Meghalaya also known as the ‘Abode of the Clouds’ is the ultimate place to relax and let your eyes feast on nature’s abundance. The livingroot bridges found in Meghalaya are unique in the world and are a sight to witness. Endowed with extreme natural beauty Meghalaya is lauded as one of the most picturesque states of India the amazing sceneries, cascading waterfalls, foggy hills and rich culture can soothe the mind of any weary traveler.
The capital city of Meghalaya, situated at an altitude of 1,491m above sea levelis famous for its remarkable beauty. Popularly known as the ‘Scotland of the East’,The Umiam lake, Shillong Golf Club, Botanical Survey of India Orchidarium, Wards lake, Lady Hydari Park &Zoo, Shillong Peak, Butterfly Museum, Eagle Falls, Elephant Falls, Beadon Falls and Bishop’s Falls, Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians and the All Saints Church are among the popular places here.
This is the wettest place on earth and nature lovers’ destination. Enjoy the satisfaction of majestic mountains, the fresh air, sliding slopes, and gushing waterfalls. Mawjymbuin Cave here is one of the well-known caves across India for exploration.
3. Umiam Lake
It is the biggest artificial lake of the State is also known as Barapani which is 15kms from Shillong on the Guwahati-Shillong National Highway. It offers row boats, paddle-boats, speed boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, and water scooters and excellent place for picnic and fishing.
4. Mawphlang Sacred Forest
25 kms from Shillong this is a primeval forest that has an incredible collection of local plants, flowering trees, orchids and butterflies. An ideal place, in Meghalaya for nature lovers.
5. Jakrem Hot Spring
Situated at 64 kms from Shillong one can find the famous hot water springs of sulphur water which has medicinal properties. Stay at the Health resort here can be relaxing and very rejuvenating.
Earlier known as Cherrapunjee is the best eco-friendly destinations of Meghalaya. It has rarest bio-diverse vegetations in the world with of the only double-decker living root bridge in the world.The Mawsmai Caves here are worth exploring.
7. Nongkhnum Island
Biggest river island in Meghalaya and second biggest river island in Asia. Entrance of the island is through a wooden bridge over the Weinia Fall. Within the island there is a lot of space for playing football and golf.
8. Mawlynnong Village
The village situated in East Khasi hills is the wonderful example of community-based eco-tourism and is also referred as ‘God’s own garden’. It has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia and India. The locals have created a sky view platform from bamboo which gives the awesome view of the village and scenic view across to Bangladesh. Guest house or tree house have been created by native peoples for tourists. One can see the easy trek to a single-decker living root bridge too here.
9. Tura Valley
It is a valley situated at the foothills of the Tura Hills and is famous waterfalls are Rongbangdare, Pelgadare, Gandrak Falls.To visit Balpakram, Nokrek National Park and Siju Cave, one needs to pass through this town.
Williamnagar is an ideal destination for nature lovers, bird watchers and adventure seekers. Uncharted forests and magnificent greenery make the place stunning.An impeccable place to unwind and get the adrenaline running . Adventure seekers can go amazing hikes and treks.
11. Nokrek National Park
A haven for wild life lovers and photographers this pace is home for different species of wild animals including wild elephants, rare varieties of birds and pheasants, rare orchids and Hoolock Gibbons.
It is a scenic place located on a plateau surrounded by Myntduriver. SyntuKsiar, Tyrchi Falls, Jowai Presbyterian Church, Thadlaskein Lake, Ialong Park and Nartiang Monoliths are famous tourist attractions.
A pristine place in Meghalaya known for Umngot River and Dawki Bridge. The river here is popular not only for its picturesque beauty but also for the annual boat race held every year in the months of March – April. Due to the comfortable climate, this place has a variety of unusual flora and fauna, which draws many tourists here.
Touring Meghalaya is undeniably a great experience as the diverse richness that the mother nature has bestowed here captivates your soul for a life time