1. Which is the best time to visit Meghalaya?
The best time to visit Meghalaya is between the
months of October to April as the climate is pleasant and the rainfalls are not
as frequent. Since the climate of Meghalaya features intense monsoons, one can
avoid visiting the destination during the monsoon months of June, July, August,
2. How much time is required to visit Meghalaya?
Meghalaya is a great tourist destination with
numerous attractions to visit in different parts of the state. However, the
state is geographical area of the state is not vast, so the major tourist
attractions here can be covered in a duration of 4-5 days. If you want to
explore the popular and lesser-known places in Meghalaya, a period of 7 days
would be ideal.
3. How can I go to Meghalaya?
By Air: Umroi Airport is the nearest airport but the
frequency of flights from and to major cities is less. The nearest major
airport to Meghalaya is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in
Guwahati which is well connected to major cities. You can take a cab or bus to
reach Meghalaya from Guwahati.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Meghalaya
is Guwahati Junction. The railway station is connected to major places like
Delhi, Bangalore, Amritsar. You can take a cab or bus to reach Meghalaya from
4. What is there to see in Meghalaya?
There are a number of natural attractions in
Meghalaya that make it a popular tourist spot in north east India. From
splendid waterfalls to scenic lakes and natural caves, Meghalaya has a many
interesting places to visit. The top tourist spots in Meghalaya are Umiam Lake,
Ward’s Lake, Nohkalikai Falls, Elephant Falls, Dawki River, Cherrapunji, and
Living Root Bridges.
5. What is Meghalaya famous for?
Meghalaya is famous for its natural attractions. The
major attraction here are a large number of tall waterfalls. Besides, it is
famous for its unique living root bridges. The state is also known to encompass
the world’s two wettest places, namely Mawsynram and Cherrapunji.
6. When can we see snow in Meghalaya?
Unfortunately, the chances of witnessing snowfall in
Meghalaya are almost zero. The state does not receive snowfall, not even the
higher regions of Shillong. The neighbouring state, Arunachal Pradesh, however,
receives heavy snowfall. If you are visiting Meghalaya in winter, you can add
Arunachal Pradesh to your itinerary to experience snowfall.
7. Is it safe to visit Shillong in July?
Yes, it is safe to visit Shillong in July. Although
heavy rainfalls hamper the mobility and landslides also become frequent in the
region during monsoons. So, it is advisable to visit Shillong between October
8. What is the best time to visit Cherrapunji?
Cherrapunji is one of the wettest places in the
world, famous for picturesque waterfalls. The rainfalls during the monsoon months
are really incessant, and sometimes go on for days without a halt. So, the best
time to visit Cherrapunji would be October month since the sky is clear and
waterfalls still plunge with intense movement shortly after the end of monsoon.
9. What are the places to visit in Meghalaya in 4
If you are on a 4-day tour to Meghalaya, the places
you must cover on your tour are Shillong, Cherrapunji, and Dawki. The spots you
can cover in these places are Seven Sisters Falls, Elephant Falls, Umiam Lake,
Shillong Peak, and Dawki River.
10. Is Shillong a hill station?
Yes, Shillong is a hill station in the East Khasi
Hills of Meghalaya. It is located on an elevation of 1,525 meters.
11. What is the famous food of Meghalaya?
The staple food of Meghalaya is rice with meat and
fish preparations. The popular local dishes of Meghalaya are Jadoh, Ki Kpu, and
Tungrymbai. These dishes are widely available at restaurants in all parts of
12. Which part of Meghalaya is best?
The entire state is beautiful, and is dotted with
natural wonders in the form of waterfalls, lakes, rainforests, and much more.
But if you want to cover just the major tourist places, you can tour Shillong,
Dawki, Mawlynnong, and Cherrapunji.
13. What does Meghalaya mean?
‘Meghalaya’ is a Sanskrit term. It translates to
‘The Abode of Clouds’ in English.
14. Is there an airport in Shillong?
There is no airport within the city. The nearest
airport, Umroi Airport, is near Barapani, located at a distance of 30 km from
Shillong. Besides, the major airport near Shillong is Lokpriya Gopinath
Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati located at a distance of 120 km from
the city which is well connected with other parts of the country.
15. How to reach Meghalaya from Guwahati?
The state capital of Meghalaya, Shillong lies at a
distance of 100 km from Guwahati. The two cities are well connected by the
road. Regular buses and cabs ply between Guwahati and Shillong. The journey
takes 2.5 to 3 hours.
16. Is Meghalaya safe for tourists?
Yes, Meghalaya is a safe tourist destination with
low crime rate. However, it is still advisable to be cautious of your
surroundings as there is still a possibility of incidents like bag snatching or
theft. Also, you should keep emergency numbers handy while you are travelling.
17. Can we see snow in Meghalaya in December?
No, you cannot see snow in Meghalaya even in
December as the place does not receive snowfall despite being on a high
elevation. If you want to witness snow in the region, you can visit Arunachal
Pradesh in December as some of its parts experience heavy snowfall.
18. Is May a good time to visit Meghalaya?
You can visit Meghalaya in May as you will not have
to deal with incessant rainfalls. But it is not the most ideal time to visit
the place as some parts of the state experience hot days during the month of
May. However, the evenings and nights show a pleasant climate. Moreover, the
streams of waterfalls are not quite intense during the summer season, so it is
not the right time to visit Meghalaya if waterfalls are the priority.
19. How can I go to Cherrapunji from Shillong?
The only transport mode between Shillong and
Cherrapunji is road. The road distance between the two places is 54 km, and the
journey takes 2 to 3 hours. Regular tourist buses are available at MTC Bus
Stand, Police Bazaar. Private buses running to Cherrapunji are also available
in Shillong. Besides, cab service between Shillong and Cherrapunji is also
available for an even comfortable travel experience.
20. How can I go to Meghalaya from Chennai?
The most ideal mode of travel to Meghalaya from
Chennai is airway. Regular flights to Guwahati Airport are available from
Chennai Airport. You can fly from Chennai to Meghalaya. After reaching
Guwahati, you can easily find a cab or bus for Shillong. The road distance
between Guwahati and Shillong is 100 km.
21. What is famous in Shillong?
Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya State and
has plethora of tourist attractions within its ambit. Some of the must visit
places in and around Shillong are as follows:
Spread Eagle Falls
22. How can I go to Meghalaya from Mumbai by train?
You cannot reach Meghalaya from Mumbai by train as
there is no train between the two places. However, there is train service
between Mumbai and Guwahati, so you can take a train to Guwahati from Mumbai,
and cover the distance between Guwahati and Shillong by road. There are regular
buses and cabs running to Shillong from Guwahati.
23. How can I go to Meghalaya from Bangalore by
There is no direct train between Bangalore and
Meghalaya. However, there are trains available between Bangalore and Guwahati.
Agartala Humsafar Express and Guwahati Express are the two options. These
trains take 52 to 54 hours to reach Guwahati from Bangalore. Cabs and buses to
Shillong are easily available from Guwahati.
Shillong safe for couples?
Yes, Shillong is safe for couples, and is one of the
ideal honeymoon destinations in the country. There have rarely been any
incidents of crimes against tourist couples in the region. However, it is
always a good idea to stay cautious just to be safe.
25. Why is Meghalaya called abode of clouds?
Meghalaya is popular for its record rainfalls all
over the world. The state is home to the wettest places in the world –
Mawsynram and Cherrapunji. Moreover, when you visit Meghalaya during monsoons,
you can see clouds floating in the houses and draping waterfalls. Hence, ‘The
Abode of Clouds’.
26. How can I go to Shillong from Kolkata?
There are numerous trains available between Kolkata
and Guwahati. Besides, there are regular direct flights between the two places.
So, you can take a train or flight from Kolkata to Guwahati, and then travel to
Shillong from Guwahati via roadway. Daily flights for Shillong Airport are also
available from Kolkata Airport which will be the most convenient way to travel.
27. How do I get to Dawki?
The road distance between the state capital,
Shillong and Dawki is 82 km. You can either hire a cab or rent a bike to reach
Dawki if you are in Shillong. You will come across numerous iconic landmarks on
the way like Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, and Laitlyngkot.
28. Can I go to Mawlynnong? How can I get there?
Yes, you can go to Mawlynnong if you are willing to
go visit this pretty village which has been awarded for being the cleanest
village in Asia. It is well connected with Shillong by road and the route is a
visual delight. The 78 km journey to Mawlynnong from Shillong takes around 2.5
hours. You can hire a private cab to traverse between the places.
29. Why are Mawphlang forests sacred?
Mawphlang Sacred Forest is inhabited by Lyngdoh
Clan, and the tribal believe that the village is protected by the local deity,
Labasa. The people of the region have always been nature worshippers, and as
per their belief that the forest is reigned by the deity who protects them,
they consider the forest sacred. The visitors are supposed to follow certain
rules here. For instance, nobody is allowed to take ay of the forest’s
belonging outside. If there is any violation, the deity gets angry. There are
numerous stories that make the forest sacred.
30. When can I visit Mawphlang sacred forests?
You can visit
Mawphlang during any time of the year except the monsoon season when it rains
here heavily. October to May is the best time to visit Mawphlang as the climate
is usually dry and pleasant.