PLACES OF INTEREST 

Shillong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shillong is also known as the Scotland of the east, smoky blue hills thick with pine and orchids, singing brooks and waterfalls.                                                                                                                                                                                              Leisurely days can be spent at the serene Ward’s Lake and the landscaped Lady Hydari Park, which also has a mini- zoo. The Lewduh Market, the biggest in the north east, is wonderful for a bit of local flavour. Shillong peak (1965m) about 10 km from town, offers breathtaking views of the city spread out against its glorious hill slopes. Sohpetbneng Peak, 20 km away, is also a great place to catch those spectacular views. Amongst the popular waterfalls close to the town are Spread Eagle Falls (6km) and the Sweet Falls (8km) in happy valley. There are also the Bishop Falls, Beadon Falls and the Elephant Falls (12km) to explore if you have time.

 Today, Shillong’s popular 18-hole golf course (referred to as the Gleneagles of the east) holds its annual tournament in October, when these Khasi hills are at their prettiest.

The town is dotted with fine old churches of which the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians is most famed for its stained glass windows and lofty arch. Opposite the state central library, is the all Saints Church.

Shillong has regular pop and rock concerts, which are welcomed with great enthusiasm by the local youth. The Butterfly museum is worth visiting as it has an excellent collection of these winged beauties, many of which are facing extinction.

Umiam Lake                                     

Located at 17 km from Shillong, Umiam Lake is highly popular for a relaxing time. The Orchid Lake Resort here has watersports facilities and the nearby Lum Nehru Park has an aviary and orchidarium.

Cherrapunjee

Once world  renowned for being the wettest place on earth, Cherapunjee is 54 km from Shillong. The road is good and scenic. Cherapunjee is impressive with its gushing waterfalls and the deep gorges. You get stunning views of the plains of the Bangladesh. Cherapunjee’s oranges and honey are famous and you can pick up fine baskets from the Shora market. Best for a day trip, as there isn’t much by way of accommodation for overnight stays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close to town are the glorious Nohsngithiang falls (Mawsmi falls), Dainthlen falls, Nohkailikia Falls (world’s fourth highest), and many smaller falls. The stunning gorges are worth all that film you carried with you.

Mawsynram, 55 km from Cherapunjee, is the wettest place on the earth. It is also reputed for its stalagmite and stalactite caves.

Mawphlang

A vast floral wealth – 24 kms from Shillong makes Mawphlang a great attraction for nature lovers. Its orchids are out of this world. You can also enjoy the hot springs at Jakrem (64 km). If you want to travel close to the Bangladesh border, head for Dawki (96 km), a popular picnic spot. Mairang (40 km) was home for the legendary U Tirot Sing Syiem (raja of Nongkhiaw) who led the fights against the invaders in 1820s.

Ranikor

Pretty as Kashmirs’s Pahalgam, Ranikor (140 km) is an angier’s delight as it is famous for its Mahseer.

Tura

Headquarters of Garo hills district. Tura is reputed for its picturesque environs and equable climate. The 1400 m high Tura peak is a challenge for climbers and you can opt to stay overnight. It requires an interesting mix of hike-cum-climb for about 5 km, but the views for summit are ample reward for your labours. Tura and its surroundings is a window to the ethnic lifestyle of the Garo people. The region if famous for its wangala dance. Tura has a tourist lodge run by Meghalaya Tourism.

Tura is approachable via Guwhati, and is 323 km from Shillong. The journey from Guwhati takes 6 hours. To go to Tura, it is best to hire the taxi from Guwhati airport (about Rs. 2000 one-way) or go by bus.

Nartiang

The ancient seat of the Jainta kings Nartiang (65 km) still has a number of famous Jainta stone memorials (monoliths) which have survived the passage of time. The tallest (27 ft high) is said to have been the walking stick of U Mar Phalyngki the giant ofJainta legend. There is also a temple dedicated to Durgahere, which is very popular. legend has it that Thadlaskein Lake (56 km) was dug with arrow-heads by subjects of Sajar Nangli, one of the foremost war leaders of the Jaintias. The lake is a popular picnic place.