Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a beautiful hill town, situated in the north eastern part of India. Shillong is situated at an altitude of 1496 m above sea level. Shillong is a destination for the eyes and senses as the place abounds in scenic beauty. The main attractions of the spot are the appealing beauty of the waterfalls, lakes and the caves. It is a popular hill-station which the British used to call the Scotland of the East.
Mythlogically, Khasis are said to have walked 'Khat-ar Snem Lynti' or twelve years of walking before settling down in the Khasi hills. Hilly cities are great for walking. That's the best way to commute in a small town or compact city. Nothing substitutes the experience of walking and exploring a city on foot. Walk down the narrow lanes & stripe walkway with trees and pavements and coffee shops around. A great place to hangout and reach by foot is the beautiful Lady Hydari Park, which houses a small zoo and colourful flowers and orchids is a pleasant experience.
Nothing else can help you get a truly local taste than walking. It was while walking that you will notice, beautiful woman's wearing colourful traditional dress known as 'Jensen' selling traditional art & craft, seasonal fruits, koi and other local items, dominance of Maruti 800 on the roads & little ice cream parlours everywhere.
The other interesting places that you can visit are :
The Butterfly Museum and Bara Bazaar.The museum has been breeding and supplying butterflies to conservation organisations around the world. Bara Bazar in the heart of the city is a interesting place to roam around. Some of the items that you can shop for are hand-woven shawls, variety of fruits, bamboo handicrafts and black mushrooms.
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If you are a lover of cloudy and misty weather, and of course, a lover of nature at its unbridled best, then a visit to the city of Shillong, is surely on your cards. The city of Shillong is a modern city, which is a capital of Meghalaya. With its fashion-loving populace and Western music culture in every corner, it appeals the young.