Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, February 25, 2024

Shillong Peak





Located at a distance of 10 km southwards of the main city, Shillong Peak is the highest point of Shillong and offers panoramic views of the city, the waterfalls, the Himalayas, the lush green surroundings as well as the Bangladesh plains. The peak has an impressive height of 1962 m, above the sea level.






The Shillong peak is often bounded by fog due to its high altitude. The peak is not steep and is in a semi-circular form. It is approachable through the Upper Shillong or Jowai Road. It is said that Shillong gets its name from this peak itself.







The top of the peak also has a sacred site that is dedicated to the U Shulong. In every spring season, a ritual is also organized here in the honor or U Shulong. The spiritual pastor of Mylliem offer prayers. It is said that this place gets its name Shillong, from this very peak only. As per the region’s mythology, the local deity Leishyllong who protects the city has her abode on this peak. The place is situated at the air force base and features a radar station of the Indian Air Force.