JAKREM HOT SPRINGS
Distance: 64 km from Shillong,
A potential health resort having gushing hot-spring of sulphur water, believed to have curative medicinal properties.
ELEPHANT FALLS - These waterfalls are in three steps which gave it the original name Three Steps Waterfalls. However, the British renamed the waterfalls as there was a rock that resembled an elephant here. This supposed elephant rock was destroyed in the earthquake though. The first step waterfall is quite broad and easily distinguishable. The second step waterfall is quite small and recedes in level during the winter. The last step waterfall is the tallest and has very powerful water flow. There are bridges connecting one area to another. The steps to climb the falls are quite well-maintained but can be steep and slippery.
GUIDE TO SIGHT-SEEING TRIPS WITHIN SHILLONG AND ITS OUTSKIRTS
LADY HYDARI PARK
ONE DAY TRIP TO MAWLYNNONG and forward to SHNONGPDENG
Mawlynnong – the cleanest village in Asia and home to a living root bridge-single tier. So, for those who could not make it to the Double decker living root bridge this is it! Just 10 minute walk from the parking lot. Distance – 80 kms from Shillong.
DAWKI – SHNONGPDENG – is a border town, where one can have a glimpse of the neighbouring country of Bangladesh.
Distance – 34 kms from Mawlynnong
Hanging bridge over Umngot River, Dawki
Please note: There are many more tourist attractions and waterfalls in Sohra but we recommend a few of the best.
LIVING ROOT BRIDGES – are unique to the state of Meghalaya. The specific tree used for these bridges is the Ficus Elastica. The villagers grow their bridges instead of creating them from wood or other materials like iron. This practice has been evident since the year 1844 which makes it an ancient practice already. It generally takes over 10 years for a small living root bridge to be fully functional. About 10 kilometres from the city centre of Cherrapunjee, the Double Decker Living Root Bridge can be found, the only one of its kind in the world. An additional third level is being added into the double decker root bridge.
DIFFICULTIES FOR THIS VISIT
DISTANCE: 82 kms from Shillong. (3 hours)
Requires a trek of 2-3 hours, so be ready to suffer from bone breaking experience after climbing 2000 steps!!
However, November is the perfect month to visit, so for the young and adventurous this is something unique and will be totally worth it!!
ONE DAY LOCAL TRIP WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING:
MAWSMAI CAVE – a surreal experience of stalactite and stalagmites.
Crystal clear Umngot River with awesome scenic rocks
GOLF LINKS SHILLONG
Other interesting sights:
GRAND MADINA MASJID – India’s first glass mosque – exquisite lighted night view!
ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Distance – 80 kms from Shillong
One of the favourite picnic spots, it has a mesmerising aquamarine colour best seen during the winter months. It takes a 30 mins trek to reach the falls.
DISTANCE : 10 KMs away from the city centre.
Distance : 10 KMS from centre of Shillong (Police Bazar)
** 10 kms may seem near but may take upto 1 hour or more to reach, sinceShillong is a hill-station with narrow roads and traffic congestion is known to occur.
KAMAKHYA TEMPLE, GUWAHATI
Distance 90 kms from Shillong
Distance- 25 kms from Shillong
The views here are fantastic, from the white clouds that surround the peak to the views of the valleys and the never-ending greenery.
ROCK ON 2 WAS SHOT HERE
Distance : 62 kms from Shillong
The Garden of Monoliths. It is the largest of its kind in the country with the largest monolith towering 8 metres. The monoliths are dedicated to the Jaintian kings who have ruled the region.
DON BOSCO MUSEUM – CENTRE FOR INDIGENOUS CULTURES
Exhibits the agriculture, art, weapons, music and lifestyle of the indigenous tribes of the region.
NOHKALIKAI FALLS – highest single drop waterfall in the country laced with a tragic local legend.
OTHER SIGHTS WHICH ARE WELL WITHIN SHILLONG CITY, CAN BE SEEN AS DRIVE THROUGH
DAIN THLEN FALLS – thunderous waterfall shrouded in a very interesting local legend.
Distance - 56 kms from Shillong,
The Mawjymbuin Caves in Mawsynram is a natural tourist attraction in the city. There's a stalagmite formation here in the form of a shivalinga that devotees visit.
KAZIRANGA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, ASSAM
Kaziranga is famous for its one-horned Rhino, has good places to stay.
Distance – 280 kms from Shillong
ARWAH LUMSHYNNA CAVE – recently opened to public but has million year old fossils of fish, prawn, moths etc
CATHEDRAL OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS
ONE DAY TRIP TO SOHRA (CHERRAPUNJEE)
Cherrapunjee- The second wettest place on Earth after Mawsynram, another idyllic town in Khasi Hills. Like Shillong, Cherrapunjee has an elevation of 1,480 metres above sea level.
Distance – 64kms from Shillong
UMIAM LAKE – GATEWAY TO SHILLONG
10th to 13th November
SHILLONG PEAK/VIEW POINT - It is about 1,560 metres above sea level and gives one a panoramic view of Shillong, the surrounding forests, waterfalls and even the Himalayan peaks(on a very clear day/depends on your luck!)