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7 Reasons Why Shillong Is Called Scotland Of The East

Located in one of the Seven Sisters Of India (seven states), Shillong serves as the capital of Meghalaya state in country’s northeast region. There are indeed many similarities between this place with Scotland, and this is why Shillong is called Scotland of the East. And to prove that the naming is indeed done aptly, here are a few points that justify it.

Although, we believe that each of the mentioned places have their own distinctive charm, but let’s just have some fun wondering about the similarities for some time!

Glen etive in Scottish Highlands

Glen etive in Scottish Highlands

Shillong’s landscape is beautified with rolling and sky soaring hills bestowed with lush greenery. Most times, you can browse through pictures of both Scotland and Shillong, and you will actually get your mind boggled wondering which photograph is of which destination! On a cloudy day the mist-laden pastures look nothing less than a paradise.

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Winding road in Scotland

Winding road in Scotland

Shillong Pass

Shillong Pass

The road to Mawlynnong, Cherrapunji, and the curvaceous route of the Shillong Bypass surely do invite just experienced drivers. You’d anyway rather sit at the backseat, so you can peep out of the window, let your hair flutter with the breeze, as the Himalayas unfold hypnotic panorama before you.

Culture in Scotland

Culture in Scotland

Culture in Shillong

Culture in Shillong

The rich, colorful culture of Shillong makes it stand out. Just like the Scottish people, the tribes feel pride presenting folk performances, and it’s intriguing to sit back and witness. You can also be a part of the act and join them as they are on it, but make sure you’re not spoiling the fun for others too.

If not performances, you’ll be bewitched by handicrafts, tribal attires, and of course traditions. For a culture vulture, the best way to get an insight to locals’ lifestyle is by staying in homestays.

Waterfall in Scotland

Waterfall in Scotland

Waterfall in Shillong

Waterfall in Shillong

When you’re touring through the valleys of Scotland and Shillong, be prepared to stumble upon random glistening waterfalls, specially if you’re visiting in the monsoon season.

Lake in Scotland

Lake in Scotland

Lake in Shillong

Lake in Shillong

Alongside roaring waterfalls, Shillong and Scotland are bejeweled with lakes that are encircled with rolling hills. You can sit by for some time, or embrace this beautiful moment by boating on the lake. Keep aside your camera for a little while and just inhale the enchantment in front of your eyes.

Peaceful Scotland

Peaceful Scotland

Mist in Shillong

Mist in Shillong

Even though Meghalaya in Shillong is a major tourist destination in Northeast India, but you will come across an applaudable balance when it comes to crowded attractions. There are several places in this place where you can pitch in your tent and connect with nature. The natural beauty of such place

Music festival in Scotland

Music festival in Scotland

Music festival in Shillong

Music festival in Shillong

Scotland might be hosting some amazing music festivals, but believe me, Shillong will have your jaws drop! The NH7 Weekender is a music festival which is one of India’s most awaited events. Famous artists like A.R Rahman, Steven Wilson, Farhan Akhtar and Fear Factory have performed in the festival. Here’s a video featuring glimpses of all the fun people had this year.

We can come up with many similarities between Scotland and Shillong to justify its naming, but we believe, that the beauty of this beautiful Indian hiill-station is one-of-a-kind, and that it cannot be compared with any other place in the world.

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