The city derives its name from the ‘Leishyllong’, the super God who resides on the Shillong peak, as if protecting the city. Shillong the captivating hill station is at an altitude of 1496 mts.Shillong is a cool land where clouds float at your feet, hills emerges from its bosom and soar high like a chorus and panoramic changes with unbelievable frequency.Shillong is also popularly known as “Scotland of the East” .
ORIENTATION : Shillong in the state of Meghalaya is bounded on the north by the Umiam gorge, on the northwest by the great mass of the Diengiei Hills that rise up to a height of 1,823 meters (6077 ft.) above sea level, and on the northeast by the hills of the Assam valley.
HISTORY : Shillong was initially a summer camp for the people Eastern Bengal and Assamese but in 1864 it became the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia hills. Later in 1874 after Assam was given the status of a province,Shillong was declared as its capital. Only after the renovation of the city due to the 1897 earthquake, Shillong became the capital of the newly formed state of Meghalaya.