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    highlight Meghalaya's beauty

    A burgeoning tourist destination with the ability to captivate and delight, the top places to visit near Shillong are an amalgamation of town-esque and rural so you get the best of both worlds. The capital of Meghalaya itself has the hallmarks of a town that’s rapidly becoming the go-to destination for tourists from nearby states and farther (read, happening cafes and nightclubs, new hotels and the expected traffic snarls).

    As you move outside, however, you’re introduced to undulating hills, quiet hiking trails and huge natural formations that will leave you awestruck. Check out these places to visit around Shillong that will enrich your holiday.

    10 Best Places To Visit In Shillong No Traveler Should Miss

    1. Shillong Peak

    town's highest point

    A popular stop just a few kilometers out of town, Shillong Peak – the town’s highest point – provides an expansive look at the capital with hills as the backdrop. The area is administered by the IAF and you’ll need to hand in identification at the entrance. You’ll want to carry a good camera to take photos as the air can get hazy. However, there’s a telescope installed to get close-up views of the town. Take time to look around and have a cup of piping hot tea from the local vendors.
    Ideal for: Leisure, hiking

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    2. Laitlum

    majestic hills rising

    Deep gorges and majestic hills rising in the distance await at Laitlum. You can spend hours exploring the meadows or just sitting down on the grass and admiring nature’s handiwork. Although tucked away from town, it’s no longer unfrequented and has become one of the most popular tourist places near Shillong. If you’re up for some pulse-racing adventure, head down the 3,000 or so steps towards the hamlet of Raslong. Seeing the residents effortlessly climb up and down the steep, meandering steps will leave you stunned and more than a little envious!
    Ideal for: Leisure

    3. Sacred Grove

    native flora and fauna

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    A ways from the town in Mawphlang is an oasis of sorts with old trees and meadows creating an Eden-like world. The Sacred Grove is a protected forest overseen by a local deity. You can visit and admire the native flora and fauna but you aren’t allowed to remove anything from here – this goes for leaves, stones, twigs et al.
    The Sacred Grove has for long been one of the best places to visit near Shillong especially for those who love nature walks. Local guides will take you in and narrate fascinating tales of lore.
    Ideal for: Leisure, history

    4. David Scott trail

    overview of the valley

    One of the most popular places around Shillong for hiking enthusiasts, the David Scott trail is a 16-kilometer hiking route that starts from Mawphlang and ends at Lad Mawphlang in Sohra. The walk is easy although beginner hikers may find it a tad long. The trail winds around hills and crosses streams dotted with rocks. Pack a picnic as there are many scenic spots along the way.
    Idea for: Hiking

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    5. Kyllang Rock

    huge granite rock formation

    About 50 kilometers from Shillong and around 10 kilometers from Mairang in West Khasi Hills district is a huge granite rock formation that is a treat to climb (steps are built so you don’t need bouldering skills!). It’s believed that you can’t fall off the top of the rock owing to a magnetic field. However, we advise you not to try it anyway! Once at the top, seat yourself down and feel the wind refresh you. Take along a good camera for long-distance shots of villages in the distance.
    Ideal for: Leisure

    6. Nongriat

    iconic living root bridges

    Nongriat is arguably one of the hottest tourist places in and around Shillong. It’s home to the iconic living root bridges, which are man-made and natural marvels that will take your breath away. The village is accessible by roughly 3,000 steps that wind down from Tyrna. The walk itself is totally satisfying but the reward at the end is what visitors seek. Three living root bridges await, one of which is an impressive double-decker.
    Ideal for: Leisure, hiking, overnight stays

    7. Mawlynnong

    incredible picturesque

    Asia’s cleanest village of Mawlynnong is not just startlingly free of trash but it’s incredibly picturesque. Traditional huts and houses dot the village while gardens create a kaleidoscope of colors. However, it’s not just cleanliness that it lays claim to; it has a high literacy rate at over 90 percent. The once unknown village is today the beacon of what teamwork and attitude can achieve. Walking through, you see it reflected in almost every aspect of life.
    Ideal for: Leisure

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    8. Nongkhnum

    ideal picnic spot

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    About three hours from Shillong in West Khasi Hills district headquarters is Meghalaya’s largest river island and the second largest after Assam’s Majuli. Nongkhnum is one of the best places to visit in and around Shillong although it is quite a ways off. It’s located at the divergence of the Kynshi River as it splits into Phan Liang and Namliang. The sandy shores and grassland make for ideal picnic spots so pack a lunch.
    Ideal for: Leisure

    9. Nohkalikai Falls

    viewpoint of the hill

    One of India’s highest plunge waterfalls is a feast for the senses especially during the monsoon. Nohkalikai Falls, one of the most visited places near Shillong, plunges into an ultramarine pool hundreds of feet below. Viewing points have been built at several areas so you can see the falls from different heights. Keep in mind that low-level clouds frequently roll in and can obscure the view. If this happens, you can head to one of the many eateries nearby where you can sit down to tasty snacks and wait for the clouds to pass.
    Ideal for: Leisure

    10. Shnongpdeng

    adventurer’s mini paradise with camping

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    Head towards Jaintia Hills district and beyond the town of Dawki to find a village that is as idyllic as they come. Shnongpdeng is very close to the border with Bangladesh and if you head straight without turning onto the road leading to the village, you’ll reach the border crossing point.
    Shnongpdeng is an adventurer’s mini paradise with camping, hiking and kayaking along the river Umngot some of the activities to indulge in. The village itself is known for its hospitality and there are comfortable homestays where you can spend the night.
    Ideal for: Adventure activities, overnight stays

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    These places near Shillong truly bring out its natural side and mesmerizing hilly vibe.s And if you too want to experience it, then we would recommend you to book a personalized Meghalaya Tour Package from TravelTriangle and include as many places in your itinerary as you would like.



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