The capital of Meghalaya is also the centre-point located at an altitude of 1,496 meters above sea level. Shillong, which was made Assam's capital in 1874, remained so till January, 1974 following the formation of Mehalaya outside Assam.
The capital city derives its name from the manifestation of the Creator called Shyllong born to a peasant girl.
Ward's Lake, Shillong, Meghalaya
Located in the heart of Shillong, there stands a beautiful man-made Lake known as Ward's Lake. The lake anditsgradualy undulating grounds are hemmed in by lush green slopes. It has amost pleasant, winding walk-a-way all around its parameter set in cobbleds and stone.
Botanical Garden, Shillong, Meghalaya
A secluded but captivating spot with plethora of indigenous and exotic plants is located just below the Ward'' Lake.
The State Museum, Shillong, Meghalaya
Located at the State Central Library complex, visitors can get a glimpse of the life style and heritage of the people.
Jharokha Art Gallery, Shillong, Meghalaya
In the heart of Shillong the only art gallery run by a renowned artist Smt. Jaya Kaha who has successfully held exhibitions of her paintings in big metropolises of India and abroad.
Spread Eagle Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya
Located on the our skirts 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 steepcliffs 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.
Bishop and Beadon Falls
Both cascade down the same escarpment into a deep valley the mass of water dissolving into misty sparks.
Near Lady Hydari Park a cool spot within the city limits.
Elephant Falls, Meghalaya
An exquisitely beautiful waterfalls is located off the Shillong-Mawphlang Road about 10km off Shillong. It is one of the most frequented of the several waterfalls and tourist spots in and around Shillong.
Shillong Peak, Meghalaya
An ideal picnic sot, 10kms from the city. 1,965 meters above sea level, offers a panoramic view of the scenic countryside and is also the highest point in the state. Obeisance isapid to U Shyllong at the sanctum sanctorum at the peaks summit every spring time, by the religious priest of Mylliem State. In the evening the city lights below appear like a star-studded abyss.
Famous Excursions from Meghalaya
Cherrapunji (Sohra) 56 kms form Shillong, situated in one of the rainiest rain-belts in the world, 1,300 meters above sea level. Apleasant drive to see roaring waterfall leaping into deep gorges, including the famed Nohsngthiangfalls.The lovely town is also famous for its limestone caves and orange honey.Centre of Khasi culture and literature, it is also has the oldest Presbyterian Church and also an establishment of the Ramkrishna Mission.
Noh Kalikai Falls A few kilometres to the west of Cherrapunjee, a clear bubbling stream emerges from its steep mountain bed to hurtle down a rocky precipice into a deep gorge, creating a captivating view of breath taking beauty. A local legend is associated with the Waterfall from which it has derived it's name.
Mawsynarm 56kms from Shillong it is known for the giant stalagmite formation shaped into a Shivallinga called locally as Mawlymbun.
Dawki 96 kms from Shillong is a border town, where one can have a glimpse of the neighbouring country of Bangladesh. The colorful annual boat race during spring at the Umgot river is an added attraction. An eye catching motorable suspension bridge spans the Dawki river connecting Khasi and Jaintia Hills.