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.

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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.

The Greater One-horned Rhinoceros or The Indian Rhinoceros at Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is home for Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and is situated  in the state of Assam, in North Eastern part of India.

One Horned Rhinos at Kaziranga National Park
One Horned Rhinos at Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India (Photo credit: Diganta Talukdar / Wikimedia Commons)

Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kaziranga National Park was declared as a Park in 1905. Many wild animals and endangered species in India which includes endangered animals and endangered birds can be seen at Kaziranga wildlife park.

Kaziranga National Park is home to Bengal Tigers also and is part of Project tiger. Kaziranga National Park has the maximum density of tigers among declared tiger reserves in the world.

A board proclaiming the biological heritage of Kaziranga National ParkA board proclaiming the biological heritage of Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India. (Photo credit: Peter Andersen / Wikimedia Commons)

The Fauna, which includes some of the endangered species in India are Elephants, tigers, barking deer, barasingha or swamp deer, sambar, panthers, Bison,wild water buffalo, leopard cats, otters, golden langurs, capped langur, etc. You can see many endangered species in India, some of which can be seen here in Kaziranga  wildlife Sanctuary.

Many species of birds, especially Avifaunal which is an endangered species in India, are conserved here in the National Park of Kaziranga, under Birdlife International’s initiative. Many species of  reptiles can be found here in Kaziranga  wild life Sanctuary.

Elephant rides are available in the Wildlife Park of Kaziranga from Mihimukh 3 kilometers away from Kohora. Jeep Safari is also allowed in the Kaziranga National Park. You can take your own Jeep if you want.

Pobitora wildlife sanctuary is a nearby sanctuary in Assam having the highest density of greater one-horned rhinoceros or The Indian rhinoceros  in the  world. Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a nearby UNESCO Natural World Heritage site in Assam bordering Bhutan, which also has One Horned Rhinos among other wild animals.

How Do I Go to Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary?

The nearest airport to Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary is at Jorhat around 100 kilometers away which is also called known as Rowriah Airport. Only very few flights are available to this airport. Hence Guwahati airport at 215 kilometers away, is the major nearby airport .

Furkating Junction is the nearest railway station at around 70 kilometers distance with station code FKG for online booking of train tickets at the Indian online ticketing system of Indian Railway and Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd’s website, irctc.co.in.

The main gate of Kaziranga National Park on the place called Kohora, on National Highway NH 37.

What is the Ideal Time to Visit the Kaziranga National Park?

November to April is the ideal time to visit Kaziranga National Park.

Is Accommodation Available Near to Kaziranga National Park?

Baguri and Kohora on NH 37 offers different varieties of accommodation facilities (forest bungalows, hotels, lodges, etc) to tourists. It is safer to book accommodation earlier as there is good demand there on certain days.

Kohima War Cemetery

Kohima War Cemetery

Kohima War Cemetery is situated at Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland state of India. War Cemetery at Kohima is dedicated to the 10000 odd soldiers who lost their lives in protecting their country from the invading Japanese during the World War II, in the Battle of Kohima in 1944.

Kohima War Cemetery
Kohima War Cemetery. (Photo credit: deepgoswami)

This Battle of Kohima had lasted for nearly three months, during which a small group of soldiers had bravely blocked a large number of advancing Japanese troops at the border, from invading India. The Indian troops were the 50th Indian Parachute Brigade under Brigadier Maxwell Hope-Thompson, at Sangshak.  It is often referred to as the Stalingrad of the East. The Kohima War Cemetery, which used to be  known as Garrison Hill, lies on the slopes of Garrison Hill, in what was once the Deputy Commissioner’s tennis court, which was the scene of the Battle of Kohima

The War Cemetery at Kohima is designed as a series of terraces, stone steps leading through the cemetery. Theie are a total of 18 plots in the cemetery. The  Cemetery is beautifully maintained with green grass and roses. There are two crosses at the highest and the lowest points in the tranquility of the cemetery.

Around 17,000 soldiers, both Indian and British, were killed / missing / wounded. Before leaving India in 1947, the British had this memorial erected in memory of the brave soldiers.

The War Cemetery is engraved with a very apt and a moving epitaph which reads:

When you go home, tell them of us, and say: ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today”.

This verse is attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds (1875–1958).

The War Cemetery at Kohima is maintained by Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There is a sense of grave tranquility and stillness in the beautiful surroundings , which makes ones heart to go out to those brave soldiers who gave up their lives in saving their country. Kohima War Cemetery is one of the famous epitaphs in the world.

How Do I Fo to Kohima War Cemetery?

Dimapur Airport is the nearest airport to Kohima War Cemetery, at around 70 kilometers distance. Dimapur Airport is connected to Kolkotta International airport, Guwahati airport, Imphal airport, etc. Imphal is at around 145 kilometers from Kohima city. Guwahati is at around 250 kilometers distance from Kohima.

Nagaland State Road Transport Corporation buses connects Kohima to other Northern state capitals and major nearby cites. Dimapur railway station is the nearest railway station to Kohima city.