Meghalaya

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Introduction

Meghalaya is called the ‘Abode of Clouds’ in a literal sense as it is covered by low clouds very often. It is located in the north eastern part of India. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It is called the abode of clouds because this is a mountainous region that receives abundant rainfall. This state with great natural surroundings and scenic beauty is a popular destination for tourists.  Panoramic views from the hills and mountains, the precipitous ravines, foggy hills, the undulating rivers, gorges, cascading waterfalls, emerald green lakes, sparkling streams that run down from the mountains, terraced slopes, serpentine rivers and lots more make it one of the most favorite holiday destination in India. The Garos, the Jaintias and the Khasis are the three main tribes that inhabit Meghalaya. The people here traditionally make a range of village craft items, weaved products, basketry, carvings in stone and wood, and metal work. People of Meghalaya are very friendly, warm, cheerful and hospitable.

 

Best Time To Visit

Tourists can access Meghalaya most of the time during the year. However, winter time is the best time to visit this beautiful state. The hill stations can be visited during summer and spring time as the weather is extremely pleasant and most ideal for sightseeing and enjoying various outdoor activities.

 

How To Reach

By Road

Bus services are available from Shillong bus stand to Guwahati. Bus services are operated by private tourist bus providers and the State Road Transport to many cities in Meghalaya and nearby destinations from Shillong.

By Rail

The well maintained Meghalaya railway station is connected by rail with major Indian cities. There are a good number of trains that stop at scheduled railway stations and ply to and from the Meghalaya railway station. Taxis and cabs are available to the hotels and lodges from the railway station.

 

By Air

The nearest major airport is Guwahati located from Shillong at around 100 kms. Guwahati airport is connected to Kolkata, Delhi, Imphal, Aizwal and Agartala. Shillong airport is located at Umroi and is connected well to Kolkata only. Taxi services are available to the airport. The international airports that are close to Guwahati are Kokata and Delhi. Tourists can reach Guwahati via Delhi or Kolkata.

 

Availability Of Hotels And Restaurants

Different kinds of properties are available for accommodation in Meghalaya namely budget hotels, 5 star, 4 star, 3 star, 2 star, apartments, bed and breakfast arrangements, guest houses and hostels. Tourists can find accommodation at the top end, mid range and budget prices as per their needs and budget. Most of the tourists prefer the first class hotels located in Shillong. Discerning guests can make the most of the excellent amenities and facilities at the hotels. It is for the sense of distinct comfort and hospitality and strategic location that the hotels in Meghalaya are most celebrated.

At the hotels, the main aim is to provide affordable and clean accommodation for both domestic and foreign tourists. Opportunities are also provided to foreign tourists to stay with families from India to experience the great traditions and customs of India and also to relish traditional Indian food, especially from Meghalaya. Accommodation is ideally available for larger families with children. Solar power shower, attached pantry, free parking, internet, library, extra bed with additional charge, other meals on request, transport, tour guide, sightseeing arrangements, free parking, library, wake up call, doctor, on call, laundry, TV, coffee and tea facilities, room service, sitting and dining rooms, warm cozy cabins and lots more. Tents are also available for tourists who have the desire to rough it out a bit.

 

Best Places, Locations, Monuments

This charming Indian state nestles between Bangladesh and Assam. On earth, it is considered as one of the wettest places! This is because the heaviest rain in the world falls in Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. In Meghalaya there are innumerable places for tourists to visit.

Siju, Krem Mawmluh, Mawsynram, Mawsmai and Krem Phyllut are some of the main places of interest. Near Cherrapunji is located the popular Krem Mawmluh cave at a height of 4503 meters. Around 5 rivers run down this cave. The other well known cave is Mawsynram Cave also called Mawjymbuin. It is made up of stalagmite in huge formations which resemble the ‘Shivalinga’. Tourists can have magnificent views of the plains, Bangladeshi rivers, hills and valleys from this cave. Krem Phyllut or the Mawsmai Cave, located near the Nohsngithiang Falls is a very popular for its huge galleys and halls which have great similarity to amphitheatres. Standing on the Simsang river bank is another important attraction called the Siju Cave which is formed in limestone. It is also called the ‘Bat’s Cave’ or the Dobakkol. Stalactites of the cave have resemblance to the Blue Grotto caves in Capri. This is also the third longest cave in India.

The Meghalaya dense forests are inhabited by some of the rarest animals and birds, like golden cats, elephants, Binturongs, tigers, monkeys, slow loris, quails, teals, partridges, snipes and hornbills. A lot of places remain unexplored and untapped at this destination which has great potential for tourism. The only hill station in Meghalaya that can be accessed easily from all sides is the beautiful city Shillong. For the entire region in the north east it is an education hub.

The capital city of Meghalaya has various beautiful sightseeing opportunities including the golf course, Lady Hydari Park, Shillong Peak, Ward’s Lake and Elephant Falls. The Lady Hyadari Park is abundant with flowers and plants and is great to see during the months of October and October. The beautiful Ward’s Lake which is manmade has boating facilities and short garden walks for tourists and local people. To get an insight on the lifestyle of people in Meghlaya, one must visit the Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum.

The Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures is a publication and research centre. It preserves and promotes the rich northeast Indian culture. A nice church to visit is the Cathedral Catholic Church, dedicated to Mary Help of Christians. The Sweet Falls, Spread Eagle Falls and Elephant Falls are the three sparkling waterfalls in Meghalaya which are a real treat to the eyes and make an excellent spot for a picnic or a day out.