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Shillong "The Abode of Clouds", one of the smallest states in India is a capital and a hill station of Meghalaya situated at an average altitude of 5003 ft with highest Shillong Peak of height 6450 ft. Shillong city is in the center of the shillong plateau and is surrounded by the hills, three of them are :  Lum Sohpetbneng, Lum Diengiei and Lum Shillong.


Shillong was named after the boy "Aahlad" who born to a virgin mother near the village Bisi. An uprising by the Khasis against foreign occupation of their land followed in the year 1829 and continued till January 1833. The British civil servant David Scott negotiated for the surrender of Khasi leader Tirot Sing who was taken to Dhaka for detention. A separate Chief Commissionership was formed with Shillong in the year 1874. On the formation of Assam as the Chief Commissioner's Province in the year 1874, Shillong was its capital until the creation of the new state of Meghalaya on 21 January 1972. When a proclamation was issued constituting Shillong and its suburbs  within the Municipality was agreed to by Hain Manik Syiem of Mylliem under the agreement of 15 November 1878.

Places of Interest

  • Elephant Falls
  • Lady Hydari Park
  • Wards Lake
  • Shillong Golf Course
  • Motphran
  • Shillong Peak
  • Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
  • Entomological Museum
  • Crinoline Falls
  • State Museum
  • Bishop and Beadon Falls
  • Spread Eagle Falls
  • Chrysalis the Gallery


  • Temperature ranges from 23°C to 15°C in Summer.
  • Temperature ranges from 15°C to 03°C in Summer.

Best Time to Visit

  • Between the months September to May

How to Reach

By Air - A small airport, Umroi Airport is the nearest airport to Shillong.

By Rail - Nearest station is Guwahati Railway Station.

By Road - Shillong is well connected to two national highways : National Highway 40 and National Highway 44A