Places of Interest

Shillong City

The capital city of the State as well as the District headquarter of East Khasi Hills District. It is one of the hill station well connected with good roads. The nearest railway station & International Airport are located in Guwahati. The name Shillong is derived from U-Lei Shillong, a powerful deity. The presence of many well reputed educational institutions including the nationally and internationally recognized educational institution viz, Indian Institute of Management(IIM) make Shillong the educational hub for the entire north-east.

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Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures

Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) is located in Mawlai, Shillong is a major tourists’ spot providing a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyles of the indigenous peoples of North East India. An Institution having a museum with a research centre, for promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of North East India. It is a unique fusion of all the sister states under one roof.

DBCIC contains Nineteen galleries displaying cultural artefacts, paintings including a skywalk gallery. It offers study and research facilities throughout its specialised library, a media hall and a conference hall. It is frequented by students and research scholars in the field of anthropologists. It is one of the popular destination of Tourists.

Lady Hydari Park

The Park is located in the heart of the city, It is a lush green park with abundance of plants and flowers. Variety of flowers bloom in Spring, summer & autumn. The play area for children has swings, slides, see-saws and merry-go-rounds. The park is exhibiting some birds like the stork, crane and macaw etc. Wild animals like bear, jungle cat and deer are also exhibited here.

An Image of Lady Hydari park
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Ward’s Lake

Ward’s lake was named after Sir William Ward, the then, Chief Commissioner of Assam. This man-made lake is locally known as Nan Polok. The gravelly footpath path around the lake combined with variety of flowers is truly refreshing and rejuvenating place to be in. The boating facility also attracts many visitors. It is a popular spot for both local and visiting tourists. The lake is frequented by walkers and joggers in the morning time.

Cathedral Catholic Church

It is located in the heart of the city, in Laitumkhrah. This historical monument of peace and divinity is one of the biggest cathedral in the State. The beautiful church is constructed in the Gothic architectural style and is a spectacular sight in the midst of sprawling green lawns. This church is also known as the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians.

The tall arches of the church and its stained glass installations mesmerises any tourist visiting Shillong. Near the altar of this church is the grave of the First Archbishop of the city. The church also has several pieces of artwork depicting various scenes and chapters from holy scriptures.

An image of Cathedral Catholic Church
An image of Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum

Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum

The museum is located in the State Central Library complex, under the Arts and Culture Department. The collection gives an insight to the lifestyle, ethnic tribal culture and tradition of the people. There are monuments of the great patriots of the state besides the statue of Smt. Indira Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Golf Course

Shillong Golf Course is one of the oldest and beautiful natural golf course in the world. The lush green meadows in the Golf course give a scenic view. It was set in an undulating valley covered with thick groves of pine trees. Earlier it was a 9 (nine) hole course and later converted into a 18 (eighteen) hole course. The Golf course is frequented by walkers and joggers in the morning time. Many visitors refresh and relax in weekends.

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Elephant Falls Meghalaya

Elephant Falls

Elephant falls is 12 kms on the outskirts of the city the mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in dells of fern-covered rocks. At a short distance beyond the falls, there are two smaller falls which are none the less beautiful and captivating. These are the Wei Iaplam Falls and the Wir Phang Falls. A well paved footpath and a small wooden bridge facilitate access to these falls.

Shillong Peak

It is the highest peak in the state, about 10 kms from the city. It offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Shillong city & the country side. Obeisance is paid to U ‘Lei Shillong at the sanctum at the peak’s summit every springtime, by the religious priest of Mylliem State. A spectacular Sunset view attracts avid photographers. It is also a popular hangouts in the evening to catch a glimpse of the city lights below.

Shillong Peak Meghalaya