Unexplored Places in Shillong

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and serene environment. The city harbours several unexplored gems that offer unique experiences for the curious traveller. From tranquil landscapes and cultural immersion to exhilarating adventures and unspoiled natural beauty, these hidden treasures offer nonpareil experiences. Here are some offbeat places to visit in Shillong. 

Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Tucked away from the commotion of the city, Mawphlang Sacred Forest is a nature lover's paradise. This ancient forest is protected by local Khasi tribes and is rich in biodiversity, with numerous rare plants, medicinal herbs, and orchids. The forest is also steeped in legends and folklore, making it a mystical place to explore. A guided tour can offer insights into the cultural significance and ecological importance of this sacred grove.


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Sweet Falls

Sweet Falls is often overshadowed by its more famous counterparts, Elephant Falls and Bishop Falls, but it is equally mesmerising. Located about 5 kilometres from Happy Valley, this steep waterfall cascades down from a height of around 96 meters. The area around Sweet Falls is relatively undeveloped, giving it a raw and untouched charm. However, due to its slippery terrain and lack of safety measures, it's advisable to visit with caution.

Smit Village

For a glimpse into the traditional Khasi lifestyle, a visit to Smit Village is essential. This picturesque village is located about 16 kilometres from Shillong and offers a peaceful retreat from the city. The village is known for its well-preserved traditional architecture, with houses made of bamboo and thatch. Smit is also the cultural hub for the annual Nongkrem Dance Festival, where you can witness the rich cultural heritage of the Khasi tribe.


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Wah Kaba Falls

A hidden gem in the vicinity of Shillong, Wah Kaba Falls is a lesser-known but stunning waterfall. The falls are located near Cherrapunji, which is about an hour’s drive from Shillong. The trek to Wah Kaba Falls takes you through picturesque landscapes and offers an exhilarating experience. The falls plunge from a great height, creating a mesmerising sight amidst the lush greenery. It’s an ideal spot for those who love nature and adventure. 

Nongkhnum Island

Nongkhnum Island, the second-largest river island in Asia, is a relatively unexplored destination near Shillong. Formed by the bifurcation of the Kynshi River, this island offers a serene escape with its sandy beaches, lush meadows, and sparkling streams. It’s perfect for camping, picnics, and nature walks. The island is also home to Weina Falls and Langshiang Falls, which add to its charm.


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Lumpongdeng Island

Another hidden treasure near Shillong is Lumpongdeng Island, located within Umiam Lake. This small, serene island offers a tranquil escape for visitors looking to unwind amidst nature. Accessible by boat, Lumpongdeng Island is perfect for picnics, camping, and bird-watching. The scenic beauty and peaceful environment make it an ideal spot for a day trip or an overnight stay.


Deingiei Peak

Diengiei Peak, often overlooked by tourists, offers spectacular views and a tranquil environment. Located about 30 kilometres from Shillong, it’s the third-highest peak in Meghalaya. The trek to the summit is moderately challenging, but the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys are well worth the effort. On a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of the Brahmaputra River in the distance.

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