Shillong Travel Tours of Famous Hill Station of Meghalaya India
Travel to this small town of Shillong hill station of Meghalaya, perched at an altitude of 1,496 m, this lesser known hill station tour of India is also called the "Scotland of the east". What exactly it has in common with Scotland maybe a matter of discussion but the majority of the population - the Khasis and the Jaintias - boats of a clan system that would any day outrival the Scottish clans!
Even before the effect of Umiam Lake wears off, Shillong spreads out with its lush green undulating hills, cottages tucked in its folds with a sprinkling of old world cathedrals and churches and localities with quaint names like 'Laitumkrah', 'Sunnyhill', 'Lachumiere', 'Mawalai', 'Nongthymiah' and 'Pokseh'.
Khasi-Pnar Tribes Homeland Tour
Shillong, the home of the Khasi-Pnar tribe has its origin rooted in myths. The more common legend traces the name of Shillong to a mythical youth, U Shillong, a supernatural youth born out of immaculate conception of a virgin mother named Lir U Shillong or the one who grows naturally and who is the presiding deity of the city. The phrase 'Khot Shillong" (Call Shillong) is a prayer mantra in times of distress. There are many tribal tours organized by Meghalaya Tourism where you can meet the tribal people and experienece the life and their culture.
Another legend involves the Shillong deity, a Supernatural being and his beautiful daughter who went on to become the "Pahsyntiew" (lured by flower) Queen mother of the Shillong kingdom in Meghalaya following her marriage to a local youth Kongor Nongiri.
Shillong Travel Where Nature Unfold
The legends might have vague roots but there is no disputing that nature has been more than partial where Shillong is concerned. Towering pines and gurgling mountain streams, awesome waterfalls that go by the name of Elephant, Crinoline, sweet falls, and the twin Bishop and Beadon. Then there are lakes and gorges and caverns that all combine to make Shillong a most travel destination and tourist's delight.
Prime Attractions and Places to Visit in Shillong
Anglican CemeteryLovers of old churchyards will enjoy the Anglican cemetery in Rilbong, with gravestones dating back to the last century, including those soldiers killed in the Lushai campaign in Mizoram.
Beadon Falls, Bishop Falls & Elephant FallsBeadon Falls and Bishop Falls, off the Guwahati road at Mawprem, 3-km north, and Elephant Falls, set amid fern-covered rocks 12-km south, are popular waterfalls and picnic sites, that are covered in most of the sightseeing tours of Shilong that can accessible by taxi.
Botanical GardensVisit the "Sacred groves" or virgin forests. The nearest one is the Mawphlang sacred as it is by traditional religious sanctions. The forest is so sacred that even a dead leaf cannot be removed from the area. With the sanction of religion, it is certainly a brilliant way of preserving the ecological system.
Iewduh - Shopper's StopTake a walk down to Lewduh, the main bazaar run mostly by women under the administrative supervision of the Mylliem State Meghalaya Tourism. While here, feast on the local sight, smell and taste. And splurge on the unbelievable cane and wood products.
Kyllang RockOn the road from Mairang to Nongkhlaw lies a massive single granite stone at great height known as Kyllang Rock. It presents an appearance of a circular dome with a diameter of about 1,000 ft.
Lady Hydari ParkThere is the perfectly landscaped Lady Hydari Park ablaze with roses and flowers of almost every variety even as weeping willows bend into water bodies that house pelicans and the like. The Shillong hill station also host a mini zoo and Butterfly museum with colourful species preserved for sale and posterity. There is the perfectly landscaped Lady Hydari Park ablaze with roses and flowers of almost every variety even as weeping willows bend into water bodies that house pelicans and the like. There is also a mini zoo and Butterfly museum with colourful species preserved for sale and posterity. There is the perfectly landscaped Lady Hydari Park ablaze with roses and flowers of almost every variety even as weeping willows bend into water bodies that house pelicans and the like. There is also a mini zoo and Butterfly museum with colourful species preserved for sale and posterity.
Lum Nehru ParkAdjacent to the orchid lake resort in one of the surrounding spurs, there is a charming park. Besides beautiful lawns and flowers. Travel a little to visit an orchid-house and an aviary. Plans are afoot to construct an aquarium and set-up musical fountains nearby.
NurseriesTo sample the delights of Shillong tourism, the best way is to opt out of the tourist route and amble around. Walk through lanes saddled by cute cottages, walk into nurseries in the upper Shillong areas and ask for the exotic orchids and the unique carnivorous plant - the Pitcher Plant.
Rengthiam FallsAt a distance of 15-km from Shillong on the Shillong - Jowai highway is the awe-inspiring Rengthiam Falls. Located in the mawlyngad village, 2 kms. Away at pepbah, this spectacular waterfall untouched in its natural beauty and surroundings will give any visitor the excitement of visiting the unknown in this unique corner waiting to be discovered.
Sohpetbneng PeakSituated at a height of 1,343m, 20-km from Shillong hill resort, regarded as sacred by the Hynniewtrep people, is set amidst a beautiful scenic view against the backdrop of sacred forest. This 'Navel-of-heaven' as per Khasi mythology, your Shillong holiday tour makes it a must visit to this heavenly peak, which offers to fill the spiritual void and emptiness, to those who seek and desire solace and peace of mind.
Spread Eagle FallsLocated on the outskirts of the city, lies a sparkling waterfall, which looks like an eagle with, wings spread out. Hence, the name spread eagle falls. The falls has fairly steep cliffs on three sides with a very deep pool beneath - a soothing setting amidst calm nature. The falls is locally known as "Urkaliar" or the falls into which Ka Liar slipped.
State MuseumA travel tour of this Meghalaya State Museum, in Lachumiere, has exhibits depicting tribal customs and a weaker collection of ancient scriptures from elsewhere in India. Timing: In Summer - Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 4.30 pm In Winter - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Closed on: - 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Entry: Free Meghalaya's State Museum, in Lachumiere, has exhibits depicting tribal customs and a weaker collection of ancient scriptures from elsewhere in India. Timing: In Summer - Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 4.30 pm In Winter - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Closed on: - 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Entry: Free
Thadlaskein LakeLocated 56-km from Shillong and 8-km from Jowai off NH-44, this captivatingly placid lake is a popular picnic resort. According to tradition, the followers of the Jaintia Chieftain U Sajar Nangli dug the lake. The Chieftain had an irreconcilable difference of opinion with the king of Jaintiapur, the Earstwhile Jaintia Kingdom, which now constitutes the Jaintia District of Bangladesh.
Ward LakeAnd if nature's bounty was not enough, Shillong tourism also boasts of a man made lake- Ward's Lake - right in the heart of the city. The lake, built by Chief Commissioner William Ward in 1893-94, is a picture book lake complete with a white wooden Japanese like bridge and fishes that throng to feed on Channa (Chickpeas).