Meghalaya Tourist guide | Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Meghalaya

Abode of clouds

Meghalaya or the abode of the clouds is one of the 7 sister states of the North-East part of India.

It has rainforests, high roaring waterfalls, living root bridges, commanding vistas, mountain drives under clouds, picture-like beautiful villages, and many more things to mesmerize your enthusiasm for travel. 
Meghalaya is a wildlife wonderland. Red panda, Gorilla, Elephants, Gibbons are seen here. This place is a treasure house of various flora and fauna. 
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This exquisite hilly region is worth visiting in a lifetime. Shillong is the capital of this state. Meghalaya is accessible through air, railway, and road.  

How to reach

There is a civil airport in Meghalaya. It is named Shillong airport or Umrai Airport. Though it is connected to Kolkata and neighboring states like Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, and Mizoram only. Hence, the best way to reach there is to take a flight to Guwahati, Assam. 

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The closest one is The Lokpriya Gopinath Bardoloi International Airport at Guwahati. This airport is connected to Bangkok, Paro, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai. There is no straight bus route from Guwahati airport to Meghalaya. 

You can hire an OLA cab. The distance is hardly 120km.

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FACTS of Meghalaya

Meghalaya follows a matrilineal system. Here lineage and inheritance are traced through women. The youngest daughter inherits family wealth and looks after her parents. 

The Cherapunji tree root bridges are made of living roots of over forty trees. The highest plunge waterfall of India is the Nohkalikai waterfall at Cherapunji. 
It is dropping from a height of 1115 ft. The sacred forest of Mawphlang is fiercely guarded by local people. 

Visitors are not allowed to take things from here. Not even the fallen leaves and stones. Mawlynnong, a village of Meghalaya is the cleanest Indian village. 

SHILLONG

The Capital Shilong is so breath-taking and graceful. Throughout the city, you will find colonial-styled houses. 

The homes are shaded by green trees and surrounded by lawns. A calm and serene ambiance is what you can feel all around you during your Meghalaya visit. 
This place is a paradise for those who love nature deeply and want to spend time in the lap of mother nature.  
The beautiful lake named Umiam, Elephant falls with silvery cascade, Crystal clear surface of ward’s lake, Mawjymbuin caves, Laitlum canyons. Shillong has many such beautiful places to make a lifetime memory for you. 
Ward’s Lake, Lady Hydari Park, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Shillong Golf Course, Laitlum Canyons, Shillong Peak, Bishop, and Beadon falls, Umiam Lake are the significant place to visit at Shillong. 
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CAVES

Other than that Meghalaya is accessible through well-paved roads. An efficient driver will add a smooth experience through your journey Though. 

Take extra caution if you are traveling by car during heavy monsoon anyway. Meghalaya is encompassed with natural caves. 
Many of them are made of natural limestone. The interiors are so far so cool! You can feel like an explorer. 
The Garo, Jaintia, Khasi hills are major tourist attractions. Some other notable caves, where travel enthusiasts would love to visit are Mawsmai Cave, Krem Mawmluh, Krem Umshangktat, Siju Dobkhakol. 
These cave visits require some nominal entry fees. 
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CRAFT & CULTURE

The people of Meghalaya are mainly split into Garo, Khasi, Jaintia tribes. Though there are similarities that bind them close to one another. 

They consider music and dance to be a strong part of their culture. Weaving, carving skills are revered here. People from Garo and Khasi communities boast weaving skills. 
They make Tileng- a cane mat that lasts for long 20-30 years. Khasi tribal people are apt at extracting iron ore & crafting domestic tools from the ore. 
There is a village named Smit which is 11 km away from Shillong. This village is home to the Nongkrem festival. 

This festival includes goat sacrifices and traditional tribal dances by both men and women. The dance is performed in front of a thatched bamboo palace of the local ruling figure. 

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BEST TIME TO VISIT

Meghalaya is nuzzled by clouds most of the time throughout the year.  It is usually pleasant weather here. 

The temperature hardly goes beyond 30 degrees celsius. Between October to June. You can have the best soothing experience this time. 
The summer season is lesser hot here. Cherapunji receives the world’s highest rainfall. Try to avoid a visit during peak monsoon season during May to September. 
Travelers usually choose the starting and end of the monsoon to experience drizzle and escape the spate of heavy rain. 

CUISINE

The tribal communities living here dominate the cuisine trend. Rice and meat is the most known dish eaten here. Other popular dishes are Jadoh, Doh Khlieh, Nakhmam Bitchi, Pumaloi and so on. But mostly non-vegetarian dishes are available here. 

CHERRAPUNJI

The wettest place in the world is in Cherrapunji. The name of this place is Mawsynram. This little town has much to offer. 

Travel enthusiasts who look for some cloudy beauty and wonder will find the double-decker root bridge amazing. 
The bridges have been crafted with the best natural materials. Plains of Bangladesh are seen from Cherapunji. Here you can witness the roar and rush of Nohkalikai waterfalls. 
It makes a grand sight. Awesome stalactites & stalagmite formations are found here in the cave. Cherrapunji is 60km away from Shillong.
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DAWKI

Dawki borders Bangladesh and famous for lakes. It is a very nice, calm place emerged in green color. You can have a nice boat ride on Dawki lake. 

You shall have to drive up the hills and then down into the valley. Here is where you can see why Meghalaya is called the abode of Clouds. 

Plenty of little streams, waterfalls on the way. Stop and feel the vibe of natural bliss. 

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GLANCE OF HISTORY

Some signs of neolithic agricultural practices are found here which are being done even today. 

When Britishers imposed colonial rule in India, an end has been put to the individual kingdoms of Garo, Khasi, Jaintia people. British raaj incorporated Meghalaya state into Assam in 1835. The history of Meghalaya has been temperamental. 
It was part of Eastern Bengal and Assam after the partition of Bengal. After the Bengal partition reversed, Meghalaya became a part of Assam entirely. 

In 1969 Meghalaya become an individual state with limited autonomy. In 1972 Meghalaya got full statehood & autonomy. 

Where to stay

TURA, MAWLYNGOT, MAWLYNGBNA, KONGTHONG, UMED, NONGKHNUM ISLAND, MAWLYNNONG, MAWPHLANG these are some of the other significant places of Meghalaya where you can visit during your Meghalaya tour. 

There are some links from where you can book hotels, cottages, and other places to stay in Meghalaya.
MakemytripYatra.comgoibibo.comOYOrooms.com are some majorly popular websites from where you can book your room to stay. 

Besides that there are small cottages arranged by locals where you can spend time while having some food

Final thought

We hope our article enriches your enthusiasm regarding Meghalaya tour. If this helps to have you a better tour to the place, the purpose of writing would be fulfilled. 

Have a happy visit there. Stay connected to us for more travel blogs. 

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Author By – Bhaswati Saha

Bhaswati is a Creative Content Writer at Amazing Electronics. 
She is an excellent singer as well. 
She loves to read, write, and learn new things in her leisure time. 
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4 thoughts on “Meghalaya Tourist guide | Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Meghalaya”

  1. Wow, ।।। Nicely conveyed.
    I used to stay there in the year 2015, for job purpose. It is indeed one of the best places I have ever been. October is worth visiting the falls, December full of snow.
    One beautiful fact about this place is you won't be able to find any FAN in any of the houses or hotels, so you can imagine how beautiful the weather is throughout the year.

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