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COVID-19 : MEGHALAYA is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 09 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to MEGHALAYA?

Entry to Meghalaya requires an e-pass. No entry will be allowed for leisure travel.

  • wearing face masks in public areas is compulsory
  • Following social distancing in public areas is mandatory
  • Inter-state movement is restricted
  • An e-pass is mandatory for essential travel which can be applied at govt. website
  • Night curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM extended till August 17 in East Khasi Hills
  • Lockdown restrictions relaxed on a number of activities including sale of essential goods, courier services for essential goods, e- commerce operations in essential goods and common service centres during the lockdown period.
  • Mandatory home quarantine of 14 days for people coming for outside the state
  • All people entering from other states will have to undergo COVID-19 test. If tested negative, home quarantine for 14 days will be applicable. If tested positive, appropriate treatment would be carried over.
Flights

Flights are available from Kolkata to Shillong Airport

Local Transport

Public transport such as SPTS buses and maxi cabs are operational

Meghalaya government is taking precautionary steps to make it safe enough for the travellers. Once tourism restarts in Meghalaya, Thrillophilia recommends you to follow all safety guidelines issued by the government and practice personal hygiene while visiting Meghalaya, to stay safe.

Hotels in Meghalaya planned to be reopened by July 1 Updated: 25 Aug 2020

Meghalaya Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong today informed hotels in the State will be re-opened from July 1.Read more.

Public transport resumes in Meghalaya on May 4th Updated: 25 Aug 2020

The Meghalaya government has decided to allow mining activities, public transport and industrial estates to resume operations from May 4.Read more.

Tourist attractions in Meghalaya stand close due to COVID-19 Updated: 25 Aug 2020

The official site of Megahlaya Tourism Board states that all tourist attractions in Meghalaya stand close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See more.

Entry pass required to enter Meghalaya Updated: 25 Aug 2020

Travellers looking to visit Meghalaya for important reasons, will have to apply for an e-pass for entry.

All entry points of Meghalaya close on first week if every month Updated: 25 Aug 2020

Due to the recent rising of COVID cases in Meghalaya, the borders of the state will be closed for the first week every month.Read more.

Yoga institutes, gyms, cyber cafes and gaming parlours open from 20th August Updated: 17 Aug 2020

With proper compliance to the government issued SOPs and guidelines, yoga institutes, gyms and cyber cafes are given the permission to reopen in Meghalaya. Read more.

Shopping Mall and Complexes reopen Updated: 17 Aug 2020

Shopping Malls and Complexes reopen in Meghalaya with fixed shops open between 8 AM to 8 PM in rotation basis alternatively.Read More

Meghalaya Tourism


Meghalaya, meaning the “abode of clouds” is a paradise for nature lovers. A hill station that is home to beautiful, mesmerising sky in true sense has captivated minds of tourists all across the globe. It is perfectly nestled in the northeast of India in the Himalayas. The erstwhile state of Assam spread over an area of 22, 429 square kilometres, and lies between 20.1° N and 26.5° N latitude and 85.49 °E and 92.52 °E longitude. It is bordered to Assam to the north and east and meets Bangladesh to its south and east side. The state filled with huge hills, valleys, numerous lakes, captivating waterfalls, pitch dark caves, and sacred forests; there is no dearth of tourist places in Meghalaya. You can expect panoramic views, foggy hills, terraced slopes, cascading waterfalls, and serpentine rivers mesmerising your soul

Locals here are inhabited by three tribes mainly-Khasi, Pnar and Garo and are very friendly. English is the official language of the State so international travellers don’t have to worry. Couples can take a romantic trip enjoying the pleasant climate, friends and families can relax in the lap of nature in cities like Shillong and adventure enthusiasts can take up the challenge of trekking through the difficult terrains of Meghalaya.

Shillong, Tura, Jowai, Cherrapunjee, Nongpoh, Baghmara are some of the famous tourist destinations in Meghalaya. To be more specific Wards Lake, Lady Hydari Park, Sweet Falls, the Butterfly Museum, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Thangkarang Park, Eco Park, Khoh Ramhah, Green Rock Ranch are tourist places in Meghalaya - all worth visiting. When it comes to taking back something, you are going to be satisfied with your bag of moments turning into memories plus can also take along the brilliant handicrafts that are made of the residents of this state. Overall, this overwhelmingly beautiful, green and alive state makes a perfect holiday destination and can be thoroughly enjoyed by all!
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31 May 2015
Excellent
This trek has a beautiful trek path. This can be done at any season. A couple of years back, my friend went to this trek in the month of March, and he said it was good. However, I read that going in the month of June-October is the best time to go. But I went in September because of holiday constraints and it was awesome. I totally loved it. It is completely worthy.
18 April 2017
Excellent
Highly recommended. We were a large family of 10 members, including children & aged parents & who booked package for Meghalaya & Shillong experiences. The host & their team where real caring, be it food, guidance, knowledge of local must things to do & we felt very homely. The homestay was excellent for cleanliness, hospitability, being tucked away from the chaos of the city, yet easily accessible to all amenities. Everyone of family were highly indebted to this wonderful hospitality & experience.
Vaishvi Varman Snorkeling in Dawki
Excellent
The experience was totally excellent and safe, Good safety gears and equipment, the staff were very caring really worth recommending.
Great place to be in a lap of nature with the overall amazing camping experience arranged by the expert team.
Chaitan Pandey Snorkeling in Dawki
Excellent
From the place itself, I was already excited, We were glad that we can book this activity online and skip the line at the activity place as this place was a great highlight especially in the month of November to February lots of locals and tourists visit there. The locals came there for a picnic with family and friends. Nice changing rooms, I enjoyed snorkeling, the river was awesome and truly crystal clear definitely you won't regret taking this experience.
18 November 2019
Excellent
Perfect place for solitude. Calm and Peaceful. The location is perfect, its on the edge of the hills, the downhills we can see plains of Bangladesh. The rooms are spacious and well maintained. The food is also delicious, The staff at stay is friendly and cooperative. looking forward to booking more trips from Thrillophilia. Cheers!
19 February 2020
Excellent
Highly recommended for everyone. We booked this hotel from Thrillophilia at the best discounted price. This website offers stays with the activities which was a perfect package to book for us. The location was good and the night view of the valley was also good. The rooms were nice, clean, and spacious. We even trekked to Nongriat which was so much fun. Totally loved the experience. And our guide was very cooperative and friendly. We even loved the bonfire and music activity at night.
It was an awesome experience in Shillong.A magnificent view of the valley from an altitude. Clear blue sky, golden sunshine and greenery all around, what more could one ask for.
Interesting trip, the driver was nice and well-behaved, we managed to visit all the tourist spots. Really a good experience
Excellent
From the start of booking until the experience everything was as what as promised, service was nice and good. Kudos

People Also Ask About Meghalaya

  1. Is drinking allowed in Meghalaya?

    Meghalaya does not have stringent drinking laws. You must be above 18 years of age to start drinking. You must also not drink in public or holy places.

  2. What is the best time to visit Meghalaya?

    No matter what time of the year, Meghalaya will welcome you with breathtaking views worth cherishing a lifetime. This state majorly experiences only two seasons- the monsoon and the winters.

     

    Monsoons

    The temperature in monsoons ranges between 10 to 30 degree, while the winters dip down to 2 degrees or even below. The best time for sightseeing in Meghalaya is from October to June when the climate is pleasant and the views are stunning.

  3. How to reach Meghalaya?

    Meghalaya is well connected to all major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, etc and all other parts of India. You can primarily use any of the below transport facilities from any Indian city and board flights from foreign destinations.

     

    • Train: Major cities like Shillong, Kaziranga, Guwahati and many more have regular train services and you can reach any of these destinations without any inconvenience.

     

    • Bus: Major cities like Shillong, Kaziranga, Guwahati and many more have regular bus services and you can reach any of these destinations without any inconvenience.

     

    • Flights: Shillong airport and Baljek airport are two airports you can fly down to in Meghalaya.
  4. Which are the best places to visit in Meghalaya?

    Meghalaya greets every traveller happily and you are sure to enjoy its hospitality. There is an abundance of places to visit in Meghalaya where you can enjoy the best of this state at any of the following destinations:

    For nature Lovers:

    • Shillong
    • Guwahati
    • Sherapunji
    • Dawki
    • Mawsynram
    • Umiam
    • Nongpoh

     

    For adventure enthusiasts:

    • Dawki
    • Nongriat
    • Tura
    • Garbhanga forest

     

    For wildlife explorers:

    • Baghmara
    • Nokrek national park
    • Guwahati
    • Upper Shillong forest
  5. What things can I do in Meghalaya?

    When in Meghalaya, you are going to be flattered by natural beauty surrounding you. So except for the time spent in appreciating nature, here’s what you can do:

     

    • Hog at Trattoria
    • Walk on the fascinating root bridges
    • Hangout at cafe Shillong
    • Celebrate Nongkrem festival like a local
    • Go shopping at Lew Duh
    • Get sporty at Shillong Golf Course
    • Enjoy the dramatic Nohkalikai Falls
    • Meet endangered species at Nokrek Biosphere Reserve
    • Take a romantic walk at Ward’s lake
  6. Which are some best resorts to stay in Meghalaya?

    The resorts you choose to stay in, add to the overall experience of your trip. So you might as well hold on, analyse and take a while to choose the best one. Here is a list of resorts from various parts of the state you should certainly consider staying in when in Meghalaya.

     

    • Polo Orchid Resort

    Location: Mawsmai - Nongthymmai, Sohra

     

    • Best Holiday Inn

    Location: Upper Lachumiere | near Malki Point, Shillong

     

    • Hotel Polo Towers

    Location: Polo grounds, Shillong

     

    • Hotel Pegasus Crown

    Location: Wards Lake Road, Police Bazar, Shillong

     

    • Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort

    Location: Village Laitkynsew | Village Laitkynsew, Cherrapunjee

     

    • Hotel Rikman Continental

    Location: West Garo Hills, Tura

  7. Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Meghalaya?

    The local cuisine of Meghalaya is mostly rice, dried fish and meat. The food is bland but is topped with hot fish chutney that gives it better taste. One of the local favourites is "Jadoh", a dish which is prepared with pork and rice. People here also drink a lot of rice beer locally called as ‘Kyat’. Below is a list of some best places where you can enjoy the best of local cuisine in Meghalaya.

     

    • Cafe Shillong

    Location: L.P. Building Niit Building, Main Road, Laitumkhrah, Shillong

     

    • Ginger Restaurant

    Location: Hotel Polo Towers, Polo Grounds, Shillong

     

    • Phunga

    Location: Laitumkhrah Main Road | Opposite Sweety Studio,Near HDFC Bank ATM, Shillong

     

    • Trattoria

    Location: Police Bazaar, Shillong

     

    • City Hut Family Dhaba

    Location: Earle Holiday Home Oakland Road, Shillong

  8. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Meghalaya?

    People of Meghalaya usually use the bus transport for local commuting. The buses are available at regular frequency and in all parts of the state. The major cities are also well connected with each other. Except for this, you can also board the yellow and black unmetered taxis for internal travelling. You can check the estimated rate of your ride from any local or the hotel you’re staying in.

  9. What are the best places of shopping in Meghalaya?

    Everybody is fond of shopping and Meghalaya happily satisfies us when it comes to shopping. Generally, Shillong is the most visited place when it comes to shopping. There are several places in the state from where you can pick up a handful of souvenirs for your loved ones. Here are a few you should definitely visit:

     

    • Lewduh (market also known as Bara bazaar)
    • Police Bazaar
    • Laitumkhrah

     

    For handlooms and handicrafts,

    • Meghalaya Handicrafts
    • Khadi Gramodyog
    • Purbashree
  10. Which are some famous caves in Meghalaya for caving experience?

    A traveller's Meghalaya Tour is incomplete without visiting the deep dense forests that have some beautiful caves that manage to get the explorer out in you. When in this state, visiting these caves is a must as they give you a great sense of adventure. Meghalaya has more than 500 roughly and many of which are yet to be explored and mapped. Here are a few popular ones you should definitely head to-

     

    • Mawsmai Cave
    • Dobakhol Cave
    • Kotsaki-Umlawan
    • Krem Chympe
    • Krem Dam
    • Synrang Paming
    • Krem Phyllut
    • Krem Mawnluh
    • Krem Shrieh
    • Krem Lympat
    • Krem Lamet Latang
    • Kut Sutiang
    • Dobhakol Chibe Nala
  11. Which are the famous trekking trails in Meghalaya?

    Trekking in Meghalaya can be a challenging affair. An advantage is that unlike the Himalayas, these trails are not snow-wrapped so you don’t have to carry a lot of winter clothing on yourself. Moreover, be welcomed by flora fauna that you may get to see nowhere else. These intimidating rare species make your trek absolutely worth it! Here are some of the best trekking trails of Meghalaya-

     

    • Smit
    • Mawlyngot
    • Pynursla
    • Living Root Bridge
    • Kyllang Rock
    • David Scott Trail
    • Sohpet-bneng
  12. Which are some of the famous festivals of Meghalaya?

    Meghalaya is a state full of celebrations. It is joyful, vibrant and filled with positive vibes. If you’re planning a visit here, try and be a part of at least one festival.

     

    • Khasi Festival
    • Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance
    • Nongkrem Dance
    • Jaintia Festival
    • Behdienkhlam Festival
    • Laho Dance Festival
    • Chad Sukra
    • Garo Festival
    • Wangala Festival
    • Ranikor Festival
  13. How far is Cherrapunji from Shillong and What is special about it?

    Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is located at a mere distance of 55 km from the town of Shillong. This place attracts lakhs of tourists every year and is special because it is one of the wettest places on planet. It is nestled in the East Khasi Hills about 50 km southwest of the state’s capital and is also known as Sohra or Churra. The name means the ‘land of oranges.’ Moreover, the place is also popular to be the home of living root bridges, bridges that can hold up to 50 people at a time and are a result of bioengineering practiced by the locals.

  14. Where is Living Root Bridge located in Meghalaya? Why is it famous?

    The living root bridge is situated in the Cherrapunji part of Meghalaya, the wettest place on earth. There are 11 functional root bridges in this area and all of them look exceptionally good. The most famous of these is the "double-decker" root bridge which is a 150+ year old man-made natural wonder. However, visiting this bridge is not easy as you have to trek through the difficult trails of forest. But the tiring journey is totally worth it eventually.

  15. Which are must visit waterfalls in Meghalaya?

    Meghalaya is home to list of best and spectacular waterfalls on East Khasi Hills district and has beautiful hill station with plenty of tourist attraction all around. In and around Shillong there are numerous waterfalls Bishop Falls, Elephant Falls, Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls, Crinoline Falls and Beadon Falls.

    • Nohkalikai Falls-335 metres

    • Nohsngithiang Falls-315 metres

    • Langshiang Falls-337 metres

    • Kynrem Falls-305 metres

    • Bishop Falls-135 metres

    • Beadon Falls-135 metres

    • Sweet Falls-96 metres

  16. What are famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Meghalaya?

    Other than the beautiful waterfalls, scenic mountains and breath-taking clouds, Meghalaya is also the home to a variety of rare flora and fauna. You can spot rare species of birds and animals in any of the below listed national parks and wildlife sanctuaries…

     

    • Nokrek National Park
    • Balpakram National Park
    • Siju Bird Sanctuary
    • Baghmara Reserve Forest
    • Nongkhyllem Sanctuary
  17. Where is Mawlynnong Village located? Why it’s so famous?

    Mawlynnong Village, also known as God’s Own Garden is popular for all the right reasons. It has bagged the title of the cleanest village in India and has also stood ahead with achieving 100 percent literacy rate or in promoting women empowerment. Mawlynnong is located in Cherrapunji and mainly inhabited by Khasi tribe. It is home to the UNESCO world heritage site, the living root bridges. Moreover, the food prepared by locals of this village is purely organic. Even the meat here comes from in-house bred birds and animal. Interesting, isn’t it?

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