism offices are located here. It’s a good place to see the local scene and feel the city and the people. At a distance of around 700 meters you will get the Wards Lake to hang around.

The market is in the central area of the city it is worth visiting. A number of landmarks like

2. Elephanta Falls:

Elephanta Falls
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Meghalaya is undoubtedly blessed with many astonishing waterfalls and Elephanta Falls is one of them. . It is around 5km from the city center. The fall has three stages and the final stage is to be the best one. This is so-called because there was an elephant-shaped rock. Due to earthquakes that rock broke and the name persists. This is a must-visit place to see in Shillong.

This place has enough place for parking and some shops with traditional items. This is of the best places to visit in Shillong.

3. Shillong Peak:

Shillong Peak
The peak is at a height of about 1970 m above sea level, Shillong Peak is the highest point in Shillong. You will be able to see a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city from here, also you can take a birds-eye view with the telescope available here.

You can trek up to this peak to relish the amazing view of the entire city of Shillong. This place is truly mesmerizing and refreshing and is among the most exciting places to visit in Shillong.

5. Lady Hydari Park:

Lady Hydari Park
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The park is very well maintained, your mood will change with the freshness of the park when you just enter the park. There is also a mini zoo and the kids will surely enjoy it. Flowers are really beautiful and colorful, you can enjoy the vibrant colors of the flowers.

The pathways in the park are very comfortable and you can walk for a long time. You can sit down and rest if you are tired and want to take a rest. This is one of the places to visit in Shillong.

6. Don Bosco Museum:

Donbosco Museum Shillong
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This is a curated museum of an artistic and fantastic collection of artifacts, paintings, and sculptures. You can even find earthenware and the evolution of the various cultures of the North Eastern People. The museum is of International standard with all the safety instructions and clear markings. This is of seven floors dedicated to all the North Eastern States displaying their culture, history, and customs. The museum provides an impressive experience with facts and insights

This museum has been thoughtfully curated with a fantastic collection of artifacts, sculptures, paintings, earthenware, and varied inputs into the evolution and cultures of the North East tribes. The layout and design of the museum are in line with international standards with clear markings and safety instructions and exit points.

7. Sweet Falls:

Sweet Falls Shillong
Image Credit Flickr Asif Ahmed

Sweet Falls is one of the most mesmerizing and steepest falls in Meghalaya, it is located around 4 to 5 km from the city center. The falls are about 315 feet and are considered very dangerous as well as a stunning waterfall.

The route to the waterfall is very slippery and you can find pine trees on both side of the road. On the way to the falls, you will hear the chirping of the birds.

8. Cathedral of Mary Help:

Shillong Cathedral
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The Cathedral of Mary Help is one of the most beautiful places in Shillong. It is named after Mother Mary and is located at a distance of around 3 km from the city center. This place also houses the grave of the First Arch Bishop of the city. The church depicts the various artworks from the Holy Scriptures. This is a must visit place in Shillong.

9. Shillong Golf Course:

Golf Links, Shillong
Image Credit Flickr Ankush Saikia

The Shillong Golf Course is one of the largest natural golf course. The golf course is surrounded by pine trees on a scenic valley. People also call this place ‘Gleneagles of the East’. This is at a distance of 15 to 20 mins walk from the city cent.

10. Wards Lake

Wards Lake Shillong
Image Credit Flickr Rejaul Karim

One of the most famous tourist locations in Shillong, the Ward’s Lake, or the Pollock’s Lake is an synthetic lake inside the midst of enviable greenery, and in the center of the town.

The lake is named after Chief Commissioner of Assam, Sir William Ward, who started the plan for the establishment of this lake. It was later on constructed in 1894 by Colonel Hopkins. There is a wooden bridge from where you can enjoy the view of the Lake and you can feed fishes too and enjoy boating too. The lake is shaped like a horse shoe and you can walk on the cobble-stone path or simply admire the colorful garden.

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