1 774 778
22 429 km²
Khasi, Garo, Jaintia, English
time to visit
All year round
Summer: 23 - 15
Winter: 15 - 4
Meghalaya is one of the country’s newest states with its capital
at Shillong. For long a summer retreat of the British, the beautifully
kept golf course and several English country cottages testify to another
influence besides the local one. Beautiful lakes and falls, hillside cottages,
a large university, and the popular Bara Bazar are quaint aspects of this
The state of Meghalaya is known as the "Meghalaya Plateau"
or the "Shillong Plateau". The area is made of the oldest rockformations
and consists of the Garo, Khasi and Jaintia hills.
How to get here
Nearest airport Borjhar, Guwahati, 129 kms from Shillong, is connected
with Calcutta. Umroi Airport, 31 km from Shillong, is also connected by
Vayudoot with Calcutta.
Nearest Railhead is Guwahati.
Day and night bus services are available from Shillong to all major towns
Places to visit
Shillong - Shillong Peak - Elephanta Falls - Bishop
& Beadon Falls - Umian Lake
The capital and also a popular hill station. It has a famous 18 hole golf
course and a polo ground. Lakes and water falls are other attractions
of this town. Ward's lake, east of Police Bazar is an attractive place
with facilities for boating.
'Abode of the clouds' is the appropriate meaning
.: Shillong Peak
An ideal picnic spot, 1965 metres above sea level and 10 kms from the
city, offers a panoramic view of the country side and is also the highest
point in the State. Obeisance is paid to U Shulong at the sanctum at the
peak's summit every springtime, by the religious priest of Mylliem State.
In the evening the city lights below appear like a star-studded abyss.
.: Elephanta Falls
12 km outside of the city the mountain stream descends through two successive
falls set in dells of ferncovered rocks.
.: Bishop & Beadon Falls
Both cascade down the same escarpment into a deep valley, the mass of
water dissolving into misty sparks.
.: Umian Lake
Umian Khwan (Barapani), offers water sports facilities including sailing,
water skiing, water scooter. Nehru Park is an ideal quiet holiday resort.