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Meghalaya

Meghalaya (Abode of the Clouds), a state in northeastern India, is situated in the sub-Himalayan hills. It has common borders with the Indian state of Assam to its north and east, and with Bangladesh to its south and west. Geographically Meghalaya is divided into three hilly regions: Garo hills in the west, Khasi hills in the centre and Jaintia hills in the east, with elevations ranging between 150m to 1961m. The people of these regions are respectively called Garos, Khasis and Jaintias. While Garos migrated from Tibet, the Khasis and Jaintias are among the earliest ethnic groups in the Indian subcontinent. Khasis are known for being one of the few matriarchal societies surviving in the world today.

 

The state of Meghalaya was formed in 1972 with Shillong as its capital. Before that Shillong was the capital of the undivided state of Assam. Located at 1496m, it is one of the most famous hill stations in India. Shillong Peak (1965m) is the highest point of the state, a popular picnic spot, and is also worshipped by the local people. Ward's Lake and the nearby Botanical Garden are located within the city of Shillong. At Umiam Water Sports Complex near Shillong many water sports like paddle boats, water scooters and speedboats are available. On the outskirts of the city are many waterfalls Elephant Falls, Spread Eagle Falls and Sweet Falls.

 

Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram in the Khasi region get the maximum rainfall in the world. Here rain records can be expressed in meters: average rainfall 12m in a year; maximum rainfall in a day 1.04 m. They are also famous for many caves with stalagmite and stalactite formations. Nongkhnum Island is the second biggest riverine island in Asia.

 

Nartiang, earlier the summer capital of Jaintia kings, is known for its huge monoliths. Jowai is the headquarters of the Jaintia Hills District, encircled by Myntdu River. Tura is the largest town in Garo Hills and from the Tura Peak one gets scenic views of the plains of Bangladesh. Balpakram National Park is home to the Serow or the Indian bison and the lesser panda.

 

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Suhani Sogani

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  • Suhani Sogani
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Unexplored Paradise"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 14, 2016
To escape the scorching heat, this summers we visited Meghalaya - one of the Seven Sisters. It is one of the most mesmerising place in India. Following are the must visit places.

First day, we went to Dawki, 97 km from Shillong, where the Umngot river flows overlooking the plains of Bangladesh. It has the crystal clear water where you can see everything beneath while enjoying the boating. Then we left for Mawlynnong - Asia's cleanest village where there are few tourist spots to enjoy the beauty of the village.

Second day, we headed towards Cherrapunji where the first stop was Zip Lining, bring out the adventure spirit of yours there. Then moving forward we saw Seven Sisters falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Eco Park, Double decker Living Root Bridge, Mawsmai Cave - a natural cave. With 375 stairs and brisk walking through the mountains we reached the starting of Wakaba Falls. No one was there, it was so serene and a Not To MISS place.

Third day we did local Shillong Sightseeing, ie, Elephant falls, Shillong peak where we dressed in local khasi tribal attires and got ourselves clicked. Then we went to the Church, Ward's lake, Bada Pani, and Police Bazar for shopping.

Fourth day, we went to Mawphlang Sacred Forest- THE BEST PLACE IN MEGHALAYA. We were feeling like we are in Switzerland. Words are less for that place. Then we went to Smit - also known as World's End as everything is covered with clouds and you cannot see anything there.

Fifth day, visit Mawsynram- wettest place on Earth.

You can book a flight to Guwahati as direct flights to Shillong would be quite expensive and then from Guwahati you can go to Shillong which is a 3 hours drive enjoying the scenic beauty or you can book trains. Don't forget to take Umbrellas and raincoats as you are going to the most wettest place in the world. Carry one or two light woolens as you might feel cold in the mornings or evenings. You can do boating, nature walks, trekking and can enjoy the colourful flora of the mountains.

A must visit place.

Magnificent Meghalaya.
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Kamal Barman

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"If you have not visited yet you should"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2016
People should visit north east. Meghalaya is very beautiful. Everybody will love its natural beauty. Its an amazing hill station. Plus it have the world's only ROOT BRIDGE and the asia's cleanest village and it rains 24 hours a day in Cherrapunji and Mawsynram.
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Susheta  Chanda

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  • Lives in Guwahati
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"A hill station, set apart - Meghalaya"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 23, 2015
Laitlum means 'The End of Hills' and reaching the place, I could see why it was called so. It was the highest point and all you could see was hills and valleys on all sides. I was ecstatic to be able to witness such a view, and somehow, also a sense of calmness settled in as I tried to take in the sound of nothing but the gushing wind. The sun rays were playing from behind the clouds and it was chilly and windy. We reached at around noon which was the best time according to my opinion, as it was winter and the sun would be brightest at that hour. Reaching sooner or later than that would be a waste because of the short daylight hours. We walked for sometime and settled at the edge of the hill atop. There was a little rivulet flowing down below, which painted a complete picture. The howling sound of the wind down from the valley was spine-chilling as I lied down for a bit to take in the surroundings. It was the best two hours of the whole trip and something my senses wouldn't forget for a long time, away from the hustle and the madness of a city. I even managed to become a little dauntless, as I went to the pretty much the end of the rock, to get a good shot while my dear friend was praying I climb back alive!. It had been a good day and maybe it would be better if the fog hadn't played spoilsport. We couldn't get too many pictures as hardly anything could be seen through the dense fog, it was all a translucent layer of white. Nevertheless, it was all worth it and I definitely suggest a visit if you're there. Pack some food if you're planning to spend a few hours and carry some warm clothes, it can get real cold in the afternoons. The edge of the world is waiting for you.
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Urvesh Bhatt

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"Calm & refreshing - A must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2015
When we planned our visit to Meghalaya we were really worried about tiring travel. We visited Meghalaya with out booking accommodation. We had just book flight and rail tickets. After reaching Meghalaya we hired a local cab for the whole trip, after a good bargaining we got a good deal.

Lush green landscape, friendly localities, refreshing climate & mind blowing food is what Meghalaya all about. On our way in search of accommodation we decided to stay with a local family & some one suggested a Khasi tribe family. Initially even we were not convinced but thought of giving it a shot & that turned out to be a really good experience.

We travelled to many places which was mostly pleasant lush green landscape pleasing to all senses. We also had a amazing experience of tasting local food with Khasi Tribe Family. The food contained an awesome rice beer, rice, local veggies & meat. Which was really very tasty.

We had heard that they use Betal nut as a warm friendly gesture & when we experienced it we were surprised & the story behind it is also mind blowing. From this trip we not only had good memories but also a good learning .No matter from which part of world you cone from or how wealthy you are. Only they that matters is how big heart you have. Its a must visit place for all, highly recommended.

Its truly Incredible India. Best time to visit is from October-February.
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Soumen Bhowmick

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"Splendid Nongriat-World's longest living root bridge"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 8, 2015
Nongriat is a small hilly village near Sohra (Cherrapunjee). The 5 kilometres trek to Nongriat starts from Tyrna Village near Sohra. The trek, for most person should take about 2 hours, but for the unlimited photogenic and captivating sights enroute the trek can extend by a couple more hours. The first 3. 5-4 kms is a steep descent on narrow to very narrow concrete stair steps and the rest is steep uphill. While returning it reverses. On the way there comes 3 suspension bridges, crossing which can give you the thrill of your live. All the water bodies under the bridges are turquoise blue, and so clean and transparent are the waters that every details of underwater world can be seen. The trail is also a heaven for butterfly lovers and photographers. A few kilometres before reaching Nongriat, there is a diversion of about some 500 metres which leads to Rittymmen, where the longest living root bridge of the world is situated. The setting of the bridge and the ambience around makes for an awesome view. About a kilometre before reaching Nongriat, just by the end of the third suspension bridge there is a little shop serving tea, soft drinks and snacks. The shop also offers a beautiful set up in midst of nature's grandeur. One can spend a peaceful few minutes here in the shop. From here the rest of the path is uphill climb.

In Nongriat, there is the world's only double decker living root bridge. Just below the bridge is a natural swimming pool. Diving in the blue waters one forgets all the hardship of the trek to reach here. Crossing the bridge and by walking to the other side of the bridge one reaches a beautiful garden in midst of the forest with butterflies of all shapes, sizes and colours fluttering in all directions. There are a few home stays here for anyone who wants to spend a few days here which is most advisable. The beauty of the whole place is quite unexplainable. We met a few foreign tourist who told us that they liked the place more than any other part of Meghalaya. In fact on our way to Nongriat we met an Australian couple who were returning to Shillong to extend their visa and come back again the next for an additional stay. And coincidently we again meet them next day on our return journey while they were returning to Nongriat again.

We spent one night at Nongriat, had camp fire and an early morning exploring and then trekked back to Tyrna where our car was waiting for us to take to Mawlynnong.
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Niwit Pauly

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"Explore the Paradise - A trip to Meghalaya"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2015
Northeast is truely a paradise and as a traveller one must visit all the states of seven sisters and one brother. After visiting Meghalaya I realised why it is called as Scotland of East. A perfect place for an explorer, for a foodie, for a shopaholic, for a party freak. Shillong is the destination where tradition meets the city life. Cheerapunji is the destination where you can find nature at its best. Riboi is famous for its weaving a place where the budding designers can find their innovation Mawsami cave is meant for travellers who are into adventure. Every destination has its own uniqueness and at the same time are equally beautiful.

For shopaholics police bazaar in Shillong is the place. People who like non veg Meghalaya is the place for them smoked pork is one of them and all the tag lines like no one can eat just one, finger licking good should be implemented here. Best time to visit the beauty of Meghalaya is in October after monsoon as a traveller you will rejoice every second you spend there.

Flights are available till Guwahati and from there one has to travel by road to reach the different locations of Meghalaya. I bet once you visit Meghalaya you will always have the temptation to visit again.
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Mukul Bhandari

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  • Mukul Bhandari
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Let nature take you by a storm at every step"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 5, 2015
This place will deliver to you much more than you would ever expect. Never in my wildest dreams I thought that there could be something like 'Living Root Bridge', that exists. And Mawlynnong - the cleanest place in Asia, the calmness and simplicity of the place made me think like I'm in heaven. The entire state is the epitome of cleanliness. You'll find trash cans and toilets in every 20 meters.

You won't find a vast variety in food here. Food is just passable for us north Indians. An interesting market called Police Bazaar, in Shilong, otherwise no markets as such. Waterfall hopping, waterfall rafting and cave exploring kept me busy for the most part. Locals are very friendly, spent most nights at home stays with locals.

Locals can speak a little bit of Hindi, but it'll be nice if you try to pick little of the Khasi language. Thank you is - Khublei. To reach here, it is advisable to take the train to or fly to Guwahati. It's a 4 hour drive from there to the capital of Meghalaya - Guwahati. And don't forget to carry your umbrellas and raincoats. Cherrapunjee, the world's rainiest place falls in this state.
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Meghraj Timsina

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"Awesome experience in Meghalaya"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 24, 2015
We visited various sightseeing spots. We went to the cathedral and the famous Shillong Police bazar. The Shillong view point, where we get a bird's eye view of the Shillong city. We went to Cherrapunjee, the place where highest rainfall occurs. Overall very exciting and refreshing experience.
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Krishna Murthy

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  • Krishna Murthy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Holiday in clouds"

  • Posted Apr 30, 2012
Meghalaya means abode of the clouds;
shillong the capital,5000 ft,above mean sea level is full of Pine trees,winding roads,old time palaces converted into holes,cool weather in hot summer and friendly people;
we went to Shillong Peak for a magnificent view of the valley below;the original inhabitants Khasis have a ancestral grove of trees where they worship;the khasis are hard working,friendly and the girls are very pretty and highly educated;not the typical tribals we imagine;Shillong was once capital of entire Assam before the Seven sisters were born.
Shillong is full of old quaint churches, well known schools like Loretto convent and a unique butterfly museum,the only one of its kind in the world;
the bazaars are quaint like a typical hill station;
do not miss the Ward's Lake and flower garden and boating;
Have dinner at the Pinewood Hotel.with wodden floors and old world charm and sloping roofs-not the steel and chrome hotels;
Visit elephant falls,a hidden gem of beauty;
visit Barapni a huge lake and dam on the outskirts of the city.
Day trips out of Shillong are fantastic-a day trip to Chirrapunji which used to be the wettest place on earth-fantastic views and sheer drops of 3000ft;
in monsoon the rains are fantastic i heard; all the dried up water falls come to life and roaring waters flow into Bangladesh, just a few kms away;
we visited a Khasi shrine-which is a circular rock.20 ft in daimeter and nearly 200 ft.high;
do not miss Masumai caves,millions of years old rock formations,truly Gods creation;the Ramakrishna mission runs a school here;
a delightful day which will remain in your memoroes for ever and makes you want to come back.
Another one day trip takes you to Mowlynogg tree house and the cleanest village in Asia;the drive there is worth it;stay in the tree house lodge,visit living roots bridges-yes bridges of tree roots,enjoy the pine trees and orchids;
This is only the beginning-there is much more to Meghalaya;Garo Hills and Tura;I have saved that for the next trip
One week in Meghalaya is truly heavenly anc you will come back in cloud 9

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Stay in hotel center point in the heart of the city;
eat in Pinewood Hotel,Tripura castle hotel
buy shawls,wooden fans,curios
eat in Delhi mrishtan in Police bazar,oldest snack outlet and the tastiest hot jilebis you can have.

Activities & things to do: For outdoor enthusiast thhis the place;hiking,cave exploring there are special tours for cave exploring;camping in the woods by the lake side,just get wet and enjoy it;the waterfalls are spectacular if you don.t have anything to do;sit back enjoy your drink and watch the water splash
Shillong is known for Western bands,discoes and pop concerts;they have music in their blood.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: June to spet.is avoidable unless you love rain and getting caught in the middle or highway;best time is oct.to april
only one flight to shillong from calcutta;that will save you a four hour drive from Gauhati;once the highway 4 is widened(END OF 2012))it will take 3 hrs to reach Shillong from Gauhati airport;
take warm clothing;it will get suddenly chilly even in summer and raincoats and umbrellas in rainy season
book taxi for the entire day-no taxis after 7pm we had to talk 2 kms after dinner;the hotels do not have taxis.
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"Tour to Scottland of India"

  • Posted Mar 8, 2011
I have been visited Shillong & Cherrapunjee from 1st March to 5th March with my wife and 3 yrs old son. We reached shillong airport(Umeroi) by Indian Airlines flight. Pradip-da who was our driver-cum-guide-cum friend picked up us from the airport and help us to view the different spot around the Shillong before boarding into the Hotel.

We visited and also stayed at Cherrapunjee.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We had our dinner at Royal Herritage-Tripura castle and Lunch at Suruchhi during our stay at Shillong.

Shillong is a place to visit at any season. Must see Wards lake, Elephant falls, Golg Course, Sweet Falls

One should stay at Cherrapunjee to observe the sky and stars in night.

7 Sister falls would give you enormous energetic feeling.

Don't forget to visit Rock Piller.

Activities & things to do: Boating at Umeim Lake, Wards Lake, Trekking at Route bridges at Mawlynnong.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reach Shillong either by a direct flight or take a cab from Guwahati( Rs. 2000). Can also hire a share taxi or Bus.

After reaching there go for a MTDC tourist centre services.

Don't forget to carry winter garments as it will be require after evening.
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