Unveiling Panoramic Vistas: A Guide to Shillong View Point

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, also known as the "Scotland of the East," is renowned for its captivating natural beauty. Among its many treasures lies the Shillong Viewpoint, a vantage point offering breathtaking panoramic vistas that leave visitors spellbound.

Reaching the Viewpoint in Shillong

There are several ways to reach the Shillong Viewpoint, each catering to different preferences and travel styles. By car, you can rent one for the most flexibility, as the viewpoint is about 10.7 km from Police Bazar, the city centre and is easily accessible by following signs towards Laitkor Peak. Alternatively, hiring a taxi is a convenient option, with drivers familiar with the route and fares generally reasonable. For budget-conscious travellers, shared taxis offer an economical way to reach the viewpoint. These taxis operate on fixed routes and pick up passengers along the way, so inquire with locals about the shared taxi stand closest to your accommodation and ask if they have a route going towards Laitkor Peak.

a bird's eye view of a windy road through forest cover
an overview of a viewpoint with vegetation in the foreground and mountains in the background

A Feast for the Senses

The Shillong Viewpoint offers more than just spectacular views; it provides a sensory experience that lingers long after your visit. The panoramic vistas are the highlight, with stunning photographs capturing the city below, rolling hills adorned with greenery and the majestic peaks of the Khasi Hills. It's also a birdwatching paradise, with various bird species adding life to the vista. Small vendors often set up stalls near the viewpoint, offering local snacks and refreshments for a taste of the local cuisine. Additionally, the Shillong Viewpoint can be a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you can soak in the fresh air, listen to nature's sounds and unwind amidst the captivating scenery.

Shillong View Point - Laitkor Peak

Laitkor Peak, situated near Shillong View Point, calls to those seeking an even more elevated perspective. Standing at an altitude of approximately 1948 m (6391 feet), Laitkor Peak offers a truly breathtaking view of Shillong and its surroundings. Reaching Laitkor Peak requires a slightly longer drive compared to Shillong View Point. The reward is a panoramic vista that stretches for miles, encompassing not just Shillong but also the distant plains of Assam.

an overview of a viewpoint with a mountain in view and white clouds on blue sky in the background

The Shillong Viewpoint is a must-visit for anyone exploring the charming city of Shillong. Whether you reach it by car, taxi, rickshaw, or on foot, the breathtaking views and serene ambience will leave you mesmerised. So, on your next trip to Shillong, be sure to include the Shillong Viewpoint in your itinerary and think about staying at Hotel Polo Towers, a 4-star hotel located centrally in the city. The hotel has spacious rooms with many dining options and luxurious amenities to ensure a pleasant stay.

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