Abounding with breathtaking nature’s grandeur, Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states in Northeast India. The state has a great tourism potential, which is still unexploited and under the domain of rainforests. Meghalaya, well known as the abode of the clouds, is well known as the wettest region on the earth, enjoys abundant rainfall and sunshine throughout the Also known as the Scotland of the East, Meghalaya is considered to be one of the richest botanical habitats in Asia. The state boasts of a number of highland plateaus, valleys and profuse green hills and is decked with huge waterfalls. For those who love the rain, it is an ideal monsoon travel destination.
The paradisiacal province is the coveted hub for the tourists not only from India but across the globe. And here is the list of top 31 places to visit in Meghalaya. If you are planning to explore Meghalaya, then get mesmerized by the green carpeted mountains, natural terrains, and the sound of raindrops.
1. Walk in a Unique Living Root Bridge:
Witness the most extraordinary living bridge made from the roots of the Ficus elastic tree. It is one of the fascinating man-made natural wonders. These bridges are tangles of massive thick roots, which are over hundred feet long, can hold up to fifty people at a time. The bridges still keeps growing and gain strength over time.
2. Walk barefoot at the cleanest village, Mawlynnong:
Bestowed with the scenic beauty, Malynnong is one of the must visit places in Meghalaya. Titled as the “Cleanest Village in Asia” by the travel magazine, this village is a perfect and an outstanding instance of community-based ecotourism. You can enjoy the bird’s eye view of the village and a panoramic view across Bangladesh from a remarkable Sky view platform from bamboo atop the highest tree in the forest which is nearly 80 feet tall.
3. Indulge in Caving expedition in the longest cave of the country Liat Prah:
Exploring the caves are more challenging. You can indulge in this adventurous task with appropriate caving equipment. Liat Prah, which is 101,600 feet long, is the longest cave in India. The most frequently visited cave is Mawsmai, near Cherrapunji which is two hours from Shillong. It is maintained as a show cave for tourists and is lit up all the way through. Of the ten longest and deepest caves in India; the first nine are located in Meghalaya.
4. Delve into the dense forest of the Garo Hills:
Garo Hills in the western part of the Meghalaya is an ideal place for the nature lovers. This vast expanse of Garo region is abode to the Nokerk Biosphere Reserve, Siju Wildlife Sanctuary, and Balprakram National Park. The region is replete with pristine biodiversity. The densely forested Garo Hills is notorious for the guides and trips, especially for the butterfly tours.
5.Experience the gaiety at Shillong Lewduh Bara Bazar:
This market is considered as the largest traditional-styled market in Northeast India. It opens daily from 8 in the morning till 5 in the evening. This is an exciting hub to walk through, especially if you are into street photography. This hectic and congested market in the heart of Shillong is where Khasi women come to sell their goods. You can enjoy some tasty local cuisine here.
6. Get mesmerized by taking a stroll into sacred Mawphlang Forest:
This sacred forest is located approximately 45 minutes drive from Shillong in the East Khasi Hills. Mawphlang is profusely abounding with medicinal plants, and thus it is safe to say that it is an abode to a sacred plant grove of the Khasi Tribes. In this forest, the tribal members perform animal sacrifices and burn the bodies of the dead inside it.
7. Trek in the Laitlum Canyon to behold Meghalaya from the top:
If you love trekking, then you should surely add this place to your list. Discover the inner adventurer in you by climbing the difficult terrain with the right equipment and a firm grasp of the local guidelines. The treks of about 4-5 hours are worth taking and get rewarded by the breathtaking view of Meghalaya, the dazzling hues of various reds at sunrise and sunset, and the unending stretch towards all the directions the eyes can follow is fascinating.
8. Discover the Hidden Gem, Ialong Park:
Located 10 kilometers from Jowai, Iolang Park is something you shouldn’t miss. It is a hidden gem of Meghalaya, often forgotten to be added to the bucket list. It is an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate a perfect getaway from the boisterous crowds. Enjoy the stunning view of the river and lush green valleys. Indulge in leisurely activities lie fishing. If you are planning to explore Meghalaya for a longer time, then this is an ideal place to unwind your stress.
9. Gain Knowledge in History and Anthropology at Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Culture:
DBCIC in Meghalaya, though privately run, is in an excellent condition and a complete source of the history and life in the north east. if you are looking for research, then you shouldn’t miss this place for the world.
10. Enjoy the warmth of the camp fire while camping in the Island in Umiam Lake:
Camping is one of the most exciting and anticipated activities in Meghalaya. Umiam Lake is one of the best places to visit in Meghalaya in December because the beauty of this Lake will leave you bewildered. Set your camp and indulge in the numerous adventurous activities in the heart of Northeastern India like never before. Enjoy a delightful night trek through the woods in the Island and enjoy the musical campfire nights.
11. Conquer Mawthadraishan Peak to witness the entire Landmark:
There is an unending expanse of vegetation and the cleanest air you can breathe in. If you take a trip to Mawthadraishan Peak in Meghalaya, you will get an opportunity to witness the four landmarks from one point. The North opens up views to the Himalayas, and Bangladesh to the South, while the Garo Hills on the East and the Khasi Hills lie to the East.
12. Experience the aura and tranquility of Anglican era at All Saints’ Church:
The Anglican Church is located at an accessible location in the heart of the capital city of Meghalaya. If nature and architecture excite you equally, then this is definitely one of the places to explore in Meghalaya. The incredible setting of poinsettias dot the entrance of the church, and the sheer stretch of land in the premises is worth a stroll in the evening.
13. Get awestruck by the widest waterfall, Spread Eagle Falls of Shillong:
Located at a distance of 6 kilometers from the City, Spread Eagle Falls is one of the post popular waterfall and sightseeing hubs for tourists. Also called as Sati Falls or Umkaliar, it is equally famous among the locals and the tourists. The serene and untouched surroundings make this pace a favorite picnic spot and are regarded to be the Widest Waterfall of Shillong.
14. Observe the exotic Flora and Fauna at Balpakram National Park:
This Park has something more than just flora and fauna to offer. It is one of the best places to visit in Meghalaya if you are a nature enthusiast. Overlooking the scenic view of Tanguar Haor in Bangladesh, the landscapes mainly consists of canyons and gorges. The wildlife variety found in this sanctuary consists of a spectrum of species, like feline predators, red pandas, and Indian bison. It is also a crucial observation point for birds of various species.
15. Get spellbound while witnessing the majestic Elephant Falls:
The absolute natural beauty and the tranquility of Elephant Falls make it one of the most coveted destinations for tourists in Meghalaya. The structure of the black rocks resembling ab elephant was destroyed during an earthquake in Meghalaya, but the falls are still equally majestic and unique. Combined with the softly fading light and the high contrast falls, the evening view of Elephant Falls is captivating.
16. Witness the breathtaking view of Nohkalikai Falls:
This breathtaking waterfall is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Falling from a height of 1115 feet, it is a fourth highest waterfall in the world and one of the most famous tourist places in Cherrapunji. It is worth watching the sight of the waterfalls falling from a plateau that receives the highest rainfall and roaring on its way down where it has carved a waterhole that appears blue in winter and green in summer.
17. Behold the 180-degree view of Bangladesh plains from Thangkharang Park:
Overlooking the Kynrem Falls, and nestled on the edge of a Cliff, Thangkharang Park is located 12 kilometers away from the city. The majestic view of the lush green hills and the Kynrem Falls, the seventh highest waterfalls is quite fascinating. One can also capture the beautiful view of the Bangladesh plains as well. Apart from these fascinating sights, the Khan Ramhah Rock, a rock of single formation looking like an overturned basket is also captivating and worth beholding.
18.Indulge in Kayaking at Umiam Lake in Shillong:
Feel your adrenaline rush as you explore the Lake and its surroundings. Embark the Kayaking, the ultimate adventure where you not only get an opportunity to Kayak but also enjoy indulging in other activities like swimming, angling, water slide, and canoeing. There will always be a guide to accompany you from the beginning to end if you are Kayaking for the first Time.
19. Enjoy the Silk and Cultural Tour at Umden Village:
Get a closer view of the multiple steps of patterns used in weaving by indulging yourself in an exciting tour to Silk Village at Umden. Witness the production of the world recognized Eri Silk and traditional handlooms like Ryndia. Take a heritage stroll through the tranquil lush green locality and learn about the Bhoi people, their culture, and history.
20. Escape from the maddening crowds to the domain of tranquility at Umden Village:
Embark on an ideal trip to Umden Village, which is nestled in the lush green forests with natural grandeur in abundance. Trek through the tea gardens, strawberry fields, sub-tropical and bamboo forests for an exhilarating experience. Enjoy a day trip to glance at the culture practiced by the native people in the village especially by Bhoi Tribes.
21. Meghalaya Sightseeing Packages to explore the Untouched Meghalaya:
Endowed with nature’s breathtaking treasures, Meghalaya, the abode of the clouds is a must visit destination in Northeast India. Indulge in the trip to the fascinating Laitlum Canyons or Balpakram forests in the Garo Hills. Explore the “Cleanest Village in Asia”, Mawlynnong. Another famous place located in Meghalaya Tour Package is Cherrapunji, that upholds the unique living tree bridges. It also treasures the tallest waterfall plunge of the country and the longest cave in India. Explore Meghalaya and discover more!
22. Explore Shillong “Scotland of the East”:
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is well known for its breathtaking elegance. As it resembles the Scottish lands it is popularly known as the “Scotland of the East”. it is the only hilly region in India, that has been well connected by roadways and has accessible routes from all directions. The alluring beauty and refinement of the Shillong’s province have to be witnessed once in your life time.
23. Visit the wettest place on the globe, Cherrapunji:
Cherrapunji is the second wettest place on the earth, the first being Mawsynram, which is located 16 kilometers away from Cherrapunji. Cherrapunji is profusely blessed with the beauty and grandeur of the Mother Nature and hence it has succeeded in winning the hearts of the tourists from around the globe. It indeed is a paradisiacal place, with lavish rainfall round the year, the lush green vales and hills, mesmerizing waterfalls and rustling silver streams that cuts through the profuse green vegetations.
24. Witness the natural beauty of William Nagar:
Meghalaya boasts of unexplored regions and undefiled peaks. It indeed is the ideal gateway for a perfect rejuvenation. Amongst many sightseeing places in Meghalaya, William Nagar is a surreal hub and a coveted destination for the nature lovers, bird watchers, and for those who are in the quest of adventure. The undefined and unexplored forests, stunning greenery make this place a most desired destination. It is a perfect place to hike and trek, and unwind the stress of the hectic city life.
25. Visit the beautiful province of Tura:
As far as nature’s grandeur is concerned Tura is no exception. Many parts of Tura is not been explored by humans. The valley at the base and foothills of Tura has not seen human footprints. The most of the province is secluded and yet to be discovered. The place upholds the aura of tranquility, far from the human intervention. Everything about the place is incredible and profusely abounding with the endowment of nature.
26. Indulge in wildlife observation at the best Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Park of India, Norkek National Park:
Expanding across an area of 47.5 sq.km. Norkrek National Park is an exotic, undisturbed region with extraordinary features and captivating panoramic allurement. Standing tall amid the lush green bushes, the trees serve as an abode to extremely rare Red Pandas, it’s existence here has got the world wondering and awe-struck. The Asiatic elephant, which is among the endangered species, also exists here. The fascinating hilly terrain lies about 2 kilometers away from Tura Peak.
27. Trek through David Scott Trail:
David Scott Trail is one of the most popular and the oldest trekking routes in Meghalaya. It has been named after David Scott, a British Officer, who discovered this route in the first half of the 1800s. The whole trek is endowed with incredible natural wonders, like cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams running down from Hills, Khasi Villages, Lush green panoramic valleys, forests groves and expansive meadows, which makes this place an ideal hub for an overnight camp.
28. Involve in exciting Mountain Biking trip at Sohilya Village:
Seize the opportunity to witness the fascinating beauty of the region by indulging yourself in the exciting and adventurous mountain biking trip. Ride and explore through the forests and witness the variety of wide variety of species of birds. Behold and get mesmerized by the celestial beauty of mother nature on reaching Sohilya Village. A glance into the lives of the Khasi Tribes, enjoy the serenity of the place while enjoying the mouth watering khasi cuisine.
29. Be hypnotized by the allure and serenity of the Seven Sister Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls:
Falling from an elevation of 1035 feet, it is the fourth highest waterfall in the country. As seven streams flow down the plateau, the falls is also well-known as the Seven Sister Falls. The best time to visit the place is during monsoon. The view of the waterfalls with the limestone cliffs at the backdrop appears spectacular.
30. Explore the first Lime lighted Cave in India, Siju Cave:
Owing to the abundance of the nocturnal mammals here, it is also known as the bat cave. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Siju Cave remains one of the chief sources of observing natural phenomenon among the cave researchers. It is the first lime lighted cave in India, and it is a source of major water bodies of the province.
31. Experience the Adventure by Indulging in River rafter in Dawki:
River rafting is the best way to experience the amusement and to get refreshed. So, indulge in the most adventurous and exciting river rafting and feel the element of an adrenaline rush. Experience the thrill for one hour by rafting through the strong current of the river and defeat the strong waves.
So, enjoy your vacation close to Mother Nature where you can breathe fresh air, beholding at the dazzling and captivating waterfalls, admire tall pine trees, listen to the rustling streams nearby, explore the lush green tea estates, take a glimpse into the tribal life and take a break from the pollution and lactic city life.