Meghalaya Tourism, India 2020 (61 Tours & Activities)

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.
Our tour started with a sightseeing expedition in Guwahati itself. Visited Umananda and Kamakhya temple, also saw the magnificent Brahmaputra river. Be prepared to bear a crazy rush in the temples, especially when you are visiting in season. Then we headed for Shillong and took a halt at the Umiam lake viewpoint, was a decent man-made lake. We clicked some pictures and started our journey again. Stayed in Shillong for day one. Nice hotel, good facilities. Next morning, we traverse across the town visiting a few parks, museums, markets and churches. The third day was really exciting, the twisty and vegetation laden hilly turns took us to Cherrapunji. Amazing location. Enroute, we also spotted Elephant fall and Shillong peak. Went to Nohkalikai falls on the same day along with Mawsmai caves and Krem falls. The hotel we stayed in had a wonderful view of the valley. Next day we started for the famous Mawlynnong and Dawki villages, was completely mind blown to be in these locations. It was worth every penny I spent on this tour.
Excellent
No words to describe my time in the Northeast. Cherrapunji is love, no matter whenever you visit this place, it always looks green and prospering. The villages Dawki and Mawlynnong were my personal favourite on this trip. Keep extra clothes for the adventure you will be getting in near many waterfalls, and rivers of Shillong and Meghalaya. My mother loved visiting the Kamakhya temple for the first time and being a Bengali, she was so impressed by the temple and the story associated with the making of this temple
Excellent
Nohkalikai fall was hidden by clouds so even after spending almost an hour at the spot, we couldn’t see it properly. The other waterfalls on this tour like Elephant fall and Krem fall are to die for. The pools at the bottom of these falls are so attractive, blue and clear water lures you into throwing yourself into one. We had a great time touring with Sounak who was our driver and also the guide. I would like to rate this adventure full because I am truly satisfied with everything provided on this trip.
21 December 2019
Excellent
It was an amazing experience. I had so much fun with my friends and family. Everything was well managed and perfect. Thanks thrillophilia for this wonderful tour.
07 December 2019
Excellent
Had an amazing time in meghalaya all thanks to Thrillophilia. Amazing place and amazing people. Recommended to everyone.
03 November 2019
Superb
My story with Thrillophilla starts with having seen the 1st link of it while searching for tour to Meghalaya on Google. I liked the name so clicked the link. Having a rough overlook I just filled a small detail part. Then having a talk with Amanpreet Kaur di she just took the whole journey ahead... First of all thanks to her for making it a success :) Kudos to her!! She is understandable and frank.. Doesn't get irritated on questioning, helpful and sweet, though sometimes a bit late at some things as she forgets coz she says she was busy but she manages that afterwards :) The driver bhaiya -Jon Jyoti started my journey through airport n till I was safely dropped at railway station. He is professional and a nice person. He tried his best to make us comfortable and enjoy the journey. The arrangements made for me by Thrillophilla n tour operator were nice and apprecible. Though at some places inconveniences happened bt at the same time nothing is perfect, those were manageable so overall it was Ok. Importantly, I was a bit worried about my parents comfort but they enjoyed their journey...If car accomdation a bit more spacious it would have lit a fire to the journey though it was not bad too. For everything I m really really thankful to you... Will look forward sure to have you in my future journeys!! :) :)
30 August 2019
Excellent
It was an amazing experience. I just loved it. Thank you Thrillophilia for arranging such an amazing tour.
Excellent
It was a fantastic experience!!! I took this trip with my sisters and we enjoyed every second of it.Everyone from our driver Mr Modan to our hotel manager Mr John to our coordinator Mr Bikash were extremely helpful and cooperative.Trek to Rainbow falls was the highlight of our trip.I would recommend it one hundred percent, worth five star experience. Only regret is that I wish Ii would hav lasted longer

People Also Ask About Meghalaya

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    Meghalaya Tourism

    Books

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


  4. 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.

  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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
  19. 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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