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Shillong

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The falls and the rains
The drops and the dews
No No not the wilds;
The stars and the sun
Its all and one

.... ...Thats a beauty we are talking about. The Elephant Falls and other natural places take you near the nature. It dosen't have much of a Historical significane but then the nature beckons you. Be a part of this natural beauty of you are looking for a peaceful weekend just lying down!



Flashback :
Shillong was a small village until 1864, when it became the new civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia hills. It remained the summer capital of Eastern Bengal and Assam for many years. In 1874, on the formation of Assam as a Chief Commissioner's Province, it was chosen as the capital of the new administration. An earthquake destroyed the city in 1897, necessitating its complete rebuilding. In January 1972, Shillong became the capital of the newly formed state of Meghalaya.

Fast Facts:
Language : Khasi, Garo, Assamese, English, Hindi
Temperature : Winter - Minimum 4 Deg C; Maximum 10 - 12 Deg C
Summer - Minimum 20 Deg C Maximum 29 Deg C
Clothings: : Cottons and semi cottons in the summer and woolens in the winter
Best Time to Visit - October to November, March to April


Elephant Falls
Elephant Falls
Just a short away from Shillong these add beauty to your Tour. Peek into the falls falling from a height and enthrill youself with the sounds of fall.

Shillong Peak
Shillong Peak
If you are in Shillong; this is a must go place. Watch the beauty of the entire Shillong encased in a frame called Shillong Peak.


Barapani, Wards Lake
Shillong at its best

  • Umiam Lake : Wish a boat ride watching the beauty of the hills - this is the place to go for. Look at the beauty of the nature from this view.
  • Bara Bazar and Police Bazar : For all those shopping freaks this is the best place around. Shop for all that is exquisite and is of the himalayan nature. You will find it all in abundance here spreaded out with all its wings.


Where and Why

Also known as the Scotland of East its an interesting place to be in.Contact your tour operator and get a room booked. If possible at the Hotel Polo Towers - the only four star hotel in the town (Tariff - Rs 1,195 - 4,000). If you are interested for a game of Polo, its the best choice - the Polo Ground is just next to the Hotel.

Take a direct flight from Kolkatta by Alliance Air. Take the route to Shillong via NH-40(By Road).It was around evening by the time you reach Shillong. Curvy roads, Light wind, sherpas with their goats and the sceneric beauty of the mountains will follow you to the end of the hotel road.

Its a little tiring ride so its good to have a look around the hotel premises sipping tea and a light polo game at the nearby Polo ground. On your way back to the hotel, add a visit to the Spread Eagle Falls near the Polo Ground. It is a magnificent view as the fall looks.

On returning from the polo ground take a little rest and have dinner at the hotel. Its a wonderful hotel serving all varieties of cuisine - Chinese, Indian and Continental. Try out the non- veg food like chicken at your own risk as they have a peculiar gourment in this hilly area. If you are a meat eater you can also go for Tumrumbai - a popular stinky pork delicacy cooked with fermented soya beans. Also is the Ja-Doh - a rice dish cooked with blood drawn from pig intestine. Adding to the local taste go for the Local rice beer.

Catch up the sight from the Shillong Peak. Its a splendid view from the top - a panaromic view of the city and countryside from a height of about 6,433 ft. Don't forget to take your camera with you to take this view.Downhill you can see the Lady Haydari Park near the Pine Mountain School. The park has a mini zoo with lots and lots of hilly birds and animals.

A light breakfast of omelettes, juice, toast and muffins - splendidly served should warm you up for the day. After the breakfast, get ready to see the world famous Elephant Falls and the Umiam alais Barapani Lake. Don't forget to take your camera as there are loads you can save in your camera (something which I did). There are also the Butterfly Museum and the Orchdarium and the boating at the Ward Lake. The serene silence falls on you as you take the trip around the lake.

Bara Bazar is the next place to head for. Handmade knives, cotton bags, shawls, bamboo cutlery all are there. Nearby is the famous Police Bazar filled with Global products ranging from modern attire to taped music. I took my pick of the famous home some honey, the knife which never rusts and the Jayan-Sayem - the traditional dressy affair for women. Do take one for yourself from this colorful dress as its made of pure silk (though it might sound a bit pricy to some of you but its worth it).

About 58kms from Shillong is Cherrapunji - famed for the highest rainfall every year. Do take a trip to this part of India as the last stop of my visit to Shillong. The road is filled with lavish greenery and beauty; it might also start dripping , so be wary of it!


Suggestions
  • Take extra clothings with you as you never know when it will be cloudy and pouring. Take wind sheeter along if you intend to visit Cherrapunji.
  • Take a guided tour for the newcomers and for those visiting the place after a long time. A stay of a at least 3-4 days is recommended if you are interested in visiting the nearby places of Shillong. There are so many beautiful places around Shillong to Visit.
  • Food is not a problem nor is the stay even during the peak seasons - so its a no worry place.
  • Its a Shopping heaven, so shop till you drop.
  • The hotels offer a range of quality food, both Continental and Chinese.
  • Pre book your hotel with us.
  • Be in touch with your tour operator for our of bound circumstances. They are the best to rely on.

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