CULTURE & HERITAGE WALK SHILLONG

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MYTHS AND LEGENDS

According to legends, the city got its name from a mythical youth, U Shyllong (the one who grows naturally). U Shyllong was in fact the presiding deity of Shillong and the phrase ‘Khot Shyllong’ (Call to Shillong) is still used as a prayer in times of catastrophe, peril or even personal misfortune.

HISTORY

Welcome to the city of Rock n Roll! This land has come a long, long way to be where it’s at right now. Shillong started out as the capital of Assam and later became the capital of Meghalaya, after the Hill State Movement. The uniqueness of the people involves the languages spoken with lost scripts, the Matrilineal way of life and a different belief system which focuses on pagan traditional ideas while remaining modern. The rolling hills around the town and the 4 seasons in a day reminded the Britishers of Scotland and hence gave Shillong the nickname “The Scotland of the East”.

Tour Route

STARTING POINT

Governor's House Gate(Raj Bhavan)

ENDING POINT

Shillong Golf Course

MEETING TIME

9 am

TOTAL WALKING DISTANCE

Approx 4.5 km

TOTAL WALKING TIME

2 Hrs 30 mins

POINTS OF INTEREST

WARD'S LAKE

One of the most popular attractions of shillong, and is home to the cherry blossoms trees as well as the 'living fossil tree' which is the oldest living tree species in the world.

RAJ BHAWAN

This is a 117-year-old structure which was rebuilt after one of the strongest earthquakes in the world to be a wooden architectural wonder of the state. The corridors of this house have shaped the history of the region.

SHILLONG CLUB

A gentlemen's club built by the british high society. It endured two raging fires only to be rebuilt and has housed the maharaja of manipur, dacca, tripura, and himachal pradesh among many other regals from the old world indian kingdoms.

OLD LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

For the first time, assam had allowed a legislative council with the chief commissioner as the president. This was the first legislative building, which was completed by early 1923 and burned to the ground in a major fire in 2001.

POLICE BAZAAR

Also known as 'khyndai lad' which translates to 'where 9 lanes meet'. It is the centre of hustling bustling shillong famous for its street food, and shopping while also having symbolic meanings as this square has seen the start of multiple local revolutions.

JAIL ROAD

As the name suggests, this road leads to the local jail. The old world bengali charm of shillong can still be seen here. Rabindranath tagore and subhas chandra bose have also walked down this road while fighting for indias freedom!

ASSEMBLY LIBRARY

This was one of the first legislative buildings, which was completed by 1923. This is also where the british legislative council was dissolved in 1947 - replaced by the constituent assembly of india.

KJPA CHRUCH

This church was built for services in english for christians who didn't speak the khasi language. Opened in 1923, the church with its central surroundings has played a large part in the cultural changes in shillong.

BRAHMO SAMAJ

This institution which was built in 1874 is a representation of how multicultural shillong joined hands to change the education of the rural people and increase the furtherance of the brahmo cause.

POLO GROUNDS

From the sport of polo to the local gambling sport of archery, to the modern indian football club of shillong lajong, these sports grounds have been a major part of the city. The 2016 south asian games were also hosted here.

BUDDHIST MONASTERY

The oldest buddhist temple in the region has an archway similar to the world-famous sanchi stupa. This represents the diversity and secular nature of shillong since time immemorial.

GOLF COURSE

Shillong golf links is one of the oldest and only naturally landscaped 18-hole golf courses in asia. It is considered to be the "glen-eagle of the east". The course is uniquely open for the locals to use when the members are not playing.

ACTIVITIES!

ARCHERY

Experienced the thrill of shooting arrows with us along with the local legalized betting.

DRESS IN THE TRADITIONAL ATTIRE

Feel ever more closer to the people by trying out traditional attires and and getting your photographs taken.

PUTTING GOLF

Are you a pro golfer or have never tried it? Come on and try out this activity nontheless.

GET THE LOCAL GRUB!

Have a taste of the local fruits/tea and snacks to stay refreshed on the tour!

Package

Inclusions

  • Raincoats/ Ponchos.
  • First aid materials.
  • Camera used by Guide for photography purposes.
  • Entry Fees for interest points.
  • Guides for all locations.
  • Activities – local archery, traditional dress photography.
  • Refreshments such as Tea & Snacks.
  • Provision of receipt/s for all payment/s made.

Exclusions

  • Transportation arrangements* (to Start Point or from End Point) before and after the duration of the tour.
  • Personal purchases on the tour or personal expenses.
  • Other travel arrangements including shopping or other. Site-seeing itineraries, hotel or restaurant bookings etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather, medical emergencies and anything not included in the INCLUSIONS.

Contact Details

OUR HEAD OFFICE

BAWRI MANSIONS,
DHANKHETI SHILLONG - 793001.

PHONE NUMBER

03642227917
+916033099990

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HELLO@GOSOMEWHERE.IN

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