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Sightseeing in Shillong

There are numerous options for sightseeing in Shillong and within Shillong city is the flower bedecked Ward’s Lake encircled by whispering pine groves. Take a boat ride if you want to or feed the multihued fish standing on the bridge across the lake. You’ll love the walks in this city although it does get a little crowded with cars in the afternoon. Lady Hydari Park doubles up as a miniature zoo and is a short distance away from Ward’s Lake.

A visit to the St. Mary’s Christian Cathedral at Dhankheti is a must – it has beautiful stained glass windows and the grotto is carved out of a single rock. The bells of the cathedral resonate across the city at dawn, in the afternoon and dusk.

You see some impressive waterfalls around the town, Sweet Falls, Beadon and Bishop Falls, Crinoline Falls and Elephant Falls, though the most spectacular ones are near Cherrapunjee (56 km south). This was famous for as long as the wettest place on earth till Mawsynram displaced it recently, where the mean annual rainfall is an astounding 1187 cm (nearly 39 feet)!

Take a trip to Shillong Peak , which is the highest point in the city. It affords a view of the city enveloped in clouds, one you just can’t afford to miss. In the evening, the lights of the city look like a thousand twinkling stars.

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