Explore Meghalaya
Meghalaya
Abode of nature

Meghalaya is a hilly state in Northeast India. Meghalaya, meaning 'abode of clouds' in Sanskrit, is blessed with numerous unique places which are a delightful treat for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. It's home to natural caves, scenic hill stations, magnificent waterfalls, pristine lakes, and a shimmering river, among others. The mountain forests and lowland tropical forests have a rich biodiversity of mammals, birds and plants which add to the beauty of this state.  


Popular cities/towns: 

  • Shillong

  • Cherrapunji

  • Tura 

  • Jowai 

  • Williamnagar

Climate
Meghalaya's climate is generally mild. The best time to visit the state is from April to June.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cool
  • March — Cool
  • April — Warm
  • May — Warm
  • June — Warm
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Wet
  • November — Cold
  • December — Cold
Things to do
Town Life
Shillong represents the rich cultural history and bountiful nature of Meghalaya. Police Bazar is the best place in Shillong to indulge in shopping. This modern marketplace features both modern and traditional shops. You'll find some fine restaurants as well. You can also buy souvenirs such as local artifacts, apparels and handicrafts. Mawlynnong Village is renowned as the cleanest village in Asia. The dense wilderness of this village is refreshing in every sense.
History & Heritage
Jaintia Hills is home to the world's tallest monoliths. Nartiang Market is considered as the largest collection of monoliths in one place. It is believed that these exquisite monoliths were erected at least 500 years ago. The collection of Moo Shynrang, Dolmens and Menhirs give a different aspect of Meghalaya.
Museums
Don Bosco Museum is a historic center with 17 galleries offering an insightful peek into the rich cultural history of Meghalaya. The exquisite collection of antiques, weapons, attires, artworks and handicrafts display the lifestyle and culture of the indigenous people of the region. The Air Force Museum, situated in Upper Shillong, gives interesting insights into the glorious history of Indian Air Force and the wars the country has fought. Wide range of things are exhibited including miniature models of aircrafts, missiles, rockets and the uniforms of air force pilots.
Nature & Adventure
Cherrapunji encompasses some of the best waterfalls in Meghalaya. It is regarded as the wettest place on the earth as it sees massive monsoon rainfall. Some viewpoints offer unforgettable views of the lush green surroundings of Cherrapunji. Nohsngithiang Falls, famously known as Seven Sisters Falls, is located near Mawsmai Village. This magnitude seven-segmented falls are among the highest waterfalls in the country. The cascading curtain of water creates a heavenly sight to behold. Nohkalikai waterfalls is one the most magnificent falls in the country. Falling from a verdant cliff at 1,115 ft this waterfall is a breathtaking sight to behold. Elephant Falls is one of the most popular falls in the Northeast. These majestic waterfalls comprise three falls in progression, of which, the first are tucked between thick trees. As the cascade of water hits the solid rocks, the sound is deafening but soothing. Dain-Thlen Falls, Wah Kaba Falls, Domre Falls, Kynrem Falls, Tyrshi Falls are some of the other scenic waterfalls in Meghalaya. Living-Root Bridge is the oldest natural bridge made up of roots of an Indian rubber tree. The Umshiang river flowing beneath the bridge as you walk over it, is one of a kind adventurous experience. Kyllang Rock is one of the highest points in Meghalaya. A climb to the top of this rock enables you to cherish the beautiful scenery of the encompassing zone. The northern side of this mammoth rock is adorned with rhododendrons and shrubs. Laitlum Canyon is one of the finest landscapes in the country. The abode of clouds perched into the heavenly Khasi Hills offers a soulful escape into nature. The 3000-steps-stairway leading to the top might feel strenuous but the panoramic views of sunsets and sunrises makes it worth it. Umngot river is the prime attraction of Dawki. The water is so clear that you can see the shadow of your boat into the river bottom. Surrounded by wilderness, boating on this pristine river is a rejuvenating experience. The Mawphlang Sacred Forest is a haven for an extraordinary network of plants and trees. Believed to be home of a deity named Labasa, this forest is very sacred for the local community. For a chilling adrenaline rush a visit to Mawthadraishan Peak is a must because trekking is the best way to capture the beauty and essense of this place. It offers panoramic views of the Garo Hills, Khasi Hills and Himalayas. Mawkdok Dympep Valley and Thangkharang Park are also ideal destinations if you desire an amalgamation of nature and adventure. Mawsmai Caves are historical, mysterious and intriguing. This limestone cave is an ideal place to explore for any history buff and photography enthusiast. Krem Liat Prah, the longest natural cave in India, is located in East Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya. If you are intrigued by mysteries, Krem Liat Prah is just the place for you. Siju Caves, Arwah Cave, Ka Bri Ki Shynrang are a few other popular caves of the state. Garo Hills comprises five scenic districts. The region is known for its authentic tribal culture and dreamlike landscapes. It's home to densely forested hills, long natural caves and exotic flora and fauna. Khasi Hills is embellished with untainted nature and breathtaking landscapes. This region is home to Cherrapunji, Dawki River, Umiam Lake, Shillong, Mawlynnong and Mawsynram. Encompassed with dense rainforests and magnificent hills, Khasi offers a refreshing retreat. Jaintia Hills is famous among tourists for its picturesque hills, valleys and plethora of natural attractions it possesses within its realm. Besides natural caves, Nartiang monoliths, Krang Suri Falls, and Thadlaskein Lake are the prime attractions in this mountainous region.
Lakes
Ward's Lake is one of the most famous tourist places in Shillong. It is an artificial lake surrounded by lush greenery and a number of promenades paved in cobble-stones. The calm waters of the lake and the serene ambience enclosed within its area offers a peaceful escape from the chaos of the big city. Umiam Lake is a beautiful man-made reservoir enclosed by lush green East Khasi slopes. The sunset view from this lake is breathtaking. This pristine lake can be explored via boating and yachting. Thadlaskein Lake has deep ancient roots and even holds religious importance for a certain local community. Owing to its scenic beauty, it has become a favourite picnic spot for the locals.
Wildlife
Balpakram National Park is a paradise for wildlife photographers and wildlife enthusiasts as you can spot fascinating animals like Red panda, leopards, elephants, tigers, wild buffaloes, Indian Bison, Lesser Panda, and Sterow. Its rich biodiversity is a delightful treat for nature lovers. Nokrek National Park, situated near Tura Peak, is a major hub of biodiversity. It shelters exotic wildlife species such as Red Panda, Asian Elephant and Marbled Cat. A variety of birds can also be spotted here. Baghmara Reserve Forest, Siju Bird Sanctuary, Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary and Lady Hydari Park are other popular places where exotic wildlife can be found.
Places of Worship
All Saints Cathedral is one of Shillong's oldest churches. Seek the blessings of the father almighty and spend some time in the beautiful greenery of this place. Another popular place of worship is the Mary Help of Christians Cathedral.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

A major chunk of Meghalaya can be covered in 8 to 10 days. Spend a day in Shillong then take a day trip to Jowai. Take a short day trip to the mystical Krem Liat Prah caves in East Jaintia Hills. From here go to Cherrapunji and spend two days at this scenic place exploring its natural beauty. If you seek adventure, Mawthadraishan Peak has the perfect trekking trails with scenic surroundings. This majestic peak is located to the northern side of the road connecting Nongstoin and Shillong. Next you can visit Balpakram National Park during the day to spot some exotic wildlife species. Spend a day in Williamnagar to visit the picturesque waterfalls, river, gardens and caves. You can end your trip at Tura by spending a day or two exploring the nature-rich Tura Peak and nearby attractions. 


Cuisine
  • Meghalaya food mainly comprises rice, fish, meat and vegetable curries. The cuisine of this quaint state can be divided in Garo, Khasi and Jaintia styles. Some famous traditional dishes include Jadoh, Doh-Khlieh, Nakham Bitchi, Pumaloi, Momos, Tungrymbai, Minil Songa and pickled bamboo shoots, among others.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Meghalaya can vary, the average cost of food is approximately INR 200 per meal.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 100. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Others need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • November

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 10 days

Known For
  • Hills
  • Peaks
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Caves
  • Forests
  • Wildlife
Areas to Visit
  • East Khasi Hills for waterfalls and lakes
  • West Jaintia Hills for archeological monoliths
  • East Jaintia Hills for natural caves
  • West Garo Hills for Tura Peak and wildlife
  • South Garo Hills for Baghmara Reserve Forest and Balpakram National Park

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