In literal terms, Meghalaya means ‘Abode Of Clouds’, which aptly characterizes this extremely beautiful state of Northeast India. Khasi, Garo and Jaintia are the major tribes of Meghalaya constituting the majority of its population. Its capital city Shillong reminded the Britishers of their own country due to which they named it ‘Scotland of the East’. The Undulating hills, sprawling coniferous forests, beautiful lakes and tropical climate attract several visitors from around the world. The Nonghrem Dance Festival celebrated in November is a popular Khasi festival. All the festivals are celebrated with dance and music. Jadoh and Kyat are all time favorite delicacies of the locals.
Places to Visit In Meghalaya:
Shillong: The capital city of Meghalaya is one of the most popular tourist destinations in northeast India. Due to its unique topography and soothing climate, it was also referred to as ‘Scottland of the East’.
Barapani (Umiam Lake): Locally known as Umiam Lake, Barapani is a famous hub for water sports activities including sailboats, speedboats and water scooters. Adjoining to this lake is Nehru Park known for containing unique varieties of butterfly and orchids.
Shillong Peak: Located at an altitude of 1961 m. (6,433 ft), it is the highest point of Shillong. The name has originated from ‘Leishyllong’ meaning ‘God’ offering a panoramic view of the whole city.
Elephant Falls: Located about 10 Kms away from the Shillong town, this is the one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Meghalaya. The best time to visit the Elephant Falls is during monsoons when the natural beauty is at its best. It is surrounded by forests covered with thick bamboo groves and ferns with some exquisite species of birds, butterflies and orchids.
Wards Lake: Located in the heart of Shillong City adjoining the governor’s residence is the famous Wards Lake. It is shaped like a horseshoe and is one of the prominent hangout spots in Shillong.
Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian: It is the largest Cathedral in Meghalaya situated in Laitumkhrah. It is immensely inspired by the European art and architecture.
Shillong Golf Course: Located in a valley at an altitude of 5200Ft., it is the third oldest Golf Course in India. The valley is covered with thick grooves of rhododendron and pine trees.
Cherrapunji: Once known as the wettest place on earth, it offers an amazing view of the deep valleys, hilly terrains and spectacular water falls. It is located in the southern part of the khasi hill adjoining to the border of Sylhet district in Bangladesh.
Nohkalikai Falls: Located about 4 Kms from the Cherrapunji, it is the fourth longest waterfall in the world. Nohkalikai Falls derived its name from a local legend meaning ‘Fall of Ka Likai’.
Mawsmai Cave: The natural limestone cave is one of the major attractions for the people of Cherrapunji. Mawsmai Cave is located about 6 km away from Cherrapunji offering a splendid view of myriads of stalagmites and stalactites cave structures.
Thangkharang Park: At a distance of about 12 Kms from the Cherrapunji, this park has some rare varieties of birds and orchids. From this park, the plains of Bangladesh can be clearly seen.