Meghalaya is a traveller’s paradise blessed with immense biodiversity apt to its name, “the abode of clouds”, one of the seven sisters states of northeast India that is surrounded by; the Garo, Khasi and Jaintia hills. It is a paradise that is filled with serene lakes, waterfalls and an ambiance that is aesthetically beautiful.
Meghalaya tourism is flourishing rapidly and it is one of the favorite tourist destinations for travelers who want to visit North East India.
Let us take a quick view of the top ten places to visit in Meghalaya that cannot be missed out.
Cleanest Village Mawlynnong
Known to be the cleanest village in India Mawlynnong, Shillong is a must visit while visiting Meghalaya, and is awarded the title of the cleanest village in Asia by discovery India in the year 2003. You will find bamboo garbage bins adorn every nook and corner of the village, which clearly states the consciousness among the villagers about cleanliness.
It is situated at around 90 kms from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya and is a community based eco-tourism initiative. The tiny hamlet is proud of its literary rate of 100% and the lifestyle of the tribal people are inspiring. They do all the work by themselves and is an example to all modern cities.
Living Root Bridges
The Double Decker Living Root Bridges, it is positioned in the tropical forest of the state. the bridge is a fantastic man- made wonder produced naturally and is a beautiful alternative to the wooden bridge. These bridges are around 500-year-old and grows strong in 15 years.
Beautiful Umiam Lake
Umiam lake, beautiful and surrounded by serenity and beautiful landscape the lake remains open between the morning hours of 9-5 P.M offering boat rides of various nature.
Also known as the Bara Pani Lake, it is spread in an area of 220 sq km. Further adding to its charm, a beautiful garden by the name of Lum Nehru Park features near its shores. If you are visiting Shillong, you must try some water sports in this lake along with boating.
NohKalikai falls is a famous waterfall in Cherrapunjee that has a height of 1100 ft, it is the fourth largest waterfall in the world and offer an ultimate breath-taking view during the monsoon season, that trips down to several hundred feet for forming a pool.
Located at a distance of 12 Km from the city, Elephant falls are just minutes’ drive from the Shillong peak. The rock is named after the mammoth elephant shaped formation of the rock near the water falls. But due to an earthquake that occurred in 1987, the rock was destroyed.
The mystical cave of Mawjymbuin located about 56 km from Shillong offers a natural view of the caves that allures various photographers and naturists around the world. The ideal time to visit this cave is post monsoon as heavy rains blocks the passages and makes it difficult to access beyond a certain point.
Shillong view point is located in the highest peak of the Himalayas offering a breath-taking view of the city. It is situated at an altitude of 6,446 ft. that offers 360-degree view of the capital city of Meghalaya. Once, you are on the top, you will be mesmerized by the lush green scenic beauty.
Lady Hydari Park
Lady Hydari Park offers a beautiful well-maintained garden and a mini zoo. It is a park to enjoy a leisurely walk along with enjoying the beautiful garden decorated in Japanese style. Beautifully decorated with swings and people spends quality time here.
Dawki river, located in the west jaintia it has the famous river Umngot it is a major tourist destination in Meghalaya and it lies between two countries India and Bangladesh. The beauty of this lake is surreal and enchanting making it a worth visit.
Finally, the natural wonder of the cave of Mawsmai cave in Cherrapunjee completes your vacation. It is a limestone cave and is a long but only 150 m of the area is open to be explored by the tourist.
It is a natural wonder making way for walks along cramped paths that are entangled along each other and forms a thrilling experience. This cave has a single entry and exit point attracting a huge amount of tourists every year.
Which is Best Time to Visit Shillong and Cherrapunji?
Cheerapunji is just 2 hours road drive from Shillong, so there is not much difference in the time to visit the place. Tourist who visit Shillong definitely visits Cherrapunji, which has several destinations. Take a look below at the different climatic condition of Shillong and Cherrapunji, which will help you to plan your trip to these destinations comfortably.
March to June:
Summer season dominates from March to June but unlike other parts of North East, climate in Shillong remains quite pleasant during this time. You can plan a trip during this time when you can expect temperature ranging from 15°C minimum to 24°C maximum. It will the best time for you to go for adventure activities and sigt seeing.
June to September:
The time from June to September is not that ideal and hence I cannot say it is a good time to visit Cherrapunji or Shillong. Main reason for this is that you will not be able to roam around freely in the area due to constant rainfall, which heavy often. Most tourists do not prefer to visit the area due to this fact.
October to February:
Considered best time to visit Shillong, October to February is the winter season in the region and perhaps the coolest period of the year. You can expect the minimum temperature of Shillong to go down to 2°C. In these chilly months, you can notice a huge influx of visitors, who find this an ideal time to visit the region.