Want a New Adventure Everyday.. Meghalaya is the Place to Be!!

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Photo of Want a New Adventure Everyday.. Meghalaya is the Place to Be!! by Prajakta Satpute

The "Abode of Clouds" as it is rightly said, Meghalaya is a heaven in the true sense. It takes the distinction of being among the wettest places on earth. The Cherrapunji belt receives the highest rainfall in the world. Meghalaya is one of the most picturesque states of India, which serves as an ideal gateway for people in search of beauty and tranquility. The dense forests of Meghalaya are inhabited by many rare species of birds and animal including elephants, Tigers, Golden Cats, Monkeys and birds like Hornbills, Partridges, Teals, Snipes and Quails. It is one of the Seven Sister States of northeast India (other states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura).

Road trip in the Khasi Hills
Photo of Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Beautiful Elephant Falls

Photo of Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Day 1

Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya is located in the Khasi and Jaintia hills is one of the fast growing tourist destinations in India. You can reach Shillong from Guwahati in about 3 hours (100 km). Another option is to travel here after an adventurous safari from Kaziranga National Park (186 km). Best time to visit Shillong is from March - June i.e. the Summers. Temperatures are in the range 15-24°C.

Enroute you can visit the Umiam Lake (Water Sport Complex). The Lake is a part of a dam, constructed as a first Hydel Power Project in this North-East Indian State. The Lake quickly became one of the most popular tourists’ spots in Shillong, becoming a prominent venue for kayaking, water cycling, boating and scooting. Tourists can also enjoy riding row boats, paddle boats, sailing boats, cruise boats and speed boats as well. Due to its picturesque surrounding, it is also at times compared with the beautiful Lakes of Scotland.

Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM for Water sports

Umian Lake

Photo of Umiam Lake, Meghalaya by Prajakta Satpute

After enjoying the water sports and mesmerizing view, proceed towards the Barapani View Point or "Big Water". This point gives you a panoramic surrounding view of the Umian Lake. You can have a pleasant time viewing the Sunset from the View Point along with hot and delicious "Bhutta (Maize)". In the evening, proceed towards Shillong which is about 15 km from the lake. As the night falls, you'll start feeling the chill and fog in the air. The narrow lanes with happy faces and disciplined traffic makes you forget your hectic city life. Reach your hotel for a comfortable over night stay.

Barapani View Point

Photo of Umiam Lake, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Hotel Recommendation: Nalgre Guest House

Mesmerizing view from Nalgre Guest House

Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Day 2

Start early the next morning as there are many attractions in Shillong that you'll not want to miss. First visit the Cathedral Catholic Church, which is built in Gothic architectural style and lies amidst expansive lush lawns. This cathedral was made a shrine in the year 1980. It was constructed atop an emerald-colored hill and has stunning stained glass installations and tall arches.

Timing: 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Cathedral Catholic Church

Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Next you can visit the Lady Hydari Park & Zoo, also known as Phan Nonglait Park. The first thing you'll notice here is the Japanese style gardens. There is a mini zoo inside the Lady Hydari Park and that’s a major attraction because it’s the only such place in shillong and its surrounding areas. The museum inside the park offers much to see though it is rather small in size. There are stuffed leopards, elephant skulls and photographs of rare species of wildlife. There is a dried skin of a giant python clipped to the wall, which attracts you the most.

Timings: 8AM–5PM, Closed on Mondays

Entry Fees: Rs. 10/- per head

Beautiful Fountain in Lady Hydari Park

Photo of Lady Hydari Park, Lachumiere, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Lady Hydari Park

Photo of Lady Hydari Park, Lachumiere, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Proceed further to the Ward's Lake which is a must visit on your Shillong itinerary. It is surrounded by lush green lawns on all sides and is located in the center of the city. This artificial lake also known as Pollock’s Lake or Nan Polok is more than 100 years old. There is a bridge over the Ward’s Lake that looks straight out of a storybook. This is a very nice place to spend some "Me Time" feeding the fishes and birds in the lake. The boat ride on the lake gives you a pleasant time with your friends and family.

Timings: November – February - 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, March – October - 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Entry Fees: Rs. 10/- per head

Boating Charges: Rs. 25 /- per head for 30 mins.

Bridge on Ward's Lake

Photo of Ward's Lake, Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya by Prajakta Satpute

The Serene Ward's Lake

Photo of Ward's Lake, Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya by Prajakta Satpute

Enjoy Boat Ride at Ward's Lake with beautiful birds around

Photo of Ward's Lake, Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya by Prajakta Satpute

Don't miss to get yourself clicked in the traditional Khasi attire of Meghalaya. For women, the traditional costume is known as Jainsen. This unstitched garment is made of mulberry silk which is cultivated in Meghalaya locally and is worn around the body. The traditional Khasi male dress is a Jymphong, a longish sleeveless coat without collar, fastened by thongs in front.

Cost: Rs. 50/- per head

Traditional Khasi Attire

Photo of Ward's Lake, Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya by Prajakta Satpute

There is a small restaurant in the Lake premises which offers you a wide range of cuisines from Momos, Dosas, the all time favorite Maggi, Punjabi, etc. You can enjoy a sumptuous lunch before moving on.

Shillong Golf Course is also known as the Gleneagles of the East.It is the largest and the only natural golf course in the whole of Asia. Golf was introduced in Shillong in 1898 by a group of British civil service officers after the constructed a 9-hole course. Presently it has an 18-hole course, which was inaugurated in 1924.

Shillong Golf Course

Photo of Shillong Golf Course, Golf Links, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

After a ride around the Shillong Golf Course, reach the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures which provides a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyles of the indigenous peoples of North East India. It is about 4 km away from Police Bazaar in Shillong. You need atleast 2-3 hours to get a feel of the life and culture in this region. There are 16 galleries in the museum, each of which deals with a different aspect. A few of these galleries are - Agriculture, Art, Ornament and Costume Jewellery, Basketry, Fishing and Hunting, Food, Culture and Religion, Housing, Our Neighbors, etc.

Baskets of North East India and specially Meghalaya are quite famous and the Basketry section has diverse variety of bamboo baskets. In the tribes of North East India, jewellery and ornaments play a special role and native tribes don these during church services, festivities, official functions etc. You will find ornaments made of feather, beads, metal, semi-precious stones, bamboo, cloth and embroidered patches. The Food Gallery displays photographs and models of different kinds of cooked dishes typical to each state of North East India. The Neighboring Countries section is a very interesting section with photographs and models of neighboring countries of North East India like Bhutan, China, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Basic data of each country and its culture is provided in a touch screen that visitors can use freely to expand their knowledge. This is just a glimpse of the richness this Museum offers and has many more surprises in store.

Timing: Feb - Nov, 9 AM to 5:30 PM, Dec - Jan, 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Entry Fees: Rs. 100 /- per adult, Rs. 50 /- per student

Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Don Bosco Museum

Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Don Bosco Museum

Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Statues at Don Bosco Museum

Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Don Bosco Museum

Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

Elephant Falls Stage 1

Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute
Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Meghalaya, India by Prajakta Satpute

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