16 Facts About Shillong


Shillong is a hill station in the northeastern part of India and the capital of Meghalaya, which means "The Abode of Clouds".

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Shillong has steadily grown in size since it was made the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills in 1864 by the British.

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Shillong remained the capital of undivided Assam until the creation of the new state of Meghalaya on 21 January 1972, when Shillong became the capital of Meghalaya, and Assam moved its capital to Dispur in Guwahati.

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Shillong was capital for composite Assam during the British regime and later till a separate State of Meghalaya was formed.

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The name "Shillong" was later adopted, as the location of the new town was below the Shillong Peak.

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Shillong was the capital of composite Assam till 1969 when the autonomous state of Meghalaya was formed.

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Shillong was the subject of the great earthquake that occurred on 12 June 1897.

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Shillong has been selected as the 100th city to receive funding under the centre's flagship "Smart Cities Mission" Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation AMRUT.

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Shillong is well connected by roads with all major northeastern states.

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Shillong Bypass is a two lane road which stretches across 47.

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Shillong is served by the Shillong Airport, which is located about 30km away at Umroi.

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Shillong is one of the capital cities in Northeast India to produce three football clubs that participate in the I-League, namely, Rangdajied United FC, Royal Wanhingdoh FC and Shillong Lajong FC.

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Binningstar Lyngkhoi from Shillong is a national marathon runner and represented India in the last 2010 Commonwealth Games.

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Shillong is the fastest marathoner in India with a timing of 2:18 hours.

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Shillong is often called as "India's Rock Capital" due to its inhabitants' great passion for music, hosting concerts featuring a number of western artists.

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Cinemas in Shillong include Bijou Cinema Hall, Gold Cinema and Anjalee Cinema Hall .

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