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Shillong, India

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With its rolling hills of pine conifers and pineapple shrubs, SHILLONG was known to the British as "the Scotland of the East" – an impression first brought to mind by Barapani (or Umiam), the stunning loch-like reservoir on its fringes, and the sight of Khasi women wearing gingham and tartan shawls. At an altitude of 1500m, Shillong became a popular hill-station for the British, who made it the capital of Assam in 1874. Sadly, the town has lost some of its charm and the surrounding hills have suffered severe deforestation. The influx of settlers from the plains has strained natural resources, …
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