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Meghalaya in May: 12 superb reasons to visit

1. Pleasant Weather:

May is the start of the summer season in Meghalaya, and the weather is generally mild and pleasant. With temperatures ranging between 15-25 degrees Celsius, it is a great time to explore the state without extreme heat or rainfall.

2. Stunning Waterfalls:

Krang Suri waterfall in Meghalaya

Meghalaya is famous for its numerous waterfalls, and in May, they are in full flow due to the previous monsoon rains. Witness the majestic beauty of water cascading down from heights and capture incredible photographs.

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3. Living Root Bridges:

Riwai single decker root bridge

Meghalaya is home to the living root bridges, a unique natural marvel found in the rainforests. These bridges are made by training the roots of trees to form a sturdy bridge structure. May is an ideal time to visit, as the bridges are at their greenest and most vibrant.

4. Exploring Caves:

Meghalaya boasts some of the longest and most beautiful cave systems in the world. In May, you can explore these caves comfortably as the weather is conducive for outdoor activities.

5. Trekking and Hiking:

May offers great opportunities for trekking and hiking in Meghalaya. The pleasant weather and clear views make it the perfect time to explore popular trails like the Double Decker Living Root Bridge trek and David Scott Trail.


6. Wildlife Spotting:

Meghalaya is rich in biodiversity, and May is a good time to spot various bird species and animals in their natural habitats. Visit Nokrek National Park or Balpakram National Park to catch glimpses of rare and endangered wildlife.

7. Living Traditions:

Old lady shilling in dawki

Meghalaya is home to several indigenous communities, each with their own unique traditions and colorful festivals. In May, you can witness and participate in cultural events like the Wangala Festival celebrated by the Garo tribe, showcasing their traditional music, dance, and rituals.

8. Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival:

May marks the start of the Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration of the blooming cherry blossoms in the city. The festival features cultural performances, traditional food stalls, and showcases the beauty of these delicate pink flowers.

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9. Indigenous Handicrafts:

Meghalaya is known for its exquisite hand-woven textiles, handicrafts, and bamboo artifacts. Explore local markets and shops to purchase beautifully crafted souvenirs and support local artisans.

10. Lush Green Landscape:

In May, Meghalaya is adorned with lush greenery and rolling hills. The landscape becomes even more vibrant and picturesque, offering stunning views at every turn.

11. Umiam Lake:

Visit the famous Umiam Lake, also known as Barapani, in May. Enjoy boating, kayaking, or simply relax by the lake while witnessing the breathtaking surroundings and the serenity of the water.


12. Caving and Adventure Sports:

Meghalaya is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. In May, you can indulge in activities like zip-lining, river rafting, and rock climbing. Explore the adrenaline-pumping adventures while enjoying the natural beauty of the state.

These are just a few reasons to visit Meghalaya in May. The state’s natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventure opportunities make it an ideal destination for a memorable trip. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, explore the picturesque landscapes, and create unforgettable memories in Meghalaya.

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