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Umiam Lake
Located about 17 km from Shillong, Umiam Lake is highly popular for a relaxing time. The Orchid Lake Resort here has water sports facilities and the nearby Lum Nehru Park has an aviary and orchidarium.


Cherrapunjee


Once world renowned for being the wettest place on earth, Cherrapunjee is 54 km away fro Shillong. The road is good and the drive scenic.
Cherrapunjee is impressive with its gushing waterfalls and the deep gorges. You get stunning views of the plains of Bangladesh. Cherrapunjee's oranges and honey are famous and you can pick up fine baskets from the Sohra market. Best for a day trip, as there isn't much by way of accommodation for overnight stays.


Tura
Headquarters of Garo Hills District, Tura is reputed for its picturesque environs and equable climate. The 1400 m high Tura peak is a challenge for climbers and you can opt to stay overnight, It requires an interesting mix of a hike-cum-climb for about 5 km, but the views from the summit are ample reward for your labors. Tura and its surroundings are a window to the ethnic lifestyle of the Garo People. The region is famous for its Wangala Dance. Tura has a tourist lodge run by Meghalaya Tourism.
Tura is approachable via Guwahati, and is 323 km from Shillong. The journey from Guwahati takes 6 hours. To go to Tura, it is best to hire a taxi from Guwahati Airport (about Rs. 2000 on-way) or go by bus.


Caves of Meghalaya


For those who enjoy caving, Meghalaya is just the place for it has about 780 caves in the state, many of them unmapped and unexplored. Of the ones surveyed, five are amongst the longest in the Indian sub-continent.


The important caves include:
Near Cherrapunjee
Krem Mawmluh, Krem Phylutt, Soh Shympi, Krem (East Khasi Hills) Dam.

Jaintia Hills
Krem Kotsati, Krem Umshangktat, Krem Um-Lawan, Krem Lashing Krem Sweep.

South Garo Hills


Siju-Dobakkol, Dobakkol Chibe Nala, Telengkol-Balwakol, Bok Bak Dobakkol.
Bara Bazar, in Shillong, is the hottest place for exploring for souvenirs. Good buys include mounted butterflies, hand-woven shawls, orange honey, black mushrooms, Khasi dresses for women, pineapple, orange and other fruit products. The market is not just a shopping place but also a tourist attraction. Mounted butterflies are available at the Butterfly Museum at Mawkhar.
Other places for shopping are GS Road, Police Bazar and Jail Road.


Popular Shopping Outlets
Meghalaya Handloorns & Handicrafts, Purbashree, Manipur Emporium, Tantuja, Assam Emporium, Khadi Gram Udyog, Nagaland Handloorns & Handicrafts, Meghaloom.

Also try G.N. Super Bazar, G.S. Road; Glory Plaza, Police Bazar; Didar Market, Police Bazar; The Right Shop, Centre Point Multinational Brand; Stylecraft, formal men's wear; Motiram's ladies wear.

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Meghalaya's natural beauty is most conducive for extended holidays with the hill station of Shillong continuing to be a hot favorite. Three hundred varieties of orchids are found in the state which is also rich in wildlife. Meghalaya has two national parks which are home to some rare species of flora and fauna. The gentle hills of Meghalaya are interspersed with rich meadows and pine forest.
Amongst these is that integrating phenomenon - the traditional Sacred Forests that are steeped in spiritual belief and held in great veneration. They also represent some of the earliest representations of preserving the ancient eco-systems. Just 20 km from Shillong you'll find the Mawphlang Sacred Forest in all its pristine wonder. Meghalaya is also home to that unique carnivorus plant, the Pitcher Plant. From the Jaintia Hills, Sir Joseph Hooker the renowned botanist took the blue vanda (vanda coerulea) to propagate it in London's famous Kew Gardens. You'll discover the blue vanda, lady 's slipper and other rare orchid verities in the flower gardens of Shillong.
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Day-long picnics amidst smoky hills thick with pine and orchids, singing brooks and crashing waterfalls... for the British in this garrison town it was home. The scenic Khasi Hills reminded them of the Scottish Highlands - just perfect for those summer holidays away from the heat and the dust of India's plains. They set up schools amidst those heather covered slopes - the air rang with the sound of the young growing up amidst these unpolluted, pine scented environs.

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