June 2nd, 2023
If you have just a day to spend in Shillong, here are some of the top things you can do to make the most of your time:
Umiam Lake, also known as Barapani Lake, is a picturesque reservoir located approximately 15 kilometers north of Shillong. It is a popular tourist destination, offering serene beauty, pleasant weather, and a variety of recreational activities. Boating at Umiam Lake is one of the major attractions for visitors. The cool breeze, the gentle lapping of the water against the boat, and the panoramic views create an atmosphere of relaxation and rejuvenation. It’s an excellent opportunity for photography enthusiasts to capture memorable moments and breathtaking vistas. You can leisurely stroll around after boating. There are several restaurants and cafes nearby that serve local delicacies, one can savor the flavors of Meghalaya.
One of the top tourist destinations in Shillong is Elephant Falls. It is a stunning three-tiered waterfall surrounded by abundant vegetation in the outskirts of Shillong.
Kshaid-Lai-Pateng, which approximately relates to the three levels through which the water plunges, is the Khasi name for Elephant Falls. Because there was an elephant-shaped boulder on one side of the fall, the British gave it that name. However, an earthquake in 1897 caused the stone to crumble and sweep away.
To reach these falls, one must descend a steep flight of stairs (around 100 stairs). Hence,it is not advised for seniors who have some trouble walking.
A few small eateries and shops selling souvenirs are near the parking lot.
Timing: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Entry Fee- Rs 100 per person
Open on all days.
Ward’s Lake is a lovely lake in the center of the city, also known as Pollock’s Lake. It is said to be around 100 years old. Enjoy the lovely gardens, take a leisurely stroll around the lake, walk on cobble-stone footpaths or simply admire the colorful floral beds in the garden and if you have time, go boating.
In the lake’s complex, there is also a café where you may feast on a broad range of snacks and beverages. The lake, which is close to Raj Bhavan (the Governor’s Residence), is accessible via public transportation.
November – February- 8:30 am till 5:30 pm
March – October- 8:30 am till 7:00 pm
Closed on Tuesdays.
Take a drive up to Shillong Peak, located at Laitkor area of Shillong. Situated in the outskirts of the Shillong, the city’s highest point, 1966 m above sea level is famous for sweeping views of Shillong and the hills that surround it. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Bangladesh’s plains.
At the peak there is a high tower with a telescope and features a radar station of the Indian Air Force.
Due to security reasons at the air base, travelers need to show their original ID cards and surrender their cameras at the check post before entering into the viewpoint area.
Foreigners are not allowed to enter this area as it is controlled by the Indian Air Force.
Timings: 9 AM – 3.30 PM
Closed on Wednesday
Entry: Rs. 30 for Person & Rs. 30 for Vehicle
Explore the Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Cultures is a well-known museum situated within the Sacred Heart Church premises in Shillong .Don Bosco Museum, which is one of the largest cultural museums in Asia, is a privately owned museum under the control of Salesian order of the Catholic Church It showcases the rich heritage and diverse cultures of the Northeast region of India.
The Museum is a seven-Storey, hexagonal structure packed with art and culture. It contains a large collection of fiberglass figures, paintings, artifacts, musical instruments, costumes, decorations, and more in 17 international-standard, well-organized galleries like the language gallery, photo gallery, agricultural gallery. Additionally, on the museum’s upper floor, visitors can see some of the rare dancing styles from the Northeast.
The visitors can have a breathtaking view of Shillong City from the Museum’s skywalk.
Timings: 9 AM – 5.30 PM summer & 9 AM – 4.30 PM in winter
Entry Fee: Rs. 100 for Indians & Rs. 200 for Foreigners
Closed on Sundays
Take a moment to visit the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, a beautiful Catholic church located in the Laitumkhrah in Shillong. It’s an architectural marvel and offers a serene atmosphere for reflection.
It is one of the oldest churches in the archdiocese and in all of Northeast India. The Cathedral Church of Mary Help of Christians was built by the Germans in 1913. According to history, the present shrine was built after the first church was destroyed due to a fire accident in 1936.The church was constructed in the Gothic style of architecture.
Timings: 7:00 am-6:30 pm.
Closed on Sundays for Non- Christians.
Head to Police Bazaar, the heart of Shillong City, the main commercial hub of Shillong, for some shopping.You can also try the local street food or seasonal fruits. You’ll find a variety of local handicrafts, clothing, and souvenirs.
Don’t forget to bargain!
Savour the traditional Khasi food. Try meals like Jadoh (rice cooked with pork), Dohneiiong (pork curry with black sesame) or Momos (steamed dumplings), which are among of Shillong’s most well-known culinary offerings.
If you have a free evening, check out Shillong’s exciting nightlife. You may catch live performances by local musicians in one of the neighborhood taverns or live music venues, such Cloud 9, Polo Irish Pub.
Remember, Shillong is a city with pleasant weather, so take your time to enjoy the natural beauty and immerse yourself in the local culture. However, it’s always good to check the local weather conditions and plan accordingly.
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