Shillong is a hill station in the northeastern part of India and the capital city of the State of Meghalaya, which means “The Abode of Clouds” . The place is headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district. 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 British of Scotland. Hence, they would also refer to it as the “Scotland of the East”.
Here are some popular tourist attractions and places which you can visit when travelling in Shillong city.
Umiam Lake – The Umiam Lake also known as Barapani Lake is a reservoir lake in the hills 15 km north of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. The lake was created by damming the Umiam River in the early 1960s. The principal catchment area of the lake and dam is spread over 220 square km. Its a beautiful scenic place where one can go for water sports, lake cruises and speed boating among other things. You should definitely visit this place while going to Shillong from Guwahati. Currently the lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya. It is also a popular destination for various water sport and adventure facilities. Tourists visit this spot for kayaking, water cycling, scooting, and boating.
Shillong Peak – The Shillong Viewpoint is located at a distance of 10 km southwards of the main city, Shillong Peak is the highest point of Shillong and offers a true panoramic view of the Shillong city, the waterfalls, the Himalayas, the lush green surroundings as well as the Bangladesh plains. The Shillong peak is at a height of 1962 m, above the sea level.
One can find a sacred site that is dedicated to the U Shulong. In every spring season, a ritual is also organized here in the honor or U Shulong. The spiritual pastor of Mylliem offer prayers. The name of Shillong comes from the name U Shulong. It is said that the local deity Leishyllong protects the city from this place. For security reasons, the visitors are required to surrender their cameras as the AirForce has its radar systems set here.
Mary’s Cathedral – Also known as the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Cathedral Catholic Church Shillong is positioned between Dhankheti and Laitumkhrah. This cathedral is erected on the same site where the first church of Shillong was built. The first construction was destroyed in fire in the year 1936. This lovely church in Gothic architectural style lies amidst expansive lush lawns. This particular church falls under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong which has several other churches in Jaintia and Khasi hills of Meghalaya. The Cathedral is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.
Ward’s Lake – The 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. Take a walk around this horse-shoe shaped lake on the cobble-stone path or simply admire the colorful floral beds in the garden. It is equally popular amidst locals, family vacationers and honeymooning couples, as a picnic spot.
The lake is named after the then Chief Commissioner of Assam, Sir William Ward, who started the plan for the establishment of this lake. There is a botanical garden that boasts of several orchids along with a number of other floral species. In the middle of the lake is a wooden bridge from where you can enjoy a lovely views of the Lake and you can partake in feeding the fishes too.
Airforce Museum – A very interesting attraction is the Air Force Museum in Shillong is a great place to get knowledge about the country’s defence forces, mainly the Indian Air Force, brave flying warriors and defence history. Located in the Upper Shillong area, this museum has pictures of Indo-China War and Indo-Pakistan War on display. If you have an interest on this subject, it is a must-visit attraction in Shillong because of the wide range of photographs. Visitors can also see Python’s skin at the museum.
The museum also exhibits uniforms worn by the air force pilots, missiles, rockets and miniature models of air-crafts, along with other things as exhibits. If you wish to get your hands on some great souvenirs, there is a gift shop in the complex.
Phan Nonglait Park – Phan Nonglait Park is named after the first Khasi woman who revolted against the British during the time of freedom fighter U Tirot Sing Syiem between 1829 and 1833. A wonderful garden with plenty of beautiful flowers park is located in the heart of a city Shillong. The park is very well maintained. It’s a good place to spend quality time with your family and love one…. it has a special play area for the children. can enjoy swings, slips, sea-saws
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