meghalaya

Called the "Abode of Clouds", Meghalaya is a cool, serene mountain state that separates the Assam valley and the Bangladeshi plains. This hilly northeastern region is home to Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram- the wettest places on this planet (Cherrapunjee receives the highest rainfall). Don’t be surprised to see two set of landscapes; one that consists of the lush green, rain-fed forests and the other with barren land due to erosion. 

You will be amazed to witness waterfalls around every nook and corner in Meghalaya. Go hopping from one waterfall to the other and soak your feet into these water bodies. They are a great place for camping and fishing. Delve in the mysterious by visiting the secret, dark patches devoid of sunlight.…

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Seasons
Monsoon
Summer
winter
Cuisine
Jadoh
Pitha
Pumaloi
Languages
Hindi
Assamese
English
Getting There
By Air

Umroi airport, located around 35 Km from Shillong, is the only airport in Meghalaya where commercial flights operate from. However, there is limited number of flights operating from this airport. Hence, you can also fly to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati and then enjoy a 3 hours 30 minutes drive to Shillong. 

By Rail

Mendipathar is the first and only railway station in Meghalaya, a hilly state. Mendipathar - Guwahati Passenger is the only train from the station that runs on a daily basis. Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station situated at a distance of 105 Km from Shillong.

By Bus

Shillong is connected with Guwahati by NH 40. Various modes of transport including shared taxis, buses, and private cabs go through this route. The roads are good, so you can enjoy the journey without worrying about potholes.

Getting Around
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Government and private buses ply from the surrounding states to Shillong from various places like Guwahati, Tripura, Mizoram, Dimapur, Agartala etc. You can travel by local non-AC buses and share Sumos, which connect several parts of Meghalaya and other destinations of northeast. 

However, if you are looking for ease and comfort, you can also hire a taxi for a day and cover your destination. However, chisel your bargaining skills if you are planning to hire a taxi on the spot. You will have to negotiate if you want to explore other least visited tourist sites.  

Best advised to book a taxi before hand for travelling so that you won’t have any trouble searching for a suitable taxi at the right price. 

Top Activities
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Trekking

DOUBLE DECKER BRIDGE AND DAVID SCOTT TRAIL : Head out to bring home some unforgettable memories from Meghalaya, the land of tranquility, with this 4-day trekking trip to the Double Decker Bridge and David Scott Trail.

The trekking starts from Guwahati and goes through Shillong, Mawphlang Village, and Cherrapunjee. From the second day to third day of the tour, you will be completely immersed in the utmost happiness provided by trekking through the natural trails.

Grade: moderate

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Wildlife

NOKREK NATIONAL PARK: The Nokrek National Park is about 45 kms from Tura. Nokrek is the highest peak in Garo Hills and home to different species of wild animals including elephants and Hoolock gibbons. The Nokrek National Park has been established at Nokrek, and it abounds in various wildlife including herds of wild elephants, rare varieties of birds and pheasants, beside rare orchids

Location: West Garo Hills District

SELBAGRE HOOLOCK GIBBON RESERVE: This small area protected by the community is home to the Hoolock gibbons, the only ape species found in India. The sacred grove in the reserve is the pride of the village and the community. The Garos never kill or hunt the Hoolock gibbon as it is a traditional belief among them that if a Hoolock gibbon is killed, a famine or a curse would befall the entire village.

Location: Tura

BALPAKRAM NATIONAL PARK: It is a national wild life park, a home to one of the rarest animals in the world - the Lesser Panda or the Red Panda as it is commonly known. Balpakram (a place of perpetual winds), covering an area of about 220 sq km with a variety of wildlife including tigers, elephants, bisons, black bears, leopards, and sambar deer, is situated near Baghmara in south Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.

Location: Baghmara

Top Experiences
SHAD SUK MYNSIEM DANCE - APRIL

In every religious ritual of the Khasi tribe, the grand finale is the performance of a dance, a thanksgiving dance called "Shad Phur", which is now called "Shad Suk Mynsiem". The religious rituals or ceremonies might concern certain families, clans, or villages. 

CHAD SUKRA - APRIL

Pnar people believe that a farmer can start sowing the seeds on his land only after the festival is over. The festival is observed to invoke God, the Creator, to protect their crops from all forms of natural calamities besides ushering in peace and harmony among the people.

WANGALA FESTIVAL - NOVEMBER

The Wangala is a Garo post-harvest festival that marks the end of the agricultural year. It is an act of thanksgiving to the sun god of fertility, known as Misi-A-Gilpa-Saljong-Galapa. A nagara (a special drum used for calling the people on solemn occasions) is beaten.

BEHDIENKHLAM FESTIVAL - JULY

The Jaintia tribe of Meghalaya celebrates Behdienkhlam festival in July to chase away the demon of cholera. People seek blessings for a good harvest. Unlike the other festivals, women do not perform dances and instead cook food for offering to the god.  They congregate in a place known as Aitnar, and they sing to the tune of pipes while dancing at the same time; the dancers display tremendous emotional display when the Rots and wooden posts are brought in the pool in front of them.

NONGKREM DANCE - NOVEMBER

The 5-day Nongkrem festival in November is celebrated by the Khasi tribe as a harvest thanksgiving. Nongkrem or the goat killing ceremony is an important festival of the state. People wear traditional costumes, perform dances, and play music to celebrate the day.

CHERRY BLOSSOM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL - NOVEMBER

The entire state becomes a live stage for music, dance, and other performances. The festival features a number of events such as a guided night walk beneath illuminated cherry blossoms, a fashion show, live music gigs, and a variety of stalls showcasing the region’s cuisine, art and craft, and wine. Rock concert, unplugged western music, traditional folk music, and dance performances from all over the northern parts of India can also be witnessed at the festival, The Cherry Blossom Festival lasts for a maximum of a week to 10 days. It's a wonderful festival celebrated with great enthusiasm.

Health & Safety

TIP 1

Meghalaya is ranked 5th all over India for being the safest state for women. Whether you are planning to travel solo or with family or friends, just pack your bags and visit Meghalaya without any worries. 

TIP 2

Since Meghalaya is also known as the “Abode of Clouds”, it is advised that you carry antiseptic cream and medicines along with you. Always keep a personal first aid box.

Tip 3

While going for adventurous sports (like Rafting and Trekking), or exploring the forest and wildlife sanctuaries, always seek the guidance of an expert guide.

Shopping

Place 1

Lewduh market or Bara Bazaar enjoys the reputation of being the oldest and largest traditional market of not just Meghalaya but of all of northeast. 

Place 2

More modern than Bara Bazaar, Police Bazaar is home to a number of shops that just about cater to everyone.

Place 3

Bamboo and cane are the two main materials that can add an eco-friendly dimension to your house and can be bought from most of the ethnic villages in Meghalaya.

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