India has a wide range of scenic beauty which we can’t help but add in our travel list and Shillong is one of them.
While you are in Shillong, then there are a few fun things that you can do. Travelling places like Mawsynram and Cherrapunjee, Caves and Waterfalls is a must, but when you are done exploring the world famous scenic beauty, then you are highly recommended to visit these places that is the local attraction.
It is called the heart of the city. It a man-made lake surrounded by meadows and pine trees and Cherry blossoms. There a wooden bridge across the lake where you can have a beautiful view of both side of the lake. It is also a home to wide variety of floras as well as rare orchids confined to Meghalaya.
Lady Hydari Park
As the name suggests, it a park with beautiful surroundings with perfectly mowed grass and flowers like orchids, lilies, dahlia, and locally found flowers all around the place. It has a pond which has fishes and ducks in them. The highlight of this area is outside the park where there are vendors who sell the most loved delicacies called Aloo-moori and Aloo-channa. It is a must have street food of Shillong.
Police Bazar of Shillong is a famous shopping haunt, considered ideal for leisure seekers, shopping enthusiasts and food lovers by locals as well as tourists. It is a modern market that has many hotels, shops and eating joints, catering to the varied needs of every visitor including several old shops that sell exquisite handicrafts of Meghalaya. For those who like to possess a collection of handcrafted specialities and souvenirs, Police Bazar is the suitable place to visit in Shillong.
Mary Help of Christians Cathedral
Located in the Laitumkhrah locality in Shillong, The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians is one of the most beautiful churches in Shillong. It has high curves and stained glass panes which add to its glory. Directly below, carved out of the hill is the Grotto Church. This Cathedral is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Besides being the pride of the Catholics of the region, the church has also become a great tourist attraction.
Don Bosco Museum
The Don Bosco Museum is situated in Mawlai Mawdatbaki, Shillong. It gives a glimpse of the history and geography of North-East India. There are several floors dedicated to a scrupulous topic or place. The sky-walk on the top of the building is one of the beautiful attraction of the museum.
Madina mosque is a unique architectural wonder in India as it has a stunning structure of glass with a height of 121 feet and width of 61 feet. It is only Green mosque after the blue mosque of Istanbul. The four-storied structure of the religious place also has an orphanage, a library, and an Islamic theological institute. The mosque and the adjoining Idgah could offer space for 8000 people for an assembly or prayer.
Umiam Lake also known as Barapani is a reservoir in the hills towards the north of Shillong. The lake toils as a significant tourist attraction for the state. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure, kayaking, water cycling, scooting, and boating.
The locals from Shillong might feel that I have skipped a better ones. So, if you have any better suggestions, put down on the comments below.