Things to do in Meghalaya

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Photo of Things to do in Meghalaya by Sandy N Vyjay

Meghalaya

Meghalaya - “The Abode of Clouds” is one of the most beautiful states in India. Located in the northeast of our vibrant country, it’s rich with cultural heritage and beautiful landscapes. Meghalaya in the North-East region of Incredible India was referred to as, “Scotland of the East”, by the British in the pre-independence era. True to its name, Meghalaya can be rightly baptised as a nature lover’s, love at first sight!

There is so much greenery to see, so much of fresh and natural air to breathe in, azure skies that seem straight out of an artist’s imagination, and a lot of inner peace. In fact Meghalaya is sheer pleasure for the senses. Meghalaya is a place that would fuel the imagination of a creative person and probably give rise to masterpieces in literature, art, and music, such indeed is the pristine beauty of this state. Meghalaya is full of sights and experiences that will leave one awed. Here is a list of things to do in Meghalaya.

Mawlynnong Village

Mawlynnong Village

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Sandy N Vyjay

Mawlynnong Village has led the march of Bharat Swachata Abhiyan! It has been named as ‘The Cleanest Village in Asia’. This village has set a wonderful example for all the villages as well as the cities in our country and it deserves a standing ovation for its remarkable show of community-eco tourism. The dustbins are made of thin bamboo slices, fewer cars, more bicycles and a hell lot of life lessons from the tribal natives, is what you should expect, apart from the anticipation of breathing pure oxygen. You get fined for littering, spitting, plucking flowers and fruits from trees, in short, Mawlynnong is a FINE village! You could even climb 80m above ground on a viewing platform and get a stunning view of the entire village, it’s sparkling green landscape and the Bangladesh border.

Umiam Lake

Umiam Lake

Photo of Umiam LAKE, Umiam, Meghalaya, India by Sandy N Vyjay

If you are planning to visit Meghalaya in the months between October - February, Umiam lake should be on the top of your list. The orange shade of the setting winter sun and the crystal clear water give you the visualization of rubies and gems strewn all over the lake. The sight is breathtaking. And if you visit the lake in the summer months you can see tiny islands popping out of the water surface. In addition, the Umiam lake is a popular hub for water sports and other adventure activities. One can indulge in Kayaking, boating, and water cycling.

Living Root Bridge

Living Root Bridge

Photo of Living Root Bridge, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Sandy N Vyjay

Type ‘Meghalaya’ on Google images and your screen will be filled with images of root bridges. Yes! Meghalaya is famous for the phenomenal living double decker root bridges. Since the beginning of time, these root bridges have thrived, growing stronger in the heavy Cherrapunjee rain. Even though the tourists have increased a lot in the past years, this place still remains a mystery to many. A trek that takes about 5 hours both ways takes you across some breathtaking landscapes to the Double Decker root bridges. One has to negotiate about 3500 slippery steps during the descent to the bridges and back again. But for all the hard work, the reward is an unforgettable experience.

Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Sandy N Vyjay

Cherrapunji is probably the most well known places of Meghalaya. Its claim to fame has been the fact that it was known as the wettest place on earth. However, in recent times a neighbouring village called Mawsynram has achieved this distinction. But Cherrapunji still holds the record for the highest rainfall in a calendar year and month.

Siju Cave

Siju Cave

Photo of Siju caves, South Garo Hills, Meghalaya, India by Sandy N Vyjay

Siju cave which stretches a few kilometers is supposed to be the third largest cave in India. It is a marvelous natural cave. Although Mawsmai caves are more touristy and well maintained, I advise you to opt for Suji for all the thrill seekers. The amount of natural phenomenon of limestone formation taking place in the cave can be witnessed and is capable of astounding you with every step you take. The eerie darkness and moist air are what gets you spine shivering. The stalactites and stalagmites are a marvelous sight to behold. A visit to the Siju cave is guaranteed to be a thrilling experience that one will not forget in a hurry.

Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Mawphlang Sacred Forest

Photo of Mawphlang Sacred Grove, Mawsynram-Shillong Road, Synrang Kaban, Meghalaya, India by Sandy N Vyjay

Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can find peace here. The Mawphlang Sacred Forest is unlike anything you have ever seen before. The forest that stretches over 193 acres is believed to be protected by the local deity known as Labasa. The entry into the sacred forest is through a green tunnel formed by the branches of trees and is an enchanting precursor to the beautiful forest. The forest itself is breathtakingly lovely and is full of exotic plants and trees. Some of the medicinal herbs are invaluable and are said to even cure diseases like breast cancer. A visit to the sacred forest is nothing less than a benediction to nature. But one needs to remember the rule of the sacred forest. Nothing absolutely nothing can be taken out of the forest, not even a leaf.

Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls

Photo of Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Sandy N Vyjay

The waterfall is a wonder. It is formed of three parts in succession. The top part is veiled by the trees and clouds and exudes a mysterious vibe. The second part is a smooth flow of water down the rocks and yet the froth is as foamy and splendid as ever. The lower most part is the wildest and the most enthralling part of the waterfall. The gushing force of water eroding the rocks and forming a rushing stream is sure to set your adrenaline pumping in your veins. All these parts of the waterfall are easily accessible. And a trek to hunt them down is the best experience you would get. The falls can get crowded in the winter evenings, but when you behold the view, you know why the people have gathered. The sun shines brightly on the flowing water and the froth turns into gold as if by nature’s Midas touch.

Meghalaya is a paradise waiting to be explored, a pristine and enchanting state where nature awaits to serenade you at every bend in the road.

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