Best places to visit in Meghalalya
1. Laitlum Canyon
Perched in the East Khasi Hills of Shillong, Laitlum is a wonderful spot covered with fog and mist. The beautiful view of green hills, foggy clouds, orchids and the bamboo plants all from one point might leave you spellbound. The not-so-explored Laitlum is popular for the most spectecular landscape in India and one of the best place to visit in Meghalaya. The terrain is a bit difficult to maneuver but with the right tools and with the help of local guidelines, it is trek worth taking. Laitlum should be in your bucket list if you are a true trekker.
Prominent for: Views
Location: Laitlum Canyons, East Khasi Hill District, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001
Tips: Try to reach the place during the afternoon as during mornings, you will see a cover of mist and fog blanketing the view. If you are a photographer or interested in photography, the place is all yours to capture the heaven through your lens.
2. Mawlynnong Village
Awarded with the title of cleanest village in Asia and this is how the village gained recognition amongst the travelers. Often termed as ‘God’s own Garden’ it is very hard to spot a single dusty road here. The village is an outstanding example of community-based eco tourism and the community has made collective effort to maintain the aura of a clean village. The village is quite beautiful and refreshing with the lush green surroundings, with waterfalls making the way to small streams. The orchids dangling from the trees adds beauty to the village . The village also provides breathtaking views of Bangladesh plains as the village is pinned on the Indo-Bangla border.
Prominent for: Cleanliness, Nature
Location: Mawlynnong, Meghalaya 793109
3. Dawki (Umngot River)
A small town located on the borders of India and Bangladesh worth visiting for it’s pristine emerald Umngot River- the river with crystal clear water. The distinctive charm of this river attracts tourist from all over the country, even abroad and makes it one of the best place to visit in Meghalaya. The surrounding greenery, the cold water and the beautiful suspension on the river Umngot makes Dawki a place worth visiting. The water is so clear that you can actually see the shadow of the boat into the bottom of the river.
Prominent for: Boat Ride, Nature
Location: Wah Umngot, Meghalaya 793109
Tips: The picturesque boat ride along the river is a must.
4. Double Decker Living Root Bridge
Located in the thick tropical forest of Meghalaya, the root bridge is one of the captivating man-made natural wonder. The 3 km long bridge which stands at a height of 2400 feet is frequently visited by travelers from all around the globe. These bridges are tangles of massive thick roots which can hold upto 50 people at a time. Having said that, this place is not for faint hearted people. There are about 3000 slippery steps down the stairs covered with mosses. Not built but grown, these root bridges are like an amazement and are absolutely unique.
Prominent for: Natural Beauty
Location: Nongriat Village, Sohra, Meghalaya
Tips: Head out for a walk in this unique bridge as it is one of the most unique place to visit in Meghalaya.
5. Krang Suri Waterfall
Located in the Amlarem Civil Sub Division, Krang Suri is one of the most exotic places to visit in Meghalaya. It is a spectacular waterfall that provides an amazing bird’s eye view of the entire area. The entire region is filled with visuals that take one’s breath away and no adventure enthusiast or nature lover can afford to miss this waterfall which is a tourists delight. It is a place where you can find a peace of mind, where you can relax and feel the beauty of the nature.
Prominent for: Waterfall, View
Location: West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, 793109
Things to carry along:
- Sun glass
- Medications (if any)
6. Elephant Falls
Elephant Falls is one of the most coveted destination tourist in Meghalaya. It is a 3 tired waterfall placed in the middle of a refreshing lush green forest. The first of the three is hidden among the trees, the second one, tamed and controlled water flowing from a certain height and the third, roaring down the stream below. The sheer serenity and the soothing sound of the crystal clear water makes Elephant Falls one of the best place to visit in Meghalaya.
Prominent for: Waterfall, Nature
Location: Upper Shillong, Shillong, Meghalaya, 793009
Elephant Fall Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tips: Carry your camera along with you, the sight of this waterfall is worth capturing in your camera.
7. Nohkalikai Waterfalls
The Nohkalikai Waterfall is the tallest plunge waterfall in India falling from a height of 1115 feet. Located at a short distance from the Cherrapunji town, this stunning waterfall is a wonder of nature in itself. It is a sight to behold as you can witness the tall waterfall standing on the edge of the cliff. The water roar its way down where it has carved a waterhole that appears green in summer and blue in winter.
Prominent for: Waterfall, View
Location: Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya, 793108
Entry Fees: INR 10 per person
Tips: Avoid making plans to visit the place during the monsoon season as thick clouds can ruin the entire view.
Here’s a little glimpse of the beautiful and breathtaking Meghalaya that would definitely make you wanna be at the place.
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