The Abode of Clouds – Meghalaya

I’ve always wanted to pen down something and share about this little state of mine. Situated in the north-eastern part of India, Meghalaya is also known as the “Abode of clouds”.  Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is known as “Scotland of the East” because of its scenic beauty.

Mawsynram, a village in Meghalaya receives the heaviest rainfall in the world and Cherrapunji (Sohra) being the second.

The best time to visit is during the winter season i.e from November – February. But if you want to see the waterfall, monsoon season is the best i.e from July – October.

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Meghalaya – The Abode of Clouds

How to reach Shillong, Meghalaya:

The nearest airport/train station is Guwahati (Assam). Shillong is around 2.5 – 3 Hours drive from Guwahati airport. There are pre-paid taxi booths inside the airport and also the Meghalaya Information center.

If you are travelling by train, the Shillong cab stand is outside the railway station.

Where to go:

Cherrapunji – It is also known as Sohra by the locals. It is a major tourist spot and it is around 2 hours’ drive from Shillong. Places to visit: Nohkalikai Fall, Dainthlen Fall, Seven Sister’s Fall and Mawsmai Cave .

If you want to see the waterfall, the best time to visit is during the monsoon season i.e from July – October.

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Nohkalikai Fall
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A view from the Thankarang Park

Mawlynnong – It is a village 90 kms away from Shillong. It was awarded as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003.  It is also famous for the Living root bridge. The bridge is hand-woven by the villagers from the roots of the trees.

Dawki – It is 1 hour away from Mawlynnong Village.  If you’re up for an adventure, then you should visit this place. The best time to visit is during the winter season i.e from December – February. You can try river rafting, camping, boating and scuba diving.

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The Suspension bridge over the Umngot River, Dawki

Mawphlang – It is just 25 km away from Shillong. Mawphlang is famous for the Sacred Grove.  The forest is about 700 acres and around 800 years old. The forest is protected and preserved by the Khasi tribe. There are guides who will take you for a tour inside the forest. You can also cover up nearby places like the Elephant falls and Shillong Peak.

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Inside the Sacred Forest

Guest author: Babetlin Synrem is an IT professional who loves to travel, eat and read.

 

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