Located at a height of 1496 meters above water level, Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, may be a great destination that matches the dream of nature lovers and adventure seekers. The picturesque landscape of Capitol Hill station earns it the name the ‘Scotland of the East’. Located on Khasi Hills, the colorful city offers adventurous outdoor activities such as rock climbing and boating.
Situated 10 kms from the town, Shillong Peak offers spectacular views of the town from a powerful height of 1965 m above water level. Being the very best point in Shillong, it offers stunning views of lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. If you’re here on each day when clouds don’t play spoil sport, you’ll be ready to view the majestic Himalayan peaks and therefore the Bangladesh plains from here. Indian Air Force has its radar station here.
The culture of the land is best understood here and hence make it some extent to go to Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture. The museum gives you a transparent insight into the history and culture of the tribes who lived here within the past. The seven storied building has many galleries that highlight the various faces of the town. The galleries here are about Prehistory of the tribal world, culture, art, musical instruments and tools utilized in the past for fishing and hunting. If you are adventurous enough you will love the skywalk on the sloping roof at the top of the building.
How much of nature would you be ready to combat that cause you to miss many a heart beat? Viewing endless great thing about nature might be challenging too, so it seems when one goes to Laitlum Canyons. A paradise by every definition, Laitlum canyons in the Khasi Hills gives you panoramic views of the hills and valleys. A place that’s not much explored gives you an experience of a lifetime – naturally so, considering the very fact that Laitlum means ‘end of hill’. You will have breathtaking views of valleys and surrounding hills from here. Trekkers are in for great exercise and even if you are not one, you are going to love every minute of it
Elephant Falls, the Three Steps Waterfalls because it is originally called, is found 12 km from the capital city. The three steps during which the water falls earned it the name as Three Steps Waterfalls, which was later called as Elephant Falls by British. The stone that resembled an elephant near the gorgeous falls inspired British to call the falls thus though the stone is not any longer seen because it was destroyed in 1897 by an earthquake. The season brings more life to the already energetic waterfalls and you’ll see the falls fully vigor. You may combine your visit to Shillong Peak and Elephant Falls on one day as both are just a couple of minutes faraway from one another.
Mawjymbuin Caves, one among the leading attractions of Shillong, is found 56 km from the town. The natural caves are situated on the world’s wettest place, Mawsynram. You will be required to try to to some stretching, squeezing and sometimes continue high-low-jack as you explore the caves. The spectacular stalagmites seen within the caves are amazing. One such huge stalagmite is within the shape of Shiva Linga on which drops of water fall steadily from a stone above. Exploring the naturally formed caves is a thrilling experience, which words fail to describe.