Meghalaya is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Northeast known as the Abode of Clouds. It is famous for being the wettest place on Earth making it a favorite place for those who love rain. It remains one of the rare places which could be visited all year round. Travelers would enjoy the delightful harmony between the natural and cultural beauty of Meghalaya constructed with human efforts. The majority of the population consist of the tribal people earning their livelihood through farming. Here are 5 beautiful places of Meghalaya one must visit:
1-Living Root Bridges (Nongriat Village, Cherapunjee)
Cherapunjee is a beautiful located in the Heart of Meghalaya, deep in the dense forest covered with rain for the most part of the year hides some astounding natural wonders. The living root bridges are the best example of the man-made natural wonders coexisting together. But as it’s said you can achieve every good thing after going through a tough journey, the trek to Nongriat Village is not easy. There are almost 2000 slippery stairs covered with mosses where even experienced trekkers have to carry a cane to avoid any injury. It is an adventurous journey altogether which makes it a place you can’t miss.
2-Mawlynnong Village (East Khasi Hills, Shillong)
Mawlynnong Village is a 3-hour drive from Shillong. It is the cleanest village in Asia and is one of the best places to hang out in Meghalaya. Also known as God’s own garden it is a perfect example of how local people could contribute to maintaining an ecotourism environment. It is hard to spot even a single piece of straw or dust here. Also, local people have constructed a basic guesthouse for tourists to stay. The Sky View Platform is constructed at the height of 80 feet on a tree which offers the panoramic view of Bangladesh.
3-Laitlum Canyon (Shillong, Meghalaya)
If you love trekking then Laitlum Canyon should surely make it into your bucket list of trekking expeditions you wanna go on. Although the terrain is a bit difficult but with right tools and proper local guidance the trek is worth taking. The trek could be completed in 4-5 hours after which the view from the top is breathtaking.
Many trekkers visit this place at the time of Sunrise or Sunset when the virtue of this place is at its peak. On the return journey, a bath in Lwai falls can help in overcoming the exertion of this trip.
4-Caves of Meghalaya
Meghalaya is also known for many caves. There are at least a thousand of them. Two of these caves are visited most frequently; Mawsmai Cave (Shella Road, Cherapunjee) and Siju Cave (Tura). Mawsmai Caves in Cherapunjee had some reputation among adventure seekers. The place was pitch black with twisted paths and to add to the thrill there was only one entry and exit point but now the place has been maintained as a show cave for tourists and hence the whole path is lit up. Siju cave has been the key point to observe natural phenomenon among cave researchers. The internal formation is of limestone and this is the first lime lighted natural cave in India.
It contains some of the finest river passages to be found anywhere in the world. There are magnificent limestone rock formations inside, which will fill any visitor with awe. Siju Cave is 265 kilometers (approx.) away from the capital city, Shillong, 35 kilometers (approx.) away from Baghmara, the District Headquarters of South Garo Hills and 135 kilometers (approx.) away from Tura, the district headquarter of West Garo Hills! #mesmerising #mesmerisingmeghalaya #meghalaya #incredibleindia #caves #cavesofmeghalaya #cavesofindia #limestonecave
5-Elephant Falls (Upper Shillong, Meghalaya)
The Falls were named after the structure of black rocks which resembled an Elephant. Unfortunately, this structure was destroyed in one of the earthquakes in Meghalaya. The waterfalls are made of three steps one hiding in the forest, the second one controlled, flowing on a certain height and the third and the fastest one ending into the stream below. Elephant Falls is famous for its evening view, the fading light with highly contrasted waterfall wins heart over. The golden glow in the water and its natural beauty makes these falls one of the must-visit places in Meghalaya.
Elephant Falls , Shillong! No elephant structure is there as it was destroyed in year 1897 in an earthquake. Three different falls flowing in a line one after the other, there are a flight of stairs to take to see the various stages of the waterfall. It boasts of visit by the Prime Minister in 2016. #clickshotindia#csitravel
Written by Harsh