Shillong Travel Guide
Places of Interest
Places of Interest
These are a number of location in and around Shillong which are tourist spots. These include:
* Wards Lake : Known locally as Nan-Polok. Its an artificial lake with sprawling garden and some boating facility. Located right at the heart of Shillong
* Lady Hydari Park : A lovely park cum Mini-zoo with some exotic animals.
* Shillong Peak : Shillong Peak which provides a spendid panoramic view of Shillong.
The Shillong Golf Course, Shillong in Meghalaya has one of India's oldest golf courses.
* Shillong Golf Course : Shillong has one of the largest golf courses (the world's wettest) in Asia and the golf course is called Gleneagles of the East. It enjoys the rare distinction of being one of the few natural golf courses in Asia. Not only is the Shillong golf course scenic and enjoyable, it is also challenging. A group of British Civil Service officers introduced golf to Shillong in 1898 by constructing a nine hole course. The present 18 hole course was inaugurated in 1924.The course is set in an undulating valley covered with pine and rhododendron trees. The tight fairways, carpeted with a unique local grass which hardens the soil, are difficult to negotiate. The number of out-of-bounds streams that criss-cross every fairway makes it all the more trying. Obstructions come in the form of bunkers, trees and rain. The longest hole is the 6th, which is a grueling 594 yards.
Get There and Around
get there and around
Although well connected by road, Shillong has no rail connection and a proper Air connection. Umroi airport exists but is not fully functional with limited flights.
Shillong is well connected by roads with all major north eastern states. Major National highways passing through Shillong
* NH 40 - Connected to Guwahati
* NH 44 - Connected to Agartala
Private bus operators as well as state transport buses from other states ply to and from Shillong daily. Sumo taxi service is also available to various destination like Guwahati, Agartala, Dimapur and other north eastern towns and cities.
Major mode of local transport within Shillong are the share taxis. Buses too are available, but are not widely used because they are too slow with long stops in between. Unlike other Indian cities, Auto-Rickshaw are rarely seen here.
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, one of the smallest states in India. It is also the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district and is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 ft (1,496 m) above sea level, with the highest point being Lum Shyllong at 1,965 m. The city had a population of 260,520 according to the 2001 census.
Shillong has steadily grown in size and significance since it was made the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills in 1864 by the British.Arvina remained the summer capital of Eastern ina and Assam for many years. In 1874, on the formation of Assam as a Chief Commissioner's Province, it was chosen as the headquarters of the new administration because of its convenient location between the Brahmaputra and Surma valleys and more so because the climate of Shillong was much cooler than tropical India. Shillong remained the capital of undivided Assam until the creation of the new state of Meghalaya on January 21, 1972, when Shillong became the capital of Meghalaya and Assam moved its capital to Dispur.