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  • There are so many amazing places to visit in Meghalaya that make it a place worthy of being on every traveler’s bucket list. Meghalaya is a Sanskrit term which translates to “The abode of clouds” in English. It is a land where clouds live. It is the home to some spectacular waterfalls. It is blessed with dense tropical rainforests. The state is full of lush greenery and wonders of nature that attract tourists from all over India and even foreign countries. 

    Star attractions in the state are its waterfalls, caves, rainforests, hill stations and a lot more. Take a boat ride in the crystal clear water of Umngot River in Dawki, trek through the sacred forests of Mawphlang, walk across the world-famous living root bridges in Cherrapunji – the state does not stop to amaze visitors with what it has to offer. Boredom is a feeling that is alien to this state because it is full of nature, life, and happiness.

    There are numerous Meghalaya tourist places that are well-known all over the world and make Meghalaya a tourist hotspot. It boasts of some of the most spectacular waterfalls like Nohkalikai Falls, Elephant Falls, and Mawlynnong Falls; the longest caves like Krem Liat Prah and Mawsmai Caves; and the wettest places in the world like Cherrapunji and Mawsynram. Meghalaya is an ideal destination for anyone irrespective of where their interest lies. 

    Whether you are a photographer, adventure enthusiast, nature lover, wildlife aficionado or just a person who wants to relax in the lap of nature, Meghalaya will please all your senses. Meghalaya is blessed with so many unique places that you can easily spend a month exploring this beautiful state and still miss out on some of the most interesting ones.

    Here is the list of best places to visit in Meghalaya:

  • 01Laitlum Canyon

    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, 21 km from Shillong.

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    The abode of clouds Meghalaya has a lot to offer you. Meghalaya is nestled with lush forests and orchids. Trekking in Meghalaya has been proved to be a striking experience. The hike is demanding but you will be rewarded with snow capped peaks and pleasant landscapes. There are possibilities to discover with rare species. The rich flora and fauna adds charm to this region. Guides are easily available. The alluring and the majestic terrains have rolling hills and pleasant waterfalls. Stunning place called Shillong is known as mini London. The main attraction is Shillong point. You will traverse through gorgeous and mystic lakes, woods.

  • 03Double Decker Living Root Bridge

    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. 65 km from Shillong.

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  • 04Mawlynnong Village

    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: Located in the East Khasi Hills district, 78 km from Shillong.

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  • 05Cherrapunji

    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: 53 km from Shillong

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  • 06Dawki (Umngot River)

    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, 81 km from Shillong.

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  • 07Mawsynram

    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: 65 km from Shillong

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  • 08Umiam Lake

    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: 15 km to the north of Shillong

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  • 09Mawsmai Cave

    Caves are mysterious. Caves are historical. Caves are intriguing. If you agree, there is no way you are not going to love Mawsmai Cave. It is one of the most accessible caves in Meghalaya. You can explore it without a guide. Mawsmai Cave is among the most revered landmarks in Cherrapunji. 

    This limestone cave is beautiful in its own different manner and is a crowd puller. This is a great choice for any photography enthusiast and history buff. If you want to explore something beyond high waterfalls and rainforests on your visit to Meghalaya, Mawsmai Cave is one of the most interesting Meghalaya tourist places.

    Timing: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per person

    Location: 6 km from Cherrapunji City Center

  • 10Elephant Falls

    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 Meghalaya. Do not miss this gem of nature on your Meghalaya trip!

    Timing: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    Location: Upper Shillong, 12 km from the city center

  • 11Mawphlang Sacred Forest

    The state of Meghalaya is known for its Tropical rainforests, and one of the most popular and sacred ones among them is Mawphlang Sacred Forest. A nature lover’s fantasy cannot be wilder than this forest. This forest houses an extraordinary network of plants and trees, some of which are believed to be more than 1,000 years old. 

    But it is not the biodiversity alone that makes the forest so interesting; it is the beliefs of the local community regarding this forest and its sacredness. The forest is called sacred is because the locals believe that it is the home of a deity named Labasa, who appears in the form of tiger or leopard and also protects the local community. 

    There are certain rules which are to be followed in the forest which, if not followed, upset the deity. Spooky, isn’t it?

    Timing: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

    Entry Fee: Rs. 20 per person

    Location: Located 25 km from Shillong

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  • 12Nohsngithiang Falls

    You have seen nothing in Meghalaya if you have not seen Nohsngithiang Falls. Also known as Seven Sister Falls, this waterfall is one of the most beautiful sights in the state of Meghalaya. It is popular with the name of seven Sister Falls because it has 7 segments with an average width of 70 meters. 

    Quite popular among local and foreign tourists, Nohsngithiang Falls is one of the best places to visit in Meghalaya. This spectacular wonder of nature in situated near Mawsmai Village in the East Khasi district of Meghalaya is 1035 feet tall and is among the tallest waterfalls in India. 

    The sight of this waterfall blanketed with mist and clouds is one of the most magical things you will ever see. The best time to visit this waterfall is after the monsoon season, for that is when you can see the water falling with its greatest might. If you get lucky, you may even get to witness a rainbow formation here.

    Location: East Khasi Hills, 1 Km from Mawsmai Village, Cherrapunji

  • 13Siju Cave

    The third longest cave system in India, located near Naphak Lane and Simsang River, Siju Cave is an ideal spot for history buffs and is a must visit a site in Meghalaya. It boasts of some of the finest river passages in the world. 

    Also popularly known as ‘Bat Cave’ this cave has magnificent limestone rock formations that leave spectators awestruck, and it is, of course, home to many different species of bats. The cave is dark since the sunlight does not reach inside it. Princess Di’s Chamber is another reason why you cannot skip this place on your trip to Meghalaya. The uniqueness of the cave makes it a popular spot among photographers too.

    Location: Siju Village, Near Bhagmara Town, 254 km from Shillong

  • 14Ialong Park, Jowai

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    Being popular for its green spaces and nature escapes, Meghalaya is the abode of nature lovers. Located in Jaintia Hills District, Ialong Park is home to many sacred groves. Whether you want a nature outing with family or want to test your landscape photography skills, this is the place you should be. 

    The park overlooks the picturesque Pynthorwah Valley which adds more charm to its scenic natural setting. Over the past few years, the park has gained popularity among tourists seeking peace in a place with no or negligible crowd. The park is adorned with water dams and canals. 

    And, if you do not feel like leaving the place behind, there are cottages where you can stay in nature’s lap. On your trip to Meghalaya, you cannot afford to miss a visit to this pretty and peaceful park where nature resides.

    Location: 8 km from Jowai, Lalong Village, West Jaintia Hills

  • 15Caves of Meghalaya

    Meghalaya is renowned all over the world for many remarkable places nature has blessed it with. The popularity of Meghalaya among tourists is largely attributed to its caves that are among the longest ones in India. Caves of Meghalaya comprises caves in different districts of Meghalaya including Jaintia Hills, Khasi Hills and Garo Hills. 

    Three factors work in unison to make such long caves in Meghalaya – heavy rains, elevation and limestone. Nine out of the ten longest caves in India are in Meghalaya. The longest ones of them being  Mawsmai Cave, Siju Cave, and Arwah Cave. 

    Such a large number of significant caves dating back to unknown periods make Meghalaya the abode of archaeology enthusiasts. If not to experience the seemingly never-ending rainfalls, one must travel to Meghalaya to check its fascinating caves.

    Location: Jaintia Hills, Khasi Hills and Garo Hills

  • 16Shillong View Point

    The beauty of Shillong justifies its position as the capital city of Meghalaya. Located atop the Shillong Peak at an elevation of 6548 feet, Shillong ViewPoint is the best viewpoint from where you can witness scenic vistas of the magical lush greenery that surrounds the region and the spectacular city. 

    If you forget to bring your camera to this spot, you are going to regret it until you come back to this spot because views of green hills covered in the mist are worth capturing. Spend some moments here to experience the serenity of hills and feel refreshed looking at the surrounding wilderness. 

    Just a short drive away from the city center, this point is a must visit a place to see Shillong from a different perspective.

    Location: Shillong peak, 11 km from Shillong

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  • 17Lady Hydari Park

    Located in the heart of Shillong City, Lady Hydari Park is one of the most beautiful parks in and around Shillong. The park is named after Lady Hydari who was the first lady of the province. This park is a popular attraction among locals and tourists. 

    It is a very well maintained and manicured park with a mini zoo in it. The mini zoo is home to wide varieties of animals, birds and reptiles. Animals like Leopard, Himalayan black bear, and Porcupine among many others are kept here. This park is a great choice for both nature and wildlife enthusiasts. 

    There is also a museum in the park. It does not matter if you have the company of your family, friends or loved one, this place is a good option for an outing.

    Timing: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Location: Lachumiere, 4 km from Shillong Bus Terminal

  • 18Balpakram National Park (Tura)

    Located in South Garo Hills, Balpakram National Park is, inarguably, the best place for wildlife lovers in the entire Meghalaya. Owing to its unique landscape, it is large compared to the Grand Canyon National Park of United States and is a picturesque place. 

    Balpakram National Park is often referred to as the “abode of perpetual winds”. Some of the major animal species that can be found here are Tiger, Elephant, Red Panda, etc. Besides, it also the home to many unique species of plants and trees. 

    Come here to explore the rich biodiversity or come here to capture some of the best shots, you will return happy from this place. There are more than just a few reasons making this popular a popular one among botanists, zoologists, and naturalists.

    Location: South Garo Hills District, 155 km from Tura

  • 19Ward's Lake

    A lush green garden in the middle of the city, and amidst that garden, a picturesque artificial lake. Shillong boasts of a number of places that mimic the beauty of heaven. One of the best places inside the city area one should not miss on their Meghalaya Trip is Ward’s Lake, also known as Pollock’s Lake. 

    Colorful flower beds, pretty bridges, and manicured lawns adorn this lake. You can engage in a number of light activities here like boating on the calm waters of the lake or taking a walk in the garden. The lake is believed to be more than 100 years old. The lake park receives a huge rush during the months of June and July.

    Timing: November – February- 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM; March – October- 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

    Location: Police Bazar, Shillong

  • 20Don Bosco Museum

    Meghalaya is a state with rich culture and heritage, and there is no better place to learn about the culture and the cultural history of Meghalaya than Don Bosco Museum, which has also been acclaimed as one of the finest and the largest museums in Asia. 

    The museum has 7 floors featuring 17 galleries that display artifacts that will help you take a walk through the culture of Northeast India. Apart from artifacts, the museum also stores wide ranges of artworks, attires, handicrafts, and weapons displaying the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous people of the region. 

    Don Bosco Museum is the most popular choice among history buffs and culturally curious tourists visiting Shillong, and the reason is obvious. Visit this museum for an excellent dose of Northeast Indian culture.

    Timing: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Closed on Sundays.

    Location: Mawlai Phudmuri, Shillong


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