Largely untouched by the hustle-bustle of the modern day, the beautiful land of Meghalaya has been adorned with all the gifts of nature in all its brilliance. From the crystal clear water of the rivers, the lofty plateaus, the pine-covered mountains and hills, the lush forests, to the gushing waterfalls, Mother Nature has decked the land with all her finery. The literal meaning of the word Meghalaya is the ‘abode of the clouds,’ and the State truly lives up to this name. This is where you should be when you want to feel like you are on cloud nine literally! Though the reasons to visit this nature’s paradise are unending, here are a few of the handpicked ones among them to get you excited for your next trip to the State.
Meghalaya has two of the wettest places on earth
Meghalaya has the distinction of having two of the wettest places on earth, Mawsynram and Cherrapunji, with an annual rainfall of 11,871 mm and 11,777 mm respectively. The Mawsynram and Cherrapunji weather are not the only things you will enjoy about these places. The beautiful landscape and greenery around these places, make them the perfect for some Mawsynram and Cherrapunji sightseeing.
Unravel the beauty of the limestone caves
The limestone caves are located in the three main ranges of Garo, Khasi, and Jaintia Hills, and these are some of the longest and deepest caves of the country. In fact, Krem Liat Prah, the longest cave in India, is situated in Jaintia Hills. Entering most of these caves will need you to either opt for trekking, rock-climbing or swimming. That is just a bit of hard work to undertake, given the beauty that lies ahead to greet you.
The marvel of the Root bridges
The Root Bridges of Meghalaya are one of nature’s many wonders that this state is blessed with. The term was coined by Mr. Dennis P. Ryan, a tourist guide of the area, who stumbled upon the area during one of his trips. These bridges made of sturdy and strong roots, continue to grow every day. Some of these bridges are even two storied, called double-decker bridges.
Take a trip to the sprawling national parks
Meghalaya tourism is not all about mountains, rains, and clouds, and there are abundant flora and fauna in the national parks to keep you fascinated and charmed. The Nokrek National Park, one of the most famous tourist spots of the State, is the home of the Hollock Gibbons, a kind of gorilla. The Siju Bird Sanctuary, located near the Simsang River, is the bird lover’s paradise.
Hiking trails to take you closer to the clouds
Hiking trails in a mountainous region are not unheard of, but in Meghalaya, it almost feels like you are hiking amid the clouds. David Scott Trail, covering about 16 km from Mawphlang to Ladmawphlang, is the most popular hiking trail of the State. You can even spend a night on a camp on the trail. The night sky strewn with thousands of twinkling stars that you can see from the camp would be a memory that you will cherish forever.
The untouched beauty of the sacred groves
The Sacred Groves of Mawphlang is the most beautiful and popular forests in Meghalaya. The monoliths that are present here are highly revered by the tribes of this region. There is even a tribal legend that says no one can get lost in these groves because the deity always makes the visitors find the way. You are not allowed to take anything back from this forest because that is believed to anger the deity.
The perfect combination of nature and adventure
is the perfect place for adventure lovers, as it offers the right combination of scenic beauty and adventure. Go for river canyoning at Cherrapunji or some rock climbing expedition on the eastern Khasi Hills. For the lovers of water sports, there is the Umiam Lake, with its yachting, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities.
With all the nature’s glory that the State holds, it is a must-visit place for anyone bitten by the travel bug. So, pack your bags and head for the trip of a lifetime now.