Shillong, also known as the "Scotland of the East", is located in the picturesque state of Meghalaya. This stunning city is perched at an ideal elevation of 1500 meters above sea level. Shillong's winter season begins in November when the minimum temperature drops to as low as 3°C. You will instantly fall in love with Shillong owing to the enchanting beauty of the valleys, the lush green landscapes, and the gorgeous spots. There are myriad things to do in Shillong in December, and the winter season will be the best time to visit.
The calm Umiam Lake is one of the factors contributing to the Guwahati-Shillong highway's reputation as one of the most magnificent spots in Shillong. This lake is surrounded by hills and bordered by striking roads and bridges. The main location for boating and water activities in Shillong is Umiam Lake. If you want to enjoy some water activity, you can try rowboats, water scooters, and speed boats in the lake. Umiam lake is also renowned for organising the well-known Autumn Festival.
Elephant Falls, one of the most beautiful and well-known waterfalls in North East India, is a 12-kilometre drive from Shillong. Outdoor enthusiasts visit this area to unwind and take in the beauty of the landscape. There are numerous viewpoints from which you can admire Elephant Falls' beauty, and the two-tiered waterfall cascading down the rocks is its most fascinating feature. The best time to experience Elephant Falls' charm is in winter, as the water level drops, making the falls calmer and more pleasant.
Ward's Lake is one of the most attractive sights in Shillong, with its quaint wooden bridge and grassy slopes offering a tranquil lakeside resting location. This lake is surrounded by a stone road, a neatly kept flower bed and greenery around. Visit Ward's Lake if you enjoy bright, sunny mornings in the winter to relax, explore, and sunbathe.
Due to the persistent fog, not everyone is fortunate enough to experience the picturesque vista from Shillong Peak. However, visiting this peak in the winter will allow you to see mostly clear skies. Get a panoramic view of the entire city of Shillong, the distinct waterfalls, valleys, lush meadows, and the Himalayas. The major benefit of this mountain is that it has a flat road, and its semi-circular shape makes it ideal for a quick hike.
Festivals in Shillong
Along with numerous places to visit in Shillong in December, there are a lot of concerts and carnivals that take place during winter's pleasant weather. The city of Shillong continues to celebrate several holidays throughout the winter, including the Autumn Festival, Nongrem Dance Festival, Wangala Festival, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. The hillside carnivals are a must-see on your vacation to capture unforgettable moments. Valentine's Day draws tourists from throughout the nation since it is the ideal destination for honeymooners.
We advise you to stay at Hotel Polo Towers, Shillong while visiting breathtaking Shillong. Hotel Polo Towers referred to as the Shillong Icon, is the top option for business and leisure travellers owing to its facilities and accessible location on Oakland Road.