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Shillong City

Shillong city information

Country: India
Location: Northeast India
Altitude: 1,525 m
Population: 143,007
Language: English
Known for: Capital of Meghalaya
Nearby Cities: Guwahati

Located in the eastern part of the state, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. Geographically, located on the top of the hill at the altitude of about 1,500 metres above the sea level, Shillong has spectacular landscapes. Interestingly, the rolling hills all around the town remind the European settlers of Scotland. This is the reason that the city is also popular as "Scotland of the East."

During the decade of 1860s, the city had made the civil station for the tribes Khasi and Jaintia; resultantly, the city had been developed exponentially. In addition, because of amazing location and pleasant weather, the city was the capital city of undivided Assam; however, when Assam and Meghalaya separated as two independent states, it came in the jurisdiction of Meghalaya and became the capital of Meghalaya.

Shillong Tourism
By virtue of having spectacular landscapes and pleasant weather, Shillong is a wonderful place for tourism. The significant attractions in and around Shillong are:

Elephant Falls: Situated in the fantastic landscape, Elephant Falls is the ideal site for picnic.
Wards Lake: Fascinating Wards Lake is also locally popularly as Nan-Polok.
Lady Hydari Park: Popular site for the tourists.
Motphran: Built in the memory of the 26th Khasi Labour Corps who had been actually served under the British and France rulings during the World War I, Motphran is the Stone of France. However, locally, it is popular as Motphran.
Golf Link: Also popular as "Gleneagles of the East," it is one of the largest golf courses in Asia. It is also the wettest golf course of the world.
Shillong Peak: It is located in scenic landscape and hence, tourists prefer this place for picnic.
Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum: The Museum is largely popular for its local ethnic tribal culture and traditional collections.

Other important sites are:
Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian
Bishop and Beadon Falls
Don Bosco Centre
Entomological Museum (Butterfly Museum)
Air Force Museum at Upper Shillong
Rhino Heritage Museum at Shillong
Crinoline Falls
Spread Eagle Falls
Sweet Falls
Forest Museum in Lady Hydari Park

How to Reach?
By Road: Shillong is only accessible through road; the National Highway 40 and 44 connect it with other neighbouring states. It has no rail connectivity and also no regular air services.

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