North-East India’s Natural Treasure: Meghalaya

This Monsoon head to abode of clouds

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June 22, 2022

/ By / New Delhi

North-East India’s Natural Treasure: Meghalaya

Meghalaya is known for its majestic waterfalls (Photo: MIG)

The tiny northeastern state of Meghalaya is worth a visit all year round. But one of the most attractive seasons is of course the Monsoons when Meghalaya lives up to its name, literally.

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Meghalaya, also called the “Abode of Clouds”, is adorned with its waterfalls, captivating cliffs, windswept highlands and lush valleys. Famous for its monsoons when rain falls almost round the clock and on for days, Meghalaya also offers delectable cuisine and unique culture. Meghalaya has a history of rich craftsmanship, it is culturally rich and just the perfect destination to rejuvenate yourself. Some must-visit places in Meghalaya are:

Shillong

Shillong, Meghalaya’s capital city has been termed the “Scotland of the East”. The sobriquet is apt when one looks at its architecture that evidently reflects the British colonial influence. Shillong is a cultural hub, a perfect blend of modern and traditional. Bustling cafes and restaurants, live music venues that present famous local and international musicians, and “Police Bazaar” a market spot, all serve as tourist hotspots.

For those looking to capture a panoramic view of the city, Shillong Peak, the highest point of Shillong offers a stunning view of not just the entire city but also of the Himalayas and the Bangladeshi plains.

Meghalaya is known for its majestic waterfalls. Out of which the Elephant Falls, situated next to Shillong, is one of the most popular falls. There are three layers of the falls, a visually unique sight to see.

Nohkalikai falls is another pride of the state. It is known to be the fourth highest waterfall in the world. Encircled by the evergreen rainforest of Khasi Hill, it flows gracefully and plunges into a lagoon. Perfect site to visit to rejuvenate and refresh your mind.

Meghalaya’s villages

Cherrapunji (Sohra) is about 54 km away from Shillong. Previously, was known to be the wettest place on Earth until the title had been taken over by Mawsynram, another village in Meghalaya. The Living Double-decker Root Bridge is a popular attraction in Cherrapunji, known for its trekking and hiking activities offered to tourists.

Meghalaya is also home to Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong (Photo: MIG)

Given the title of Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong is a village that lies on the separating border of India and Bangladesh. It is a green paradise where every street corner has a bamboo dustbin to ensure the nature-friendly disposal of garbage.

The Sky Watch is a popular attraction in Mawlynnong. It is a bamboo structure that offers a breathtaking view of the Bangladeshi plains. Mawlynnong is a picturesque natural beauty, its crystal-clear waterfalls, and lush green valley’s make it a must-visit destination in Meghalaya.

Umiam Lake is a man-made reservoir located about 15 kilometres north of Shillong. The lake formed as a result of a dam that was erected to generate hydroelectric power. Umiam Lake is enveloped by the lush green East Khasi hills, at sunrise and sunset, the lake offers one of the best panoramic sights in the country. Adjacent to the lake is a park, a perfect picnic spot. If you wish to escape your busy schedule, this is the best destination to travel to.

The caves are well-lit for tourists to explore (Photo: MIG)

Caves in Meghalaya

Mawsmai Cave is one of the most popular cave systems in India, located a few km from Cherrapunjee. It is a breath-taking maze of caves situated in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The caves are well-lit for tourists to explore and there’s an abundance of flora and fauna around to view and feel mesmerised. Speleologists from around the world come to Meghalaya to explore its numerous caves.

Whether you are up for an adventure to feel that adrenaline rush or expecting to feel the tranquillity of nature, Meghalaya has plenty to offer. Even after the journey is over, the memorable landscapes of Meghalaya will forever stay in your heart and of course, your camera.

 

Himanshu Talwar is an avid traveller himself and has explored many countries around the world. An author of several books, he also frequently writes travelogues. The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not represent those of Media India Group.

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