Khasi Hills

Shillong Peak : An ideal picnic spot, 1965 metres above sea level, offers a panoramic view of these country side, and is also the highest point in the State. Obeisance is paid to U Shulong at the sanctum sanctum at the peak's summit every spring time, by the religious priest of Mylliem State. In the evening the city lights below appear like a star studded abyss.

Sohpetbneng Peak : 1,343 meter, 20 Kms from Shillong, regarded as sacred by the Hynniewtrep people, is set amidst a beautiful scenic view against the backdrop of a sacred forest. This 'Navel of Heaven' as per Khasi mythology is a heavenly peak which offers to fill the spiritual void and emptiness, to those who seek and desire solace and peace of mind.

Ward's Lake : Located in the heart of the city, popular for short garden walks and boating, celebrated its centenary recently.

Umiam Lake : Umiam (Barapani), 17 Kms from Shillong, offers water sports facilities including sailing, water skiing, water scooter. The Orchid Lake Resort and the adjacent Lum Nehru Park is an ideal quiet holidy resort. - Botanical Garden : A secluded but captivating spot with plethora of indigenous and exotic plants and is located just below the Ward's Lake.

Lady Hydari Park : A popular charming tourist draw, the adjacent mini Zoo is an added attraction.

Golf Course : The third oldest golf course in India. Developed in 1889 as a nine hole course, was later converted to 18 holes in 1924 by captain Jackson and C.R. Rhodes. It is termed as the 'Geneagle of the East' at the United States Golf Association Library and Musuem.

State Musuem : Located at the State Central Library Complex, visitors can get a glimpse of the lifestyle and heritage of the people.

Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian : At Laitumkhrah, it attracts devotees and visitors alike.

Bishoop and Beadon Falls : Both cascade down the same escarpment into a deep valley, the mass of water dissolving into misty sparks.

Elephant Falls : 12 kms on the outskirts of the city, the mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in dells of fern-covered rocks.

Spread Eagle Falls : A soothing setting amidst the calmness of nature - a treat to the eyes.

Sweet Falls : Situated near Happy Valley, most suitable for a day's outing and picnic, Explore it !

Crinoline Falls : Near Lady Hydari Park, a cool spot within the city limits.

Cherrapunjee (Sohra) : Better known today as Sohra, 56 Kms from Shillong, known all over the world as the rainiest place on the planet 'Earth'. It is 1,300 metres above sea level and one of the most visited tourist centre of north-eastern India. A pleasant drive to see roaring water falls leaping into deep gorges, including the famous Nohsngithiang falls. The lovely town is also famous for its limestone caves, orange, honey, a headquarter of the Syiem of Sohra and a Centre of the Khasi Culture and literature. The oldest Theological College in this region is located here, established by the Welsh Presbyterian Missionaries in 1888, known as Cherrapunjee Theological College. There is also a well known establishment of Ramkrishna Mission and a school run by them. Extensive limestone caves abound, with a large number of stalagmites and stalactites inside, the full length and breadth of the caves have not been adequately explored. In addition, the natural beauty is complemented by springs and sacred forests.

12 Kms from Cherrapunjee is situated a beautiful Park'Thangkharang'. Besides housing a bird sanctuary, the spot commands an imposing almost 180 degree view of the plains of Bangladesh. The ideal time to visit is during the monsoons when the gorges become resplendent with several seasonal waterfalls.

Located near Cherrapunjee are the Kshaid Dain Thlen Falls or the falls where the mythical monster of Khasi legend was finally butchered. Thlen is the khasi name for a mega monster, which according to local legend and belief personifies the devil himself. Axes used by the people as they butchered the Thlen made deep scars on the surface of the flat rock where Thlen was butchered. These axe-marks are still intact and visible.

Mawsynram : 56 Kms from Shillong and is known for the Giant Stalagmite formation shaped into a Shivalinga and found inside a cave known locally as 'Mawjymbuin' One and half Kilometres off the right hand side of the Shillong Mawsynram - Balat - Ranikor Highway, very near Weiloi Village, once comes across a unique geological formation called Symper Rock. It is an almost flat topped loaf-shaped rocky dome, which rises sharply from the midst of the surrounding hillocks.

From its base, one has to take an exciting uphill trek to reach the summit of the rock. From the top of the hill one can see the gorgeous surrounding hills and valleys and the plain and fast moving rivers of Bangladesh.

Jakrem : 64 Kms from Shillong, a potential health resort having gushing hot-spring of sulphur water, believed to have curative medicinal properties. People from all parts of the region flock to the hot-spring at Jakrem for bathing themselves in its waters. A well kept secret indeed.