One of the important Shillong tourist places is Elephant Falls. This three-tier waterfall was named thus because of an elephant shaped rock that was there during the time of the British. Over time though, the rock was destroyed in an earthquake, but the name has remained. Enjoy the thrill of cool sparkling water as it falls down in a rush, over the different layers and feel energised as you take a dip in the water. While the waterfalls are surrounded by dense trees, there are places near the entrance where you can pick up souvenirs. Elephant Falls is just 11 kms away from the city and from Police Bazaar, you can take a state-run bus or hire a cab to take you there.