Guwahati: Want to Travelling to Meghalaya ? From canyons to crystal-clear water, majestic waterfalls to clean villages, there is a lot to see and absorb in the hilly Northeastern state of Meghalaya.
Meghalaya, which means ‘the abode of clouds’ in Sanskrit, is famous for being the wettest place on earth, making it a popular travel destination for people who love rain.
Meghalaya is a place where the constant rain throughout the year has created wonders in its unique forms. Forests, mountains, and rivers have taken such a scope that one really feels the massiveness of nature. Huge waterfalls, sacred forests, and caves in Meghalaya have been hidden from the world for many years.
The state is majorly Travelling to Meghalaya made of tribal population including Khasi, Garo and Pnars – who predominantly earn their living from cultivation. The state also has an abundance of natural attractions, including these seven must-see tourists’ places.
Fancy a holiday away from people for a change? A place where nobody is there to interrupt your thoughts, not even hordes of tourists? If you want that for yourself then a trek through the Laitlum Canyon in Shillong is the perfect choice.
Located in east Khasi Hills, Laitlum Canyons will make you fall in love with Meghalaya all over again.
Situated at the edge of a cliff, this canyon offers a unique glimpse of the beauty of Shillong from a bird’s eye perspective that you will enjoy. Much like the lakes of Meghalaya, the Laitlum Canyon is one of the best lakes of India which reminds one of the Scottish Highlands for their ethereal beauty.
Shnonpdeng is a beautiful place located in the Jaintia hills of Travelling to Meghalaya where the serene Umngot River flows. Known for its crystal-clear waters, it offers several activities like kayaking, local boat ride, scuba diving, zip line and others.
Nestled in nature, Shnongpdeng is about 90 km off Meghalaya’s capital Shillong via Dawki. The mesmerising beauty of the village and the river leaves an indelible impression on visitors. The river frames amazing pictures of nature at the village in West Jaintia Hills district in this Northeastern village. You can even have a close glimpse of the other side of Bangladesh from here.
Nongkhnum River Island
Serenity reigns at the magical river island surrounded by waterfalls, relax on a sandy river beach and explore the undulating and picturesque terrain.
Nongkhnum is an enigma that attracts those who seek solitude and nature. Flanked by gushing, clear waters, it also host to popular annual festivals where visitors can enjoy local cuisines and witness the region’s love for music and entertainment.
Overall, the breathtaking scenic beauty and the tranquillity of the place itself is worth a visit.
Krang Suri Falls
Blessed with shimmering blue waters and lush green picturesque surrounding, Krang Suri falls is amongst one of the most scenic waterfalls of Travelling to Meghalaya.
The cobbled path leading to the waterfalls are made from naturally coloured stones found in the region, the trail would also cross through dense vegetation covers of Jaintia Hills.
The Krang Suri falls has also been featured in many Bollywood movies, marking it as one of the best film shooting sites.
The cleanest village in India, Mawlynnog village is also known as ‘God’s Own Garden’ and for all the right reasons. It is hard to spot even a single piece of straw or section of dusty roads here. The local handmade dustbins will be found in every nook and corner of this village.
Alongside cleanliness, the village have achieved a lot – be it 100% literacy rate, or women empowerment scenario that the rest of the world can only dream of.
The silence of the village is broken by the gushing sound of Mawlynnong waterfall, a perfect place to unwind and have a lovely picnic with your loved ones.
A major landmark of Mawlynnong village, the Church of Epiphany is a 100-year-old structure that still holds an old-world charm.
Double Decker Living Root Bridge
Meghalaya’s most famous root bridge, the ‘double-decker’ root bridge, can be found in the vincity of one of the wettest places on earth – Cherrapunji (Sohra).
Located in the thick tropical forest of Meghalaya, cloaked with rain during most part of the year are the fantastic man-made cum natural wonders of the living-root bridge.
These unique and naturally formed bridges lie in Nongriate village of Meghalaya. Inventive members of Khasi tribe have trained them to grow from the roots of ancient rubber trees, native to the northeastern region. The root bridges provide a stable alternative to wooden bridges, which decay and get destroyed during the lengthy monsoon season.
Monolith is a symbol of remembrance in the Jaintia Hills. The clusters of monoliths have been erected to mark the reigns of the erstwhile Jaintia Kings, holding a significant event in history of Meghalaya.
Believed to be the tallest monoliths, the monoliths in Nartiang village cover a wide complex of about 100 meters in diameter.
There are a number of ancient monoliths and table stones, which are either memorial of the deposited ashes of the dead in cairns or cenotaphs, or commemorating memorable events.