What to do and see in Shillong, India: The Best Places and Tips

December 28, 2017 Terina Blouin

Shillong (English: /ʃɪˈlɔːŋ/; Khasi: Shillong) is a hill station in the northeastern part of India and the capital of Meghalaya, which means "The Abode of Clouds" and is one of the smallest states in India. It is the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district and is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level, with the highest point being Shillong Peak at 6,449 feet (1,966 m). Shillong is the 330th most populous city in India with a population of 143,229 according to the 2011 census. It is said that the rolling hills around the town reminded the European settlers of Scotland. Hence, they would also refer to it as the "Scotland of the East".
Restaurants in Shillong

1. Laitlum Canyons

Shillong, India +91 78320 34083
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Laitlum Canyons

Reviewed By Varsha V

Breathtaking view from end to end where ever you look. The ride is very long but worth it . The Canyons last until the eye can see , we went on a sunny day so got a good view .

2. Umiam Lake

Ri Bhoi District, Nongpoh, India +91 364 257 0258
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Umiam Lake

Reviewed By umang166 - Vadodara, India

Umium lake comes approx 15km before Shillong while coming from Guwahati; It s a very huge and beautiful lake where in you may just halt for few minutes or go for the different water sports activities.
Some may even consider staying here at one of the resorts.
Overall a must visit place in Shillong

3. Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Shillong, India +91 78320 34083
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Reviewed By Gaurav K - Gurugram (Gurgaon), India

This forest remains unchanged since last 800 years... yes, thats what we were told by our guide... ancient rituals were conducted here long ago and once it discontinued, everything in the forest remains untouched...
One has to take a local guide to enter the forest...it was quiet, a bit foggy (when we went there) and silent... perfect setting for a horror genre movie... but we loved it... we even tried our hands playing tarzan on a hanging root from a tree...
Overall, a mesmerizing place... you don't want to miss it... :)
Outside the forest there is a small shop serving local delicacies, maggi and tea/coffee...

4. Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures

Mawlai, Shillong 793008, India +91 364 255 0260
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4.5 based on 558 reviews

Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures

Acclaimed as one the finest museum in Asia on the promotion of indigenous and tribal cultures, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) or Don Bosco Museum as it is popularly known is a major tourists' attraction that provides a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyles, history and traditions of the indigenous peoples of North East India. The museum, showcasing many galleries, gives an insight into the beautiful and diverse cultural richness of the eight States of India's North East under one roof. The Museum, run by the Salesian of Don Bosco of the Catholic Church, houses and documents the various indigenous cultures, arts and crafts of North East India.

Reviewed By Riya14_24 - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

What a collection of Art and Heritage of Seven Sister Nation. 7 Storey building potraying each zone of Seven Sisters with their wide culture and heritage.
Take time to visit the sky walk on the roof top as well. its amaizing. They charge you extra for cameras but be careful to mute your flash mode.
The reception can find you to shop some good items at much cheaper price.

5. Umiam Lake

Shillong, India
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4.5 based on 702 reviews

Umiam Lake

Reviewed By Swati D - Panjim, India

This lake will fall on the way to your travel to Shillong from Guwahati. For city dwellers like us it was a beauty to behold. Have awesome tea and freshly cut pineapples and it is refreshing break on the journey. If interested in boating, you have to go down to the lake.

6. Mawjymbuin Cave

Mawsynram Village, Shillong, India +91 70353 77760
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4.5 based on 212 reviews

Mawjymbuin Cave

Reviewed By Parwathi H

The Mawjymbuin Cave is close to Mawsynram the wettest place in on earth. Hence any visitor here will most likely encounter rains as a result of which the floor of the cave is generally wet. The cave has interesting rock formations inside and one of them is shaped like a Shiv Linga.

7. Ward's Lake

Shillong, India
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4 based on 327 reviews

Ward's Lake

Reviewed By Sandypaulc - Agartala, India

We went to the ward's lake area for the Cherry Blossom festival. There was a huge gathering in the evening. It was beautiful to watch the lake side in the night.

8. Elephant Falls

Shillong, India +91 364 222 2731
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4 based on 915 reviews

Elephant Falls

Reviewed By SquashAddict - Kathmandu, Nepal

Who doesn't travel with a camera these days? Why still charge entrance fee plus extra for cameras or video cameras?!
Nice falls - probably a lot better viewing in the rains. We visited in March at the end of the dry season - still some water, but probably didn't see them at their best.

9. Ward's Lake

East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, India
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4 based on 168 reviews

Ward's Lake

Reviewed By rajesh_parashar89 - Guwahati

Awesome to hang out. Awesome to hang out. One of the most popular attractions of Shillong, Ward's lake is a must-visit place when in this pristine north-eastern city. Also known as Pollock's Lake, this artificial water body is encircled by an extensive lush garden and lies in the middle of the city. Ward's Lake Shillong. Locally called Pollock's Lake or Nan-Polok, Ward's Lake boasts of being one of the most popular tourist attractions of Shillong. This artificial lake set amidst well-maintained lush botanical garden offering mesmerizing views of the orchids and other colorful flowers lies in the heart of the city.

10. Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians

Lachumiere, Shillong 793003, India
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4 based on 98 reviews

Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians

Reviewed By Parwathi H

This church is located centrally in Shillong and convenient to visit. The church itself is quiet a big one and probably the largest in Meghalaya. The church grounds are spacious and well maintained. The interior of the church is also very beautiful with stained glass paintings and a high ceiling.

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