Visiting Shillong The Wales Of India

Shillong is a hill station and the capital of the state of Meghalaya. Being situated in the far extremity of eastern India, it is out of the tourist circuit of most Indians. It is however a lovely place and was the summer capital of the composite state of Assam. Credit for building Shillong must go to the British who liked the place immensely as it reminded them of Wales.

One can reach Shillong easily. Thus people from even South India and the West should have no problem as far as access is concerned. Foreigners one can land at any international

airport at Delhi, Calcutta and Mumbai and fly to Barapani. This is the name of the Shillong airfield and is 20km from Shillong. You can also travel by train to Gauhati which is the nearest rail head and is 104 km from Shillong. Once you land at the airport or the railway station, you can take a taxi or luxury bus to Shillong. The journey time is about 3 hours from Gauhati, while the drive from Barapani should take 45 minutes as the road traverses mountains and thick jungles.

The Eastern Command
Shillong itself is a quaint hill station situated at a height of 5000 ft. It is cosmopolitan with a large numbers of Bengalis and Marwari’s resident here. Many North Indians who have married local girls are also resident here. The Nepali’s also form a significant section. It is worth knowing that Shillong is the Headquarters of the Indian Air Force Eastern Command. I spent 2 years at this lovely place located at upper Shillong among thick jungles and

unsurpassed natural beauty like the Elephanta falls. The Assam rifles training centre is also at Shillong.

Accomodation and Sight Seeing
Accommodation is not a problem at Shillong. One can opt for the four stars Pine Tree hotel or the many Budget hotels. There is also the tourist lodge of the Meghalaya Tourism. Shillong has a number of tourist spots. There is an excellent lake where one can hire a boat for a ride. In addition there is the Burra Bazaar that is manned by Marwari’s. Visiting it is a must as one comes across myriad lanes with hundreds of shops. Shillong also houses one of the oldest clubs in the region the Shillong Club, which also provides rooms for stay. In addition there are full size 18 whole golf courses which is one of the finest Golf courses in Eastern India.

You can plan many excursion trips around Shillong. The most famous place to visit is Cheerupunji 52 km from Shillong and is the wettest place on earth with over 400 inches of rain fall every year. This is a lovely sight and one can see 7 waterfalls called the 7sisters there. You can get a bird’s eye view of Sylhet town in Bangladesh from here.
You can also visit Bara pani, a large fresh water lake about 20 km from Shillong. Plenty of water sports are available there. All in all Shillong is a place worth visiting and one will never forget

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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