Meghalaya is located in the north-eastern part of India and it literally translates to 'the abode of clouds. With Shillong as its capital, it is a popular hill station that offers spectacular views of the Khasi and Jaintia hills, natural wonders like waterfalls and living root bridges, and picturesque Umngot river and other lakes and water bodies that add to its charm and beauty. The state of Meghalaya is bordered by Assam and Bangladesh, and is truly a paradise for nature lovers. Mawsynram is a town in Meghalaya that has the country's highest recorded rainfall. It beats Cherrapunji (another town in Meghalaya) by a few millimeters thus justifying its name of 'abode of clouds. Meghalaya is a destination that can give its tourists the experience of what it feels like living amidst nature as 70 to 80% of the state is covered with forests. So, here is a list of a few of the places to visit in this beautiful state on your next trip.
7 Best Places To Visit In Meghalaya
1. Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji was the place with the highest rainfall in the country until recently. This double-decker root bridge is another unique feature Cherrapunji has in store for you. Made of the roots of the Indian rubber tree, this bridge is 3 km long and stands at an elevation of 2400 feet. It is one of the oldest bridges made and dates back as 200 years.
2. Umiam Lake
The lake and the area around it are quite renowned for camping and picnics. Rock climbing, rappelling, and ziplining, are a few of the many activities that can be done here.
3. Mawsmai Cave
Situated 6 kilometers from Cherrapunji, this cave is another tourist attraction. It is only 150 meters long but has a lot of vegetation in its vicinity. Going through the cave is an adventure as it is super dark and narrow. The stalactites and stalagmites add to the drama thus making this an adrenaline-filled trip.
4. Laitlum Canyon
Most tourists come to Meghalaya for trekking. The Laitlum Canyon trek here is one of the most renowned treks. It is a mini 4-5 hours long trek that; on completion, provides its hikers with the most mesmerizing views. You get to witness everything from the lush green meadows to the blue, misty clouds. If you are a beginner at trekking, avoid visiting this place in the monsoons. Plan a trek that makes you reach the summit latest by 5 pm. Make sure you choose either sunrise or sunset for this trail so that you make the most of the scenic view on the top.
5. Balpakram National Park
Located to the south of Garo Hills in Meghalaya, this National Park is very close to the International Borders. The word 'Balpakram' means the 'land of eternal winds'. This Park is on the tentative World UNESCO Heritage List.
6. Elephant Falls
This majestic waterfall in Meghalaya is located 12 kilometers from Shillong. Located amidst immense greenery, the gushing water of the falls creates a great atmosphere for visitors.
Nongpoh is a hamlet located near the east Khasi hills. It acts as a visual treat for the visitors with lush green landscapes, running waters of the lively rivers to offer. There are also a few parks and a wildlife sanctuary to visit here.
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