The 'abode of the clouds' is the appropriate
meaning of the 'Meghalaya'. It is a compact and isolated state,
lying on the northern border of Assam.
Shillong the capital, is a popular hill station, has a famous 18 hole
golf course and a polo ground. Lakes and water falls are other
attractions of this town.
lake, east of Police Bazar is an attractive
place with facilities for boating. Umiam lake, 16 kilometers from Shillong is
popular for fishing and boating.
There are several falls around
The nearest are the Beadon falls and
Bishop's falls. Elephant falls, 12 kilometres away on the Shillong -Cherrapunji
road, is a scenic spot with two high falls surrounded by fern covered rocks.
Observation sheds are provided to get a good view. Best time to visit - June to
October (rainy Season) Other falls are the Spread Eagle falls beyond the old
polo ground and Sweet falls beyond
The Shillong peak which is highest in the state is
good for trekking. It is known as the 'abode of the gods' and has excellent
Kyllang rock, beyond Mairang off the Shillong - Nongstoin Road is a massive
block of granite that rises to some 220 metres. The top offers a grand view of
the valleys to the north especially during winter months. Near Mawsmai, there is
a complete view of the high falls, Noh-sngi-thiang across a wide gorge.
The Butterfly Museum
It is at Wankhar and Co, Raiatsamthiah. Visit
: 1000 -1600. It has a good display of mounted butterflies and beetles
from India and abroad. The butterflies are breeded here as a conservatory
The Central Museum
It is at Lachumiere, Visit : 100 - 1600,
Monday to Saturday except 2nd Saturday and all Government holidays. Entry
- free. It has ethnographic and archaeological objects.
The tribal Research Institute, Mawali has
indigenous specimens and articles of the tribal people. It opens from 1000
to 1600, Monday to Saturday. Entry - free.