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Shillong the Scotland of East

Shillong the Scotland of East


Shillong which is the capital of Meghalaya is one of the smallest and beautiful states in India. Nature has create this state in pace, surrounded by hills, waterfalls and many colorful flowers is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level Shillong Peak is the highest Point of Shillong (6,449 feet) the whole lovely city can be visualize from the peak. Shillong has Air force headquarter there in Shillong peak, and the place is guarded very strictly, well maintained for that reason. Being a hill station it is calm, quiet and pollution free. Formerly it was said that the rolling hills around the town reminded the European settlers of Scotland Hence, Shillong is known as “Scotland of the East” our very own Scotland. The Weather is very pleasant there; summer is not hot there but very cooling specially in evening. Sun showed mercy over there. The temperature varies from 20 °C to 25°C in summer. In the winter people can enjoy more, it is around 4 °C to 9 °C the life style here no different from the English country. The dressing sense, even food habit is also similar to English people, so it is quite obvious that our Former ruler love this place with other hill station. Shillong is well connected with Guwahati, Tripura and Mizoram by road, bus; taxis are available there in sharing or private basis. Although well connected by road, Shillong has no rail connection and a proper air connection. Umroi Airport has only limited flights. Shillong is full of natural beauty sightseeing is one of the main attractions here some of them are Lady Hydari Park: The Park stretches over a kilometer and has an adjacent mini zoo. Wards Lake: Known locally as Nan-Polok. It’s an artificial lake with garden and boating facilities. Many stories are there, related to this park, but the scenic beauty of the park in winter is marvelous.


Elephant Falls 12 km on the outskirts of the city, the mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in dells of fern covered rocks. The original Khasi name for the falls was’kakshaidlaipatengkhohsiew ‘(Three steps falls), Of course it was the British who named it ‘Elephant Falls’ because of a stone that resembles an elephant near the falls. But the stone was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897. But the name hasn’t changed. The scenic beauty is very nice there, many couples spends hours to watch the beauty. Police Bazar-this is the main heart-throb of the city. Markets, shops, Bus stands restaurant all are located in the city. Youth use to come here for gathering, and entertainment. Many fashionable items especially woolen woven things are available here. Next is Motphran: The ‘stone of France’” which is locally known as ‘Motphran’ was in memory of the 26th KhasiLabour Corps who served under the British in France during World War I. Shillong Peak: Earlier Shillong peak is mentioned here for its outstanding view, It is a picnic spot, 10 km from the city, 1965 m above sea level, highest peak of the Shillong offers a panoramic view of the state. Barapani is not actually located inside the city but it is another tourist spot to visit the water is completely blue here; water line is dissolve with skyline here. Seven Sisters and Nohklikai Falls are another two must visiting spot here, the silence is covered by dangerous beauty here, many other wonderful waterfalls are there ,they may be small or long in size but the beauty is remain same for all, nature has beautified the states by her own. Shillong is also knows by STATES Of CAVES,Mawsmai Cave is one of the famous nature cave here, It is 6 km. away from main town Cherapunji,after driving through a golden land of hills and grassland ,finally see the most awaited place ,Mawsmai Cave lay hidden beneath the trees. Though inside of the cave is a bit suffocating but the beauty of hard rocks overwhelming you to enter inside. Asia’s cleanest village and root bridge is also very famous places of khasi hills and is known for its cleaner and greener surroundings, and Mawlynnong is the Asia’s cleanest village and known by God’s own Garden has acclaim of being Asia’s most cleanest village award 2003.Mawlynnong Village is 90kms from Shillong, along with offered the visitor a real sky walk, a 80 feet high Machan, a very romantic and an exotic destination along the India Bangladesh Border will give you an experience of flying. Not only local or Indian tourist comes to enjoy the trekking location but this place is very famous and liked by foreign tourist also and is very famous spot where many foreigners are spotted. The another well-known tourist spot is Tagore’s house, the famous ‘SESHER KOBITA’ was written here in Shillong, and the house is well maintained by Government where Rabindranath Tagore love to spend his . It is memorable place for all tourists. Beat the hit in Shillong in Summer, Shillong can be visited anytime except Rainy season as world’s one of wettest place Mawsynram is nearby(65 kilometers away from Shillong).and another one ,i.e. Cherrapunji is also very nearby notable for its scenic beauty and is the wettest place in the entire India. With Shillong has a wide range to natural scenic view to offer from greenery to a cleaner surrounding Shillong is just a must place for every individual to visit for.

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