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Shillong, the administrative capital of the state of Meghalaya and the legislative command center of the East Khasi Hills District is one of the most cherished hill resorts of north eastern India that embellishes the Indian highlands like a lustrous jewel in a monarchial tiara. Snuggled in the bosom of the rolling pine cloaked hills, enclosed by the mystic series of lofty mountain peaks, ornamented by the sparkling garlands of the silvery water cataracts and bejeweled with the trinkets of crystal clear lagoons, Shillong laden with breathtaking scenic splendor is indeed an adorable child born in the lap of Mother Nature.
No wonder the undulating façade of Shillong basking in the glory of its infinite natural charisma reminded the British of the Scotlandian pizzazz. Rightly bequeathed with the laurel; the ‘Scotland of the East’, Shillong derives its appellation from the name of a protector deity; ‘Lei Shyllong’, also known as ‘U-Shyllong’ or just ‘Shyllong’. Perched in the heart of the Shillong Plateau at the altitude of 1525 meters above the mean sea level, the conurbation of Shillong is encircled by innumerable cliffs and precipices, the chief amongst them being; Lum Sohpetbneng, Lum Diengiei and Lum Shillong. These three mounds of Shillong Plateau are greatly venerated by the Khasis.
It is to be noted that Shillong happens to be the only hill station of India that is approachable from all directions. Shillong; the repository of exotic and uncharted lands, verdurous hills, picturesque cottages, salubrious climate and quaint British ambience offers the most romantic retreat from the busy schedule of everyday life. Relaxing in the cradle of Natura and soaking your soul in the spellbinding allure of the vicinity is truly a lifetime experience one carries back from Shillong. Lord Byron was right when he said, “When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy…… the green hill laughs with the noise of it.”