Places to see in Shillong

Elephant Falls

One of the most popular water falls of the North east, this falls got its name from the Elephant like stone at its foot. The name was given by the British people of what the local Khasi people once referred to as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew (or "Three Steps Waterfalls"). The waterfalls comes down in three successions and provides an awestruck view for the visitors. The water resembles white milk and gushes down cutting through the rocks.

Umium Lake or fondly called Badapani by the locals was created by constructing a dam on the Umium river in the early 1960s. Badapani Lake is a reservoir located in the hills 15 kilometers to the North of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya and the lake and dam is spread over 220 square kilometers. Lush green mountains beautifully complements the blue water of the Badapani and the place is a photographer's delight.

Shillong Peak
The Shillong Peak is the highest point of the region and provides a breathtaking bird's eye view of the city. At the height of 6449 ft and 1965 m above sea level one can get a panoramic shot of the Himalayas, waterfalls as well as the Bangladesh plains. One can trek to this highest point while enjoying the beautiful scenery around the area.

Butterfly Museum
If you want to enjoy the plethora of natural colours, then a visit to the Butterfly Museum is a must. The museum houses a wide range of butterflies, spiders, moths and beetles species from all across the country. Enjoy wonderful colours of the butterflies while you visit this place. Owned and managed by Wankhar, Riatsamthiah this privately owned museum is a treat for those who are visiting Shillong for the first time.

Police Bazar
Coming to Shillong and thinking of buying souvenirs for your near and dear ones! A visit to the Police Bazaar is a must for you. Here you will have a plenty of options to choose from. Whether you are looking for traditional Meghalaya items or want to indulge in modern purchases, you will get all. ?


Ward's Lake
Ward's Lake or Pollock's Lake is an artificial lake established in 1894. The water body with lush greenery is a nature lover's paradise. One can get picture perfect photos of the lake and the beautiful rare orchids. You can also do boating in the lake and feel rejuvenated.


David Scott Trail
David Scott Trail is a picturesque trekking path, where you experience nature at her best. This is a four hour trekking path and you will get mesmerizing views of the East Khasi Hills. You will get to witness beautiful waterfalls, streams, Khasi Villages and extensive meadows while trekking.

Don Bosco Cathedral
The Don Bosco Cathedral is a spectacular example of Gothic architecture. One of the oldest churches in Shillong, you will feel intrinsically connected to the age old history that the site offers.