Unveiling Meghalaya: A Journey to the Enigmatic Abode

Welcome, wanderers and adventure seekers! Today, we embark on a thrilling expedition to the captivating land of Meghalaya, one of the mesmerizing Seven Sister States nestled in the northeastern part of India. Buckle up and let's dive into this unique experience together!

Meghalaya, which translates to "Abode of Clouds," lives up to its name with its mountainous terrain, valley stretches, and highland plateaus. As we traverse this geologically rich state, we'll encounter magnificent mountain rivers and pristine waterfalls that cascade down from great heights, painting a picturesque tapestry of nature's bounty. However, beware of the creepy crawlies and the diverse array of bats that inhabit the renowned caves here - they might just give you a spine-tingling adventure!

This enchanting land is not only blessed with natural wonders but is also home to a rich tapestry of flora and fauna. The diverse climatic and topographic conditions of Meghalaya have nurtured lush forests that boast an incredible floral diversity and provide a haven for a wide variety of fauna. Get ready to be awe-struck by the vibrant colors and melodies of nature that unfold before your eyes.

One aspect that sets Meghalaya apart is its unique matrilineal system, where lineage and inheritance are traced through women. Within the major tribal groups, such as the Khasis, Jaintias, and Garos, the youngest daughter takes on the role of inheriting property and becomes the caretaker of aged parents. This system adds an intriguing layer to the cultural fabric of the state, highlighting the progressive mindset and empowering women within the society.

Let's delve into the heart of Meghalaya's allure – Shillong and Cherrapunjee. Shillong, the capital city, and Cherrapunjee, known as one of the wettest places on Earth, cater to most of the tourism in Meghalaya. Shillong, a small city with a constant buzz of growth and expansion, offers a plethora of attractions. Take a stroll through its charming streets and witness the simplicity and warmth exuded by the locals.

Best time to visit : July to December

Things to do in Shillong:

Day 1 - To truly embrace the spirit of Shillong, hop in a cab and venture to the mesmerizing Shillong Peak. En route, you'll encounter the Air Force Museum, Elephant Falls (best viewed from Mattilang park), and the sweet cascades of Sweet Falls. Don't hesitate to engage a local cabbie, who can serve as your guide and bridge any language barriers that may arise in remote areas.

Shillong Peak

shillong peak

Elephant Falls

elephant falls

Day 2- Be sure to witness the awe-inspiring Laitlum Canyons, a sight that might even surpass the renowned grand canyons. With lush greenery stretching as far as the eye can see and a captivating sunset through the canyons, this picturesque, chromatic view is truly unforgettable. Set aside a day solely to immerse yourself in this breathtaking scenery, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

laitlun canyon

Day 3 - Explore iconic landmarks such as the largest man-made golf course in the country, the Mary Help of Christians Cathedral, and the serene Wards Lake. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of Police Bazaar, where you'll witness the vibrant pulse of life.


mary help of christians cathedral

Wards lake

wards lake

Things to do in Cherrapunjee/Cherrapunji (Locally known as Sohra)

Day 1 - In the realm of Cherrapunjee, immerse yourself in the rich local culture by staying in a homestay and engaging with the welcoming locals. This place wholeheartedly embraces tourists from around the globe, offering an authentic glimpse into their way of life. Embark on a cab ride to explore the region's stunning attractions, including awe-inspiring waterfalls and captivating caves.

Garden of Caves

Garden Of Caves

Seven Sister Waterfall

seven sister waterfall

Day 2- The famous Double Decker Root Bridge beckons adventure enthusiasts, though be prepared for a challenging climb of over 3,000 steps. Marvel at the majestic Nohkalikai Falls, Dainthlen Falls, and the mystical Garden of Caves. Engage with the locals and uncover the fascinating history behind these natural wonders.

Double Decker Root Bridge

double decker root bridge

Dainthlen Falls

dainthlen falls

Nohkalikai Falls

nohkalikai falls

Day 3- While in Cherrapunjee, experience the pristine beauty of Dawki and Mawlynnong, Asia's cleanest village. Discover captivating root bridges, a breathtaking skywalk overlooking Bangladesh, and the mesmerizing Umngot River, known for its crystal-clear waters during winters. But remember, the India-Bangladesh border is closely guarded, so enjoy the view without attempting to cross.

Dawki River

dawki river

Mawlynnong root bridge

mawlynnong root bridge

Essential tips:

  • Carry an umbrella, raincoat, and sweater for unpredictable weather.
  • Pack Sufficient food during rainy seasons which might cause possible road blockages.
  • Have a local companion for better communication.
  • Download offline maps due to intermittent network coverage.
  • Avoid caterpillar-filled guard railings near waterfalls during the rainy season.
  • Uber, bike taxis or its alternatives aren’t available in the state.
  • Abstain from night traveling through remote places.

Immerse yourself in vibrant festivals:

  • Wangala: Garo people celebrate the end of a bountiful harvest season on November 10th.
  • Seng Kut Snem: Khasi festival honoring ancestors and traditions on November 23rd.
    seng kut snem festival
  • Behdienkhlam: Jaintias ward off plagues from hampering the people and their crops on July 8th.
    behdienkhlam Festival
  • Cherry Blossom Festival: Witness the city turning pink during the last week of October. Dates of the festivals aren’t fixed as it changes in accordance with the blossoming of the flowers.
  • NH7 Weekender: Two-day music extravaganza with renowned artists from across the country, and also the globe. Luck favoring, you might meet a few Bollywood stars.

Respect local customs:

  • Don't pluck flowers or take anything from sacred groves and reserved forests which aren't yours; heavy fines apply and bad omens follow.
  • Avoid littering; use dustbins
  • No public smoking without confirming local rules.
  • Show respect to authorities; they'll kindly guide you.
  • Stay in tourist-approved accommodations.
  • Embrace the rich local culture; it's cherished.

For solo female travelers:

  • Consider self-defense tools as a precaution.
  • Bug repellent is more essential than sunscreen or moisturizers.
  • Book your accommodations within the city premises or near tourist attractions. It's never wrong to be on the safe side despite Meghalaya being a matrilineal state.

Experience the wonders of Meghalaya, embracing its festivals, customs, and natural beauty while staying safe and being respectful.


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