The State of Meghalaya, situated in the North-Eastern corner of the country, is a hot spot for the tourists for its mesmerizing panoramic views. It shares its border with the States of Assam at its north and east, and with Bangladesh in south and west. Bounded with lush green forests, hilly terrains and valleys, beautiful lakes and rivers, and exotic wildlife species, the beauty of Meghalaya is worth cherishing.
Most attractive tourist spots in Meghalaya
Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, is situated at an altitude of 1,496 m above the sea level. It is a well-known hill station and a popular tourist destination across the country. This place was named the ‘Scotland of the East’ by the Britishers. Located at 56 km from Cherapunji — one of the wettest places on earth — it creates a perfect atmosphere with wonderful lakes and waterfalls for the visitors. To reach Shillong, Guwahati is the nearest airport. By Road, it is connected to every part of Meghalaya. The best season to visit this place is during the months of October-March.
Tura (formerly known as Dura, the part name of the goddess Durama Imbama) is located as a town in the Garo hills surrounded with scenic beauty especially a picturesque setting with hills in the backdrop of low-lying plains. It is basically a peak in Meghalaya and the headquarters of the West Garo hills. The sunset from Tura Peak, at the highest point at about 1400 m, is a wonderful experience. The river Brahmaputra makes a sweeping curve on its way to Bangladesh. Guwahati is the main airport and railway station to reach this place. The months of October to March is the best period to visit Tura Peak.
Nongstoin is located at about 93 km from Shillong. A very unique stone embroidered with natural colour is found there which makes this place special from others. This place can be visited throughout the year.
Nongpoh is situated in East Khasi hills. It offers a very pleasant climate and for that, it is considered a good halting place for tourists visiting Shillong.
Cherapunji is located at an altitude of 4,500 ft (1,350 m) above sea level at a distance of 60 km from Shillong. It is popularly known as the wettest place in the world though it is not so wet as earlier. It has been named in the Guinness Book of World Records for being a place where year-round rainfall is measured. Wonderful valleys and rivers increase the charm of Cherapunji even more.
Nartiang, located in the Jaintia hills, is a whole cluster of monoliths situated in the eastern part of Meghalaya, at a distance of 65 km from Shillong. The erection of Nartiang monoliths is regarded as one of the major events during the Jaintia era.
Shillong Peak is located 10 km away from Shillong city. The Shillong peak is the highest point in Meghalaya with a height of 1,961 m above sea level. Magnificent landscapes with lush green forests make it an ideal tourist spot. It is also an ideal picnic spot and offers breath-taking bird’s eye view of the Shillong city and the scattered villages around the peak.
Sophetbneng Peak is located 20 km away from Shillong city. It is at a height of 1,343 m above sea level. The peak is regarded as a place of religious importance for the tribes of Khasi, Jaintia-Bhoi, and War community. It is a perfect place for those who are in a search of peaceful solace.
Khasi Hills, as a cluster, is the central district of Meghalaya, and is the most beautiful of all the hills, with both vibes of dustling township and the calm and peaceful valley with unspoiled beauty all around the hill.
Garo Hills forms the Western part of Meghalaya and is regarded as a paradise for the naturalists. The place offers a panoramic view of the sweeping curves of the river Brahmaputra and the low-lying plains.
Jaintia Hills forms the eastern part of the State. The homes of Jaintia tribes are particularly picturesque. Jawai, the headquarters of Jaintia Hills, at an altitude of 1,380 m is a picturesque setting circled by the majestic Myntdu river.
Ward Lake is an artificial lake in Shillong city. It is also known as ‘Nan Polok’ or ‘Polok Lake’, and a favourite destination of the tourists.
Beadon Falls is surrounded by verdant forests from every side. The normal trends of Indian waterfalls do not apply to the unique waterfalls in Meghalaya. These waterfalls are almost always at their full glory and rarely dry up or become a trickle as in the case with the rest of the waterfalls.
Bishop’s Falls is often referred to as the twin of the Beadon Waterfall since both tumbles down the same escarpment into a yawning gorge. As the gushing stream of water plunges and crashes into a cavernous lagoon, the sprinkled droplets create a mystic rainbow that stretches around.
Crinoline Falls is another natural splendour in the middle of Shillong city. It is a graceful waterfall cascading down the luxuriant woodland. The pool created by the fall has been creatively carved out to serve as a well-sustained swimming pool.
Elephant Falls located just outside Shillong provides a unique sight wherein the water column carves out its way and surrenders to gravity at two successive locations.
Spread Eagle Falls, initially with a silent lush, and later by a roaring waterfall, breaks out of the dominating green terrain with an aim to carve a niche for itself.
Shillong Golf Course, set up in 1889, is the first 18 hole Golf Course and the third oldest golf course in India, and also the largest golf course in Asia, at an altitude of 5,200 ft. (1,560 m). Being an ideal place for golf lovers, it is also popularly known as ‘golfer’s paradise.’ It is sometimes equated with “Gleneagle Course” in the United States because of its beauty and unique location.
The Butterfly Museum at Riatsamthia in Meghalaya presents some of the finest and rarest species of butterflies and moths. One of the most amusing sights even for an adult is to watch a delicate little butterfly land on hands and perform:n balancing jig before it takes off again to regale another bystander.
Thus Meghalaya offers varieties of tourist spots to attract both domestic and foreign tourists.