Shillong Tourist Places

Nestled in the picturesque hills of Meghalaya, Shillong is a mesmerizing destination known for its captivating natural beauty, vibrant culture, and rich heritage. Whether you are an adventure enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone who appreciates cultural experiences, Shillong offers something for everyone. Here’s a guide to the best tourist places in Shillong that you should not miss.

Umaim Lake

Umiam Lake, also known as Barapani, is a stunning man-made reservoir that offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Surrounded by lush green hills, the lake is perfect for boating, kayaking, and water sports. The adjacent Lum Nehru Park is ideal for picnics and leisurely strolls, offering breathtaking views of the lake.


view of a lake
close view of a waterfall

Elephant Falls

One of the most famous waterfalls in the region, Elephant Falls is a three-tiered cascade that flows gracefully through fern-covered rocks. The falls get their name from a rock that resembles an elephant, which has since disintegrated. The surrounding area is lush and serene, making it the perfect spot for nature walks and photography.

Wards Lake

Situated in the heart of the city, Ward’s Lake is a charming artificial lake surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden. The lake is shaped like a horse-shoe and is a favourite among locals and tourists alike for its serene environment. You can enjoy boating, take a leisurely walk around the lake, or simply relax amidst the greenery.

lake with lotus plants
Diverse range of artwork presented in an art gallery

Don Bosco Museum

For those interested in the cultural and historical aspects of Shillong, Don Bosco Museum is a treasure trove of information. The museum showcases the rich cultural heritage of Northeast India through its impressive collection of artefacts, photographs, and installations. Spread over seven floors, it offers a comprehensive insight into the region’s diverse cultures and traditions.



Lady Hydari Park

Named after the first lady of the state, Lady Hydari Park is a well-maintained park that features a variety of flora, a mini zoo, and a children’s play area. The park is an excellent place for families to spend a relaxing day amidst nature. The beautifully landscaped gardens and ponds add to its charm.


bench in a park
close view of a golf ball

Shillong Golf Course

One of the oldest and most picturesque golf courses in the country, Shillong Golf Course is a treat for both golf enthusiasts and nature lovers. The 18-hole course is set against a backdrop of rolling hills and pine trees, making it one of the most scenic golf courses in Asia.


Laitlum Canyons

A lesser-known gem, Laitlum Canyons offer breathtaking views of the valleys and hills of Meghalaya. The name ‘Laitlum’ translates to ‘end of the hills’, and true to its name, it provides a stunning vantage point to soak in the natural beauty of the region. The trek to the canyons is an adventure in itself, rewarding visitors with unparalleled vistas.


view from a valley
inside view of a cathedral

Cathedral of Mary Helps of Christians

This beautiful cathedral, also known as Laitumkhrah Cathedral, is an architectural marvel and a place of spiritual solace. The serene ambience, stunning stained glass windows, and peaceful surroundings make it a must-visit for those seeking tranquillity.


Shillong, with its blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and modern attractions, is a destination that promises an unforgettable experience. Whether you are here for a short visit or an extended stay, Hotel Polo Towers, Shillong provides the perfect haven to unwind after a day of exploration. Relax in spacious rooms, indulge in delectable meals at our in-house restaurants, or enjot the spa. No matter which part of Shillong you explore, Hotel Polo Towers promises to make your experience a memorable and magical one, perfectly complementing your Shillong tourism adventure!