If you are wondering where the beautiful pictures of crystal clear waters, soft rolling hills, and majestic mysterious caves were taken, then let me tell you that they are from the northeast state of Meghalaya. The state is blessed with the most spectacular scenic locations you can enjoy that make you feel truly alive and grateful for life. Indeed, visiting unique landscapes and places with an equally special culture enhances your perspective on life. Travelling then feels like an investment more than a leisure spend when you come out of the experience refreshed and ready to take on life with renewed zeal.
If your plan to stay in Shillong is finally taking concrete steps, then don’t miss out on checking our chain of Treebo Shillong which are in perfect locations.
The best neighbourhoods to stay in are:
One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Shillong yet still the most happening is Laitumkrah. The name has a special meaning. It means “where the river Umkrah originated”. While it is slightly costly, because of the neighbourhood and the development of the area, it is worth it. The area has Shillong’s most famous historical buildings giving the neighbourhood an old-world charm. The area is replete with schools, colleges including the National Institute of Technology and churches making this a very convenient neighbourhood for education. The famous Laitumkrah market is here as well, where you get fresh meat and vegetables. Kalpataru, an old and very famous sweet shop is located in the area. Another landmark is the oldest medical facility, the Nazerth Hospital in this locality. Apart from all of the above, the area is also an upcoming hub of new-age cafes and restaurants where youngsters flock to make the neighbourhood come alive. Indeed, Laitumkrah is popular among students and professionals alike due to the blend of modernity and traditional culture. We also have a Treebo Hotel, Itsy by Treebo Shelter Inn in Laitumkrah that you can check out.
- Police Bazaar:
Police Bazar, also known as Khyndailad, is actually a popular shopping hub. It is lined with high-end to budget-friendly shops. Police Bazar has stores selling up-market items and other branded items at flea markets where buyers can find the best deals. You can also find beautiful traditional handicraft items here to take back home. Since most roads in Police Bazar do not allow cars, shopping becomes fairly easy which is why many choose Police Bazar for all their shopping needs. The Bazar is also popular for selling woollen and other clothing necessary for cold weather at competitive prices.
Apart from shopping, Police Bazar is also known for glitzy restaurants and cafes that dazzle the entire neighbourhood.
If you are looking for a bustling neighbourhood to stay in, Police Bazar should be your choice.
- Bara Bazar:
Bara Bazar is another shopping hub in Shillong which is also the oldest and therefore has a loyal customer base. This historic shopping bazaar is a wholesale market that also sells traditional khasi items, some of which are homemade. The market is also known as Lewduh and the shops are mostly women-led. The variety of traditional and modern items will astound you and leave you spoilt for choice.
- Don Bosco Square:
In Don Bosco Square of Shillong, you will find the most popular schools and colleges being located. Due to this, young students are to be seen hanging out in the numerous cafes that dot this place. Vibrant and energetic, this area is the best place to stay if you prefer this type of environment. Joe’s Jadoh, Flavours, and Munchies are some of the most popular eating joints in this neighbourhood.
- Upper Shillong:
The quieter part of Shillong and ideal if you crave silence and less crowded neighbourhoods. Here is also the point from where you get the best views. Being close to the reserve forests, you can get plenty of natural surroundings, fresh air, and perhaps rare bird sightings. You will also find some of the most popular viewpoints like Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, and the Mawphlang Forest Reserve which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Elephant Falls you can enjoy regular walks and occasional picnics, while at Shillong Peak, majestic views of the hills, and at the reserve forests some quiet time with nature. Despite being in a quieter neighbourhood, the area is well-connected to transport hubs and thus, the commute is made easy.
- Golf Links:
The neighbourhood of the Golf club is another good area to stay in. It is famous for the Golf Club nearby which is located amongst undulating hills and flowering trees. It can be your spot for walks if you are staying in this location. The area also has many luxurious hotels and resorts, while the nearby attractions include the Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures, Shillong Peak, and Ward’s Lake. Overall, this area offers comfort and luxury to anyone who wishes to stay here, It is also well-connected to other parts of Shillong preventing it from being wholly cut off from the main town.
Laban is a proper residential area of Shillong, with schools, eating joints, and charming residential houses. If you want a quiet residential area to stay in Shillong, then Laban would be a perfect choice. This place is quite near a few tourist attractions like the Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures, the famous shopping hub Police Bazar, and the pretty Ward’s Lake.
Laban is also known for its food scene and is home to popular eating joints and fast food restaurants. This area is also a hub of traditional Khasi food items like Jadoh, a traditional Khasi dish made with rice and meat, and Dohneiiong, a spicy pork curry which you can try. This homely residential neighbourhood could be your next stay destination.
With a beautiful and rich history, amazing people, unique culture, delicious food, and dazzling spectacle of the hills as their backdrop, staying in Shillong is a dream.
Staying in Shillong is further made easier because of the wonderful Treebo hotels spread across really good locations. However, if you are curious, then Shillong is not the only place with our properties. We have over 1000+ hotels in 120+ locations all over India! Furthermore, each of them comes with a complimentary breakfast, free wifi, and clean sanitised stays.