Meghalaya, an Eastern state in India is known as the “Scotland of India” by the Britishers because of its dramatic landscape and elegant beauty carved by nature. Earlier a part of Assam, Meghalaya became autonomous and statehood in 1972 and from there on it has influxes of tourists from all over the world.
If there is a heaven on earth, Meghalaya is that one spot you will want to explore and engage in adventures and other activities the state has to offer. Having a massive range of wildlife species it also attracts nature lovers who want to indulge themselves walking into the laps of nature and discovering its overgrown green land.
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Trekking into a parallel beauty of Meghalaya
Meghalaya is one of the states that receives the highest rainfall attracting trekkers from around the globe and giving them a landscape filled with nothing but scenic beauty. Umden village is such a place which offers the trekkers an easy way to harness peace. Trekkers from all age group can go for this trek as it is easy but time consuming. Umden village is card the land of silk due to its silk extraction technique dating back to the Neolithic era.
Mawlynnong village is reported to be the cleanest village in Asia if not the world.
And so it won’t do justice if you visit it just for a day. You can camp in the village itself and if you want to experience raw camping you can camp near the waterfall but for that you will have to take permission to the authority. You can visit the living root bridge which is of the most visited places and apart from that you can experience the Mawlynnong waterfall which is hard explored and this a lovely place to get your picture clicked.
This activity is one of the trending activity people opt for in the village of Sohiya. You can take your own sweet time and go around the place exploring and discovering beautiful spots to bend with nature. Get acquainted with the locals and learn a thing or two about Khasi village while you take stops in between. Though this activity is paid it’s worth every dime as you end your journey with a footnote while you are returning back watching the sun set behind the tall mountains. Don’t forget to take your sunglasses and hat as it becomes little hot during the afternoon
Meghalaya is home to three major tribes – Khasi, Jayantia and Garo. Archery is the traditional sport of Khasi and previously their ancestors where skillful hunters using bow and arrow which were handmade. Now it’s become more of a sport and people enjoy this as they get to learn about its technique and interestingly how this skill was passed down from generation to generation. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is the hotspot for this sport.
If cliff jumping in on your bucket list then it’s time you strike it off. Dawki river, recorded the cleanest river which is so clean that it creates an illusion that the boat floating in the air. What better place to try of cliff jumping than Dawki River giving you the best experience for life time. There are levels to cliff jumping each level giving more adrenaline pump and it’s mandatory to wear a life jacket without which you won’t be allowed to do so.
At Dawki River, scuba diving has become largely popular in the coming year as the tourism industry is booming in this state. It’s a great activity that will give you the experience of what goes below the surface of the river water. You can take a picture underwater while you are doing this activity.
The three major tribes of Meghalaya – Jayantia, Khasi and Garo are home to 1580 caves out of which 980 caves have been completely explored by man. There is one cave which holds the record for being the longest explored cave in Meghalaya and India – The Keen Liat Prag cave in the Jayantia hills stretching for 30,957 m.
The Siju cave is another popular cave exploration option which is also a bat cave.
Another thrilling adventure sport in Shillong which involves trekking, rappelling and swimming in and around Sohra. The duration is around the hours and requires a certain fitness level which is fine in handy as you are about to swim through waist deep water and rappel down your body weight.