The city derives its name from the presiding deity, Lum Shyllong, who is believed to reside on the Shillong Peak overlooking this picturesque hill station.
It is one of the earliest, outposts of the British in North-East India ; today it is the capital of Meghalaya (literally “Abode of the Clouds”). Home to Khasi, Jaintia and Garo tribes. It has been always the centre of tourist attraction for its rich culture and tradition. From golfing, trekking, water sports and angling to a quiet picnic spots, breathtaking scenic view, exotic flora and colourful festivals, Shillong has a lot to offer abd has long been a favourite destination for tourist from both home and abroad.
Shillong from inside:
Wards lake with little isles and undulating grounds, flowerbeds and boating. Just below is the Botanical garden. Of special importance are the Orchidarium of the Botanical Survey of India and the Butterfly Museum .
The 18-holes Golf Course is one of the oldest east of the Suez . Opened in 1889 with 9-holes, it is called the “Gleneagles of the East”. The Golf Club retains its colonial ambience.
Then comes the manicured lawns of Lady Hydri Park . It has a small museum and a mini zoo. Close by are the Crinoline Falls (12-13m) at the base of which is a swimming pool.
Gunner`s Falls (24-26m) on the upper Shillong Road, and the Elephant Falls – all popular picnic spots with scenic views. Beyond are the Upper and Lower Elysium Falls .
Also of note are Beadon and Bishop Falls which cascade down the same escarpment and Flow into the Umiam River . The most beautiful of all the Weitden or Sweet Falls (c.96.M)
To get a glimpse of the heritage and lifestyle of the Khasis, a visit to the State Museum , situated in the State Central Libery Complex in Lachaumiere, os a must. But to get a first hand experience, ine can also visit the lewduh Market.
Shillong is also famous for its churches. The most beautiful once are the Catholic Cathedral Grotto Church , all Saints Church and Presbyterian Church.