Shillong is one of the most beautiful places in northeast India, and is also Meghalaya's capital. It is also known as the Scotland of the East. This place is cooler than the surrounding places because it is located between Surma and Brahmaputra valleys. Tourists must explore the picturesque lakes, parks, waterfalls, golf course, museum, peak, etc.
One of the major income sources of Shillong is tourism. Another economic contributor is the industrial estate, having six functioning industrial units. The retail market here has expanded unprecedentedly. Some of the renowned shopping arcades are Laitumukhrah, Bara Bazaar, and Police Bazaar, including handicrafts stores like Purbashree, Khadi Gramodyog, and Meghalaya Handicrafts.
Flight Information, Airport Services, and Connectivity
The Shillong Airport is also called Umroi Airport, and is located 30 km away from Shillong. This airport has undergone an upgrade recently, at the cost of Rs. 30 crores. The airline operating from this airport is Air India, and the most popular destination is Kolkata.
The Shillong Airport can handle 100 passengers at a time. Basic infrastructural aspects present are a security counter and six check-ins. Facilities available in the airport include X-ray baggage facility, luggage packaging arrangements, shops for foods, refreshments, and beverages, duty-free shops, shops for local handicrafts, etc. Transport available from the airport includes MTC buses and taxis. The Railway station is also located close to the Shillong Airport.
More Information on Shillong
This picturesque place is spread over an area of 64.36 sq km, while the population is 354,325. Languages spoken and understood here are English, Hindi, Khasi, Garo, and Assamese. The must-visit places in Shillong are:
- Umiam Lake
- Wards Lake
- Don Bosco Museum
- Sweet Falls
- Lady Hydari Park
- Bishop and Beadon Falls
- Shillong Peak
- Shillong Golf Course
- Butterfly Museum
- Elephant Falls
The best months to enjoy Shillong are from October to November and March to April.