(Last Updated on : 03/08/2019)
With lush green landscapes, picturesque surroundings, white clouds and mists, the north eastern state
has been rightly called the abode of clouds. This Indian state is an incredibly beautiful tourist destination and over the years tourism in Meghalaya has proliferated immensely.
There are several national parks, wildlife sanctuaries
and majestic waterfalls which enhance the beauty of the state. Meghalaya also offers adventure
tourism in the form of mountaineering
, rock climbing
and hiking, caving and water sports
. Discussed elaborately below are the prime activities and places that facilitate tourism in Meghalaya:
One of the wettest places on Earth, the town of Cherrapunji
stands at an elevation of 1,484 m above the misty valleys and foaming rivers
, sheltered in swirling clouds and perched on an escarpment. Most of the tourist attractions of Meghalaya are located here in this town, starting with waterfalls to caves and even national parks.
Some of the famous tourist spots in Cherrapunji are the Mawsmai Cave
, Krem Mawmluh Cave, Nohkalikai Falls
, double decker Living Root Bridge, Seven Sisters Falls
, Dainthlen Falls
, Krem Phyllut, Thangkharang Park, Eco Park, Kynrem Falls, Motrop or Khoh Ramhah, Dawki, Mawlynnong, Mawsmai Falls, Nongsawlia, Mawsynram, Khasi Monoliths and the Nokrek National Park
Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya:
Mostly common in the state of Meghalaya, the Living Root Bridges are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees and has a life span of up to 500 years. The Umshiang double decker Root Bridge of the Nongriat village is the most popular and is traversed by tourists frequently. There are three known examples of double bridges with two parallel or nearly parallel spans. Out of these, two are in the West Jaintia Hills near the villages of Padu and Nongbareh, and one is in Burma Village, in the East Khasi Hills.
Waterfalls of Meghalaya:
The waterfalls of Meghalaya cascade down a great height into the steep mountains
and are major tourist attractions. Nohkalikai, one of the tallest waterfalls in India is a major attraction in the state. Some of the other popular waterfalls in Meghalaya are the Elephant Falls, Shadthum Falls, Weinia Falls, Bishop Falls
, Langshiang Falls
and Sweet Falls.
Caves of Meghalaya
: The state of Meghalaya is home to few of the longest cave passages in the country. It is seen that a large number of caves in Meghalaya are located in the low mountainous regions of the Garo
and Jaintia Hills districts
. Studies have revealed that out of the ten longest and deepest caves in India, the first nine are in Meghalaya. The Krem Liat Prah
is the longest natural cave and Synrang Pamiang
is the deepest.
National Parks of Meghalaya
: There are many parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Meghalaya, some of them are Balpakram National Park, Nokrek National Park
as well as the Nokrek Biosphere Elephant Reserve
, Siju Bird Sanctuary
Pitcher Plant Sanctuary and Nongkhyllem Sanctuary
The Balpakram National Park is situated to the extreme south Garo hills of Meghalaya. Apart from elephants
and tigers, the great hornbill
, wildcats, wild buffalo and leopards
are also found here. Hillock gibbons
, the only ape species found in India, are found in this National park. The Siju bird sanctuary is one of the finest bird sanctuaries
in the north east region. This sanctuary is a bird watcher's delight. It is a home to many unique varieties of birds as well as those which are on the verge of extinction.
Lakes of Meghalaya
: Meghalaya is known for its many natural and manmade lakes
. The Umiam Lake
in the state is a beautiful lake which is surrounded by mountains. This makes for an ideal picnic spot for the tourists. The Ward Lake
is an artificial lake and is quite popular for boating and water sport activities.
Situated in the Khasi Hills
, Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya is a prime tourist spot for recreation. Then there is Jowai, the second biggest town in the state
is the gateway to Nartiang
, a delightful village
further north that has a bizarre collection of druid stones. Tourism in Meghalaya is a flourishing business due to its serene locales and scenery.
Visiting Information on Meghalaya
The railway station
at Guwahati is the nearest station to the state at a distance of about 189 km and the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport
is the closest at about 157 km from Meghalaya.