18 Best Things to Do in Shillong in 2020 (601 Reviews)

Shillong is a hill station in Meghalaya situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet above sea level. It is a perfect blend of old world and modern charm.The interesting fact about Shillong is that it is the only hill station in India that is accessible from all sides. Crystal clear lakes, magnificent mountains and impressive waterfalls make this place very attractive for tourists. It can be considered as an ideal place to unwind amidst natural beauty and enjoy the serenity. Shillong Peak that offers a panoramic view of the scenic countryside is the highest peak situated at a height of 6,449 feet in this region. The place, the people and the climate all combine to create an atmosphere to make Shillong an ideal holiday resort. Cherrapunjee which is the wettest place on earth is only 56 kms away from Shillong so a trip to Shillong can be continued to Cherrapunjee as well. Shillong is often referred to as “Scotland of India” and gained this name by Britishers. The beautiful lakes, green mountains, pine forests and waterfalls form an integral part of the constitution of the best things to do in Shillong. Today, Shillong has some picturesque places worth visiting. Umiam lake, Elephant falls and Lady Hydari Park are some famous attractions to name a few. If you are planning to visit Shillong, it is quite advisable to book your accommodation well in advance. As it is a popular tourist destination, the hill station meets a lot of visitors every year, especially during the peak season which can be marked from September to December. The temperature during these few months 9 to 13 degree centigrade, so it is very pleasant to explore and walk around the hill station. Also, make sure you try out the local cuisine of Khasis and Tibetans that basically involves a lot of boiled or roasted food. There are a number of good restaurants and most of them are located in the market areas of Shillong. As most of the locals in Shillong are Christians, pork and beef is easily found in the regular menu. Moreover, if you are looking for some alcohol, you can find it in the fancy bars and pubs that are situated in different parts of the hill station.   

Amongst the best things to do in Shillong come the likes of visiting the Nohkalikai Falls, boating in Umiam Lake, angling at Dawki, Kayaking at Kynshi River, etc.

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Sightseeing Day Tour to Shillong Featured
Sightseeing Day Tour to Shillong

7H

Shillong

About the Activity:Take away on an unforgettable day tour to Shillong as you are picked up in a car at the Shillong Police Bazaar at around 09:00 in the morning.Visit the Shillong Peak and the Elephant falls on the way and progress to the Wards Lake.Make a short visit to the Lady Hydari Park & Zoo and Cathedral Church before you stop at the green and serene Shillong Golf Course.Satisfy your knowledge urges at the Don Bosco Museum, marvel the views from Barapani View Point and Umiam Lake before calling it a day !
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Day Tour to Cherapunji in Meghalaya Featured
Day Tour to Cherapunji in Meghalaya

10H

Cherrapunji

About the Activity:Embark on an exciting day tour to Cherrapunji from Shillong and admire the breathtaking beauty of this destination.The day tour starts as you depart from Shillong at around 8 in the morning and drive down to Cherrapunjee.The drive passes through beautiful scenery and takes you to visit Shillong peak, Elephant Falls, Duwan Syiem Bridge, Ram Krishna Mission, and Nohkalikai Falls before taking a short lunch break.Thereafter, you will be taken to appreciate the stunning Mawsmai Caves, Seven Sister Warter Falls, Thangkharang Park and Khon Ramhah, which is a beautiful pillar shaped rock.The tour comes to an end as you are dropped back to Shillong at the Police Bazaar.
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Day Tour Trek at Umden Village Featured
Day Tour Trek at Umden Village

8H

About the Activity:Umden is an ideal getaway nestled in the lush green forests with natural miracles in abundance.Enjoy a day trip to watch the different culture caressed by the native people in the village especially the Bhoi tribes.Embark on a trek through the tea gardens, strawberry fields, subtropical and bamboo forests for a revamping experience.A view of the sprawling Khasi hills from the CFT rock garden is another enticement of the tour.Reach the campsite at CFT for your lunch and relax in the serene atmosphere and in the evening enjoy the beauty of the premises with a tea.
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Day Tour Shillong in Meghalaya Featured
Day Tour Shillong in Meghalaya

8H

Shillong

About the Activity:A visit to the 'abode of clouds', Shillong in Meghalaya is a better opportunity in front of you to delve into nature's privileges as well as its magical creations.You will get a number of places worth exploring located in one of the beautiful hill stations in north east India.A treasure of Shillong is Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture where you will come across the presentation of traditional and indigenous life style of Meghalaya people.Experience the adventure and excitement possessed by the Sweet Falls in the Happy Valley for sometime and also find the Butterfly Museum being a place to adorn.Amuse with a glimpse of Beadon Bishop that is cascading between the rocky green hills and also visit Ward's lake that appears in the form of a horse shoe.Never miss the sight of Lady Hydari Park, Shillong peaks and the majestic Elephant falls.Siat Khnam archery provides you the picture of local gambling and spend time roaming around Police Bazar market area.
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27 Ratings

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David Scott Trail and Double Decker Root Bridge Trek in Cherrapunji
David Scott Trail and Double Decker Root Bridge Trek in Cherrapunji

4D/3N

About the Activity:Head out to bring home some unforgettable memories from Meghalaya, the land of tranquility with this four day trekking trip to the Double Decker Bridge and David Scott Trail.The moderate trekking tour starts from Guwahati and goes through Shillong, Mawphlang Village and Cherrapunji. From the second day to third day of the tour, you will be completely immersed in the utmost happiness provided by trekking through the natural trails.This is an opportunity to find bliss as you walk through the valleys, greenery, rivers, pools, hanging bridge and the quaint villages.A group tour with your friends or family will gift you the most precious memories and beautiful moments can be carved at this extra ordinary state of India on this tour.
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34 Ratings

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INR 18,800

Camping in the Island in Umium Lake
Camping in the Island in Umium Lake

2D/1N

Shillong

About the Activity:Indulge in an array of activities in the heart of the Northeastern India like never before with your family and friends.Reach Barapani at around 10 am and engage yourself in activities like rock climbing, rappelling, joomering, zip-lining, and many more.All the activities will be conducted with equipped with state of the art safety gear and professional instructors.As the night falls enjoy the campfire with musical performed by all team members.Enjoy a delightful night trek through the woods in the island.Enjoy adventure activities during the next morning before you depart after a delicious lunch.
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41 Ratings

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Adventure Day out at Amchang Wildlife
Adventure Day out at Amchang Wildlife

10H

Guwahati

About the Activity:Your journey to visit the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati begins as you depart from 8th Mile, Khanpara at around 06:00 AM and start trekking. After a short breakfast on the way, you will be arriving at the destination at around 10:00 AM.Start on the day of adventure activities after a short briefing and have a thrilling day pumping up your adrenaline by trekking, zip lining, jumarring, rock climbing and rappelling.Break for lunch at around 02:00 PM and then resume the activities.The activity ends as you return back after a short trek down the sanctuary.
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Double Decker Root Bridge Trek at Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya
Double Decker Root Bridge Trek at Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya

4D/3N

Cherrapunji

About the Activity:Start your tour from Guwahati to Cherrapunji on the first day and en route halt at the ravishing Umiam lake in Barapani.Stay in Cherrapunje resort or Sohra Plaza for the night with incomparable luxuries.Second day has a long trek to see the popular Double Decker root bridge of Nongriat village and it is said to have the most brilliant construction found in the world.Feel the suave attitude of the Khasi hills while you trek through it and experience the difference by staying in trekker's hut after a day filled with fun.Utilize the next day exploring many untamed streams and pools nurtured by the scenic surrounding in the place and return to Cherrapunje in the afternoon.
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23 Ratings

4.0

23 Ratings

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INR 11,999

Kayaking at Umiam Lake in Shillong
Kayaking at Umiam Lake in Shillong

8H

Shillong

About the Activity:Kayak in Umiam lake in Shillong and feel that adrenaline rush as you explore the lake and its surroundings.Start yout activity at 10.00 AM after reaching Umiam Lake.This is the ultimate adventure where you not only get a chance to kayak but also enjoy other activities like swimming, angling, water slide and cannoying.If you are kayaking for the first time there will be guide to accompany you from the beginning to the end.Enjoy a delicious lunch at the island before ending your adventurous tour.End your trip after at 6.00 PM and depart for Shillong.
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37 Ratings

3.0

37 Ratings

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INR 1,800

Mountain Biking at Sohilya Village
Mountain Biking at Sohilya Village

6H

Shillong

About the Activity:Invoke in this exciting mountain biking trip at Sohiya Village and get a chance to witness the amazing beauty of the region.Commence your tour at 10.00 AM after reaching the Sohilya Village which offers the best picturesque beauty of mother nature.Ride through the forest corridors and witness a variety of species of birds.Get acquainted with the villagers and learn about the Khasi tribe while enjoying a delicious Khasi meal.Continue riding through the village and get ready to be astonished with the scenic appeal and the tranquility of this entire place.End this wonderful tour by 4.00 PM and head back to Shillong. 
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38 Ratings

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38 Ratings

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Trekking at Dawki in Meghalaya
Trekking at Dawki in Meghalaya

8H

Shillong

About the Activity:Embark in this exciting trekking expedition in Dawki and witness the natural beauty of this region.Start your tour at about 10.00 AM and begin your trekking expedition.Trek through the steep hills and rock and reach to the top of the hill.Enjoy a delicious lunch while witnessing the mesmerizing view of the surrounding hills.Admire the greenery as you pass through the valleys with its immense beauty.Trek back to Dawaki where you tour ends.Head back home with lots of memories.
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34 Ratings

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34 Ratings

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INR 2,000

Day Out in Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya
Day Out in Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya

8H

Cherrapunji

About the Activity:Cherrapunji is where you can witness the maximum number of days with rainfall and the tour offers you to see many wonderful waterfalls nearby.You will start your tour from Shillong in the morning and after reaching Cherrapunji, you will start feeling totally a different climate.Since the place is blessed with water a lot, Cherrapunji gives you a chilled atmosphere throughout the year.Visit the famous waterfalls such as Seven Sisters Falls, Dainthlen, Khynrem and Nokhalikai Falls with their contributions to make the nature looks alluring.Also, fasten your stride to watch Mawsmai caves, Ka Khoh Ramrah monolith, landscape viewpoints and eco park before you return to Shillong in the evening. 
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30 Ratings

4.0

30 Ratings

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INR 1,999

Day Tour at Mawphanlur Village in Meghalaya
Day Tour at Mawphanlur Village in Meghalaya

8H

Shillong

About the Activity:If you would like to quench your thirst for visiting serene places, use the opportunity to visit Mawphanlur village in Meghalaya.Serenity being distributed to the whole place in abundance and you will feel an eternal bliss walking through the village.Stroll through the paths of Lum Kyllang, Lum Symper, Mawten, Lum Nohkrek, Rambrai, Mawdoh and relish the beauty.The peaceful evening spent in the village can let you reach the state of meditation also.Visit the crowded streets where children playing football, cowbells ringing and find the daily activities of the locals amidst.Enjoy activities like trekking, kayaking, angling, swimming, kite flying etc.
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30 Ratings

3.0

30 Ratings

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INR 1,800

River Rafting in Dawki
River Rafting in Dawki

1H

Shillong

About the Activity:Embark in this exciting and the most adventurous fun filled river rafting activity of 1 hour in Dawki.Start your activity after reaching Dawki at around 11.00 AM in the morning.Raft through the strong current of the water and conquer the strong waves.After this activity enjoy a delicious lunch.End your activity by 12.00 PM and head back home totally refreshed.
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33 Ratings

4.0

33 Ratings

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INR 3,000

Trip to Mawphanlur Village in Meghalaya
Trip to Mawphanlur Village in Meghalaya

2D/1N

Shillong

About the Activity:If you want to visit some serene places in the Northeast, then this is the perfect tour for you to visit Mawphanlur village in Meghalaya.Reach Mawphlang where you will visit the sacred groves before your arrival at traveler's nest.Stroll through the paths of Lum Kyllang, Lum Symper, Mawten, Lum Nohkrek, Rambrai, Mawdoh and relish the beauty.Spend a peaceful evening in the village and enjoy the night while gazing at the stars under the clear night sky.Visit the crowded streets and watch the children playing football and cowbells.Interact with the locals and explore their daily activities and lifestyle.Enjoy activities like trekking, kayaking, angling, swimming and kite flying during your tour.Reach Lum Kyllang and head back to Shillong with lots of memories.
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36 Ratings

3.0

36 Ratings

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INR 3,999

Day Tour at Silk Village at Umden in Meghalaya
Day Tour at Silk Village at Umden in Meghalaya

8H

Shillong

About the Activity:Indulge in a day tour or silk village at Umden in Meghalaya and interact with Bhoi people to learn their culture and history.See the production of world famous Eri silk and traditional hand looms like ryndia also.The process of weaving is open to you, observe the different steps of sericulture, the variant patterns used in weaving and get expert guidance in weaving.Try your hands at the age old weaving and feel the sense of belonging with the locals in the village.Get engaged in a heritage walk through the serene, lush green locality and participate in  mountain biking too.Enjoy a simple but delicious lunch from one of the restaurants and continue strolling through the streets to get acquainted with the typical lifestyle.
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31 Ratings

4.0

31 Ratings

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INR 1,800

Day Tour to Mawlongbna Village in Meghalaya
Day Tour to Mawlongbna Village in Meghalaya

8H

Shillong

About the Activity:Paradise be regained in the small serene village of Mawlongbna that is blessed with the lives of many legends.Spend the whole day strolling along the natural paths and typical countryside routes to rehabilitate your mind.Indulge in a majestic trekking along the community forest, see the secrets of nature and delve into the wilderness.Spot rare birds along the way, identify them, enjoy spending time with the vivacious colours of nature.Engage in Kayaking or canyoning or angling in Umkhakoi reservoir which is a prime attention seeking spot in the village.Taste the thrill hidden in mountain biking, snorkeling and enjoy your lunch in between.
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32 Ratings

5.0

32 Ratings

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INR 1,800

8 Days Meghalaya Adventure Package with Trekking Tour
8 Days Meghalaya Adventure Package with Trekking Tour

8D/7N

Destinations Covered: 1N Guwahati, 1N Cherapunjee, 1N Nongrihat, 1N Shillong, 1N Mawylnnong, 1N Mawphlang, 1N Lad MawphlangStart Point: Guwahati Railway Station or AirportEnd Point: Guwahati Railway Station or AirportAccommodation: Hotel / Guesthouse with BreakfastTransportation: Car, Tempo TravelerCustomization: Available as per the requirementAbout the tour:Meghalaya is a gem studded in the zone of North East and is capable of filling your life with peace, calmness and relaxation. In this 8 Days package, you will be able to explore Meghalaya from inches to fathoms with places like Cherapunjee, Shillong and Mawphlang. These places are well mentioned with pleasant climate, dense green vegetation, breathtaking valleys and lakes.Nohkalikai falls, Mawsmai cave, Seven Sisters’ Falls, Arwah Caves, Dawki, Mawphlang Sacred Forest will be present in your list. Not just them, your visit will be combined with quality services and attentive representative to make your journey easy and swift.So, Don't stop yourself. Treat yourself well by availing this package and keeping the best memories in your box worth to remember for in this life.
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37 Ratings

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37 Ratings

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31 May 2015
Excellent
This trek has a beautiful trek path. This can be done at any season. A couple of years back, my friend went to this trek in the month of March, and he said it was good. However, I read that going in the month of June-October is the best time to go. But I went in September because of holiday constraints and it was awesome. I totally loved it. It is completely worthy.
18 April 2017
Excellent
Highly recommended. We were a large family of 10 members, including children & aged parents & who booked package for Meghalaya & Shillong experiences. The host & their team where real caring, be it food, guidance, knowledge of local must things to do & we felt very homely. The homestay was excellent for cleanliness, hospitability, being tucked away from the chaos of the city, yet easily accessible to all amenities. Everyone of family were highly indebted to this wonderful hospitality & experience.
21 December 2019
Excellent
It was an amazing experience. I had so much fun with my friends and family. Everything was well managed and perfect. Thanks thrillophilia for this wonderful tour.
07 December 2019
Excellent
Had an amazing time in meghalaya all thanks to Thrillophilia. Amazing place and amazing people. Recommended to everyone.
16 October 2018
Excellent
Our tour started with a sightseeing expedition in Guwahati itself. Visited Umananda and Kamakhya temple, also saw the magnificent Brahmaputra river. Be prepared to bear a crazy rush in the temples, especially when you are visiting in season. Then we headed for Shillong and took a halt at the Umiam lake viewpoint, was a decent man-made lake. We clicked some pictures and started our journey again. Stayed in Shillong for day one. Nice hotel, good facilities. Next morning, we traverse across the town visiting a few parks, museums, markets and churches. The third day was really exciting, the twisty and vegetation laden hilly turns took us to Cherrapunji. Amazing location. Enroute, we also spotted Elephant fall and Shillong peak. Went to Nohkalikai falls on the same day along with Mawsmai caves and Krem falls. The hotel we stayed in had a wonderful view of the valley. Next day we started for the famous Mawlynnong and Dawki villages, was completely mind blown to be in these locations. It was worth every penny I spent on this tour.
16 October 2018
Excellent
No words to describe my time in the Northeast. Cherrapunji is love, no matter whenever you visit this place, it always looks green and prospering. The villages Dawki and Mawlynnong were my personal favourite on this trip. Keep extra clothes for the adventure you will be getting in near many waterfalls, and rivers of Shillong and Meghalaya. My mother loved visiting the Kamakhya temple for the first time and being a Bengali, she was so impressed by the temple and the story associated with the making of this temple

Frequently Asked Questions About Shillong Things To Do

  1. Which are some of the must do things in Shillong?

    Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is a hill station that has great weather and incredible scenic beauty. There are many places worth visiting and many activities that keep tourists engaged her. Some of the best things to do in Shillong are-

     

    • Boating in Umiam Lake
    • Trekking in the calm and composed trails
    • Horse Riding
    • River Rafting
    • Angling at Dawki
    • Waterfall Rappelling at Elephant Falls
    • Explore the Caves
    • Shillong Golfing
    • Rock Climbing
    • A walk around Wards Lake
    • Hangout at Nokrek National Park
    • Walking in the Clouds at Cherapunji
    • Shopping at Police Baazar
    • Visit Asia’s Cleanest Village
    • Camping
  2. What all adventure activities can be done in and around Shillong?

    When it comes to adventure sports, Shillong has quite a few options for adventure junkies. Some of which are-



    • Boating in Umiam Lake
    • Trekking David Scott's Trail
    • River Rafting at Ranikor
    • Waterfall Rappelling at Elephant Falls
    • Camping on Khasi Hills
  3. Where can I go for caving in and around Shillong?

    The deep dense forests of Shillong and other parts of Meghalaya have some pf the most beautiful caves that manage to get the explorer out in you. When in Shillong, visiting these caves is a must as they give you a great sense of adventure. Meghalaya has more than 500 roughly and many of which are yet to be explored and mapped. Here are a few popular ones in and around Shillong that you should definitely head to-

     

    • Mawsmai Cave
    • Dobakhol Cave
    • Kotsaki-Umlawan
    • Krem Chympe
    • Krem Dam
    • Synrang Paming
    • Krem Phyllut
    • Krem Mawnluh
    • Krem Shrieh
    • Krem Lympat
    • Krem Lamet Latang
    • Kut Sutiang
    • Dobhakol Chibe Nala
  4. Which are some famous treks in and around Shillong?

    The terrains of Meghalaya as a whole are very challenging. An advantage is that unlike the Himalayas, these trails are not snow-wrapped so you don’t have to carry a lot of winter clothing on yourself. Moreover, the trails in Shillong and areas around it often welcome tourists with beautiful by flora fauna that you may get to see nowhere else in India. These intimidating rare species make your trek absolutely worth it! Here are some of the best trekking trails of Shillong and in regions around-

     

    • Smit
    • Mawlyngot
    • Pynursla
    • Living Root Bridge
    • Kyllang Rock
    • David Scott Trail
    • Sohpet-bneng
  5. Where can I go for river rafting in Shillong?

    River rafting is a fun and thrilling sport and has very rapidly gained popularity amongst locals as well as tourists in Shillong. River rafting in Shillong can be enjoyed at Umiam Lake and at Ranikor. Both the destinations have many rapids that cause for a great thrill and adventure during the sport. An experienced rafter can enjoy rafting at Ranikhor, however, if one is a beginner, it is advisable to try the Umiam Lake first for rafting.

     

  6. What all things can be done in Umiam lake in Shillong?

    Umiam Lake is a reservoir located in the hills 15 km to the North of Shillong and is a major tourist destination of Shillong. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities and some of the activities you can enjoy here are- Kayaking Water Cycling Scooting Boating Relaxing lake side Water Skiing Have a picnic or a pot-luck by the lake River Rafting

    River rafting is a fun and thrilling sport and has very rapidly gained popularity amongst locals as well as tourists in Shillong. River rafting in Shillong can be enjoyed at Umiam Lake and at Ranikor. Both the destinations have many rapids that cause for a great thrill and adventure during the sport. An experienced rafter can enjoy rafting at Ranikhor, however, if one is a beginner, it is advisable to try the Umiam Lake first for rafting.

     

  7. How far is Cherrapunjee from Shillong? What all things can be done there?

    Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya is located at a mere distance of 55 km from the town of Shillong. This place attracts lakhs of tourists every year and is very special because it is one of the wettest places on planet. It is nestled in the East Khasi Hills about 50 km southwest of the state’s capital and is also known as Sohra or Churra. Moreover, the place is also popular to be the home of living root bridges, bridges that can hold up to 50 people at a time and are a result of bioengineering practiced by the locals. There are a number of things you can do in Shillong. Some of them are-

     

    • Visit Root Bridges
    • Visit Nohkalikai Falls
    • Explore Ramakrishna Mission-Museum
    • Go Caving at Mawsmai Cave
  8. Which are must visit villages in and around Shillong?

    Shillong is located in Meghalaya in Northeast India. It is easily accessible from Guwahati and has several villages worth visiting in and around Shillong. Some of them are-

     

    • Mawlynnong Village
    • Cherrapunjee Village
    • Jakrem
    • Nongriat
    • Ziro Valley
    • Nongstian
    • Mylima

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