5 Things Not to Miss in Meghalaya
Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states in the country. Its natural beauty mesmerizes people and urges them to stay for longer. Lush green meadows, age-old caves, breath-taking waterfalls, serene ambience, rippling lakes, and refreshing breeze can make you fall in love with this place. Meghalaya should be on the top of the destination list for a travel lover.
For your knowledge’s sake, let’s tell you that Meghalaya is located in the country’s northeastern part. It is bounded by Assam in the north and northeast and by Bangladesh in the south and southwest. Beautiful Hilltown Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. Meghalaya literally means ‘The Abode of The Clouds’. Highly rich in flora and fauna, Meghalaya is home to leopards, tigers, elephants, deer, monkeys, wild pigs, sambhar, squirrels, peacocks, hornbills, parrots, and full of pines, bamboo, Sal’s trees.
Most of the people in Meghalaya speak Khasi and Garo, and Mon-Khmer. Being a tourist place, Bengali, Assamese, Hindi, and English are also spoken in a large number. There is no railway in Meghalaya, the only means to reach here is by road or air.
There are plenty of wonderful sites to visit and 5 topmost places out of them we have sorted for you.
The Mawjymbuin, the Mystical Cave
Located near Cherrapunjee, Mawjymbiun cave is popular among tourists, adventure seekers, geologists, and nature lovers. If Meghalaya is on your destination list, then you can’t resist visiting this place. Hindus consider this as a place of shiva because of stalagmite, in the shape of Shivling. Must add this place to your Meghalaya tour packages.
The natural rock formations inside the cave will give you a fascinating feeling you’ll never forget. This place is open throughout the year but the best time to visit this place is the post-monsoon season. You can reach it by renting a cab or boarding a local bus from Shillong, which is only 66 km away from this cave.
Elephant Falls, Falling Nectar From Heaven
Just 12 km away from the Shillong peak, the elephant falls are nothing but falling nectar from heaven. Khasi tribe calls it ‘Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew’. Visiting this waterfall is among the best things tourists like to visit. The beauty of this waterfall is profound and overwhelming among all Indians and worldwide. It is one of the best places to spend time with your loved ones amidst nature’s fine and pure beauty.
The best time to visit elephant falls is the monsoon, and you can reach it by auto-rickshaw or cab from Shillong. So, mark it on your ‘things to do in Meghalaya tour packages.
The Nohkalikai Falls, the Age-Old Legend
Located at the outskirts of Cherrapunjee, just 5 km away from it, Nohkalikai falls is one of the most loved waterfalls in India and worldwide. This waterfall offers adventurous moments for trekking, one of the best things tourists love to do here. Cascading from a height of mighty 11000 ft., it is the tallest plunge waterfall in India.
What makes it more interesting is a famous legend about this that a young woman Ka Likai had a daughter from her previous marriage. When she got remarried, her new husband, who did not like the stepdaughter, killed the little girl and served the cooked flesh to Ka Likai. She found her daughter’s finger in a basket, and out of extreme pain, she jumped from the cliff.
Mawlynnong Village, the Cleanest Village in Asia (2003)
Popularly known as ‘God’s Own Garden’, Mawlynnong village was declared as the Cleanest Village in Asia by Discover India in 2003, which is extremely wonderful. Your visit to Meghalaya will remain incomplete if you miss out on this wonderful place. 100% literacy rate, inspiring and idealistic lifestyle of the tribals, and women empowerment are a few of other rare, fascinating things that make this village different from all other villages in India. Route bridges, sky view vantage places, view of the landscape of Bangladesh, and the church of epiphany are must-visit attractions. The best time to visit here is June to September.
Laitlum Canyons, a Breath-Taking Wonder
If beauty resides anywhere, then it is the Laitlum Canyons. Located just 25 km south of Shillong, Laitlum Canyons is elevated on the East Khasi Hills. The literal meaning of Laitlum Canyons is ‘End of Hills’. Its panoramic view will leave you in surprise and elation. If you really want to enjoy the view, sunset and sunrise views are the best watch. From the top of the canyons, you can also enjoy the beauty of Rasong village, which is located in the Laitlum gorge. The best time to visit here is from March to June. A trip to Meghalaya without watching a sunrise or sunset at The Laitlum Canyons is incomplete.
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