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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Location: Meghalaya
Area: 2242 Square Km
Significance: Scotland of the East
Altitude: 1496m above sea level
Climate: Summer 12°C - 20°C, Winter 3°C - 14°C .
Best time to visit: October to November, March to April 

Shillong or Scotland of the East is one of the most romantic cities in the northeast. And when you visit it, you'll just about know why. A relatively unexplored land, splendid visions of rows of pine trees, lush hills and quaint cottages greet you, all reminiscent of the British era gone by. The city derives its name from the 'Leishyllong', the super God who resides on the Shillong peak, as if protecting the city. There might not be much to do here except relax and soak in the legends that resound in every house. The polo ground almost wears a forlorn look minus the horses and forest conversation efforts have narrowed your chances of bagging an exquisite wooden ware. Nevertheless, Shillong abounds in such natural beauty that is definite to awe you.

Umroi Airport at Shillong is the closest option and taxis are available for traveling within the city. Another option, which is possibly more reliable, is the airport at Guwahati. Buses are also available from Guwahati city to Shillong.
Shillong does not have its own railhead. The closest station is at Guwahati, connected by several superfast trains. 
Guwahati to Shillong is about 4 hours' drive through NH 40. It has an excellent network of roads, though narrow in certain parts. The main interstate bus stand is located right next to Guwahati railway station. Buses are also operated by Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC), plying every half an hour from Guwahati to Shillong.