Guide To Shillong View Point Laitkor Peak, Shillong

Shillong View Point Laitkor Peak
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Shillong View Point, Laitkor Peak, is a mountaintop with observation towers offering sweeping views of Shillong city. This tourist attraction is located approximately 382 km (237 mi) from Bangladesh and 595 km (370 mi) from Bhutan. A 40-minute drive will take you to Shillong city centre, the capital of the state of Meghalaya. Apart from Shillong View Point, Shillong is also known for its Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Don Bosco Museum and Bara Bazar market. But of course, in this article, you will find a guide to Shillong View Point. Read on as we introduce you to the highlights, delicacies, souvenir and traveller’s tips for this attraction.

Things to do / highlights

Children in Traditional Khasi Dress
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So you’ve decided to make your way to one of the highest points in Meghalaya and are looking for things to do. Put on comfortable walking shoes or track shoes for a comfortable journey.


While you may have the easy option of getting to the top comfortably via a car ride, how about giving yourself a chance to burn some calories? Trekking is a good activity whether you’re doing it solo, in twos or in a group. Listen to the sounds of nature and open your eyes to what the surroundings have to offer. Take this chance to disconnect from your phone and connect with your friends and family members through conversations.

Don a local dress

Made your way all to the top? Good job! Since it’s selfie time, you might want to consider donning a traditional dress before doing so. At a nominal fee, you get to put on this garment worn by tribes such as Garo, Khasi and Jaintia. It’s a priceless experience and photo memory you can keep for life.

Use the telescopes

At the observatory, you will see a couple of telescopes free for the public to use. There’s no better time than now to play ‘I spy with my little eye’.

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What to eat

Heart shaped sandwich lunch box with cumcumbers and hummus
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There are a couple of mini food stalls selling simple meals like instant noodles, snacks, fruits and drinks at the attraction. Since it’s a tourist attraction, be ready to pay marked-up prices. Otherwise, you may always pack some sandwiches, boiled eggs and chips to munch on when the hunger kicks in.

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Things to buy

Colorful Handmade Shawls
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Bag home a practical souvenir to remind you that you’ve been to Shillong.

Khasi scrubs

A practical and eco-friendly item to gift someone or for personal use. They are priced at about 60 to 100 INR per piece (0.84 to 1.40 USD) and you may cut them accordingly to a desired size.

Bamboo crafts

Handmade items are mostly pricey but each piece is never exactly the same as the one next to it. These creations were done after much time spent so it’s definitely worth the splurge. Bags, baskets, pouches and more, don’t forget to bargain before buying!

Tribal shawls and Scottish checked fabric

Weather in Shillong is generally cold with temperatures from 23 °C (73 °F) during summer and 4 °C (39 °F) during winter. For the ladies, a shawl would come in handy both while you’re in the city, heading back home on the plane or typing away in an icy-cold office. For the gentlemen, send some Scottish checked fabric to your seamstress the next time you’re tailoring a new shirt. It’s time to add a little Shillong fashion touch to it.

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Travelers tips

View from Shillong Peak
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Set off early

There will be security checks to enter the place and may cause a jam especially during weekends or peak travelling seasons. Therefore, set off early to cater to the waiting time. This leads to our next tip.

Bring your ID

Since you will be passing through the military area to get to the peak, have your original identity card or Indian passport with you for verification purposes. Foreigners are not allowed inside.

Have a hearty meal before your trip

Meal options are limited at the attraction thus it makes sense to have a filling breakfast if you don’t want to pay exorbitant tourist prices for simple food.

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How to get there

Shillong to Cherrapunji
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There are mainly two ways to get there - by car or on foot.


You can personally drive up, take a taxi or hire a private car to get you to the peak. You will have to deposit your driver’s license with the staff in charge before entering the gate and can get it back when you exit the area. Entry and parking fees apply.


There are hiking trails available so dress appropriately for a power walk up. We’re sure your body will thank you for the steps taken and you can enjoy your jadoh (flavourful rice with herbs), dohkhlieh (pork dish) and pukhlein (fermented rice dessert) guilt-free for dinner later!

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Shillong View Point, Laitkor Peak information

View from Shillong Peak
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Rachit used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Shillong View Point, Laitkor Peak

Address: Peak Viewing Point, Shillong, Meghalaya 793004, India

Opening hours: Mon - Tue, Thu - Sun: 9am - 3:30pm (closed on Wed)

Cost: 30 INR per person (0.42 USD)

Department of tourism: Visit Meghalaya

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