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What You Should Know More About Meghalaya

  • Travel Advice

    • Book your accommodation prior to travelling in Meghalaya.

    • Get an emergency travel kit and a health check up before travelling to any part of this state.

    • Avoid going to isolated places or trekking without a guide.

    • You can ask for cars service from the hotels front desk. Pay the taxis their fair only after reaching destination and do not tip them.

    • Hire cars that have valid number plates.

    • Always keep emergency numbers of the local area with you handy.

    • Keep your name tags and address inside the luggage.

    • Do not deposit your credit cards and other important travel documents at the hotels safety deposit.

    • Keep all your medications with you and do not accept anything edible from strangers.

    • Before buying bottled water check for date of packing and expiry date.

    • Beware of staged accidents that catch tourists off guard.

    • Do not discuss your travel plans openly and beware of eavesdroppers.

  • Drinking Laws

    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.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    Meghalaya Tourism

    Books

    Meghalaya: Webster's Timeline History, 1936 – 2007 by Icon Group International


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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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?

Traveller Tales from Meghalaya

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Tara Sharma

31 May 2015

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.

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Anupama

18 April 2017

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.

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Navaneeth

12 April 2017

Meghalaya.. A journey worth a mention!!! In this materialistic world, it is indeed necessary for a person to break free every now & then, enjoy mother nature to stay fresh & get our inner strength back. Last month, it was my time to break free & what can suit better than a trip to Meghalaya, one of the seven sister states of North East. After careful review, I decided to proceed with this team & It proved not to be a wrong decision. The tour plans, hospitality, arrangements, time management were absolutely perfect I should say. More than that this team knows this part of India like back of their hand, which made us comfortable & feel safe. I could feel the mother earth in its purest form through their well-planned itinerary. I could see the beauty of nature through its falls, forest, rivers, & caves. The team ensured to take us to many unexplored places which was really adventurous. The team also took us to some villages wherein we could learn and mingle with the villagers & learn their culture. The trip was relaxing & thanks to the team for the wonderful arrangements throughout the trip to keep us fresh, relaxed & ensuring that we enjoy every bit of the trip. Kudos to the team for their wonderful work… Hope to see you guys soon in my next trip… 

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Shiva Kumar

25 March 2017

MEGHALAYA- is a must visit place at least once in life time..! & this team made it the most memorable one in my life..! Right from their pickup from the airport and their drop back on the last day it was so very well organised.. completely customised the way we wanted it..! We were taken to the most beautiful and untouched places which were so beautiful and unique in its own way.. & trust me many tourists don't even know those places..! And to be mentioned is the cultural feel u get in their home stay - it's just awesome.! And their food and snacks- really loved it..! On a whole.. it was worth the money and worth the time we send..!

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Rajinder Butt

15 March 2014

Meghalaya is such a beautiful place, the trek was thrilling. I went with my 3 other friends on a backpacking trip to North East. We decided to take this trek because it was looking good in pics and indeed it is one of the best trek I did.

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Dhana Guha

23 August 2015

I so loved this trekking. Meghalaya is a wonderful place. The climate, the culture, the heritage, and the whole surroundings deserve a great applause. I so loved it. I wish I could just stay here. It was wise decision from my side to have taken this trip along with a couple of days stay in this wonderland. No one can ever say no to staying at this beautiful place. I wish to visit this place again and again. This is such a wonder. Do take this trek, you will fall in love with the place.

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Charuvrat Ahluwalia

26 September 2013

Meghalaya trekking was fine. The weather was good, which made the trek feel nicer. I am recommending this trek to all you trek enthusiasts. Have a nice experience trekking in Meghalaya. Everything about this place deserves applause. They have a really rich cultural heritage and food. It is also a nice place for shopping too. Along side the trek try to stay over here for a couple of days to enjoy the shopping, culture and food of this little known place of India.

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Akshat Asan

13 September 2014

Meghalaya Trek is one of the best treks I had known about. Trekking is no longer a distant dream for many as trekking groups are started and are functional all over the country. There are many moderate level challenging treks that are available in across India for trekking enthusiasts. We, some of the Delhi Trekkers, took this trek and it was amazing. The trek was definitely tedious and exhausting, but It was a spellbinding experience.

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Marut Gill

15 July 2015

WOW! The trek I took here was amazing. I totally loved it. It was very interesting. We had a really a nice time and fun. What is more interesting is that you get to stay in the camping rest house. This is fun if it is well planned. If you haven’t planned well, it can be tedious. Also local guides over charge, so go well planned with this trip.

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