Shillong - Mawlynnong

1: Elephant Falls

Elephant falls that is situated on the outer reaches of the main city of Shillong, it is a two-tier waterfall. The two falls that even enhance its beauty are known as the Wir Phang Falls and the Wei Iaplam Falls.

It was known as the ‘Elephant Falls’ because a stone near the falls looked like an elephant. The stone was torn down by an earthquake in the year 1897, but the name has struck from that time only.

10.1 km, 25 mins drive

2: Lady Hydari Park

The Lady Hydari park that is a child-themed park derives its name from the wife of the first governor of Assam, Lay Hydari. It is established and maintained by the forest department this park even incorporates a mini zoo, open area for children to play and a deer park.

The vast stretches of rose beds make it beautiful. The park has been designed in a Japanese style, as there are various elements like the small ponds, willow trees and rhododendron plants which remind one of the garden styles of Japan.

1.7 km, 7 mins drive

With Christianity being a dominant religion in the city, there are various beautiful churches in the Shillong. Among all of them, Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians is the popular church, which is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong.

The cathedral church is earthquake proof, and on a clear day, one can even see the River Brahmaputra and the peaks of the Himalayan Mountains from here.

2.1 km, 6 mins drive

4: Ward's Lake

2.3 km, 8 mins drive

5: Shillong Golf Course

The Shillong golf course which is situated at an altitude of 60000 feet, this is the India first 18-hole golf course. For its beautiful location, this golf course is sometimes even compared to the Glen Eagle Golf course in the US.

11.8 km, 40 mins drive

6: Sweet Falls

Sweet Falls which is known as the Kshaid Walden, this is a 90-meter high waterfall that has often termed as the “the lethal beauty.” A record number of accidental deaths and suicides have happened here, and it is said that groups go there in the odd numbers and always returns in the even numbers.

The surrounding area is filled with pine and some other evergreen trees and even carries a lot of photographic value. As of now, tourists are not allowed to go to this fall due to the steep path and slippery stones all around.

16.0 km, 50 mins drive

The Shillong peak is the highest point in the Meghalaya. It is located 5 km to the south of the Shillong and is 6433 feet in altitude. From here, anyone can enjoy the spectacular birds-eye view of the city and the countryside. The Shillong sightseeing taxifare until the Shillong peak is also very less.

67.2 km, 2 hours 14 mins drive

8: Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is a small village in the Eastern Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya and is famous for being declared as Asia’s cleanest village because of which it has also emerged as a popular destination in the past decade.

The village has beautiful homes, and some of them offer home stays. It also has a holy tree house, which has an actual viewpoint to see the Bangladesh border. One can even go for an easy trek to a single decker living root bridge in the Riwai, which is a neighbouring village.