NEIMUN 2014 at Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya, one of the smallest states in India.
According to legend, the place derives its name from a beautiful youth named “Shyllong” who was born
immaculately from a virgin mother. This is just one of a thousand rich folk tales and myths that were created
by the ancestors of the Khasis. The European settlers, who came here during the colonial times, were
reminded of Scotland by the undulating hills of Shillong with its lush verdure. Hence, Shillong is also
popularly known as “The Scotland of the East”.
Shillong is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level. It‟s latitudinal and
longitudinal degrees are 25.57°N and 91.88°E respectively. Compared to other states, Shillong has a cooler
climate for most of the year.
As per the census of 2011, Shillong has a population of 143,007. While the major tribes of the state are the
Khasis, Jaintias and Garos, the people of the city belong to diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Added to
this, there are a number of varied reputed educational institutions, including the North-Eastern Hill University,
making Shillong one of the valued educational hub destinations of North-East India. Students from other
states as well as other countries come to study here. This is a key element which contributes to the
cosmopolitan atmosphere of the place.
There are many ideal tourist sites within and near the city itself. These include Elephant Falls, Spread Eagle
Falls, Ward‟s lake and Shillong Peak to name a few. On certain festivals dates one can witness traditional
rituals and dances like the Shad Suk Mynsiem. There are a number of shops where local cuisines can be
enjoyed. Also, many intricate and beautiful handcrafted products can be bought. These and many other
factors make the city an ideal place to visit.
The outskirts of this picturesque town makes it a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of
urban life. Respite from the numbing pains of city-life can be found here. One can simply immerse in the
natural beauty and feel rejuvenated. The morning mist hides the hills and the valleys making it seem like an
actual "abode of clouds‟. The orange skies and purple noon with the departing sun‟s reflection on the lake
waters makes a great sight. It causes poignant feelings and a sense of urgency. Such effects are better left to
be experienced first-hand by the person. Shillong is a place that, while it is evolving, has plenty of poetic
charms for its visitors.
We, at NEIMUN, are ecstatic to host the second session of the North East India International Model United
Nations in this beautiful town.