Places to See in Shillong

Places to See in Shillong

For those who love artistic masterpieces and all that is beautiful, Shillong will not fail to impress you. Be it the city itself or one of its famous landmarks, everything here is a treat for your eyes. The colonial style architecture of old churches and administrative buildings along with the green meadows and fresh mountain air make this place picture perfect! Situated at an altitude of about 2000 feet above sea level and surrounded by nature on all sides makes every trip to Shillong a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Popular Destinations to Visit in Shillong

Below is given the list of more than 15 famous tourist spots of Shillong you must visit when you plan your next trip this this capital city of Meghalaya.

Polo Bazar

One of the oldest markets in Shillong, Polo Bazar was established alongside a polo ground where most Englishmen used to play polo during the olden days. Even today, you'll see most locals buying their daily groceries at this market which is mostly occupied by localities that reside close by.

St. Anthony's Church

This church is about 150 years old and boasts stone carvings on its arched windows. During WWII many paintings done by Spanish artists depicting Christ's life were kept in storage in this church when they were evacuated from Spain due to the war conditions. The church has since been converted into a museum that houses these precious artefacts now.

Shillong Peak

If you're an avid hiker, this is the place for you! Located about 6 km away from Shillong, The Shillong Peak offers breath-taking views of the city and it's not just limited to scenic beauty since at the top there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Maharani Gayatri Devi (ex-queen of Jaipur) was instrumental in developing this spot into what it is today.

Shillong Golf Club

Founded in 1895 by British Officers who used to play golf here while staying in Shillong during summer months. This oldest Golf course in India which contains 9 holes has an impeccable lawn with a beautiful landscape all around it. After independence when rules came into effect, this golf course became one of the most sought-after places in Shillong for playing golf. It has an enchanting landscape replete with pine trees, rocks and beautiful flowers nearby which provide players excellent views while they tee off their clubs.

Ward Lake

A man-made lake created in 1903 by constructing a dam on the Umiam River. There are several islands in this lake that have been named after famous political leaders, scientists and social workers of India.

Phan Nonglait Park (Lady Hydari Park)

The Park in Shillong is one of the well-maintained parks in the city, especially for families to take long walks and enjoy the greenery. There are also small food stalls inside it where you can buy food items/beverages.

Bowling Green Lawn

The first lawn was laid by the British during their rule. This bowling green is today one of the best places for families to enjoy a leisurely afternoon or morning where they can play different sports as well as consume food items from nearby places. If you're ever in Shillong, this place should be on top of your list.

Ubosot & Chorten Lam

These two Buddhist structures were built in 1875 A.D and have been renovated recently to attract more tourists to the region. These structures are a big draw among Buddhists who come from different parts of India around February-March around the Losar festival. These are located on the premises of the Shillong Motor Stand.

Church of Our Lady Of Lourdes

The beautiful church is situated in a scenic setting at the top of Police Bazaar and is considered one of the most beautiful churches in North East India. It was built by Mgr. Henri D' Souza in 1907 and has since been a centre for Catholic activities for people around Shillong & its surroundings.

Don Bosco Museum

This museum was established in the year 2007 by Don Bosco Development Society Shillong (a charitable organization) and is situated at Police Bazaar. It is dedicated to modern India's greatest son, St. John Bosco who worked tirelessly for the welfare of boys throughout his life.

St. Edmund's College

A school run by the Catholic Church, it is one of the best schools in Shillong. This school also houses an auditorium which has been used by great personalities from around India and abroad for making speeches or presenting drama/acting skits to the students on several occasions over the years including almost all past prime ministers since independence.

Lawyer's Club

This club was established during British rule, sometime after 1860 A.D where most British government officers were members of this club while they stayed here during their summer months in Shillong. It is a beautiful stone structure that provides excellent views of scenic beauty near the Shillong Golf Course and Ward Lake area. Visiting this club provides you with an insight into the glorious past of Shillong.

Lake View Park

A botanical garden situated near Ward Lake, it has some rare species of plants that can't be found anywhere else in India except Meghalaya. It is also a great place for bird watching, spending time with family and friends or even taking your dog on a walk!

Victoria Park

Located near the Police Bazaar, Victoria Park is one of Shillong's most popular parks which is mostly crowded by locals on weekends. The Park was established in memory of Queen Victoria.

The State Museum

It is located right next to the Khyndai Lad (Police Bazaar) and contains artefacts showcasing the history, culture and traditions of North East India. The museum also displays traditional dresses worn by various tribes.

Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures

Established by the Salesians of Don Bosco, this place is a treasure trove for those who want to learn about the rich culture and heritage of North Eastern states. The Centre not only exhibits artefacts from different tribes but also organizes various cultural programmes that are open to the public.

Jawaharlal Nehru Museum

This museum is located in the city of Shillong, India. It was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first prime minister) on 16 February 1957. The museum contains various rare pictures and documents related to Pandit Nehru that are displayed inside the building made in the shape of a dome. It showcases the life and work of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who was a regular visitor to Shillong during his childhood. It also displays rare artefacts from pre-historic times to post-independent India.

U Nok Space Gallery

This gallery is located in front of the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures. The gallery focuses on art created by local artists and specializes in contemporary painting, sculptures, installations, etc. It is an effort to promote the arts scene in Shillong which has always been encouraged by locals.

So next time you're planning a visit somewhere in India, don't forget to include Shillong as your destination. You won't be disappointed!