pleasant hill station, standing at 1496 metres, is renowned for its
breathtaking views; it's even had the label Scotland of the East'
applied to it! Around town you can pass the time observing the tiny
red-light district behind the Delhi Hotel, as there's not a lot to do
apart from pass through.
people around Shillong, the Khasias, have a matrilineal socia
organisation. passing down property and wealth through the femalre
rather than the male line.
State Museum covers to flora, flauna, culture and anthropology of the
sate. The town has a number of parks and gardens. The Crinoline
Waterfaslls are neary Lady Hydari Park, there are virious other
waterfalls around Shillong. The town takes its name form the 1960 metre-high
Shillong Peak, form which there are fine views. It's 10 km for the
Anglican graveyard and All Saints Cathedral may be of interest to fans
of the Raj the gravestones have inscriptions uch as killed in the
great earthquake or murdered by headhunters.
to Stay & Eat:
a good tourist bungalow near the polo grounds with rooms and dormitory
accommodation. There are many other middle-priced hotels around. and
cheap accommodation can be found in the Police Bazaar near the tourist
There & Away
road runs the 100km from Guwahati in Assam to Shillong.Cherrapunji is 58
km sough of Shillong, at there are daily buses; if it's not raning the
views from here over Bangaladesh are ssuperb. Permissions is required
from theCommissionesr fo Police to visit the area.
form Bangladesh, you cross the border at Dawki, form where it's a 1.5 km
walk to the town and then a 31/2-hour trip to Shillong.