Shillong is a hill station and the capital of Meghalaya and the only hill station in the country that is accessible from all directions. The name Shillong is derived from U-Shyllong, a powerful deity and is situated at an altitude of 1,491m above sea level. The city lies in the centre of a plateau and is surrounded by hills. This beautiful city is 103kms from Guwahati. The presence of many well reputed educational institutions, many of them established by various missionary groups make Shillong the hub of education for the entire north-east. Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfall, caves, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and their culture. Shillong is also fast emerging as an education hub for the entire northeastern region.
Shillong has a westernized culture and it has a very young feel to it. Shillong is also famous as the music capital of India, as many prominent musicians have hailed from this place. As the capital of Meghalaya (The Abode of Clouds) it lies on a plateau surrounded by hills with a very comfortable climate through the year.
Shillong Airport, also known as Umroi Airport, is a civilian airport located at Umroi, 30 km from Shillong, Meghalaya
The nearest railway station is Guwahati. It is 104 km from Shillong and very well connected with all major cities of India.
Shillong is well connected by roads to cities nearby
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