Shillong – Beautiful Hill Stations, Landscapes, Caves, Waterfalls

Shillong - Beautiful Hill Stations, Landscapes, Caves, Waterfalls-"Umiam Lake, Meghalaya"
“Umiam Lake, Meghalaya”

Shilling is the capital city of the state of Meghalaya, India. Shillong – Beautiful Hill Stations, Landscapes, Caves, Waterfalls – is a famous tourist center which lies in between Assam state of India and its neighboring country Bangladesh. National Park of Kaziranga in Assam is where single horned rhinos can be found.

To know about more about how to travel to the north eastern states, ask your travel agent.

Shillong is one of the most beautiful and scenic places in India with many hill stations in and around Shillong. Nature has showered its pristine beauty on Shillong.

Elephant falls is a major beautiful waterfall in East Khasi Hills District near to the highest peak of Shillong, Shillong Peak.  Elephant falls is just a few minutes from the Shillong peak.  You can go near to the Elephant falls and park the vehicle in the parking space. Then you can go very close to the fall by going down some steep steps. Elephant falls is at a distance of 12 kilometers from Shillong town center. Elephant falls is a three tiered fall. 

Umiam lake and Ward’s lake are other tourist attractions in Shillong. There many many caves numbering around eight hundred; many of which are still unexplored.

Lady Hydari Park and Zoo is another place worth visiting especially for kids. There is a special play area for the kids.  The roses and flower beds in the park are well maintained and is a real pleasure for the eyes. Good place to chat for lovers and couples too!

What is the Ideal Time to Visit Shillong?

The ideal time to visit Shillong is after the Monsoons, starting from around September to April.  There are many Hotels in Shillong at affordable rates.

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Rajpuri Caves at Panchgani Near Mahabaleswar

Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar, Panchgani Wai Temple
Panchgani Wai Temple (Photo credit: Nitin Pai)

Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar is a religious tourist spot in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra state of India. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here during their exile period.

Rajpuri Caves are a group of ancient caves, 7 kilometers from Panchgani, surrounded by ponds which have medicinal (curing) properties. Devotees visiting the Rajpuri caves believe that taking a bath in the holy ponds cures them of all their evils and diseases. It is believed that holy rover Ganges runs through these ponds.

Rajpuri Caves consists of 4 caves; out of which 3 are interlinked and one is a separate cave.

Lord Karthikeya (son of Lord Shiva) temple, constructed out of the sands from the caves, is the main temple in the region. Local goddess of Ghatjal Devi’s temple around is also there.

Panchgani is beautiful hill station situated at 1330 meters above sea level. Panchgani consists of five hills, surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is a non-polluted hill station. Panchgani is one of the most sought after hill stations in Maharashtra state.

How Do I Go to Rajpuri Caves?

The best mode of travel is Jeep or any other four wheel drive or other powerful vehicles. Motor bikes are available for hire at the hill station local sight seeing. Panchagni is well connected by road to all parts of the country by Pune – Mumbai expressway.

Pune railway station is at a distance of 118 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar. Wathar railway station at 64 kilometers away is the nearest railway station.

Mumbai is at around 250 kilometers distance from Panchgani.

Hotels Near Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar

Hotel Millennium Park (millenniumpark panchgani.com – remove the space in between the words to look at the hotel) is a good hotel. Summer Plaza (summerplaza resort.com –  remove the space in between the words to look at the hotel) is another good hotel.

Honeymoon Destinations in India, Lonavala

Lonavala  Hill Station is a beautiful  hill station near to  Pune city in the state of Maharashtra in India. Lonaval is one among the best India honeymoon destinations in India.

Honeymoon Destinations in India, Lonavala
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Lonavala

Lonavla Hill Station is most beautiful during rainy season starting June when the whole area becomes green with its magnificent falls and lakes.

Lonavla Hill Station and nearby Khandala hill station are adjacent twin hill stations in the Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. Many Indian travel agents have honeymoon packages to these romantic getaways hill stations. They have become a place for weekend getaways for Mumbai and Pune residents.

There are many tourist places in and around the twin hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala. There are 3 caves namely Karli caves or Karla caves, Bhaja caves and Bedsa caves. Lonavla Hill Station has two fortresses, Lohagad and Visapur. Tungi fort is another tourist spot.

Rajmachi Point is a major tourist attraction at 6.5 kilometres from Lonavla.  Shivaji’s famous fort, Rajmachi can be viewed from this point. Ryewood Park & Shivaji Udyan is major park with lof of trees and playground for children. Valvan Dam, 2 kilometers down Lonavla,  is a dam which supply water to the power generating turbines at Khopoli power station. Lonavla Lake is another attraction at 1.5 kilometers away which dries in winter. Duke’s Nose at 12 kilometers is a cliff on the way to Lonavla.

How do I Go to the Honeymoon Destination, Lonavala?

Lonavla,Honeymoon Destination and a Hill Station is on the Mumbai – Pune express way.

Lonavla is a major railway station where all trains stop on the Mumbai – Pune railway line. The trains coming from Mumbai will stop at Karjat, the station before Lonavla, and a second  engine is added to pull the train through the steep western ghats to reach Lonavala where the extra engine is removed and train continues its journey from here with the regular single engine.

The nearest Airport is Pune International Airport at 64 kilometers away. Mumbai Chatrapaji Sivaji International airport is at 104 kilometers away. The near by city of Aamby Valley has its own private airport.

hotels in Lonavala

There are many Lonavala hotels ranging from Business class hotels to cheap hotels.