Meghalaya Tourism

Meghalaya Tourism


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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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Susheta  Chanda

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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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"Castles in the clouds"

  • Posted Jun 24, 2010
My family and I went on a truly memorable trip to Meghalaya this May 2010. The cliffs and gorges bent over backwards, the falls tumbled down, the streams stayed with us, and the hills towered like eerie, unreal castles built on cloudy nothingness - if you love your camera, this is the place to give it a treat!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Traveling with a 2-year-old kind, our 10 nights' trip was at a leisurely pace - it could be done in a couple of days less. We stayed at the well-known Khasi hills' destinations - Shillong & Cherrapunjee, and also at the lesser known Jaintia hills headquaters, Jowai.
The Meghalaya Tourism website (http://megtourism.gov.in/welcome.html) is better than most of such 'govt' websites that exist in this country. The places listed there actually exist, most are accessible, and wonderful for sightseeing.

Unfortunately, 'sightseeing' hogs all the limelight in the tourism mind scape of Meghalaya - both for tourists and for tour operators. In the districts, the food is nothing to write home about - but the taste, and the variety does get markedly better in the capital, Shillong. Ask your local taxi-driver about a good, traditional Khasi meal - he would probably just point you to some typical Indian/Chinese restaurant, with the warning that Khasi meals would not suit your taste. That said, we found a delightful little Khasi restaurant just a little distance from the main Police Bazaar chowk in Shillong. This is just a few paces from the famous Delhi Mistan Bhandar shop on Khyndailad, and calls itself 'Trattoria'. For the life of us, we could not see the Italian connection, but the place is run by a nice lady, who made us some kind of an assortment 'Thali' out of the various kinds of Khasi meat on offer - it was simply out of the world!! But be warned - this place is not for a lazy, late lunch. There's always a heavy rush, and the speciality dishes run out too fast almost every day!
Shillong also has some delectable bakers and confectioners - all near the Police Bazaar 7-point crossing. Ee Cee on the Jail Road side, and Bread Cafe on G.S. Road are a couple that come easily to mind.

Again, Shillong is the only place that could qualify as a 'shopping destination' - and again, everything along Police Bazaar. You could try picking up some local North East stuff in one of the small shops dotting the place - like the Nagaland Handlooms shop almost bang on the crossing itself. Or you could try some of the larger 'Hanumanbux' cloth stores a little farther away along G.S. Road.

Activities & things to do: The sightseeing activities around Shillong and Cherrapunjee are well-documented. What should be stressed are that there are hugely interesting places and things that normal, run-of-the-mill tourist operators would not take you to. For example, while on the Cherrapunjee circuit, do not miss the Dainthlen falls, which are a little out of the way. And if you are staying overnight in Cherrapunjee, and are fit enough to trek, do try to see the living root bridge at Laikensew. But remember, the route is long, and slippery and treacherous - so, take the words 'fit enough to trek' really seriously - I would say a no-no for the elderly, and the very young.
While in Shillong, dont miss the lovely Umiam Lake (a.k.a. 'Barapani') some 18 kms from the town. More importantly, Shillong can be used as a base for visiting some off-beat locations - take a taxi to Mawsynram, the real 'wettest place on earth', or a dip in the hot-water springs of Jakrem. En route, stop at the sacred forest groves of Mawphlang - not a place all taxi drivers know, but not a view you would be likely to forget. And, finally, do take a break from the cliched Khasi hills and try something different - stay near Jowai and visit the Jaintia hills, and get positively startled when you find even one other tourist around. The Narthiang monoliths, the Thadlaskien lake, ... above all, do make the short trek from the main road to the Tyrshi falls. The way to the falls are so desolate, and so free of human interest, that you begin to wonder if the end of the world will reach you, before you reach the falls. But once you reach the falls, you will realize that this is the crowning glory of your Meghalaya trip - do descend the 260 steps to the fall landing, and catch the falls splash on your face before it goes crashing down to the valley below. You will start wondering what's the fuss on Shillong's Elephant Falls about. While in the Jaintia also take a taxi to Dawki on the Indo-Bangladesh border - and remember the journey is the destination!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The most reliable way to reach Meghalaya is to land in Guwahati (airport or railway station), and get a transport to Shillong. The transport would most likely be in the form of a taxi, either shared or reserved. For sight-seeing around Meghalaya, hiring a taxi would be the best option - but this would, of course, be quite expensive. If this cannot be afforded, plan all trips from Shillong only - the MTDC offers package tours on tourist buses. But this would, however, leave out many of the far-flung, off-beat places mentioned in this post. Also remember - outside of Shillong & Cherrapunjee, the tourism industry is not really well-developed. So, do your research and print your maps - you may even have to guide your taxi drivers with these implements!!
Finally, it may be easy to forget while taking in this fantastic beauty, the unfortunate truth that the North East hills are as fragile as they are bewitching. Read the newspapers, and be well-advised of any trouble brewing in the area. The first day we landed at Guwahati airport, there was a general bandh call, and it was complete shutdown. We heard thrice 'aage na jana hi behtar hai' - once each at the airport, in Shillong, and in Jowai (even the day after). Each time, we took a calculated risk and went ahead - and did not live to regret it!
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"Shillong trip_March 2010"

  • Posted Mar 28, 2010
We just came back from our Shillong trip. We been there on 20-3-2010 and stayed for 5days including Guwhati 1 day. We had been there with lots of expectation regarding cloud, falls, famous rains of Cherrapunji etc but unfortunately it was not the best season to visit proper Meghalaya. I would suggest if anybody wish to see the real Meghalaya please be there in monsoon.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We make 3 sightseeing tour, 1st day to Cherrapunji, we started at 8 AM and returned back to city at 4 pm, The falls are dried up, some have thin hairline water marks. Which was really pathetic to see.. Cherrapunji are getting lesser and lesser rain with the year.in the day time it is pretty hot out there....u can t stand long in bare sun.....
2nd day we visit Maylongnong we again stated at 8 and returned at 5 PM. One thing to remember arrange the lunch and breakfast for this trip in the yesterday other wise you may remain hungry for the day as we had.... Local Shillong people get up late in the morning so you may not get something that u like...... next day we had a Shillong city tour.

Activities & things to do: Do not miss the Mawsami cave in the Cherrapunji visit, Root Bridge, Bangladesh sky view, Shillong peak and Sweet Falls very near to the city.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We had a very good Bengali driver called Avijit and Ashok 2 brother runs the business...They are very reliable and their rates are also at par with the market rate. We boarded at Hotel Brewel, that probably the only hotel you can find Rs 500 per night double bed with room standard of Rs 900 at least.....(Shillong rate),but it is very difficult to get the booking .we were extremely lucky to get that on spot booking....
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