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Dawki river boating

11 Fun Things to experience in Meghalaya

Meghalaya in Northeast India is home to the wettest place on planet earth and when it’s not raining it’s paradise for travellers and backpackers. Backpacking through Meghalaya is an experience beyond imagination with magical waterfalls, rivers and root bridges that will just leave you on a photo rampage. If you consider yourself a traveller then Meghalaya has to be on your bucket list. 

Local bus from Guwahati to Shillong 

Asti bus Guwahati

Yes there is a local ASTC bus from Paltan Bazaar Guwahati to Shillong, which leaves daily at 6:30 HRS and 7:30 HRS. The bus is the most economical and also the fastest way to get between the two north eastern capital cities.  

Boating at  Wards lake 

Wards lake Shillong

Pedal boating at Wards lake is a must do for anyone who comes to Shillong, it’s a great way to spend the afternoons and early evenings. 

Police Bazar night shopping 

Sweet food in Shillong

This market in Shillong is bustling all day and night, it’s the most happening place in Shillong and when it comes to clothes you’ll find everything you’re looking for, from Adidas originals to leather boots. The market is endless for shopaholics 

Experience a home stay 

Cherrapunji home stay

The best way to get an experience of Meghalaya is to opt for a home stay. Living with a family in their home is the best way to get a first hand feel of the culture and daily life of the local people in Meghalaya. 

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Try the local honey 

Yes, Meghalaya is well know for the local honey which is gathered from the rain forest. You’ll find locals selling honey all over Cherrapunji. Mane sure to buy a bottle if not then at least try out the honey. It’s just different. 

Hiking to the root bridges 

Riwai root bridge

A trip to Meghalaya is incomplete without a visit to the root bridges. There are plenty of root bridges all over Meghalaya but the most famous ones are the single decker in the village of Riwai and the double decker in the village of Nongryat. 

Camping at Dawki 

Camping at Dawki Meghalaya

Raw, rugged and mind blowing, that’s the best way to describe the camping experience at Dawki along the Umngot river along the Indo-Bangladesh border.  

Selfie with a waterfall in Meghalaya

Meghalaya has literally unlimited waterfalls to pick from to visit and to take a selfie. The easiest place to get one is at elephant falls which is very close to the town of Shillong and the best place to get a picture is at Cherrapunji with the seven sister waterfalls. 

Lunch at Mawlynnong 

Lunch at Meghalaya

The cleanest village in Asia is indeed extremely clean and a great place to stop over for lunch while on your trip to Dawki. There are a number of places serving very good thalis in the village. The village is pretty small so after placing your lunch order you can go explore the village and come back in time before the food is ready. 

Mawsynram Caves 

Meghalaya caves

Meghalaya has some wonderful caves that you can explore, the most common and easily accessible one is Mawsyram caves which has limestone deposits in the form of stalactites & Stalagmites which are the main attractions in the cave. 

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Local fish and pork dishes 

Finally, a trip to Meghalaya will not be complete without trying out the cuisine which is all about the river fish and pork. If you like trying food from different places then the pork in bamboo shoot is a must try. Fish served in the local fry and curry that comes with the thali is worth a try for river fish lover.  

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