Hotel Polo Towers – Welcomes the 12th South Asian Games 2016- the game starts

2016 the year started with a bang for Shillong and Guwahati. Polo towers were excited as the athletes decided to stay with us and made us a part of their journey. Interaction with different legends and meeting some fresh talents was a great experience. After some time we realized we are not cheering for a nation where we stay but also for our neighboring family ties who has come here for their expedition. The over view that we are getting as of now is that it’s going be awesome month for Shillong and Guwahati. The vibes and spreading like a wild fire and the festive moods of people flaunts their eagerness to see the start of the event named 12th South Asian Games.CWF8scyWcAADh01

The Anthem

12th South Asian games for anthem has selected the essence of Meghalaya “Ei Prithibi Ek Krirangan” which literally means the world is a play ground written by a famous artist Bhupen Hajarika. The Anthem was not only a song it was the soul of 12th  South Asian Games.

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The essence of the game and the mascot.

Interesting Facts about TIKHOR, the LOGO of South Asian Games 2016:

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Budget for 12th South Asian Games:

According to a government estimate, the Games will cost the exchequer around Rs 90 crore. This time government specially focused to increase the security level and only for this they decided to spend 50-60 crore.

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Keep reading the game is about to start….

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10 amazing photos of Cherrrapunjee that will blow your mind.

10 amazing photos of Cherrrapunjee that will blow your mind

The calmness of the hills, the soothing climate, the pleasant sound of the waterfalls and the breath taking view of the sunsets will simply blow your mind.

Looking for a holiday destination to relax your mind and keep you calm and away from all the hustle and bustle of city life?

These 10 amazing photos of Cherrapunjee will blow your mind and help you decide on your next holiday destination!!

  • Smell of green grasses all around

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  • Rusty orange sunsets

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  • Clear blue sky with a drop of clear white clouds

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  • Beauty of nature

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  • Drop of water from the hills

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  • Beauty all around and a nest to rest

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  • Calmness of the hills with gentle whispers of the wind

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  • Hard rocks with the fall of water forming a beauty of nature

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  • Clear blue streams gushing through the woods

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Life –Fun- Adventure: Thrilling Shillong the Scotland of East India

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Shillong, in Meghalaya is one of those few lands that have the lethal combination of beauty & adventure. The cliffs are steep, the gorges are deep, the clouds pass through you, the waterfalls will excite you, the greenery pleases the eyes and takes you to a different level of mental satisfaction, the culture enriches the soul & the music will touch your heart. Staying in Shillong will give you memories for lifetime. Hotel Polo towers add a bit of innovation with their extra effort to make your stay a memory to recommend people and enjoy.

Why?

Because the landscape of Shillong is an epitome of the blend of natural beauty & adventure. Let’s take a sneak peak at the ‘Scotland of the East‘!

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The Roads

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The roads around Shillong are known for their challenging curves and the edges which appear quite dangerous. The vegetation along the road is in abundance, the waterfalls greet at rather frequent points on your journey. The scenes would make you frequently stop for clicking some photos. Biking is a go for enthusiasts and adventurers! The options of viable trips to Cherrapunji and Mawsynram are added bonus. (Now, why would you miss out on the wettest places on earth? Everyone loves rains, don’t they?

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Shillong and its precincts seem to be blessed with an abundance of waterfalls. The Elephant Falls present a rather spectacular environment, complete with caves. The Nohkalikai falls is not very far from Shillong and is the highest plunge waterfall in India. Besides this, the Bishop Falls, Beadon Falls are some of the falls that are brimming with tourists. Hotel Polo Towers gives an awesome view from the room which rejuvenates the mind & heart.

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Taking a walk along the lake, you reach the meadows of the golf course. Precious pines, ornamental bridges, flower beds and bird. Sounds like some dreamy scene out of those romantic movies? Well, here the scenes are set.

The Green Hills

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You can just slip out and explore the forested terrains, and literally be in the clouds! The Shillong Peak offers some spectacular views of the city below- both at daytime and after darkness. The view gets awe-inspiring especially after the sun is down!

So, that is Shillong- an abode of clouds, waterfalls, greenery and blessed by nature. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you would totally picture the scenes in the natural plethora of the place! If you’re not, well it will certainly add something worthy, to your imagination. A thrilling landscape welcomes you to relish it, a hill station in your wait to navigate its vibrant streets, tracks in your wait to race the types upon them. To experience more do visit ..

 We are Shillong…

Hotel Polo Towers – Welcomes the 12th South Asian Games 2016

Finally the wait is over, the 12th South Asian Games 2016 is going to take place in Guwahati & Shillong. We wish all the teams best of luck.

South Asian Games, is a major multi-sport event which will take place from 5 February to 16 February 2016 in Guwahati and Shillong , India. A total of 2,672 athletes will compete in 226 events over 22 sports from over 8 countries.

The Mascot

Tikhor, the official mascot will be used for the games. On 19 December 2015, Tikhor the baby Rhino was unveiled to the public as the official mascot for the 2016 South Asian Games.

Tikhor as a symbol because it carries the message of Peace, Progress, and Prosperity in the South Asian region. This is in line with the official motto, “Play for Peace, Progress and Prosperity”.

In total 8 countries are going to participate

1.Afghanistan

2.Bangladesh

3.Bhutan

4.India

5.Maldives

6.Nepal

7.Pakistan

8. Sri-Lanka

Be ready to cheer for your team.

Check this link for more updates.

 

7 amazing things in Cherrapunjee that will help you decide on your next vacation.

 

  1. Double decker living route bridge

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Located at Nongriat at the bottom of the valley, these living route bridges are tangles of massive thick roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge. The bridges are alive and still growing and gain strength over time. As interesting as they are, one should know that these bridges can carry 40 or more people at a time. The uniqueness of the bridges has brought travellers from all over the world to get a glimpse of this beauty. It is the only one of its kind in the entire world. Although to reach this place one has to probably get their trekking shoes on, bottle of water and store lots and lots of energy to get ready for the enthralling adventure.

  1. Nohkalikai

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It is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. This waterfall leaps from the forested area which remains untouched, thus even during the dry winter months this waterfall doesn’t disappoint its travellers. It leaps and falls into a beautiful clear stream which is not often visited by all due to its highly densed forest but forms a breath taking view from a distance away. The name of the waterfall is followed by a legend. Long story short a local woman named ‘Likai’ jumped off the cliff above the waterfall after she had unknowingly eaten her child in a meal cooked by the envious husband.

  1. Krem mawmluh

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Cherrapunjee is not only famous for its waterfalls but for its adventurous caves as well. This famous Mamluh cave is located at the bottom of the western flank of Lum Lawbah. It is one of the most famous tourist spots, although people don’t go there for sightseeing, proper gear and supervision is required to visit this place. For adventurers they will definitely be mesmerised by this scenic beauty. When going on an adventure to caves, specifically this cave one will understand and know oneself, also the beauty of nature is undescribable.

  1. Mawkdok Dympep Valley.

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The long drive from Cherrapunjee to Shillong will bring you to this beautiful V shaped valley with greenery all around, the soft white clouds resting on the mountains showing off its beauty to the passersby. One will not hesitate to stop and take a second look at this beauty while travelling to Cherrrapunjee especially for the very first time.

5. Nohsngithiang waterfall.

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Nohsngithiang falls also known as the Seven Sisters Falls is the fourth highest waterfall in India. The best time to visit this piece of beauty is during the rainy season where the water flows down rapidly forming a perennial rainbow. For travellers one can get a clear view of this beauty from Polo Orchid Resort over a cup of tea. It is one of the most famous tourist spots where tourist get lost in its beauty and the sound of the water leaping down is indeed pleasant to the ear.

  1. Dainthlen waterfalls.

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Before reaching Sohra, a road to the right, leads one to the falls which is 5 kms away. There is a legend behing the name of the waterfall. Locals believe that a demon snake that caused a lot of trouble was slaughtered here. One can see the deep scars left on the rocks before the waterfall where the demon was killed. This beautiful famous tourist spot is a must visit. It gives a different experience all together as compared to the other waterfalls.

  1. Khoh ramhah.

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It is an impressive rock formation in the shape of a giant cone. Locals believe this rock is a conical basket of a giant who use to wreak havoc in the nearby villages. One can also see the Bangladesh plains from this spot. During the monsoon season, water falls between the rocks forming a beautiful waterfall which attracts a lot of tourist. This famous tourist spot is indeed one of a kind.

Our Events for this festive season!

Have a holly jolly Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Below are the list of events that are happening this festive season.

Celebrate with us!

  1. Pre- Christmas party.(23rd December, 2015)

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2. Christmas turkey dinner. (25th December, 2015)

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3. New Year’s Eve party. (31st December, 2015)

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4. Grand Breakfast. (6am- 3pm) (1st January, 2016).

 

For details contact :9862256858.

 

7 reasons why old Shillong was amazing!

You think Shillong is beautiful now? Can you imagine its beauty back in the day,  before 1897?

  1. Serenity

Yes, there were no fancy buildings, no development what so ever, but the serenity of the place was over this world as told by our ancestors usually during story time.

  1. Real Polo Matches

Polo ground a place where everyone is familiar with, got its name from the once renowned British-era Polo Race Course, where the British once played the game of Polo. In 1876 after Shillong was declared the capital of the North-East Frontier the British built the polo ground where Polo was popularly played and was surrounded by a beautiful race course.

  1. Largest Natural Golf course

A few years after the polo ground was built the first golf course in the North-East was constructed with 9 holes which later was converted to 18 holes. It is now one of the largest and natural Golf courses in Asia which is considered as the ‘Gleneagle of the East’.

  1. Maharani and Maharaja

The transportation back in the day was mainly on foot or horses. People could not travel to far off places without a headache. The first two cars in Shillong were run by Mr Ali, one was called ‘Maharaja’ and the other one was called ‘Maharani’. They were the ones that transported the British officials from Shillong to Guwahati.

  1. Hospitable people

Of course the best hotel in Shillong – Hotel Polo Towers was not there then, but there were many tiny guest houses and perhaps the oldest hotel of Shillong – The Peak Hotel at what is now called Quentin Road.

  1. Black and white pictures

We scoured the internet and found a treasure trove of images from albums gathering dust in ancient cupboards….Thanks to all of them!

  1. Sacred grove

The British knew ahead of time that deforestation was going to take a toll on this God given beauty so they started forming many sacred forests in order to protect nature. On seeing all the houses being thatched houses and knowing that Shillong was an earthquake prone area, the British brought the concept of building Assam type houses to decrease the damage.

The video only proves that Shillong is not only an awesome place to live now, it was an awesome place to live even long ago!