The land of clouds, Meghalaya, is one of the seven beautiful sisters of India. The mesmerizing atmosphere is all set to blow you here with its splendid beauty blended with foggy hills, lakes, cascading waterfalls, winding rivers and many more.
This state is full of heavenly beauty and has many hidden treasures amidst the dense forests. There are a few wildlife sanctuaries, biosphere reserves and national parks, which add spark to the whole trip.
Meghalaya is a perfect destination on its own. This beautiful state celebrates many festivals, including Easter, Good Friday, Christmas, New Year, Khasi Festivals, Behdienkhalm and various Wangala festivals.
Here, you will witness nature at its best with birds chirping in the vast sky, clouds floating over lush mountains, to sunlight shining over crystal clear water. Your travel thirst is bound to get fulfilled in the majestic Meghalaya.
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Living Root Bridges are the most popular tourist attractions of Meghalaya. The Double Decker Living Root Bridge is the most admirable one lying in the vicinity of Cherrapunji. There are 11 functional root bridges in this area which are about two and half hours’ drive from Shillong. Among all these bridges, only the Double Decker Root Bridge has two levels; the local Khasi tribe members grew the second layer. Yet, this place has all the eye captivating wonders to leave you spellbound. The most famous single root bridges in this area are the Ummunoi root bridge, Umkar Root Bridge, Ritymmen Root Bridge, Umshiang Double-decker Root Bridge, Mawsaw Mawlynnong Living Root Bridge. Trekking to these bewildering Living Root Bridges is an exhilarating option.
Mawlynnong village, God's own Garden, is the cleanest village in Asia. This village is located around 90 km from Shillong, and it’s a community-based Ecotourism initiative. This village has almost 100% literacy, and most of the villagers can talk in English. Mawlynnong offers picturesque natural beauty blended with cultured people from year-old traditions. This beautiful village also offers the sight of natural balancing rock, living root Bridges and dancing orchids. While in Meghalaya, make sure to come to Mawlynnong village to observe practically how wonderfully the residents here maintain the beauty of nature.
Nohkalikai is one of the tallest waterfalls in India and the 4th tallest waterfall in the whole World. According to legends, this waterfall is named after a woman named Kalikai. This is where she jumped from and sacrificed her life, so this waterfall is named Nohkalikai as a sad reminder of a tragedy that befell an unfortunate woman. Below this waterfall, there is also a plunge pool with unusual green coloured water. This waterfall in the Cherrapunji region is located at a distance of just 5 km from the main town and 53 km from the Shillong town. Monsoon is the best time to visit Nohkalikai when the falls are in their full form. Lying in the rugged mountainous terrain, Nohkalikai waterfall is a gem hidden away from the busy metropolitan life. Here you will enjoy not only a picturesque view of the 1100ft tallest waterfall but also the enchanting surroundings.
Cherrapunji, the wettest place on earth that receives the massive monsoon rainfall, is also referred to as the “Scotland of the East ''. Lying above the misty valleys and foaming rivers ensconced in swirling clouds, this place is a stunning location. Cherrapunji is the only state in India with only the monsoon season, and it rains mostly at night and day to day activities are not quite disrupted by the rain. This place is also known as Sohra. This sub-divisional town is famous for its various flora and natural attractions full of living root bridges and caves. Camp in this wettest region and go all wet here in the serene atmosphere of Cherapunji.
Umiam Lake is Meghalaya's one of the biggest artificial lakes, about 15 km from Shillong. Also known as Bara Pani, this Lake covers an area of 220 square km. This man-made reservoir is one of the greatest attractions of Meghalaya. It was created by damming the Umiam River by the Assam State Electricity Board in the 1960s. The scenic Umiam Lake is enriched by lush green hills full of various flora and fauna that give the tourists the best panoramic views. This lake also has a park which is a famous picnic spot. Apart from kayaking, water cycling, scooting, and boating, you can also observe the daily life of the locals who come to the lake every day to work for their livelihood.
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Elephant falls are the most famous waterfalls in India and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Shillong. Named after an Elephant-like stone, the Elephant falls are tourists’ paradise with three layers of the falls accessible to the laymen from different points. The name Elephant falls was given by Britishers because of a large rock on the side of the falls, which resembled an Elephant. However, this eponymous was destroyed in an earthquake in the year 1897. This Elephant falls, also known as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew by the local Khasi People. Being situated 12 km away from the capital city of Shillong, it is one of the most visited falls in this beautiful state. The summer season is a great time to enjoy these beautiful falls.
Being the cleanest river in India, the Umngot Dawki River is a famous tourist destination in Meghalaya. This river is 65 km away from Shillong and takes 2 hours to reach there. The water of Umngot is so crystal clear that it looks like a crystal glass surface. This river serves as a natural border between Khasi and Jaintia hills as well as India and Bangladesh. Many colourful snake boats are lined up on the river's shore to give the visitors a beautiful ride on the crystal water river. There is a lovely Island near this cleanest river which is full of round pebbles of beautiful colours. While in Umngot, dive into the cleanest water and make it a memorable experience.
Nokrek National park of Meghalaya is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in Meghalaya. The highest peak of Meghalaya is located around here. Apart from being a national park, it is also a biosphere reserve home to sloth bears, wild elephants, Hoolock Gibbons, etc. The rarest species of birds that are found in this wildlife sanctuary are pheasants. Nokrek National park is recognized not only for its rich biodiversity but also for its spectacular scenery and natural landscape, which include a range of forested hills, alluvial grasslands, and tropical evergreen forests. If you are looking for a wholesome and fulfilling experience amidst nature, then Nokrek National Park is the perfect place.
Meghalaya is inhabited mostly by the Garos and the Khasis. Except for the Mon-Khmer language, the state’s official languages are Khasi, Garo, Jaintia and English. There are very few people who speak in Nepali, Bengali, Boro and Assamese languages. The religions in the area are an amalgamation of Christianity, Hinduism, and minor religions of Muslims, Buddhists and Sikhs. The state is mostly rural, and only a few towns exist, including Tura, Mawlai, Nongthymmai, and Jowai. Most of the people of Meghalaya are related to Agriculture. Besides agriculture, small, medium scale industries are evolving slowly. Handcrafts have become an integral part of the culture since most of the people in Meghalaya earn their living by practising them. Meghalaya celebrates Easter, Good Friday, Christmas, New Year, Khasi festivals, Behdienkhalm and various Wangala festivals.
Q. Is Meghalaya open for Tourists now?
Ans: Yes, Meghalaya has been reopened after the pandemic from 21st December 2020.
Q. Is Meghalaya safe for Tourists?
Ans: Yes, Meghalaya is one of the safest places in India. Women are both culturally and economically empowered in Meghalaya. In this state, even solo female travellers will feel safe.
Q. Which is famous in Meghalaya?
Ans: Many things are famous in Meghalaya, which includes high rainfall areas, living root bridges, cleanest river water, subtropical forests and biodiversity and many more.
Q. What can I buy from Meghalaya?
Ans: If you come to Meghalaya, then you must buy the handicrafts made by the natives.
Q. What is the temperature of Meghalaya?
Ans: The climate of Meghalaya is usually mild. During August, the mean temperature at Shillong is about 21–23 °C; it falls to about 8–10 °C in January.