Meghalaya in the North East of India is place with many hidden wonders and while you travel around the state it’s possible you can miss out of a few gems because of lack of awareness and here in this blog we have listed below the musr dos while in the state.
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1. Visit the Living Root Bridges:
One of the most unique attractions in Meghalaya, these living root bridges are the perfect blend of nature and human ingenuity. The most famous ones are the Double Decker Root Bridge and the Single Decker Root Bridge in Cherrapunjee.
2. Explore the Mawlynnong Village:
Known as the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong offers a glimpse into the traditional Khasi way of life. Don’t miss the opportunity to climb the skywalk and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding bamboo forests. Mawlynnong is known for its well-preserved cleanliness and eco-friendly practices. Visit the living root bridge, climb the skywalk for panoramic views, or explore the charming village.
3. Trek to the David Scott Trail:
Named after its British discoverer, the David Scott Trail is a beautiful trek that takes you through lush forests, picturesque villages, and stunning waterfalls. It is a great way to explore the natural beauty of Meghalaya.
4. Visit the Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Nongriat:
Located near Cherrapunjee, the Double Decker Root Bridge is a must-visit for adventure enthusiasts. It requires a challenging trek to reach, but the reward of witnessing this natural wonder is worth it. Famous for being one of the wettest places on Earth, Cherrapunji offers stunning views of lush green hills, waterfalls, and living root bridges. Known for its living root bridges, Nongriat is a small village that requires a trek of approximately 3-4 hours from Cherrapunji. The Double Decker Living Root Bridge and Rainbow Falls are major attractions here.
5. Discover the limestone caves of Meghalaya:
The state is famous for its extensive network of caves, with the most well-known being the Mawsmai Cave and Krem Mawmluh Cave. Exploring these caves is a thrilling experience that allows you to witness stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations.
6. Explore the cleanest river in India, Dawki:
Located near the India-Bangladesh border, Dawki offers crystal clear waters that are perfect for boating and swimming. Don’t miss the chance to see the transparent riverbed and the famous Dawki Bridge. Dawki offers enchanting views of the crystal clear Umngot River. Experience boating or take a walk along the suspension bridge, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and river.
7. Visit the Shillong Peak:
For breathtaking views of Shillong city and its surroundings, head to the Shillong Peak. On a clear day, you can see as far as the plains of Bangladesh from this viewpoint. The capital city of Meghalaya is known for its picturesque beauty, vibrant markets, and colonial charm. Must-visit attractions include Ward’s Lake, All Saints’ Cathedral, and Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures.
Located near Shillong, Laitlum Canyon offers mesmerising views of deep gorges, misty hills, and cascading waterfalls. It is a perfect spot for nature lovers and photographers. Umiam Lake also known as Barapani Lake, Umiam Lake is a popular tourist spot near Shillong. It offers various water activities like kayaking, boating, and fishing, along with stunning views of the surrounding hills.
8. Experience the Nohkalikai Falls:
This majestic waterfall near Cherrapunjee is the tallest plunge waterfall in India, dropping from a height of approximately 1,115 feet. Witnessing the sheer power and beauty of Nohkalikai Falls is awe-inspiring. Nohsngithiang Falls (Seven Sisters Falls) located near Mawsmai Village, these seven segmented waterfalls are a sight to behold. The best time to visit is during the monsoon season when the falls are in full flow.
9. Explore the beautiful landscapes of Mawphlang Sacred Forest:
Take a guided tour of the Mawphlang Sacred Forest, which is believed to be protected by the local tribal deity. The dense forest is home to various species of flora and fauna, making it a perfect place for nature lovers.
10. Try the local cuisine in Meghalaya:
Meghalaya is known for its delicious and unique cuisine. Don’t miss out on trying some of the local dishes like Jadoh (a rice and meat dish), Nakham Bitchi (fermented soybean) and Tungrymbai (fermented soybean and pork).
There is also Balpakram National Park that is home to several endangered species and offers diverse flora and fauna. It is also known for its beautiful landscapes and deep gorges. These are just a few of the many beautiful places to visit in Meghalaya. The state has numerous other hidden gems waiting to be explored.