The Abode of Clouds
|Altitude||1250 metres (4100 ft)|
|Climate||Summer: 27°C Max - Min 17.2°C
Winter: 15°C Max - Min 7.2 °C
Rainfall: 472 inches annually
|Best Season||March to June & October to February|
|Clothing||Tropical in summer and woolen in winter|
|Language Spoken||Khasi, Nepali, Bengali and Assamese|
Meghalaya, is a paradise for nature lovers which never fails to please its tourist with its beautiful wonders. Locals here are mostly from the three tribes’ mainly-Khasi, Pnar and Garo and are very hospitable towards tourists. English is the official language of the State so international travelers doesn’t have to worry. You can expect panoramic views, foggy hills, terraced slopes, cascading waterfalls, and serpentine rivers mesmerizing your soul. It is perfectly nestled in the northeast of India in the Himalayas. It is bordered to Assam to the north and east and meets Bangladesh to its south and east side. The state filled with huge hills, valleys, numerous lakes, captivating waterfalls, pitch dark caves, and sacred forests; there is no dearth of tourist places in Meghalaya.
The Mawlynnong Village has been voted as Asia’s cleanest village and is the pride of India as well as Meghalaya state. It is hard to spot even a single piece of straw or dusty roads here. The roads seem to be freshly laid and the village stands out distinctively for housing some of the rarest natural wonders of north east, like the Mawlynnong waterfall, which is a sight to behold, pushing its way through lush vegetation and descending into clear waters below. The live root bridge here is the major attraction for all the visitors while the boulders here supported by nothing but small sized stones are a mystery for archaeological travelers who come here.
It is a beautiful offering in the heart of the rainiest place in India, Cherapunjee, Meghalaya is known worldwide as one of the most unique naturally formed structures that stands strongly since its inception and is frequented by travelers from around the world. But like it’s said, all good things come after a tiring journey, the trek to the bridge located in Nongriat Village; Cherapunjee is not for the faint hearted. There are about 2000 slippery steps down the moss covered stairs, where a cane needs to be used to avoid injury.
Located in Nongpoh, Meghalaya the Umiam Lake is basically made from the reservoir built due to the dam here. The best time to visit the Umiam Lake in the winter time will be from October to February. The lake is the chief source of water supply to the city of Shillong. During the winter months, the lake fills up with water that gives it an unbelievably picturesque beauty. Most travelers to Meghalaya even like to compare.
Situated in Meghalaya has a bit of a reputation among travelers. The place is eerily dark and has cramped and narrow paths entwined with each other, and to add some more thrill into the idea of a cave pitch black in broad daylight, there is just one entry and exit point. Funnily enough, it might sound daunting to take your shoes off while entering the cave, but it's one advice you can follow with closed eyes. Or choose to carry and change of clothes and footwear.
It is a unique feature of Shillong, since the waterfall itself is made up of three very lucid steps. The first one, hidden among the trees, the second one, tamed and controlled flowing from a certain height, and the third, the fastest and biggest one, culminating into the stream below. Unfortunately, the structure of the black rocks resembling an elephant was destroyed during an earthquake in Meghalaya, but the falls are equally majestic still, with the lucid contrast of the frothy falls against the dark rocks.