SHILLONG-CHERRAPUNJEE-DOWKI- MAWLYNNONGLush green valleys, spectacular mountains, cascading waterfalls, mesmerizing caves and ancient temples are the promotional factors of the most visited North Eastern destination- Meghalaya. Here culture and nature stay in harmony, with constructive human efforts.How to Reach?With the absence of a railway station in Shillong, train passengers can get off at the Guwahati Railway Station from where a distance of 70 km by a taxi completes the journey to Shillong. There is a small airport at Umroi, about 35 km from Shillong.Another convenient airport, the Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati (128 km from Shillong) is connected to rest of India with regular flights.WeatherMarch to mid May can be considered to visit Meghalaya. If you wish to stay away from the rains, then the ideal summer months of March and April are recommended. Cherrapunjee is perhaps the only place in India, which has just one season: the monsoon. The rainfall varies from heavy to medium to light, but there is no month without rain. Another surprising fact about Cherrapunjee is that it rains mostly at night. Day-to-day activity is not really disrupted by the rain.Recommended itinerary-One may stay for 3 nights at Shillong and 1 night at Cherrapunjee. A lot of places may be visited while moving from one location to another. Distance between the two location is 54 km. Since there are several points of interest between the two places, they may be divided between the inward and outward journeys from one destination to another. A day trip to Mawlynnong village is also recommended from Shillong.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Meghalaya is from October to May
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Umiam Lake is a reservoir situated in the slopes 15 km toward the North of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. It was made by damming the Umiam waterway in the mid 1960s. The chief catchment range of the lake and dam is spread more than 220 square km. The lake was framed as a major aspect of building a Dam. The dam began development in 1965. The dam has the qualification of being the first Hydel force venture in the North-east locale of India. The lake serves as a noteworthy vacation spot for the state of Meghalaya. Aside from putting away water for power era, the lake additionally gives home to various biological species at smaller scale, meso and full scale levels. Downstream watering system, fisheries and drinking water take into account nearby anthropogenic needs. It is likewise a well known destination for water game and adventure trips. Sightseers visit this spot for Scooting, kayaking, water cycling, and drifting.
Jingmaham Living Root Bridge
Living Root bridges are known to come into existence in the West Jaintia Hills locale and East Khasi Hills region. Living root extensions are a type of tree forming normal in the southern piece of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade aerial roots from the living banyan fig trees. In the East Khasi Hills, living root connects adjacent Cherrapunji are known not known to exist around the towns of Nongthymmai, Nongriat, Tynrong, Mynteng, and around Laitkynsew. The nearby Khasi individuals don't know when or how the convention of living root scaffolds began. The most punctual composed record of Cherrapunji's living root extensions is by Lieutenant H Yule, who communicated awe about them in the 1844 Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. At more than 50 meters long, the longest known sample of a living root bridge is close to the little Khasi town of Pynursla. It can be reached from both of the towns of Mawkyrnot or Rangthylliang.
Bread Cafe-Among the numerous bakeries and cafes in Shillong,what was it in Bread Cafe that caught my eye? Well,the banner on the entrance said "Bread Cafe-The Baker's Coffee Shop". And that itself dragged me to it,like a duck to water. Quite,cozy and humble is what can be said about the setting and seating. Ambience is fair as well. Can't say the same about the music,though. But what steals the show is the amazing range and quality of the food they offer. The pies always freshly baked and the coffees always delightful. It is indeed a delectable affair!You can have your breakfast from here,although I prefer to follow it with second and a third breakfast as well. Well,it's sort of tough to eat everything that is on offer just in one shift,right? The Cafe also offers coffees (both hot and cold) that,though congenial in themselves,go perfectly well with the baked goods.Coming to the pocket pinch,looking at my platter one is likely to think that I must've fished out quite a sum for a breakfast that looks so lavish and neat. Well,that's not quite the case. With qualities that can give the costliest and most famous bakeries in my city a run for their money, I would say it's fairly reasonable and absolutely worth the money. No surprise I spent most of my mornings there.
Located a little outside the main city of Shillong in Meghalaya, this is a beautiful two tiered waterfall. The two parts are named as the Wir Phang falls and the Wei Laplam Falls. These two flow along dingles of rock and then blend together to justify its name which is the Elephant Falls. This is no doubt a must see in the state and people not only from other places but also from the same state cannot resist repeated trips to this tranquil destination. The place is much away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets and thus very peaceful and refreshing too. The monsoons are the time when you find the Elephant Falls in its full vigor with snow white, foamy water gushing down the falls. This ckear color makes the perfect combination with the shades of greenery around. There are also a number of medicial plants and shrubs whose goodness get infused in this therapeutic waters of the Falls.
Located just a kilometre south of the Mawsmai Village in the East Khasi Hills District, this is a seven segmented waterfall. The group of falls has been declared as the 4th highest in the country. The name is derived from the fact that these seasonal falls flow in seven parts and look exactly the same. These falls can only be viewed during the monsoon season. Apart from the natural beauty around these cascading waterfalls, the view of the setting sun from here is awesome due to the natural color play which is created during dusk.
The road on which you will find the Mawsmai Caves is the Mawsmai Cave Road. These caves are a group of extremely well preserved natural caves. These are under the supervision of the Tourism Department of Meghalaya. The way the deposition of the limestones and stalagcites have taken place makes you wait and imagine what figure each of the caves would resemble and this is another interesting part here. Also, the Tourism Department have worked towards the cleanliness and comfort of the tourists and thus put up eco- friendly lights all along the caves. Due to this, the tourists are at an advantage and can take a look at the variety colour moss and also the algae on the inner walls of the caves.
Arranged 10 kms from the city, Shillong Peak offers awesome perspectives of the city from a noteworthy height of 1965 m above ocean level. Shillong Peak, the most elevated point of Shillong, is found 5 km toward the south of the city and is 1961 meters which is 6,433 feet in height. Being the most astounding crest in the locale, it is frequently encompassed with mist. The top itself is not steep, but instead semi-round like that of a crown set on the level and broad top of the Shillong Hill. The crest is open by means of the Upper Shillong or Jowai Road. If you arrive on a day when mists don't play ruin sport, you will have the capacity to see the lofty Himalayan tops and the Bangladesh fields from here. Indian Air Force has its radar station here. This spot is a standout among the most well known tourist center in Shillong as a result of the breathtaking perspectives it offers.
Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
A museum where you find all details and information not only about Meghalaya but all the Sister States which include Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Sikkim and Nagaland and Manipur. This is a museum for indigeneous exhibits which are directly related to everything about the culture and lifestyles of North- East India. This includes galleries of costumes, food, occuopation, musical instruments and art and crafts. Here you also get to know all about the tribes now and then of this whole region. All this have made this a prime attraction for tourists.
Situated on the India- Bangladesh Border this is a small town in the lap of the Jaintia Hills. Another place of immense natural beauty in Meghalaya, this is known mainly as a coal exporter to Bangladesh and also places of India. The main attraction here apart from the extreme natural beauty and peace is the Dawki Bridge. It is a suspension bridge over the Umngot River and also serves as a place from where all tourists can enjoy some spectacular panoramic views.
Mawphlang Sacred Forest
The tribes of Meghalaya are known for their efforts to preserve the natural beauty, flora and fauna of the state, and the best example of their dedication to the cause is the Maphlawng Sacred Grove, a dense, sprawling forest with a smattering of ancient Buddhist monoliths. The forest is completely silent save for the chirping of birds and buzzing of insects, displaying every shade of green you can possible imagine. It has a quiet, supernatural vibe about it, which makes you think that you have walked straight into the Forbidden Forest from the Harry Potter books. No one is permitted to pluck or kill anything that lives in this forest.
This is a census town in Shillong and the name literally in Khasi means the "Place where the River Umkhrah originates". The place has a number of holiday resorts and the natural beauty and cold weather are in itself reasons enough to spend a day or two here. there are also churches and schools over here along with the Ramkrishna Mission of Meghalaya and the famous Kalpatru Sweet Shop.
Shillong Golf Course
Start the day with a visit to the Golf Course.On the second day of the festival, you can choose to take out a few morning hours to explore the city. Photographers will have the time of their lives witnessing the incredible 18-hole golf course in Shillong. Lose yourself in the shades of green as you walk along the tarmac road overlooking the breathtaking green expanse.
2) Dainthlen Falls:It’s located nearly 5 km from the city. You will be charged Rs 10/- per head for the entry which is a very small amount for the lovely view that you get here.Legend goes that the people of the land killed a big snake that lived in the cave nearby. The rock carvings seen here of the snake are said to represent the symbols of evil and greed. Being a soft waterfall, you may not hear the roaring sounds of water falling but still, the atmosphere is electric. The breathtaking views are a treat to your eyes. Right from the drive to the waterfalls in itself is a spectacular sight. However, be really careful in getting your feet close to the fall as it might get slippery during rainfall.
Don Bosco Museum
We then reached Don Bosco Museum. The entry fee was Rs.50/person. Inside, there was a big board showing Sonia Gandhi's photo and her comment on the Museum visit. Don Bosco is considered as the best museum representing an entire state culture at a same place. The museum is a 5 storey building with collection and perfect explanation about Khasi, Garo and Jaintia Hills. After 2 long hours, we then went to next spot which was the Church. We took some very nice clicks of Church from outside and then went in to pray Jesus Christ in a completely silent environment of the Church. We then skipped the Lady Hydari park & passed through Golf course which was no more scenic looking as it appeared in Google pics while planning our journey. The driver was very generous, so he took us to Shri Rabindranath Tagore's residence again which we had missed due to the assembly meeting.
Shillong Club Tennis Courts
This is one of the highest golf courses of Asia and also is the reason for which Meghalaya is known as the "Gleneagles of the East". This is a 18 hole full golf course amidst some of the most beautiful sceneries of the country. This golf course is historically significant too because this was the place where a number of British personalities tried their hands with their clubs during the Summer season. Till today some major golfing events of the country are organized over here.
These hills form the central part of Meghalaya and is a place of immense natural beauty. Most of the tourist attractions are a part of the rolling green Khasi Hills. The attractions here include the second wettest place on this planet, Cherrapunjee which recieves rainfall throughout the year. The capital city of Shillong which is the most popular tourist attraction is also a part of the Khasi Hills. The hill region is divided into broad parts out of which the East Khasi Hills District is the most famous and most beautiful too.
Mawjymbuin known as the wettest place on earth, the Mawjymbuin Cave is a characteristic ponder that conveys massive religious criticalness. The 209-meter high buckle, otherwise called Krem Mawjymbuin, dumbfounds each guest. This cave is made of calcareous sandstone and comprises of a few stalagmites, which are framed as a consequence of weathering, calcium carbonate testimony and trickling of mineral-advanced fluid. Its uniqueness makes it a thing of enthusiasm for geologists, who direct various looks into here. One of these stalagmites is formed like a Shiva Lingam and is respected consecrated by Hindus. A little stream streams under the eastern part of this cavern and goes through enormous stones. Numerous fracture doors and sections shape a piece of this hollow, some of which are hard to enter. This is a ideal place for spending a quality vacation with both friends and family. The transportation services available here are also very affordable.
Iewduh Bara Bazar
Locally known as Lewduh, this is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets and trade center of the North East India. Most of the shopkeepers here are women and there are a number of monolithic idols of gods and goddesses out here. A number of religious ceremonies are performed here every year and this place is directly managed by the government authorities. The best thing you can shop from here are flat bamboo items such as mats, hats and other decoratives. It is suggested that you do not bargain much out here as the women are poor and they work really very hard with very low sales turnover due to the remote location.
Ward's Lake: Situated in the heart of the city, Ward's lake is surrounded by flower gardens and is popular for a refreshing walk, and a bit of boating. Take a walk around this pristine artificial lake, or simply admire the colourful floral beds, there's much to see here. One can visit Ward's Lake any time of the year, the best time, however is between June and July, when the several orchids and a number of other floral special are on their full bloom. This post was originally published on Footloose Dev.
This range of hills in the state of Meghalaya is bounded by Assam on the North and East, by Bangladesh on the south and to the west by the East Khasi hills. The kingdom of Jaintiapur in present day Bangladesh is the major portion of this hill and valley. The hills are known for the rich mineral deposits and extreme natural beauty. Jowai, Nartian durga Temple, Khim Moo Sniang, Thadlaskein and Umang Lake, Kiang Nongbah Monument, etc are some of the tourist attractions around the Jaintia Hills.
Balpakram National Park
Siju Cave or otherwise known as the Bat Cave is located in Balpakarn National Park, Meghalaya. The cave itself is named after nearby village Siju. The cave is yet not developed but it is spacious and easy to visit. You need to take a local along to explore this cave with a prior appointment. The cave is home to a collection of ants and bats. A new kind of cave fish-Menon was also discovered here. The beautiful cave is said to be the third largest cave of India. It has some impressive stalagmites and stalactites and contains one of the finest river passages of the world. The highlight of this cave is a chamber named after Princess Diana with awesome limestone rock formations.
We have started our journey from Bhubaneswar , took a train and after a Day we end up our long journey at Guwahati : Gateway of Seven sisters states. Booked a room near Guwahati railway station. We have a day in our hand so we tried to cover as much places as we can.Visited Kamakahya , Boat ride in Umananda , Palatan Bazar.
Iewduh: Also known as Bara Bazaar this is one of the oldest and largest traditional market, and a trade center where traditional items are sold. No visit to Shillong can ever be completed without a few hours of directionless strolling and ending up buying some beautiful wooden cutlery from Bara Bazaar.