New Delhi: The ‘abode of clouds’, Meghalaya is a mesmerising state in the North Eastern part of India offering picturesque view of hills, valleys, lakes, caves and waterfalls. The abundance of nature’s beauty is the key factor that attracts tourists from around the world to this beautiful state.
Meghalaya is well known for Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, two of the wettest places on earth. This place is also home to three major tribal population - Khasis, Garos and Jaintias. Thus, these are the major languages spoken there.
Meghalaya is an ideal destination for anyone irrespective of where their interest lies. Some places worth visit when you travel to this beautiful part of India are:
The Laitlum Canyons meaning ‘The End of Hills’, are an hour’s drive away from Shillong on the Mizoram highway. This place is nestled in the lap of majestic hills and valleys which offers an awesome view to the visitors. The long, rocky trail which is also full of greenery attracts the trekkers and nature lovers. Watching the sunsets and sunrises from this spot add a magical charm to the beauty of its scenic hill slopes.
Double Decker Living Root Bridge
The double decker living root bridge is located in the thick tropical forest of Meghalaya and is the most popular root bridge there. It is 3 km long and stands at a height of 2400 feet. This bridge begins from Village Tyrna. These kind of bridges are an example of how nature and mankind if work in collaboration, can create such a masterpiece.
The Mawlynnong village has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia. The waste here is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure. This is a collective effort of the villagers to maintain the image of a clean village. The place is located around 90 kms from Shillong. The lush greenery and beautiful waterfalls add to the beauty of the village and is a must watch.
Often being credited as the wettest place on earth, Cherrapunji has registered its name into the Guinness Book of World Records. This stunning location offers the view of many spectacular waterfalls namely Dain-Thlen, Noh-Kalikai, and Kynrem. Apart from unending rainfall, the place is also famous for its living bridges.
Dawki (Umngot River)
Located on the border of India and Bangladesh, Dawki is a little city in the Jaintia hills. This place is famous for its river Umngot which is a prime fishing spot for fishermen from the nearby areas. If you take a boat ride to this crystal clear river, you will actually be able to see the bottom of it even when it is around 15-20 feet deep.