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Shillong

, Meghalaya

(Shillong is also spelled as Shilong / Sheelong)
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State: Meghalaya
District: East Khasi Hills
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: English, Hindi, Khasi, Assamese
Best Season: Sept - May
Weather: Summer 15 to 36°C, Winter 4 to 24°C
Altitude: 1525 m
Pincode: 793xxx
STD code: 0364
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya takes its name from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong. This city used to be the capital of Assam for over century since 1874 till Meghalaya became a separate state. The city is based on an elevated swathe which lays almost 1500 mtr above the sea level. The city is picturesquely located within the Umiam ravine from north and the Diengiei hills from the north-west making this city a prey to natural blessings as well as vagaries (incessant rains during June- September). One such incident almost wiped out Shillong from the face of earth in 1897 when a strong earthquake destroyed the city. The hard working people of Meghalaya reconstructed the city completely.

Shillong was born in the laps of nature and offers every one of its bequeathed element for exploration to the wanderlust. The amazing series of waterfalls, the mystic mountain peaks, crystal clear water lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and zoo; Shillong has a different façade for everyone. Behdienkhlam, one of the famous and recreational festivals of Meghalaya is held in the Jowai Town every year during the months of June and July.

The itchy feet may decide to venture a little farther and discover the limestone caves the oldest Presbyterian Church. The People of Meghalaya are extremely courteous and friendly and any interaction with them is bound to end in a laughter riot. These wonderful people are full of life and the same is reflected in the products they offer. The hand-woven shawls, cane works, handicraft decoration and the special orange flower honey; each one of these offerings is special and unique.
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Shillong Offers to Host Tourism Meet

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Sep 16, 2011
Several states from India have been sending their representatives to tourism festivals in many European countries. Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma is said to have expressed a wish that Shillong should host the next India-Switzerland tourist festival

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Shillong is a very famous tourist destination located in the Indian state of Meghalaya.

Traveling around the city of Shillong is very easy, as there are many modes of public transport available within the city. Some of the available modes of transport are buses and taxis, and you can opt for the mode of your choice based on your needs. Getting around on foot is also an option.

On Foot



You can walk through the city of Shillong and this is a very good option as the city is very small and walking around the city can help you witness many interesting sites.

Bus



Buses in the city of Shillong ply to all the main areas and can be boarded from the designated bus stops around the place. City buses are available for tourist purposes and bazaar buses are for the locals who carry their luggage and products with them to the market. Bus fares will range around Rs 5 per journey. The bus services are pretty slow in Shillong.

Taxi/Share Taxi



Taxis can also be taken up in the city of Shillong and they are not metered. Taxis can be shared with other individuals for rates of around Rs 5 to 15. Taxis can be hired for an entire day for charges of around Rs 500 to 700.

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You can find 22 hotels in Shillong under following categories:
Comments (60) Reviews (14)
I will be visiting Shillong after a gap of 20 years. Being a doctor in USA for last 15 years, it would be great to see St Edmunds and meet friends and seniors like Mukul Sangma who is the Chief Minister now.Just heard that Mukul Sangma is diagnosed with 3rd stage cancer.Hope his speedy recovery and I personally invite him to USA which has the best cancer hospitals in the ...more
Posted by T Saikia 8 months ago
i want to visit at shillong on 10 October.please give me budget and side map
Posted by sujit bhar 9 months ago
can u send me the wheather forecast for the whole month of may,2013
Posted by sush 9 months ago
why cant it be sunny today
Posted by clare.ralte 9 months ago
ive already booked my tickets from delhi to guwahati and want to visit shillong from 1st june to 15 th june with my family what do u advice to me
Posted by nitish 1 year ago
I want to visit Shillong in November'13. Will it be proper time to enjoy the beauty?
Can I get an idea to visit the different places how and when if I visit in Nov'13. what will be the total days. Since I am a working lady, I have to lake leave, hence want to plan earlier.Pls help.
Posted by Sukla Ray 1 year, 13 days ago
Very clear weather forecast.
Posted by Md.Malekuzzaman Khan 1 year, 6 months ago
pliz shillong wake up for the change !!!!
Posted by rahul roy 2 year, 5 months ago
Am lucky to be born in Shillong...I love and am Proud of my place "SHILLONG"
Posted by Remi 2 year, 5 months ago
shillong is the most beautiful place in the world
Posted by priyanka akhouri 2 year, 9 months ago
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