Meghalaya Tourism

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Meghalaya Tourism offers tourists a unique experience that encapsulates peace of mind, natural beauty, and a plethora of activities. Its breathtaking scenic beauty is a treat for sore eyes.

The name of the state literally translates into the ‘Land of Clouds’. Meghalaya’s scenery, lush green tropical hills and valleys, and heavy rainfall have led to the growth of exotic flora and fauna. This state serves as an important tourist attraction in the north-east. Nestled cozily in the north-eastern Himalayan range, Meghalaya has a typically hilly climate which tourists find soothing and salubrious. Cherrapunji and Mausynram in Meghalaya receive an enormous amount of rainfall and are counted among the wettest places in the world.

Tourism in Meghalaya is especially popular due to the Jaintia and Khasi Hills which are quite well-known. These areas are neither warm nor cold. In the Garo Hills, the climate is warmer and humid, but in winter it usually becomes very pleasant. Tourists, however, throng these places throughout the year, irrespective of the season.

The major tourist attractions in Meghalaya are:

  • Shillong – the capital of Meghalaya is also its largest city. It is situated in the Khasi Hills. Tourists can enjoy a host of activities in Shillong and go sight-seeing to visit a great number of attractions here such as museums, golf clubs, and bird parks. Mausynram, apart from being famous for its rainfall, is marked by green forests and cascading waterfalls with an interesting underground cave network.

  • Mawjinbuim Cave is a popular picnic spot where there is a Shiva lingam formed out of stalagmites.
  • Jowai is the second largest town in Meghalaya. It is known as the gateway to Nartiang, which is a village having a superb collection of druid stones. A river surrounded by pine forests and fields flows by it.
  • Jakrem is famous for hot springs and Nawphlang is a good picnic spot.
  • Ranigodam is famous for its adventure sports such as angling.
  • The Balpakram National Park in the gorge of the Mahadeo River is rich with fauna like elephants, barking deer, tigers, and gaurs.
  • The park is also famous for medicinal herbs.
Accommodation in Meghalaya is available to suit all kinds of budgets. There are restaurants serving Chinese, Continental, Indian, and local cuisines. Some of the major hotels in Meghalaya are:

  • Hotel Centre Point
  • Hotel Pinewood
  • Hotel Polo Towers
  • Hotel Pegasus Crown
  • Hotel Alpine Continental
Reaching Meghalaya:-

  • By Air: The nearest airport is Guwahati which is around 100 km from Shillong.
  • By road: State transport buses or hired cars can be taken till Shillong from Guwahati.
  • By Rail: Guwahati is the nearest railway station and it is well connected to the country.
Festivals like the Wangala, Doregata Dance, Chambil Mesara, Nongkrem Dance, Behdiengkhlam are very famous.

Meghalaya is also famous for its art and craft. Locals are quite dexterous in making household items from bamboo and cane.

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