Top 10 Places to Visit in Meghalaya: Shillong, Elephant Falls, Living Root Bridge, Dawki and more – Eastern Mirror | Dauktion

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Dimapur, Oct 12 (EMN): If you are a nature lover, you cannot miss Meghalaya.

Meghalaya, also known as the Abode of the Clouds, is located in northeastern India. It measures about 22,430 square kilometers in area and its estimated population is 2,964,007 according to the 2011 census. The distance between Guwahati Airport and the state capital, Shillong, is about 115 km via National Highway-6, which is about a three and a half hour drive by road road while the distance from Guwahati railway station is just over 90 km.


Home to several breathtaking waterfalls, huge caves, mesmerizing landscapes and rich biodiversity, the state offers a range of attractions including Elephant Falls, Nongriat Root Bridges, Mawsynram – the wettest place on earth – and more, making it difficult to list create .

Here are the top 10 places to visit in Meghalaya:

1) shilling

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a hip place with a cosmopolitan flair and is known for its love of music. The Shillong Chamber Choir, which won reality talent show India’s Got Talent in 2010, is based in the city.

In addition to scenic views and a lively downtown area, tourists can visit the Shillong Heritage Walk, Phan Nonglait Park, Ward’s Lake, Golf Links and the Don Bosco Museum.

Shillong (EM images)

2) Elephant Falls

Located in East Khasi Hills, Upper Shillong, Elephant Falls is one of the state’s most popular waterfalls. Visitors can get an up-close look at the giant waterfall, a delight for nature lovers and photographers.

The waterfall is about 127 km from Guwahati Airport, 104 km from Guwahati Railway Station and 38 km from Shillong Airport

Elephant Falls. (Meghalaya Tourism)

3) Siju Cave and rock formations

Adventurers will love Garo Hills’ famous bat cave – Siju – which also has underground streams, ponds and waterfalls. It is the third longest cave in India. Visitors will also be impressed by the unique rock formations.

The cave is 250 km from Shillong (by road), 275 km from Shillong Airport, 193 km from Guwahati Airport and 209 km from Guwahati Railway Station.

Siju Cave and Rock Formations (Meghalaya Tourism)

4) Maw synram

Most people might call Mawsynram the wettest place on earth, but the region has many beautiful sites including Krem Puri, the world’s longest sandstone cave; the village of Phlangwanbroi, known for Hoolock Gibbon; Mawlyngbna, known for Lake Umkhakoi; and Mawjymbuin and Krem Dam Caves.

Mawsynram is located in East Khasi Hills, 61 km from Shillong (by road), 86 km from Shillong Airport, 162 km from Guwahati Airport and 151 km from Guwahati Railway Station.

Mawsynram (Meghalaya Tourism)

5) Dawki-Shnongdeng

A boat trip on the crystal clear waters of the Umngot River during the pre-monsoon, autumn and winter seasons in Dawki (India’s border town with Bangladesh) and Shnongpdeng is quite an experience that draws hordes of visitors every year. The places have many resorts and camps for tourists.

Dawki-Shnongdeng is located in West Jaintia Hills, 82 km from Shillong (by road), 124 km from Shillong Airport, 196 km from Guwahati Airport and 173 km from Guwahati Railway Station.

Dawki (Meghalaya Tourism)

6) Krang Shuri Falls

Unlike other waterfalls in Meghalaya, Krang Shuri Falls looks like a curtain of turquoise water. It’s a photographer’s delight as visitors can have a full view of the waterfall.

Krang Shuri Falls in West Jaintia Hills is 91 km via NH-6 and 110 km via NH-206 from Shillong, 94 km from Shillong Airport, 202 km from Guwahati Airport and 179 km from Guwahati Railway Station.

Krang Shuri Falls (Meghalaya Tourism)

7) Nongriat root bridges

The Nongriat Root Bridges, also known as the Living Double Decker Root Bridge, is one of the most popular tourist spots in Meghalaya, although one has to take about 3000 steps (one way) to reach the site from Tyrna village as it is a wonderful traditional one and botanical architecture.

It is located in East Khasi Hills and is about 65 km from Shillong via State Highway-1, 91 km from Shillong Airport, 179 km from Guwahati Airport and 156 km from Guwahati Railway Station.

Nongriat Root Bridges or double deck Living Root Bridge. (EM images)

8) Mawlynnong Village

While most people identify Mawlynnong for its reputation as the cleanest village in Asia, it is also known as God’s own garden for its expansive orchards, vegetation and natural beauty. Visitors to this village should head up the Nohwet Living Root Bridge and see the tree houses. Worth seeing are the over 100-year-old Dreikönigskirche and the “balancing rock”, where a huge boulder rests on a smaller stone.

The village is located in the East Khasi Hills, about 79 km from Shillong (by road), 99 km from Shillong Airport, 187 km from Guwahati Airport and 164 km from Guwahati Railway Station.

The balancing rock at Mawlynnong (EM Images)

9) Mawsmai Cave – Sohra

Mawsmai Cave near Sohra has underground pools and fossils that offer visitors a unique experience. The dense forest nearby also attracts travelers who love trekking and adventure.

Located in the East Khasi Hills, the cave is about 58 km from Shillong (by road), 83 km from Shillong Airport, 171 km from Guwahati Airport and 148 km from Guwahati Railway Station.

Mawsmai Cave (Meghalaya Tourism)

10) Laitlum and Smit

Meghalaya’s Grand Canyon – Laitlum – is a scenic tourist destination, a delight for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Near this place is the village of Smit, known for its rural landscape and said to be the cultural center of the region. Shillong Peak, which is not far from the village, offers a panoramic view of the state capital and the surrounding areas.

Laitlum is located in East Khasi Hills, about 22 km from Shillong (by road), 60 km from Shillong Airport, 123 km from Guwahati Airport and 100 km from Guwahati Railway Station.

Laitlum (EM images)

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