Must Visit Meghalaya Tourist Places
Nohkalikai Waterfalls (54 km from Shillong)
One cannot simply miss out on the fun of standing under the tallest waterfall in India – Nohkalikai Waterfall. Standing 1115 feet tall, this spectacular waterfall is a wonder of nature in itself. You can witness the tall waterfall standing on the edge of the cliff from where it looks like a thick, white rope hanging from a lush green cliff.
This waterfall is a sight to behold and is one of those places where you just cannot resist taking out your camera and clicking an uncountable number of pictures. Located at a short distance from Cherrapunji town, this is a must-visit Meghalaya tourist spot.
There are also some interesting legends associated with this place which make it all the more interesting. A piece of advice: avoid making plans to visit the waterfall during monsoon season as thick cloud cover may ruin the view.
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per person
Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya
Double Decker Living Root Bridge (65 km from Shillong)
You must have seen its pictures on the internet; this bridge has that kind of fame. This 3 km long living root bridge stands at a height of 2400 feet. People take a trek into the rainforest of Cherrapunji that normally takes 7 hours to reach the spot where this famed bridge is situated.
This bridge is an excellent example of how wonderful things could be if mankind and nature worked in collaboration, and is among the top Meghalaya tourist places. Though there are many astonishing living root bridges in Meghalaya and it is believed that some of them are over 500 years old, this double-decker one shows its distinct popularity.
One must take a walk on this unique bridge for a once-in-a-lifetime experience because it is one of the most unique places to visit in Meghalaya.
Location: Nongriat Village, Sohra.
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Umiam Lake (15 km from Shillong)
If you think man-made lakes cannot be as beautiful as natural lakes, a visit to Umiam Lake is all you need to change your opinion. The lake is vast in a literal sense as it covers an expanse of 221 sq. km. Umiam is a perfect place to capture perfect frames and to admire the flawless creativity of nature and human’s limitlessness.
Watching a setting sun here is a sight so magical that you would want to treasure the moments. Surrounded by green hills, this reservoir is quite popular among tourists being one of the most scenic places to visit in Meghalaya. You can also indulge in various fun water-based activities at Umiam Lake including boating, yachting, and skiing.
Timing: Activities – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Location: North of Shillong
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Elephant Falls (12 km from Shillong)
The popularity of Meghalaya is largely attributed to the numerous astonishing waterfalls it is blessed with. One of the most popular ones among these waterfalls is Elephant Falls. It is a 3-tiered waterfall situated in the middle of a refreshing lush green forest.
The noise of the crashing of crystal clear water with the solid rocks, however ironical it may sound, feels soothing. The sight of this waterfall is worth capturing in your camera. Just a few miles away from the capital city, Shillong, these falls are one of the most awe-inspiring sites in Shillong. Do not miss this gem of nature on your Meghalaya trip!
Timing: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Upper Shillong
Mawlynnong Village (78 km from Shillong)
A village that won the status of being the cleanest village in 2003, not just in India, but entire Asia. But, it is just not the quality of being clean that makes it one of the best places to visit in Meghalaya. Mawlynnong Village is also known as “God’s Own Garden” and the reason is clearly evident from the beauty God has blessed it with.
The unique living root bridges in this town are a sight to behold. Besides, the green, dense wilderness of the village is refreshing in every sense. Mawlynnong Waterfall where you can spend some quality time soothing your soul is another Meghalaya tourist spot that mandates a visit to this village.
Since the village lies in the Indo-Bangladesh border area, a point called ‘Sky View Point’ lets you take a look into the landscape of Bangladesh as well.
Location: East Khasi Hills district.
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Laitlum Canyon (21 km from Shillong)
This place qualifies for one of the most spectacular landscapes in India and one of the best places to visit in Meghalaya. This not-so-explored Meghalaya tourist spot is worth at least a visit for more than just a couple of reasons. If you are a photographer, this place is your chance to capture paradise through your lens.
If you are a nature lover, this abode of clouds, perched into the East Khasi Hills is your escape into nature. If you like living on the edge, this place has a 3000-steps-stairway that lets you climb up and down on the edge while staring at dreamy vistas that surround this place. Sunsets and sunrises add a magical charm to the beauty of its scenic hill slopes and make it appear surreal.
Location: East Khasi Hills.
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Dawki - Umngot River(81 km from Shillong)
Dawki is a small city located on the border of India and Bangladesh and is also the trade hub between the two countries. What makes Dawki a tourist magnet is Umngot River – the river with crystal clear water. And by crystal clear, we mean so clear that you can actually see the shadow of your boat into the bottom of the river floating with your boat. Dawki Bridge that is a suspension bridge over the river is another reason to visit this river at least once.
The distinctive charm of this river attracts tourists from all over the country and even abroad to take an unforgettable ride on Umngot River, and makes it one of the best places to visit in Meghalaya. Nothing compares to the heavenly joy of riding on this beautiful river surrounded by wilderness.
Location: Dawki Village.
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It is in a neck and neck competition between with Mawsynram for the title of the wettest place in the world. Before Mawsynram got famous, this was, inarguably, the title-holder. You can visit Cherrapunji during any month of the year to drench yourself into a “seemingly unending” rain which is more common than anything else here.
It is also home to many spectacular waterfalls namely Dain-Thlen, Noh-Kalikai, and Kynrem which enhance the charisma of this alluringly misty city, green with nature’s abundance. Cherrapunji is also famous for astonishing living root bridges in its rainforests. Mawsmai Cave is another remarkable landmark in the city putting it on the list of the best Cherrapunji tourist places.
Location: Cherrapunji, East Khasi Hills
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Mawsynram (65 km from Shillong)
If you love rains, Mawsynram is the place where you will get enough of it; or even more than enough. Here, you can walk into the clouds and drench yourself in an unlimited supply of rains as it is popularly known as the world’s rainiest place since it receives an average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimeters.
Clouds live among humans in this pretty village surrounded by green hills. It is perched on the top of a ridge in the Khasi Hills. Apart from rains, what is remarkable about this place is the nature’s bounty this place is blessed with. This wet village is an ideal place to come spend a lazy weekend at. Besides, you can find some amazing waterfalls in the vicinity of this village. If you are planning a visit to this place, don’t forget to pack your rain suit, though.
Location: Mawsynram, East Khasi Hills