Located in North East India, Meghalaya is a beautiful hill state which is among the seven sister states of India. It is also known as ‘the abode of clouds ‘ and true to its name the place is a paradise for nature lovers. Surrounded by Jaintia, Garo & Khasi Hills, Meghalaya is rich in bio-diversity, lush green valleys, high rainfall, dense forests, and a lot more.
The state of Meghalaya is yet unexplored and therefore offers an exquisite tourist experience. There are countless tourist attractions in Meghalaya, from majestic waterfalls to scenic hills and rich flora and fauna. I you are looking for a quiet place in the lap of nature that is adventurous and fun than exploring Meghalaya could be the best option for you. We have selected a few places which you must surely visit in the Meghalaya itinerary.
Known as the Scotland of East, Shillong is a top attraction of Meghalaya. The scenic beauty, lush-green hilltops, and pleasant climate of Shillong attract many tourists every year. The place is quite famous among trekkers too as there are many trekking trails here. Shillong is also home to the main airport of Meghalaya and it is sure to please its tourists with its astounding beauty.
Top attractions – Elephant Falls, Shillong peak, Don Bosco Museum, Lady hydari park, lake, and wards.
Cherrapunji is one of the most famous places to visit in Meghalaya. It receives the highest rainfall in India and is one of the wettest places in the world. Cherrapunji is home to majestic waterfalls, caves, and bridges.
Top attractions – Nohkalikai, Kynren, and Dain-Thlen Falls, living room bridges, Mawsmai Caves, and eco-park.
3. Balpakram National Park
Balpakram National Park is more popularly known as the ‘Land of Spirits’ as many tourists come here to explore its rich biodiversity. This national park is a paradise for wildlife photographers and enthusiasts. One can spot animals like leopards, buffalo, dear, tigers, red pandas, elephants, wild cows, and marbled cats. Rare species of Panda, sterow, and Indian Bison are also found here. Owing to its beauty it is also compared with the Grand Canyon of the US.
Jowai is another famous tourist place in Meghalaya. The place is a perfect blend of heritage and culture, one can explore the place by meeting the locals and dwelling on the rich culture of Jowai. The pristine waterfall of Jowai is the most attractive tourist spot here in Jowai.
Top attractions – Thadlaskein Lake and waterfall.
Mawlynnong is a village located in the East Khasi Hills, this place holds the pride of being the cleanest place in the whole of Asia. From pleasant climates to beautiful waterfalls, and clean surroundings to marvelous root bridges, Mawlynnong is a place that makes it to everybody’s Meghalayan itinerary. Moreover, you can also enjoy your trip here by staying in bamboo houses located in the village.
It is a must-visit place in Meghalaya and we are sure the cleanliness of the place will leave you spellbound.
Top attractions – Waterfalls and Caves.
Dawki offers some of the most beautiful tourist spots in Meghalaya. It is mainly famous for its clean river water that attracts many tourists every year from far and wide. Tourists can take boat rides here in Dawki for a mesmerizing experience. The gushing waterfalls, pleasant climate, the sound of birds, and the simplicity of the place would give you memories to cherish lifelong. Dawki is a treat for all, you can also have a closer look at the Indian-Bangladesh border. You must surely add it to your itinerary.
Top attractions – boat ride, Indian Bangladesh border.
7. Umiam Lake
Umiam Lake is a man-made lake and that makes it more worth it to visit. If you think man-made lakes are not as beautiful as natural ones then you must definitely pay a visit here. Also if you are here, don’t forget to watch the magical sunset here at Umiam Lake. Apart from the breathtaking scenic views and simplicity of the place, tourists can also indulge in various water activities including boating, yachting, and skiing.
Top attractions – scenic views, water activities like skiing, boating, and yachting.
Meghalaya is an untouched beauty of India that is not yet fully explored by tourists but it is a must-visit place that is truly phenomenal. We have listed some of the most famous places to visit in Meghalaya, don’t forget to add these to your itinerary while planning a trip to the land of clouds.