5 Popular Places To Visit In Shillong In July

Written By: Mehrosh Shamim

Welcome to Shillong, a picturesque haven that seamlessly marries nature's grandeur with the pulse of a vibrant urban center. With its cascading waterfalls, emerald-green valleys, and a rich cultural tapestry, Shillong beckons you to embark on an unforgettable journey of exploration and wonder. Join us as we unveil the most captivating and must-visit places in Shillong, where each step will reveal a new story, a new dream, and a new chapter in your travel diary.

1. Don Bosco Museum

2. Mawlynnong 

3. Ward’s Lake

4. Sweet Falls

5. Lady Hydari Park 

1. Don Bosco Museum

The Don Bosco Museum, Asia's largest Museum of Indigenous Cultures, is the home of North East India's magnificent culture and history. It rises seven storeys into Shillong's skyline and features 16 well-designed galleries showcasing artifacts, artworks, and characters vital to North-eastern culture. The importance of the Don Bosco Museum is evident from the fact that it has been visited by Rajya Sabha members as well as the princess of Thailand. Another notable feature of the Don Bosco Museum is its hexagonal design, which is why it is known as Shillong's architectural pride. 

  • Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

  • Ideal Duration: 1-2 hours

  • Vehicle Fee: INR 100/- for adults, INR 200:/- for foreigners, INR 50/- for Indian students, INR 150/- for foreign students 

  • Nearby Attractions: Wei Sawdong (1.8 km), and All Saints Church (2.7 km)

  • Location: Mawlai Phudmuri, Shillong, Meghalaya

2. Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong, popularly known as God's Own Garden, is a small village in the East Khasi Hills around 90 km from Shillong. Discovery India named it the cleanest village in Asia in 2003, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions. It has lush green valleys, crystal clear river water, and a profusion of beautiful orchids hanging from the trees. When traveling from Shillong to Mawlynnong village, you will pass by the Umngot River, Bophill Falls, Umgrem Falls, Living root bridge and Riwai village, Sky View, and Mawlynnong Waterfalls. 

  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 hours

  • Best Time To Visit: June and July

  • Nearby Attractions: Living Roots Bridge (1.9 km), and Mawlynnong Waterfall (1 km)

  • Location: Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

3. Ward’s Lake 

Ward's Lake, an artificial lake encircled by a lush green park in the heart of Shillong, is a popular tourist attraction. You can simply wander around the horseshoe-shaped lake, also known as Pollock's Lake, or sit and admire the gorgeous flower beds that cast a rainbow of colors. The lake's main attraction is undoubtedly paddle boating. A little bridge in the middle of Ward's Lake allows tourists to have a panoramic view of the entire lake or feed the tiny fishes. flora. It makes the entire area perfect for morning and evening walks, picnics, yoga, and meditation. 

  • Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM 

  • Ideal Duration: 1 hour

  • Best Time To Visit: June and July

  • Entry Fee: INR 10/- for adults, INR 5/- for children, and INR 5/- for senior citizens & specially abled people

  • Nearby Attractions: Police Bazar (0.7 km), and Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians (1.1 km)

  • Location: Ward’s Lake, Meghalaya 

4. Sweet Falls

Sweet Falls, one of the country's steepest and most captivating waterfalls, is located around 5 kilometers from Happy Valley in Shillong. It is widely referred to as the most beautiful yet deadly waterfall, with a height of 96 meters. Unlike Meghalaya's tiered waterfalls, Sweet Falls features a thick rush of water dripping from a tremendous height, making it one of the top spots to visit in Shillong. Near the waterfalls, there is also a butterfly museum and a mini-zoo. There is a railing near the waterfall, but it is too shaky to lean on. 

Amazing Fact: Sweet Falls, ironically, is thought to be haunted by the locals, who think that if visitors visit in odd numbers, they return in even ones. Also, the local government has designated Sweet Falls as a danger zone because it has been the location of several sad fatalities and suicides in the past.

  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Ideal Duration: 1 hour

  • Vehicle Fee: INR 70/- approx

  • Best Time To Visit: June and July

  • Nearby Attractions: Ward’s Lake (10.6 km), and Lady Hydari Park (9.6 km)

  • Location: Sweet Falls, Meghalaya 

5. Lady Hydari Park

The well-known Lady Hydari Park, which is named after the state's first lady and the governor of Assam's wife, Lady Hydari, is conveniently situated in Shillong's Laban neighborhood. It is the best place to visit in Shillong because it is constructed in the shape of a Japanese garden. You catch a glimpse of the numerous little ponds, round-shaped hedges, and willow trees with leaves that touch the ground. A good learning experience may be had inside the park's grounds at the museum and the small zoo.  

  • Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Butterfly Museum: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • Ideal Duration: 1-2 hours

  • Vehicle Fee: INR 10/- for adults,  INR 5/- for specially abled people & INR 2/- for attendants

  • Nearby Attractions: Crinoline Falls (16 m), and Bishop Falls (16 m)

  • Location: Lower, Lachumiere, Shillong 

Also Read: 5 Places To Visit In Shillong That Will Leave You Spellbound

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. What is well-known in Shillong?

A: Shillong is recognized for having two of India's wettest spots, one of which is Cherrapunji and the other is Mawsynram. The town is particularly well-known for its limestone caves, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Q. What are the best spots to visit for romance in Shillong?

A: Ward's Lake, David Scott's Trail, Shillong Peak, and the Butterfly Museum are the most romantic spots to visit in Shillong. 

Q. What are the nicest places to visit in Shillong?

A: Although all of Shillong's attractions are worthwhile, here are a few highlights: Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, and the Don Bosco Museum. 

Q. How many days does Shillong need?

A: A 2-3 day trip is sufficient to see all of Shillong's key tourist attractions and participate in some enjoyable activities.

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