Shillong Peak & Viewpoint
#12 of 29 Places to Visit in Shillong
Distance (From Shillong Bus Stand): 13 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Place Location: At Laitkor
Transportation Options: + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: Foreigners are not allowed to enter this area as it is controlled by Indian Air Force.
At a distance of 13 km from Shillong Bus Stand, Shillong Peak is an enchanting vantage point located at Laitkor area of Shillong, Meghalaya. Situated in the outskirts of the Shillong, it is one of the popular viewpoints in Meghalaya and among the prominent places to experience Shillong Tourism.
Placed at an altitude of 1,965 m (6,446 feet), Shillong Peak is the highest peak in Meghalaya. According to historians, Shillong is named after this hill. As per the locals, the patron deity 'Leishyllong' resided at the hill and protects the city against all evils. Besides, the top of the Shillong Peak has a sacred spot that is dedicated to U Shulong and special rituals are organised here in each spring to honour the spirit of U Shulong.
The peak offers an enchanting 360 degree view of the entire Shillong city, surrounding waterfalls, the Himalayan Range, Bangladesh Plains and the lush greenery nearby. At the peak there is a high tower with a telescope. An ideal retreat for visitors, the location also features a radar station of the Indian Air Force.
Due to security reasons at the air base, travellers need to show their original ID cards and surrender their cameras at the check post before entering into the viewpoint area. Foreigners are not allowed to enter this area as it is controlled by Indian Air Force.
Timings: 9 AM - 3.30 PM, Closed on Wednesday
Entry: Rs. 30 for Person & Rs. 30 for Vehicle