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Shillong Tourism & City Guide

No one is sure who gave Shillong the sobriquet ``Scotland of the East``, but sure it has a lot of resemblance – the rain – drenched corrugated meadows and strongly clannish society, being just two aspects. But the Capital of Meghalaya, in northeastern India, at 1,496 meters, has more to it than just airs. Today Shillong is a blend of the divine and the mundane- remnant of the Raj, virgin nature , astounding ethnic colors, exotic orchids, cascading waterfalls, mysterious and sacred forest groves, unpredictable weather, an 18 – hole championship golf course, probably the best Chinese / Tibetan cuisine food east of Kolkata and ofcourse growing unplanned urbanization.

Shillong Bazaar

Also known as the rock capital of Meghalaya, Shillong is a sure- fire place round the year. Though the best time to be in Shillong is during Christmas, March – April is the tourist season.
From museums, to gambling, to some exotic shopping to winemaking – its all happening in Shillong and our Shillong Travel Guide provides you with all the information to make your stay hassle free and memorable. The city’s major sightseeing attractions center on the churches and exquisite and abundant, natural wonders in the vicinity of the capital are also talked in the Shillong City Guide.

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Driving Directions

Driving Directions Shillong


Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is named after their deity god Shyllong and Lei Shyllong. The culture and tradition of the region amalgamates to offer the best hospitality the travelers have always expected. Guwahati is the nearest airport which shares close proximity with Shillong exclusively. The nearest rail head to Shillong is Guwahati, which is situated 100 Km from this city. Shillong bus is located at the City Center and the regular bus services are also available from here. The NH 37, Assam Trunk Road and the NH 40 are well connects to various villages in Shillong. Dispur, Guwahati, Kamakhya, Jagi Road, Kamakhya, Shankheshwar and Rangiya are the cities from where the travelers can easily reach to Shillong.

How to Reach

How to Reach Shillong

Guwahati considered as the gate way to the north – east region, is about 120 kms from Shillong. Any one destined to Shillong has to make a break journey at Guwahati as it has the nearest railway station and airport connecting to Shillong. From Guwahati one can board a bus or hire a cab or even book a helicopter for an interesting and adventurous ride to Shillong. The town is well connected with a network of roads from almost all places nearby. 

Distance from Shillong to other locations
Place Distance
Guwahati 120 km
Cherrapunjee 56 km
Kaziranga 295 km
Siliguri 578 km
Silchar 226 km

The three modes to reach Shillong are the following:

How to Reach Shillong by Airways: Umroi airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 40 kms away from Shillong. Flights are operated by Alliance Air on certain days of the week. Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati (120 km) from Shillong is also another airport serving the capital city is well connected to rest of India.

How to Reach Shillong by Railways: The nearest railway station is Guwahati (120 kms) and is well connected to all major cities of India by rail and road.

How to Reach Shillong by Road: Buses are run by Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) at a regular interval of half hour to Shillong from Guwahati.


Visual tourist circuit

Visual Tourist Circuit for Guwahati-Shillong-Kaziranga


Shillong Attractions

If you visit Shillong Once, you will keep coming back again and again, says an old saying. There are several places in Shillong worth visiting.

Shillong Peak Bara Bazaar Sweet Falls Spread Eagle Fall
Botanical Garden Ward’s Lake Lady Hydari Park Iewduh
State Museum Elephant Falls Churches District Court
Laitkor Peak Polo Ground Seng Khasi Hall Shillong Club
Museum of Entomology Shillong centenary Monument Don Bosco Square State Central Library
Crinoline Swimming Pool High Court Premises King Edward VII Memorial Pasteur Institute Old State Assembly premises

Shillong Peak: Shillong peakis located at a distance of 10 kms from the center of the city at the scenic southern limits of Shillong. It is an Ideal picnic spot situated an altitude of 6445 feet above sea level. This is the highest point in the state. The peak is considered to be the abode of the Khasi deity U Blei Shillong--the creator and protector of the Kingdom. A magnificent view of the Himalayas can be seen from the peaks when the skies are clear. A panoramic view of the scenic landscape and the city can be seen from the peak. In the evening the city lights from the top appear like a star-studded abyss.

Bara Bazaar: This sprawling market offers a vivid glimpse of Khasi tribal society. The stalls are piled high with produce from the surrounding villages - honey, pineapples, piglets, dried fish, wild mushrooms, raw betel nut and nut and bamboo basket. The market is dominated by Khasi women, who run most of the stalls. Dressed in their traditional tunic like Janise’s and tartan checked shawls, these cheerful matriarchs can drive a hard bargain.

Sweet Falls: The sweet falls are sited at a distance of about eight kms from Shillong. The fall is known for its simple though beautiful elegance. The water falling from the fall resembles a straight pencil of water flowing out from a huge water pipe. The water drops at a vertical distance more than 200 feet. The creek on which the fall is located is a profound narrow upstream of the fall. The isolation and beauty at the base of the fall makes it an ideal location for natural relaxation. The region is frequently visited by adventure lovers and picnickers who trek a considerable distance to reach here.

Spread Eagle Fall: The eagle falls are located within the boundary of Shillong Cantonment at the out skirts of the city. The dazzling waterfall give an impression of an eagle with wings spread open and hence it is known as the Spread Eagle Falls. There are steep cliffs on the three sides of the fall with a huge pool of water below. The Eagle Fall is locally known as Urkaliar or the falls into which Ka Liar slipped.
According to an ancient folk tale a female named Ka Liar while wondering and admiring the beauty of the place along the steep cliffs missed her steps and fell into the water and since then it was named Urkaliar.

Botanical Garden: The Botanical Garden is located downstream of the main wards lake. The Botanical Garden was built in the early 1900 and has a well-off and diverse collection of striking as well as indigenous plants and trees. There at the garden one can also find a wide collection of beautiful, colorful and rare species of birds particularly Tragopan, Pheasant and Wildfowl. The well laid paved walks, the serenity and isolation at the garden makes it a favorite option for city residents as well as for tourists who wish to exercise their limbs in encouraging natural environs.

Ward’s Lake: The beautiful lake located in the heart of the city, known as the Ward`s Lake was built in the memory of Sir William Ward. The horse shoe – shaped Ward Lake has pleasant boulevard paths around it, paddle boats for hire and a café. There are a large number of fishes in the lake and feeding them from the bridge is a favorite activity done by the people of all age groups. The arched bridge also provides a view of the picicultural wealth of the clear and deep waters of the lake which are full of shoals of golden-yellow moan. The undulating grounds of the lake are edging in by the lush green campuses of the Shillong Club, Shillong Raj Bhavan, Hotel Pinewood Ashok, the State Legislative assembly and the Shillong Botanical Garden. Several Bollywood movies are shot at the picturesque lake.

Lady Hydari Park: A short distance from the Wards Lake is lady Hydari Park, with a pretty Japanese garden and a mini zoo which includes fauna native to Meghalaya’s forests, such as hornbills, leopard cats and the aptly named slow Loris, a ferret – like creature that crawls around as though heavily drugged. The park is situated between the huge grounds of Pine Mount School on one side, the Shillong Rose Garden and the Shillong Civil Hospital campus on the other. The park extends over an area of about a kilometer in length. The park was named after the Lady Hydari, the wife of an erstwhile Governor of the composite state of Assam. The park is abounding with roses and flowers of the most fragile kind and shade.

Iewduh: Iewduh is the largest and the traditional market of Khasis located in the center of the Shillong. Iewduh is often compared to Chandni Chowk of Delhi. Every eighth day is the main Market-Day and on this day, the goods from all over the Khasi region are brought to Iewduh for both retail as well as wholesale purpose. Most of the products on sale are agricultural whereas all sorts of yard goods, hardware and consumer goods, along with other essential merchandise are sold at Iewduh by the trading communities.
Iewduh market is run and managed by the Syiem of Mylliem (head of the traditional democratic institution of Syiemship). The most distinguishing feature of the market is that the retail trade is done totally by the Khasi women. The Iewduh Khasi-Pnar Association is also women dominated organization which reflects the matrilineal character of the Khasis.

The State Museum: The State Museum is also located in the premises of the State Library. The museum has a nice and huge collection of artifacts of Meghalaya and of north-eastern India in general. There is a martyrs` column in the museum which is dedicated to the sacred memory of the State`s eternal martyrs--U Tirot Singh, U Kiang Nangbah and Pa Togan Nengminja Sangma.

Elephant Falls: Theexquisitely beautiful waterfall is located at a distance of about 300 mts from the city, off on the Shillong-Mawphlang Road, and about ten kilometers off city center. The elephant falls are the most frequently visited waterfalls and is a major tourist spot in and around Shillong. At a very short distance from the fall, there are two smaller falls Wei Iaplam Falls and the Wir Phang Falls which are equally beautiful and charismatic. All the three fall are easily accessible by a well paved footpath and a small wooden bridge. The three falls are surrounded by the lush greenery and the streams have thick moss, lichens and ferns covering the stony banks.

Churches: The Britishers who founded Shillong wanted it to be a mini England so as to justify their desire they constructed several churches and cathedrals, large and small everywhere in the city. Some of these churches and cathedrals are spacious enough to accommodate a few thousand worshippers at a time. The Shillong Cathedral, the Mawkhar Presbyterian Church, the Jaiaw Presbyterian Church, the Laitumkhrah Presbyterian Church and the All Saints` Cathedral are among some of such large churches of Shillong. All of these churches are functional ones packed to capacity during Sunday mass. The churches are prominent attractions of Shillong and mark the religiosity of the Shillongites.

District Court: All the roads of Shillong converge at the District Court campus where the office and court of the Deputy Commissioner are located. The stately premises of the court were built over a hundred years ago around 1876. Increase in the number of the district officer`s functions made it necessary to replace the old premises with a larger one. The present District Court building was recently built over the same site and is elegant and spacious. The campus is a landmark in itself and has a distinctive style and architecture.

Laitkor Peak: The Laitkor Peak is located on the ranges which have Shillong peak. A spectacular view of the Shillong and the adjoining Shillong-Cantonment area, Happy Valley and Assam regimental Centre can be seen from the View-Point. During the evening and night the countless city lights transform the view point into an absolute fairyland for viewers. The Laitkor pea is well connected by roads.

Polo Ground: The recognized and renowned Polo Ground at Shillong was set up by the British sports enthusiasts. The Polo Ground is located at the Umkhrah valley. The ground by constructed by diverting the Umkhrah Stream for a considerable length of its course. The game was new for the people of Shillong but it soon got known and drew significant interest of the locales of Shillong. The game lost his popularity soon after the Second World War and India`s independence. Since then the polo ground is used to play hockey and soccer. Today the Jawaharlal Nehru Complex has been set up on one portion of the Polo Grounds.

Seng Khasi Hall: The Seng Khasi hall is located at Mawkhar in Shillong. The hall was made by the Seng Khasi, an organization of the Khasis which was founded in 1899 by a committee of sixteen members. The annual Thanksgiving Festival of the Khasis, Shad Suk Mynsiem, is celebrated here during the spring time every year.
and institutions is largely due to the ceaseless work and endeavours of the Seng Khasi.

Shillong Club: The club is well known and is said to be as old as the township of Shillong. It served as the centre of relaxation and social-interaction of British officers and planters of Assam. It came into existence during the last century of the British Rule. The club is located on a knoll which overlooks the fine-looking Ward`s Lake. There are excellent tennis courts at the Club. The grand and the old premises of the church were destroyed in a fire in 1970’s. The new club provides all the facilities which are provided by other clubs.

Museum of Entomology: This small private museum, north of Bara Bazaar, was established in the 1930’s by the Wankhar family and boasts a collection of rare butterflies and insects found in Meghalaya. Among them are the huge stick insects, iridescent beetles, and the giant yellow and black birdwing butterfly which cloaks itself in a deadly poison to protect itself from predatory birds. The family also runs a breeding centre for rare species.

Shillong Centenary Monument: Shillong is also known as the educational and cultural center of the north east of India. It was made a British seat of administration of Assam in 1874. Colonel Henry Hopkinson, Commissioner of Assam and Agent to the Governor General of India designed the centenary. During the Centenary Celebration, the Shillong Centenary Monument was erected as a neat triangle of elegant monoliths and a large aluminum-globe. There was as arrow which pointed out towards the sky, in order to exclaim-the sky is the limit! The monument is located in between the magnificent and high-flying buildings of State Secretariat, the artistic state Library premises and the All Saints` cathedral. The Centenary reminds the people of the transition of Shillong from being a seat of colonial glory to the cot of a vibrant capital of Meghalaya


Don Bosco Square: Shillong is an extensive hill station comprising of several localities. Some of those localities are much larger in size than small hill stations somewhere else. A number of such localities have their own identity in terms of a local-body, market place and educational institutions. Laitumkhrah is amongst such localities and is the largest and best of all in Shillong. Laitumkhrah is known as the educational district of Shillong. There are several prominent educational institutions are all located in and around Laitumkhrah which includes St. Edmund`s College, St. Anthony`s College, St. Mary`s College, Loreto Covent and Don Bosco`s. The innermost patio of the area around which these centers are sited is known as Don Bosco Square. An elegant statue of Don Bosco set on a high podium is located at the centre of Don Bosco Square.

State Central Library: The Central Library is located opposite the State secretariat Building which is also the central landmark of the city. The library has well maintained, spacious lawns which add beauty and charm to the city. A rich and varied collection of books referring to North Eastern India are kept in the library. There is a spacious and well appointed auditorium in the Library premises where all important regional and State-level functions are conducted. A larger-than-life bronze statue of late Mrs. Indira Gandhi with an outstretched arm which symbolizes generous and affectionate blessing was erected recently at the centre of the lawns of the Library.

Crinoline Swimming Pool: Crinoline swimming pool is the premier pool of the state situated at a walking distance from the Lady Hydari Park. It is located near the base of the Crinoline Falls, hence it is known as the Crinoline Swimming Pool. The small, beautiful and recurrent Crinoline Falls act as a natural and idealistic background for the pool. The pool was initially developed for the purpose of relaxation of the recuperating soldiers, during the Second World War. After the war, it was made open for the use of the people of Shillong and was run by a private agency. Later on after some decades the state sports` authority took charge of the pool. Swimming is one of the favorite sports activity participated by Shillongites and the Crinoline Swimming Pool is the most frequented place-of-interest at Shillong.

High Court Premises: The Shillong Bench of the Guwahati High Court is housed in the superlative grandeur of the premises of the former Assam State Legislative Council. The court premises are located adjoining to the State Assembly premises in downtown Shillong. Before the Indian constitution came into being the state of Assam had a bicameral legislature having the Legislative Council as the Upper House. On the adoption of our constitution the Upper House come to an end in the composite state of Assam. The Council premise was then used for four decades as the Shillong Station of All India Radio. The premises are now utilized as the seat of the Shillong Bench of the Guwahati High Court.

King Edward VII Memorial Pasteur Institute: The Pasteur institute established in the end of 20th century is located on the northern border of Shillong. The Institute was named King Edward VII Memorial Pasteur Institute in the memory of the King Edward VII, Emperor of British India. The original structure has now been replaced by a new and modern building but it still bears its original name. The Institute was constructed for general medical research and analysis. The institute is known for producing anti-rabies vaccine and meets the vaccine requirements of Eastern India.

Old State Assembly Premises: The daunting State Assembly Premises is situated in the focal of the downtown Shillong. It was constructed in 1920’s and till 1972 it housed the Legislative Assembly of the composite state of Assam. But when in 1972 when capital of Assam was recognized as Dispur and Meghalaya was formed the legislative assembly of Assam was shifted. Since then the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly has been using it.
The Architecture of the state assembly is distinctive in its own style. Beautiful and intricate woodwork is done at the Assembly chamber. The assembly marks the testimony to the wonderful craftsmanship of Chinese master carpenters.There is a well appointed Library and an orchid house comprising a wide array of rare north east’s orchid’s species.


Shillongs Excursions

Shillong is a small town with several places to be seen. Once finished with the attractions of Shillong one can opt to visit outside Shillong. There are several places around that one should visit.

Distance: 30 kms
Nartiang is about thirty kilometers north of Jowai in the hill district of Meghalaya, is an important archeological site. Read More

Distance: 90 kms
One would probably go to Dawki for crossing the Bangladesh Border, but the journey to Dawki from Shillong. Read More

Distance: 56 kms
Cherrapunji, located at a distance of 56 kms from Shillong is known as the rain capital of the world. Read More

Distance: 65 kms
Jowai is known as the district centre of eastern Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills. Jowai located in a region surrounded with green hills and plateaus with crystal clear streams. Read More

Distance: 11 kms
How to Reach: By Bus and by taxi
Smit is known as the Khasi culture center. Smit lies on NH 44, 4 kms off the Jowai road from Shillong. The place is also known for the Palace of Hima Khyrim, last king of the Khyrim and Nongkrem dance. Smit hosts a five day long Nongkrem festival annually in the month of November. The festival features animal sacrifices and a curious slow motion shuffling dance performed in full costume in front of the thatched bamboo `palace` of the local Syiem (ruler).
The Nongkrem dance is depicted in tourism brochures as a tribal Khasi dance. Smit is a place worth visiting even if one misses the festival.

Kiomoi Must Dos

Shillong - Kiomoi Must Dos

Trekking: There are many trekking routes possible from Shillong. Trek and explore the Nongkhnum isle, the second largest river island in Asia which offers special attractions.

Mahaseer Fishing: Go fishing at Umiam Lake which is very famous for fishing and is nearest to Ranikor, which is known world wide for abundance of carp and huge golden Mahaseer.

Explore the wildlife: Garo Hills west of Shillong are rich in Wildlife. Visit the region and praise the nature. One can see golden cat, golden langur, hoolock gibbon, etc, which are endemic to the state.

Explore the caves: Explore the numerous magnificent caves and caverns near Jowai which were used as hideouts during war between Jaintia Kings and foreign intruders.

Try Local Cookies and pies: If you have a sweet tooth there is good news for you. Try the cookies, pies and pastries at Cottage Bakers. They serve the best cookies and pies in the region.

Go shopping: Shillong is famous for its handicrafts so shop for the beautiful hand-woven Khasi Shawls, woolens, beautiful bamboo, wooden and cane handicrafts.

Play and watch the archery game: One should try his hands at the archery game which is held every evening at the Polo ground. It is a spellbinding experience to watch over 60 archers aiming with 90 % accuracy at a wooden dummy.

Try tea at the road side shops: One should sip a cup of tea at the small road side tea shops, glistening pots and pans scrubbed to a silvery sheen, the smiling Khasi ladies serving tea in cups made of bamboo.

Try local drinks: Shillong is also popular for some local home made flavors. One should try these home based brewers; some of these have high medicinal values.

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Shopping at Shillong

Police Bazaar is the central place in Shillong where you can get almost everything when it comes to shopping. Apart from this there is Bara Bazaar or Lewduh. Here you can pick up all ethnic stuff from exotic fruit and pickle (bamboo shoot recommended) to forest honey, particularly at the mega market on the eighth day of the unique Khasi week. Good buys include mounted butterflies, hand-woven shawls, orange honey, black mushrooms, Khasi dresses for women, pineapple, orange and other fruit products. The interesting shopping area is Bara Bazaar. There are seasonal fruits and other fresh produce, local handicrafts and exotic items. 

Some Important Outlets are:

  • Meghalaya Handloom and Handicrafts
  • Purbashree
  • Manipur Emporium
  • Tantuja
  • Assam Emporium
  • Nagaland Handloom and Handicraft
Eat N Dine

Shillong - Eat N Dine

Eating is another happening thing in the city. Shillong is the place to be in if you fancy Chinese/Tibetan delicacies. Though, the city also offers other Indian cuisines. You can also try the local Khasi fare which is based on Pork, vegetables and rice. Though generally bland, seasoning is provided by hot chutneys made from dried fish. A good place for this cuisine is Khew Ja, run by an Englishman and his Khasi wife. Police Bazar has places to pick up a snack – there are some good cheap cafes down the road from the tourist office on Jail Road. Bara Bazaar also has a few simple restaurants.

  • Baba Tourist Lodge at GS road - Inexpensive and clean, with tasty Indian food.
  • Delhi Mistan Bhandar at Police Bazaar Road – Classic Indian snacks and sweets. Very cheap, always full, and recommended for its excellent South Indian Breakfast
  • New World at GS road on Bara bazaar junction – A crowded local favorite, serving good Chinese food including spicy Szechwan dishes
  • Glory Plaza at Police Bazaar Road – Several cheap places serving tasty Tibetan Momo ( stuffed dumplings)

Society In Shillong

Geographically, culturally all the places in India differ from each other but there is another difference that can be observed in Shillong (Meghalaya). All the states in India have a patrilineal type of society whereas Shillong has the matrilineal society. As compared to other regions here in Shillong, women lead the society and have more status than the men.

The women have the freedom to work for themselves, though they do not have a say in the community matters. The women have a great respect in the society. The society in Shillong does not allow custom where bride has to pay dowry while getting married.
Here women are considered very respectful as they give birth to the new generation. They have to execute all their household duties. Men make the decisions for the family but they have to consult with the women in the household. 

Laws of Inheritance in Meghalaya Society

  • Some special rules regarding the inheritance of the property are observed in Shillong
  • The maternal property is inherited by the youngest daughter, whereas rest of her sisters would be provided with some part of the property from it during their parents lifetime
  • Also there are some practices observed by the tribal of the region. If the head of the tribe dies or retires then the son of his eldest sister will be his heir. It has been seen that women are held very high position in family as compared to social activites where men takes over everything.
Festivals and Events

Shillong - Festival and Events

Throughout the year there are several festivals celebrated in and around Shillong. If some one is planning to visit the region then he should plan his trip around the dates of these festivals. The main festivals of Shillong are: 

Wangala Festival

Time: November, every year.
Wangala Festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Shillong. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated in the honor of Saljong, the Sun-god of fertility. The festival is celebrated to symbolize the end of a period of toil and brings good output of the fields. The festival is also celebrated to mark the onset of winter. The festival is also known as the 100 drums festival. On the occasion of the festival, the tribes of the region pay homage to the Sun God by giving sacrifices. The festival is usually celebrated for two days. The ceremonies on the first day of the festival are celebrated at the house of the chief and are known as "Ragula". The second day of the festival is known as "Kakkat". People dressed in their colorful costumes dance to the tune of music which is played on long oval-shaped drums. 

Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival

Time: April, every year.
The festival Shad Suk Mynsiem of Meghalaya is also known as the `Dance of Contentment`. The festival is celebrated in the month of April at the Wecking grounds near Shillong. It is the important festival celebrated by the tribes of Khasis. The festival is celebrated in order to pay homage to god and thank him for giving a bumper harvest. People dressed in their traditional fineries dance along with the beats of drums and pipes (tangmuri). The festival is celebrated for three days. 

Nongkrem Dance

Time: November.
The Nongkrem dance festival is celebrated during autumn and continues for five days. The festival is performed to seek blessings from the all powerful Goddess Ka Blei Synshar in order to have rich bumper harvest. The Pemblang ceremony during the festival is conducted by the Syiem of Khyrim along with the high priest. During the five day long festival the goats are sacrificed and the offerings are made to the ancestor and ancestress of the ruling clan of Shillong peak. The unmarried girls wearing traditional costumes perform dance routines


Khasi Tribe

Shillong - The Khasi Tribe

The Khasis are the predominant tribe in the Shillong area. Believed to have originated in Southeast Asia, their language belongs to the Mon – Khmer group. It is not known when they migrated to this region. Today, the majority of Khasis are Christians, their ancestors converted by British missionaries in the 19th century. Meghalaya is dotted with timeless stone monoliths erected as memorials for tribal chieftains. Local Khasi “monarchies” are still nominally ruled by Syiem (traditional ruler).
Nevertheless, they retain many of their tribal customs. Chief among these is their matrilineal social structure, which dictates that landed property can only be inherited by females, with the youngest daughter given a special position as custodian of the family house and the clan’s traditional rituals
The Khasi women wear a jainnkyrsha pinafore in gingham – checked cotton, fastened on one shoulder and overlaid with a tartan shawl. Most Khasis consider Kwai (betel) chewing a semi religious habit. Khasi markets work on an eight day rotation and some village fairs feature Yaturmasi (bull versus bull fights).
Thank you in Khasi is Kublei.


Shillong Accommodation

Shillong is also referred as the "Scotland of the East" due to its striking similarity with the Scottish highlands. There are a numerous options to choose from in Shillong. You can choose from a wide array of luxury and budget Hotels in Shillong. The Accommodation in Shillong offer excellent value for the money. The rooms in almost all the hotels are well decorated and maintained providing all the modern amenities. Shillong has always been a preference by Christians during the Christmas Eve so it’s advisable to book your room in advance as the hotels are usually packed. One can otherwise easily find a hotel which can easily cater to his basic needs and suits to his budget. 

Kiomoi Tip: During season time the accommodation options are less and the tariffs are generally high. 

Best Time

Best Time to Visit Shillong

When: Christmas & months of March – April
The population, a majority of which consist of Christians, is approximately 260,000 situated at an altitude of 1,495 mts. The town was established by the Britishers and one can see that touch in the old styled churches. There are a number of churches in the town: two of the most beautiful churches are the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians and the All Saints Church opposite the State Library, a small but beautiful church which has the same original Victorian wooden architecture. Because of all these features.

Shillong comes to its best colors in the month of December, when there is Christmas celebrations everywhere and every one is busy buying toys and gifts for their loved ones. Christmas carols are heard every where, young guys and girls dressed as Santa gifting toys and candies to children. Shillong is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas in India and on the Christmas Eve you can get a panoramic view of the whole town from Shillong peak.

Bank ATMs

Shillong Banks & ATM

Syndicate Bank,

U-Tirot Sing Sylen Road, Shillong 


Police Bazar, Shillong 

State Bank Of India

Malki Dhankheti, Shillong, - 781009 

Axis Bank

Pala Complex, Last Stop, Laban, Shillong 793 004 

Axis Bank

O B Shopping Mall, Jail Road,Police Bazar Junction,
Near Central Point Hotel, Shillong

Eastern Air Command, Upper Shillong,
Shillong - 793 009

Rhino Shopping Complex
Upper Shillong, Shillong 793 005

Hotel Polo Towers Building,
Polo Grounds, Shillong 793 001 

Bank Of Baroda

Pulin Bihari Road, Police Point,
Police Bazar, Shillong

Nelgrihms Complex,
Mawdiangdiang, Shillong

Local Holidays

Shillong Local Holidays

1st January New Year’s Day
8th January Muharram
26th January Republic Day
10th April Good Friday
15th April Assamese New Year’s Day
1st May May Day
9th May Budha Purnima
10th July Beh Deinkhlam
17th July U Tirot Sing Day
13th August Janmastomy
15th August Independence Day
21st August Tithi of Srimanta Sankar Dev
21st September Id-Ul-Fitre
25th September Maha Saptami
26th September Maha Astami
27th Septembe Mahanavami
28th September Vijaya Dashami and Dussehra
2nd October Gandhi Jayanti
3rd October Lakhi Puja
17th October Kalipuja and Diwali (Deepavali)
Date to be notified Wangala Festival
2nd November All Soul’s Day/Guru Nanak Jayanti
23rdNovember Seng kutsnem
28th November Id-Uz-Zuha
12th December Pa-Togan Nengminza Sangma
18th December Death Anniversary of SoSo Tham
24th December Christmas Festival
25th Decembe Christmas Festival
26th December Christmas Festival
27th December Christmas Festival
30thDecember U Kiang Nangbah
Holiday Checklist

Shillong Holliday Checklist

Those Backwaters, rivers, beaches, forts, pilgrimages send tempting vibes!!! While you have made up your mind on these holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a fleeting glance at the things-you-do prior to your travel date. Here is the list.

Before leaving your house

  • Empty your letter box
  • Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
  • Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
  • Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
  • lear out the fridge
  • Switch off the electric appliances
  • Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
  • Lock doors and windows
  • Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
  • Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards
  • Pay all due bills
  • Turn off gas/water/
  • Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
  • Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice 

Packing your luggage

  • Woolen/cotton clothing
  • Extra towels
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Night wears
  • Raincoats
  • Wrappers
  • Bath robes
  • Jumper and track suits 


  • Battery Charger
  • Camera
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Torch/Emergency Light
  • Headphones 


  • Brochures or holiday book
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
  • Film rolls and digital chargers
  • Ear Plugs
  • Watch
  • Umbrellas
  • Address Book
  • Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
  • Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant
  • Few non perishable eatables
  • Medicines
  • Books / magazines to read
  • Binocular 

Essential Documents

  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Diving License
  • Maps/ directions(when in car)
  • Itinerary/Directions
  • Photocopies of documents
  • Traveler’s Cheque
  • Passport/Visas (For traveling abroad)
  • ID Cards 


  • Small First Aid kit
  • Sickness Pill
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Vitamin and medications
  • Pain Killers/Balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Anti-infection lotion
  • Toiletries
Tourist Offices

Shillong Tourist Offices

Directorate of Tourism,
Govt of Meghalaya, Nokrek Building,
Ower Lachumiere, Shillong
Tel: 0364-2226054 

Meghalaya Tourism,
9, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi.
Tel: 011-23014417 

Govt of Meghalaya
Jail Road Police, Bazaar 

India tourism
G. S. Road

Useful Facts

Shillong Useful Facts

State: Meghalaya

Location: 4,909 ft in the East Khasi Hills, 100 km S of Guwahati

Latitude: 25°34′N to 25.57°N

Longitude: 91°53′E to 91.88°E.

Altitude: 1,520 meters (4,990 feet)

Area: 10.36 sq km

Nearest Airport: Umroi Airport (30 km), Gopinath Bordoloi Airport, Guwahati (120 km)

Nearest Railway Station: Guwahati 103 kms

Bus Stand: MTC Bus stand, Centre Point, Shillong

Best time to visit: Christmas, October–November and March–April

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Khasi, Garo, Assamese

Annual Mean Rainfall: 2,954 mm

Minimum Temperature: 4.64°C

Maximum Temperature: 24.95°C

Nearest Hospital: Civil Hospital, Woodland Hospital

Main Festivals: Weiking Dance (April- May)

Attractions: Umiam Lake, Wards Lake, Lady Hydari Park, Sweet Falls, Elephant Falls

STD Code: 0364

Post Office: Kacheri Road

Internet Cafes: Thana Road, Malki Point, Keating road


Weather at Shillong

Maximum temperature - 24.95°C
Minimum temperature - 4.64°C
Average Rainfall: 2,954 mm
Best Time to Visit: March–April

According to climatology the climate of a place depends upon its altitude, higher the altitude is, the more cooler and soothing is the climate. May be this is a reason that the Shillong (Khasi and Jaintia hills) have cold weather conditions. The monsoons season begins in June and it rains almost till the end of the month of August. Shillong has cool climate through the year. During the summer the maximum temperature of 24°C and a minimum temperature of 15°C have been observed. Winters months from November to February are freezing and have a minimum temperature around 0°C. The dense cover of fog engulfs the entire region. In fact, this is the best time when revelers could  get  spectacular views of  mountains bind in the palatial tapestry of beauty and serendipity. A visit during the monsoon season would turn as a great obstruction for the travelers. The landslides and heavy flow of debris is quiet common.  The monsoon showers are accompanied by heavy winds and rainfalls which further leads to hail storms and floods in some parts of Shillong.