lake - This lake, also known as Polok
Lake, is a horseshoe shaped lake, set amidst
picturesque surroundings. This century old lake
takes its name after an executive engineer named
Mr. Pollock. This lake is quite popular for
boating as well as pleasant walks on the cobbled
sand stone pathways, among beautiful, vividly
colored flowers. The lake also sports on arched
bridge over it. It is located in the heart of
the city near Raj Bhawan and is easily approachable
Falls - Crinoline falls is one of Shillong's
natural waterfalls. The gushing water here presents
an enchanting sight, as it makes its way through
the jungle. At the foot of the falls, there
is a well maintained swimming pool, surrounded
by beautiful orchids and potted Bonsais. There
is also a rock pool nearby with reeds and water
Lady Hydari park - This Park lies adjacent
to the Crinoline falls, and is named after Lady
Hydari, wife of an erstwhile Governor of Assam.
Occupying an area of about 1 km, the park is
designed like a Japanese garden, with vividly
colored beautiful flowers, particularly roses.
The exquisite hues and colors present a delightful
sight, one, which can be hardly forgotten. This
park is also the seat of a native species of
pine tree called 'Pinus Khasiana', which dots
the park. Also to be seen here is a mini zoo
cum Deer Park.
Butterfly museum - The Butterfly museum boasts of an extensive
collection of mounted butterflies and beetles
from India and abroad. The keepers of this museum
have also ventured into the field of breeding
butterflies for their commercial activity which
is also regarded as a conservation measure.
Over 1600 beautiful displays can be seen here.
Bara Bazaar - This market is an interesting place, worth
a visit, where different tribal people can be
seen in their colourful traditional attires.
These people assemble here, not only to buy
but also to sell different products like pots,
baskets, spices and even bows and arrows. You
can even savour the taste of real Khasi food
at a number of small stalls set up by the tribals.
Quick Getaways near Shillong
falls - Elephant
falls is a charming spot where a descending
mountain stream bifurcates into two high
falls. It is surrounded by fern-covered
rocks and is a treat to the eyes of a
nature lover. It lies on the outskirts
of the city, at a distance of 12 km.
Mawsynram - Located at a distance of 55 km from
Shillong, this place closely rivals Cherrapunji
in annual rainfall and has in fact broken
its record too. Mawsynram is famous for being the seat
of a beautiful natural 'Shivalinga',
which is actually a
Shivalinga is located in an unexplored vast
cave, known locally as Mawjymbuin, and is bathed
all through the year by water dripping from
an overhanging stalactite. Numerous Hindu pilgrims
as well as curious tourists throng this cave.
Mawsynram houses another major attraction called
'Symper Rock,' which is a unique geological
formation. It is a loaf-shaped rocky dome, which
has an almost flat top and rises sharply from
amidst surrounding hillocks. You can go on an
exciting uphill trek and get a spectacular view
of the surrounding hills, valleys, plains and
Activities in Shillong
The festivals celebrated here vary according
to the tribes. Christmas, Easter, Good Friday
and the New Year Day celebrations are the most
important festivals here. Ka Pomblang Nongkrem, or the Nongkrem dance,
is one of the most important Khasi festivals. Shad Sukmynsiem is another
important festival of the Khasis. Behdiengkhlam,
the festival of the Jaintias, is celebrated
in July. Wangala is the festival
of the Garos and is dedicated to the Sun God.
The main shopping
areas here are Police Bazaar, Bara Bazaar and
Laitumukhrah. On Iewduh, the first day of the
eight-day long Khasi week, people from all over
eastern Meghalaya come to sell their products
here. In the centre of Police Bazar, there are
shops selling finely woven baskets of all sizes.
For hand-woven shawls, handicrafts, orange flower
honey and cane work, one can visit the various
emporia like Meghalaya Handicrafts, Khadi Gramodyog
Getting There & Away to Shillong
Borjhar Airport is the nearest international
airport at a distance of 128 km from Shillong.
is connected by rail with the rest of
the country through the railhead of Guwahati
at a distance of 103 km.
connects Shillong with Guwahati. The State
Transport buses and the private transport
operators operate and offer services to
the various places in Meghalaya and the
neighboring states from Shillong. The
bus stand is located in the centre of
Getting Around in Shillong
Shillong is quite luxuriously spread out but
taxis and local buses are frequently available.