Meghalaya “The Adobe of Clouds” is a state of North East India and Shillong is the capital of the state. Meghalaya is sharing its border with Assam to the north and east and sharing international border with Bangladesh to the west. The state is the 23rd most populous state in the country with population approximates 2,964,007.
The state capital of Meghalaya and the hill station of Meghalaya, Shillong is known as “Scotland of East” because of its climate and hill views. Shillong was named after a boy called ‘Shyllong’, who was born to a virgin mother in a village near Bisi.
Best Time to Visit : October to April.
Police Bazar, a renowned market located in the heart of Shillong is one of the most important shopping centers of Meghalaya.Handicrafts and local artifacts made by the various tribal people of the state are the chief attractions for the visitors to Police Bazar in Shillong.
The museum, a great attraction for tourists, exhibits vast collection of artefacts of tribal era and a collection of ancient scriptures. The museum is situated within the State Central Library complex at Laichumiere and is managed by the government of Meghalaya.
Entomological Museum (Butterfly Museum) a privately owned and managed museum, the Butterfly Museum in Shillong is an amazing place. Wankhar Riatsamthiah, the owner of the museum has on display a collection of butterflies from this region. A visual treat, the differing varieties and colors of these beautiful winged insects, make this museum a must visit place for all ages.
Shillong peak is Meghalaya’s highest peak in the Himalayas. It is at an altitude of 1965 meters above the sea level. It is the best destination for the nature lovers. It is said that the shillong is named after this peak.
Shillong enjoys the rare privilege of having the largest and the only natural golf course in the whole of Asia. Shillong Golf Course is also known as the Gleneagles of the East.
One of the most famous tourist spots of Shillong, the park is dedicated to the first lady of the province – Lady Hydari.It is designed in the style of Japanese garden.
A popular tourist spot in East Khasi Hills District, Upper Shillong, Elephant Falls are named so because of an elephant-shaped rock adjacent to them.
The Umiam lake is located in the hills 15 km north of Shillong in Meghalaya. The lake is also popularly known as Barapani (big water). The Umiam lake is one of the most tourist spots as well and important picnic place for locals.
The wettest place on earth, is located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya and is 58 km away from Shillong. Cherrapunji is also famous for its hills and waterfalls.
The Caves of Meghalaya comprise a large number of caves in the Jaintia, Khasi Hills and Garo Hills districts in the Indian state of Meghalaya, and are amongst the longest caves in the world. Caving is an art which can be best experienced in the mystic Mawsmai Cave of Meghalaya.
Located in the thick tropical forest of Meghalaya, cloaked with rain during most part of the year are the fantastic man-made cum natural wonders of the living root bridges. Created by the people of the Khasi tribe, these roots grow from the ancient rubber trees, seen only in the northeast region. These roots are trained by the Khasis to grow in such a manner as be in the form of bridges on the top of a river. These bridges are an amazing alternative to wooden bridges that dwindle with so much rain falling on them. The most popular tourist attraction of Cherrapunjee, these double decker living root bridges are 2 bridges that are stacked one on the other, made because of the entanglement of roots.
Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet, making it as the highest waterfall in India. The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth.
Jakrem located about 64 km from Shillong on the Shillong-Mawkyrwat road, is famous for its hot water springs of sulphur water which is believed to have curative medicinal properties. Jakrem has now developed as a potential health resort. People from all parts of the region throng here to take a dip in the hot spring. Bathing compartments are available around the spring for the use of the public. It is also a favorite picnic spot during winter.
Mawsynram is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 65 kilometres from Shillong.The village of Mawsynram, claiming to have the highest average rainfall on Earth.
Mawlynnong Village located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, also referred as ‘God’s own garden’ has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The village known for its cleanliness is located around 90 kms from Shillong and is a community based eco-tourism initiative. The community has made collective effort to maintain the ambience of a clean village. The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock.