Meghalaya is the most beautiful state in North-East India and is also a house of clouds. This famous city offers mesmerizing views of nature, fun activities, delicious food, historical and beautiful tourist spots and many more. It is well-known for its one of the famous city, Cherrapunji which is in North-East India itself. It is the city that receives maximum rainfall throughout the year in the whole world. In Meghalaya, you can enjoy mesmerizing waterfalls, valleys, lakes, caves and many more. Trust me, Meghalaya is the best place to visit on vacation as there are myriad of tourist places which will surely surprise you and you will remember them for the rest of life. This beautiful place is covered with lush greenery, mountains, forests, and valleys. Sounds exciting? Well, without waiting more, let’s explore more about this place. Here is a mini-guide of Meghalaya, which helps you to know more about this place. Read On-

1. Shillong

Shillong is a beautiful city, encircled by the pine tree, this place is famous for its picturesque view and beautiful tradition. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, which is one of the most beautiful and attractive tourist spots in Meghalaya. Shillong peak is one of the highest points of Shillong, which offers a beautiful view of the city, waterfall, mountains and so on. It is situated at a height of 1962 meters above sea level and is bounded with full of fog only because of its high altitude. Shillong, the Scotland of East, has gained a global reputation for its large number of waterfalls. Shillong is also a gateway to Meghalaya. The best time to visit this beautiful place is only from September to May. A memorable spot for trekking, picnic, and bird-watching.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

2. Umiam Lake

A beautiful lake surrounded by lush green, Khashi Hills and plains. Umiam Lake is a man-made reservoir, located 15 km away from the north of Shillong. This beautiful lake is also known as Barapani Lake and this Umiam lake is also a capital of the north-eastern part of India state in Meghalaya. It was founded in the year of the 1960s, after the construction of a dam which generates hydrogenated power. Umiam dam spreads over an area of 220 square kilometers. This lake attracts many tourists from the state of Meghalaya. It is a popular holiday destination as a water sport and adventure sport. Every year thousands of tourists visit this place with their family and friends to see this beautiful spot. They visit this place for boating, scooting, kayaking, water cycle and so on. You should visit here once!

Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

3. Living Root Bridges

This beautiful place is fully hidden in the lush greenery of the forest with the wettest place in India, the Cherrapunji, in Meghalaya. Someone can find this place with the magnificent Jingkieng Nongriat Double Decker Living Root Bridge, most commonly this place is known as a Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge and simply this beautiful place is known as a Double Decker Root Bridge. It is famous for root bridges that are made of the Indian Rubber tree. But, their double-decker bridge is one of the most famous bridges due to its larger size also. This bridge is 3 kilometers long and also its height is about 2400 feet. It is a unique attraction and a quite innovative mix of nature and engineering.

There are 2 bridges that are stacked one on the other, these bridges are made only because of entanglement of roots. Some new roots take a maximum of 15 years to get strong properly and after 15 years it can bear the weight of people who want to cross it. One of the top projects of bio-engineering till date, they are made from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees by Khasi and Jaintia peoples. These bridges are said to have a tendency to last over 500 years. The most famous living root bridge is in the village Nongrait, located below Cherrapunji, which is credited to be amongst the wettest place in the world. It is a perfect holiday destination for you and your family. The best time to visit this place is only from May to September.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

4. Thangkarang Park

Thangkharang Park is one of the most beautiful parks, located in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. This park is very famous for its natural picturesque views including seven sisters waterfall, the beautiful viewpoint of Bangladesh, and also get the view of lush greenery, these all increase the beauty of this place. You can also get a spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset. One can also get a glimpse of the eye-catching Kynrem Falls that flows in three levels. Along with that, there are two bridges that provide a mesmerizing view of lush green valleys and plains. However, the most fascinating part is the views of the Bangladesh plains. It is located near to the Khoh Ramrah Rock, commonly known as the Shiva Rock. It is a popular giant rock and the breathtaking view of this beautiful place admires you. There are also many different kinds of flowers that look pleasing and elegant.

Timing- 9:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

5. Dainthlen Falls

Dainthlen fall is one of the famous fall in Meghalaya, located just as before as reaching the Sohra, a road to the right side. You have to travel 5 km away in this direction, after traveling 5 km in this direction you can visit this beautiful fall.  This famous waterfall has a height of over 90 meters. This fall got its name Thlen from a demon giant python, who was killed by a huge stone near the fall. Some marks are still there on the stone on which the animal was killed. This place is good for those who love to spend most of their time in the lap of nature. The main attraction of this fall is natural rock carvings. Here you can spend your valuable time with your family and friends. So, what are you waiting for? Add this place to your list too. 

Timing- 7:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

6. Mawlynnong

Being awarded for being the cleanest village in the whole of Asia, the village is popularly regarded as “God’s Own Garden”.  Mawlynnong is one of the smallest village, situated about 90 km away from the Shillong and 92 km away from the Cherrapunji by road, which is in the East Khasi hills. Presently, it is the only village in India that has a 100% literacy rate and functional toilets at all the houses. Plastics are banned and smoking is prohibited. You can also visit the 85m tall sky view tower, made of bamboo, from where you will get a majestic view. One can also visit the delightful Mawlynoog waterfalls. Mawlynnong is a place that is fully covered with lush greenery. Here you can also take the photographers of nature and yourself too. You should visit here once!

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

7. Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture

The Don Bosco Museum is one of the largest museum of the city, located in Shillong which is the major tourist spot in Meghalaya. It provides a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyle of the indigenous people of northeast India. It is situated near the Mawlai area, the police bazaar. This museum has a collection of a wide range of traditional artwork, handicrafts, photographs, paintings, ornamentations and lots more. If you truly love to get knowledge about the tradition and culture of the city and some historical moments too, then it is the best place to visit in Meghalaya. Trust me, you seriously can’t afford to miss this place! Thus, get ready for your trip to Meghalaya. Hey, don’t worry it will not going to burn your bank balance. 

Timing- 9:00 AM To 5:00 PM In Summers And 9:00 AM To 4:00 PM In Winters
Entry Fee- INR 50 For Indians And INR 300 For Foreigners

8. Mawsynram

It is one of the wettest locations in the world, this captivating village of Mawsynram is a paradise for nature lovers and an ideal location that behold the splendor of the rains. It trounces Cherrapunjee via a mild margin in being the wettest vicinity in India. Mawsynram is one of the fantastic traveler’s point in India. The ‘Maw’ in Mawsynram is a Khasi phrase that means ‘stone’. It symbolizes the special megaliths unearthed in the Khasi Hill area. The village is properly regarded for its big formation of a stalagmite, that takes after the structure of a ‘Shivling’. It is located in the East Khasi Hill district of Meghalaya and is at a 1400 m above the sea level. The rains are so effective in Mawsynram that the neighborhood villagers have to make use of thick grass to sound-proof their residences from the thunderous rain.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

9. Mawsmai Cave

As we know that, Meghalaya is a home of wonderful and mysterious cave structures and Mawsmai Cave is one of the most famous cave among others in the city. It is located 6 km away from the coronary in the heart of Cherrapunjee. It is a breathtaking maze of caves in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The well-lit caves are a view to behold when the glistening lights meet with the limestone to create limitless shades and patterns of light. Considered to be the most famous of all the caves in the region, Mawsmai Cave is lovely, to say the least. There is lots of plant life and fauna inside the cave to capture one’s attention. It is one hundred fifty meters long which is no longer the longest in contrast of the different caves in the vicinity, however, it simply presents a glimpse of existence in the underground.

Timing- 9:00 AM To 5:30 PM
Entry Fee- INR 10 Per Person

10. Tura

This exceptionally beautiful city in Meghalaya is located in the West Garo Hills. The most important tourist spot of this city is the Nokrek National Park which is 12 km away from the city, this is the place where you find a variety of animals such as the leopard, golden cat, wild buffalo, pheasant and many more. In addition to this, you can also go to the Rongbang Dar Falls, whilst a time out to this area, barring traveling the Siju caves, would stay truly incomplete. The complete region has the easy nature of an unexplored destination, with a shifted world.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

11. Cherrapunji

It is the wettest place on the earth due to high rainfall throughout the year. The serene beauty of this place attracts most of the visitors towards it. Surrounded by lush greenery, the clear sky and cool breeze make this place fabulous and amazing. You seriously can’t afford to this place if you are in Meghalaya. Hey, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture lovely moments with nature.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

12. Balpakram National Park

If you are in Meghalaya you should visit Balpakram National park, it is considered as the traveller’s paradise. This place is referred to as the ‘Land of Spirits’ by many tourists that come here to explore the rich biodiversity of Balpakram National park.

A paradise for all the wildlife enthusiasts or wildlife photographers as you can spot animals like Red Panda, Wild Buffalo, Elephant, Tiger, Deer, Leopards, Wild Cows, Marbled Cat, etc. Some rare species include Lesser Panda, Indian Bison, and Sterow.

One of the best places to see in Meghalaya, tourists often compare this pace to the Grand Canyon in the USA. It is one of the best national parks in Meghalaya and you can easily find budget-friendly accommodations here.

Location: Garo Hills, Western Meghalaya
Best time to visit: October to March
Entry Fee: NA

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