If Shnongpdeng is off-the-beaten-path then we need a new term for Nongkhnum Island, Meghalaya's largest river island. The three-hour road from Shillong to the island is a postcard in motion. Serene rivers, Khasi villages, smiling children and the evergreen trees. The last 15km add a thrill to the ride with the well-maintained road giving way to dirt and pebbles.
The uninhabited Nongkhnum Island is a gateway to another world. Two rivers frolic around the island inhabited only by rolling grasslands and trees. The rivers have also formed a natural beach ideal for some time in the sun and sand. The roaring Langshaing Falls provides music to the song of silence and solace. Bring a tent to sleep under a sky full of stars.
Best time to visit Meghalaya
The best time to visit Meghalaya is from February to June. The temperature ranges from 16 to 28 Celsius and there is little rainfall during these months.
How to get to Shillong
By air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati (120km) is the nearest airport with regular flights to most major cities of India.
By train: Guwahati Train Station, 97km away, is the closest train station with good connectivity to other parts of India.
By road: There are plenty of public and private buses from Guwahati to Shillong along with shared sumos and private taxis.
Hotels and homestays in Meghalaya
Anant Home Stay, Shillong (₹2,400 for double), Sohra View Lodge, Cherrapunji (₹800 for double). For more options, check here.
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