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Shillong Hill Station : Beautiful Hill Station In India

Shillong Hill Station is one of the most beautiful hill stations in northeast India. For its captivating natural beauty, it is crowned as Scotland of India. Enriched with a wide array of flora and fauna, Shillong is a popular go-to-destination for tourists, especially who wish to spend their holidays amidst the purity of nature. Diversity of nature makes the capital of Meghalaya stand out from other hill stations. The mountain station (Shillong Hill Station ) is at an altitude of 1,525 m above sea level.

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How To Reach :

  • By Flight: Umroi airport of Shillong is the nearest airport of the capital of Meghalaya. Located almost 40 km away from the heart of the city. The airport is connected only with Netaji Subhas International Airport of Kolkata. Moreover, flights from the airport are irregular due to the unpredictable weather condition. For this reason, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport of Guwahati is the preferred choice of tourists planning to visit Shillong Hill Station. This Airport shares excellent connectivity to the other major Airport of the nation as well as Bhutan and Thailand. It takes around 3 hours to reach Shillong Hill Station by car. Click Here To Book Cheap Flight Ticket

  • By Train: Meghalaya does not have any Railway connectivity. 105 kilometre away Guwahati is the nearest railhead of Shillong. It is well connected with the major Railway destinations of India including Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru etc.

  • By Road: Both Government and non-government buses run between Shillong and Guwahati. It takes around 4 hours to reach your destination. NH 40 serves as the heart of the connection between Shillong and Guwahati whereas NH 44 connects Tripura with the city. Taxis and cabs are available with both share and privately hire option.

Best Time To Visit :

Shillong weather remains pleasant throughout the year that makes it a year-round go-to destination. As heavy downpour is received in this region, it is better to avoid the rainy season that lasts from July to September. However, if you are an adventure seeker and wish to enjoy the beauty of untouched nature to the fullest rainy season is the perfect time for you. The best time to visit this city is between September and May. Soothing weather during this time makes it comfortable to explore the beauty of nature.  Shillong experiences comparatively less rainfall during these months. Carrying an umbrella and light woollen clothes are a good idea to make your journey hassle-free. Shad Suk Mynsiem is a famous dance festival in Meghalaya.

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 What To See : 

  • Umium Lake: Nestled amidst East Khasi hill and coniferous forest, Umium Lake is one of the major Shillong tourist places. This man-made Lake is popularly known as Bada Pani. Apart from treating your eyes and calm your souls with its enchanting natural beauty, this lake is home of adventurous water sports including scooting, water cycling, kayaking etc. Lum Nehru Park beside this lake is famous as a picnic spot.

  • Elephant waterfalls: This three-tier waterfall is counted as the most breath-taking waterfalls of the city. This waterfall was named after the adjoining huge rock that resembles an elephant. However, the rock was destroyed by an earthquake. The beautiful waterfall and untouched serene beauty of surrounded nature create a long-lasting effect in your mind.

  • Shillong ViewPoint: To enjoy the captivating beauty of surrounding nature to the fullest, Shillong viewpoint or Shillong peak is a must-visit. Nestled at a height of 3449 feet from sea level, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of Shillong along with surrounded waterfalls hills and plain land of Bangladesh from here. Remember to carry an ID along with you.

  • Lady Hydari Park: This popular tourist destination of Shillong Hill Station is named after Lady Hydari, the first lady of the province. Beautiful rose beds and play zone for children to make it ideal for every tourist irrespective of their age. You can see more than a hundred variants of reptiles and 73 species of birds in the Mini Zoo located inside the park. To enjoy the beauty of the park to the fullest it is a wise idea to visit it in the morning as it is crowded in the evening as local people visit at that time.

  • Wards Lake: Located in the heart of the city, Wards Lake is another centre attraction of Shillong Hill Station tour. Dancing fountain, beautiful Lotus bed, boating, feeding fish make your visit in this lake a memorable one.

  • Laitlum canyons: If you are in search of an offbeat destination in Shillong or Shillong Hill Station trip, Laitlum Canyon is the name you should include in your must-visit list. Set in East Khasi Hills, this is a loved destination for trekkers, nature and peace lovers. The tranquil beauty of distant hills and valleys, zigzag hill roads, the sight of gorges mesmerize you.

  • Mawphlang Sacred Forest: Nature over pores its beauty in Shillong.  Mawphlang Sacred Forest is one of such destinations where you can meet some rare species of flora and fauna.

Mary Help for Christian Cathedral, Don Bosco Museum, Air Force Museum, All Saints Cathedral, Phan Nonglait Park, Sweet Falls, Sohpetbneng Peak, David Scott Trail, Spread Eagle Falls, State Museum, Mawphlang Village, Mawjymbuin Cave, Rhino Heritage Museum, Botanical Garden, Bishop Falls, Lumpongdeng Island, The Grand Madina Masjid, Ever-Living Museum are some of the other popular Shillong tourist places.

Note : The living root bridge is recognized as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO .

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Where To Stay :  

Some of the popular Shillong hotels are as follows:

  • Ladybird hotel: Located in the prestigious Police bazar of Shillong, Ladybird hotel is popular for its location and excellent services. They provide free parking, internet service, complimentary breakfast and mineral water, laundry service etc. to their guests. They even arrange sightseeing according to your convenience.

  • Hotel Polo Towers: Set in the heart of the city, Hotel Polo Towers is a preferred choice for tourist as well as business travellers. Equipped with all the modern amenities, they provide the best service to their guests at the pocket-friendly range. They serve delicious food to visitors.

  • Cafe Shillong bed and breakfast: Cafe Shillong bed and breakfast comes with an excellent service that makes your stay in Shilong cosy and comfortable. Breakfast, high-speed internet, free parking 24-hour room service are some of the services they provide to their guests.

  • Hotel Woodland view: Hotel Woodland view is the best one to have a romantic holiday. Nestled amidst the lap of nature, from some of their rooms you can even enjoy the view of Hills. All their rooms are equipped with modern services. In the restaurant, you can enjoy the best quality of Chinese and Indian food. You can even relax on the terrace or lounge in your free time and have the best experience of your holidays.

  • Dewdrop In: If you are looking for a tranquil experience Dewdrop In is the perfect choice for you. This family-run guest house offers the homely ambience to their guests. Surrounded by Pine trees and adjacent by a Buddhist monastery this guest house is popular tourist searching for peace.

 About Visa :

Tourists from outside India require a visa to visit Shillong. E-visa offered by Government of India is a handy option for you. Schedule your trip and apply accordingly as this visa cannot be extended under any circumstances. However, you can avail the same twice a year. You need to apply at least four days before your arrival to get the visa.

 

To fulfil the dream of spending holidays in the most popular tourist places, visit the website of Trip Smooth and schedule your dream tour.

 

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Mary Samen
I had visited Shillong After read this article . Information's are true. Thank You .
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