Shillong has long been a favored popular tourist destination given its natural beauty and pleasant weather and there are many places of interest here. Popular tourist attractions in Shillong are Umiam Lake, Wards Lake, Cathedral Church, Don Bosco Museum, Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Seven Sister, Mawsmai Cave, Mawlynnong – Asia’s cleanest village, Living Root Bridge, Sacred Forest, Jakrem (Hotwater Spring) etc.
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Umaim Lake- Umiam Lake was created by damming the Umiam river in the early 1960s. The dam started construction in 1965. The dam has the distinction of being the first Hydel power project in the North-east region of India. The principal catchment area of the lake and dam is spread over 220 square km. The lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities.
Elephant Falls- Elephant Falls is among most popular tourist sites of Shillong. Elephant Falls Just 12 Km from Shillong. The original Khasi name for the falls was ‘Ka kshaid lai pateng khohsiew’ (three steps water falls), because of the fact that the water falls in three steps. Of course it was the British who named it ‘Elephant Falls’ because of a stone that resembles an elephant near the falls. But the stone was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897. But the name hasn’t changed.
Cathedral Church- Cathedral Church is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong which covers the Khasi and Jaintia hills of Meghalaya. The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians is one of the most beautiful churches and is perched on a hill. It is located in the Laitumkhrah, Shillong. It was the first Catholic Cathedral Church in what was then the Mission of Assam. Construction of the new church of Mary Help of Christians was begun on the same site on 25 October 1936. The earlier 1913 building – the Church of the Divine Saviour – was a wooden structure. It was destroyed by theGood Friday fire of April 10, 1936.
Wards Lake- Wards Lake is an artificial lake with garden and boating facilities.Wards Lake known locally as Nan-Polok. Ward’s Lake is a refreshing pool surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of Shillong. The serene lake and the cool shades of trees around it, makes it a nice spot for sightseeing and boating. A stylish white wooden bridge suspended in the middle of the lake is the most recognizable feature of Ward’s Lake. The lake was named after a British officer, Sir William Ward, who was then the Chief Commissioner of Assam (Meghalaya was under the same administration). Though he was the one with the initial plan, it was Colonel Hopkins who oversaw the Lake completed in 1894. Since then, it has become a favorite with both locals and tourists