Travel Within Shillong
Once the capital of the Raj-era Assam Province, Shillong today is the state capital of the beautiful North-East
Indian state of Meghalaya. This region, literally called ‘The Abode of the Clouds’ has an abundance of geological
curiosities that attract a stream of visitors from around the world; Shillong with its many natural and man-made attractions,
is the veritable jewel in this crown of hills.
The region is primarily populated by the local hill tribes, especially the matrilineal Khasis. The coming of the British administration
and European Christian missionaries brought the sophistication of continental architecture, music and food; it also attracted settlers from
other parts of India, who adapted to local customs and became a part of Shillong’s multi-cultural heritage. The city today is a vibrant
and welcoming hub for students, businessmen and visitors who are attracted by its renowned educational institutions, its many financial
opportunities and of course, its innumerable tourism attractions. Being well connected by road, Shillong is at once secluded and yet easy to reach.
Above all, Shillong continues to be famous for its fascinating natural splendour, its beautiful hills and plentiful flora; the orchids
and ferns of the region deserve special mention. Adventure-seekers will also be rewarded by rich trekking and caving prospects. Read on
to know how best to discover all the treasures that Shillong has to offer you!
All Saints Cathedral
The picturesque carvings and stained glass of the All Saints Cathedral remind viewers of the region's colonial history. Built by the British in the Tudor style, this cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897 and subsequently re-built.
Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
7 stories tall and 17 galleries dense, DBCIC is an outstandingly comprehensive repository of North-Eastern indigenous artefacts and cultures. Guided tours, touchscreens and presentations enhance your experience.
Lady Hydari Park
Ideal for small picnics and al fresco parties, Lady Hydari Park is an excellent spot for families. Among the attractions are a small zoo, a mini deer park, a mini museum and plentiful sheltered stretches of lawn.
Wankhar Entomology Museum
Make a prior appointment to visit this private collection of butterflies and insects of the North-East and elsewhere. Nature-lovers of all ages will marvel at the fascinating displays of insect wonders lovingly preserved for generations.