Meghalaya is a state in northeastern India. Meghalaya was formed by carving out two districts from the state of Assam: the United Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills, and the Garo Hills on 21 January 1972. The state filled with huge hills, valleys, numerous lakes, captivating waterfalls, pitch dark caves, and sacred forests; there is no dearth of tourist places in Meghalaya. You can expect panoramic views, foggy hills, terraced slopes, cascading waterfalls, and serpentine rivers mesmerizing your soul.
What To See
- Cherrapunji: It is regarded as one of the wettest places on earth as the highest rainfall is foreseen during the year. Tourists from around the world come here to see the Dain-Thlen, Kynrem, and Nohkalikai waterfalls that are known as the popular waterfalls of Cherrapunji. The town encompasses some of the best waterfalls in Meghalaya.
- Balpakram National park: If you are in Meghalaya you should visit Balpakram National park, it is considered as the traveller’s paradise. This place is referred to as the ‘Land of Spirits’ by many tourists that come here to explore the rich biodiversity of Balpakram National park. A paradise for all the wildlife enthusiasts or wildlife photographers as you can spot animals like Red Panda, Wild Buffalo, Elephant, Tiger, Deer, Leopards, Wild Cows, Marbled Cat, etc. Some rare species include Lesser Panda, Indian Bison, and Sterow.
- Shillong: It is one of the most popular Meghalaya tourist places in the Northeast that is on everybody’s checklist. Far from the busy life, it has forested hills, pleasant climate, scenic beauty which attracts many tourists from around the world. Some of the famous tourist spots in Shillong include Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Wards, Lake, and Don Bosco Museum. The local tribes in Shillong are Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal, and Langrim.
- Elephant Falls: Elephant Falls the beauty of Meghalaya, has the elephant-like stone at its foot. The majestic Elephant falls were alluded to as ‘Ka Kshaid Lai Patang Khohsiew’ by the nearby Khasi individuals, which signifies ‘The Three Step Waterfalls’, as these falls comprise of three wonderful falls in progression. The first of the three waterfalls are tucked between the thick trees and are wide. The subsequent fall decreases to thin strands of water and is practically insignificant in winters because of the retreating water levels. The third and the most visible waterfall to the naked eye is the tallest with clear water streaming like a sheet of milk striking on rocks in the background.
- Double-decker living root bridge: Situated in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, a double-decker living root bridge is famous for its bridge made up of roots of an Indian rubber tree. The bridge is 3 km long at a height of 2400 feet. The most scenic experience is when the Umshiang river flows beneath the bridge and you are walking over it. It is the oldest natural bridge made around 200 years ago but only 50 people can be accommodated at one time.
- Don Bosco Museum: It is situated in Shillong, is a 7-stored historical center having 17 galleries on shows that take you through the way of life of Northeast India. Besides, these galleries display a wide arrangement of expressions, antiques, clothing types, weapons, and painstaking work that exhibit the way of life and culture of different tribes and individuals of Meghalaya. Don Bosco Museum is additionally acclaimed as one of the best in Asia.
- Mawlynnong village: The cleanest village in Asia? Yes, the Mawlynnong village. It is one of the most exotic locations in Meghalaya to go through the day. From beautiful waterfalls and root bridges to a clean environment and the scenic view, this town invites you with everything that is basic to make your Meghalaya excursion pivotal. Apart from this, there are numerous bamboo houses where you’ll need to have a stay to adapt more with the location.
- Mawsmai Cave : Among all the caves in the region, Mawsmai Cave is delightful without a doubt. There is a lot of vegetation inside the cavern to grab one’s eye. The length of the cave is only 150 meters which isn’t the longest in contrast to different caves in the region yet it most likely gives you glimpse into life in the underground. Found only 6 km away from the core of Cherrapunjee, Mawsmai cave is an amazing cave in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya.
- Umiam Lake: It is a beautiful man-made reservoir is situated at 15 kilometers north of Shillong. The lake was shaped after a dam was developed to produce hydroelectric power. The picturesque Umiam Lake is enclosed by lavish green East Khasi slopes that makes for an encompassing sights for nature lovers. The dawn at the lake is a treat to witness with naked eyes and shouldn’t be missed. Tourists can take a long boat ride in the lake, and adventure junkies can appreciate drifting and different water-sports.
- Williamnagar: It has a bounty of flora and fauna. The town is flaned with scenic mountains and rivers. It is named after the first Chief Minister of Meghalaya. The beautiful town is located by the side of Simsang River. If you wish to explore the countryside, take a trip to this place for sure.
- Dawki: Dawki needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular tourist places in Meghalaya. Known for its clear river, Dawki is one of the most instagrammable places on earth. If you are visiting Meghalaya anytime soon, then you should put Dawki on your itinerary. Since it is sandwiched between India and Bangladesh, it is also a major trade hub.
How to reach?
Well, you can reach Meghalaya by air, road or rail, whatever you prefer! If you’re going by flight, land in Shillong. Trains will take you to the Guwahati Railway Station. From there, you can get a cab or a bus to take you to your preferred Meghalaya destinations. If a road trip is on your wishlist, you can take the National Highway 37 or 40. And enjoy the spectacular views along the road.
Best time to visit
This nature’s abode can lure you with its charm at any time of the year. Having said that, Meghalaya best time to visit is during winter from the months of November to February when the fresh blooms make the place more attractive. Also, you won’t get much rain to interfere with your outdoor plans. But, if you enjoy rain, you can also take a trip to Meghalaya in the monsoon season from June to September. Because the state becomes even greener during the monsoon.