Want to devour a little of everything from hills to rivers to caves to valleys and waterfalls, visit Meghalaya. Also known as the “abode of clouds”, Meghalaya is one of the most exotic states in the Northeast India with a huge variation in scenic beauty, culture and food. The most mesmerizing sight on the way to Meghalaya is the amazingly striking view of clouds which tend to come down gradually as you drive up the altitude.
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, and the place perfectly balances the culture with urbanization and modernization. Shillong displays a lot of British architecture as it was once a British colony. Shillong is often called the Scotland of the East, for being surrounded by several magnificent lakes and mesmerizing hills. The Umiam Lake or the Barapani Lake is strikingly beautiful which brings a resemblance with Scotland - as the lake with rocky hills in the backdrop is reminiscent of Scotland’s Loch Lake.
Cherrapunjee is one of the most favorites among the tourists which is well-known for its heavy rainfall throughout the year. The places to visit here are waterfalls - Nohkalikai and Seven Sister Falls being the most popular ones. Another attraction is the Double Decker Living Root Bridge which is tourists’ favorite for trekking and hiking activities.
Mawlynnong – located 100km from Shillong - is a must visit for being the cleanest village in Asia. You would find bamboo trashes placed in every street corner to ensure nature-friendly disposal at trash. Must visit is the Sky Watch, a structure made of bamboo which allows the tourists an aerial view of Bangladeshi plains from the top.
Meghalaya is rich with craftsmanship – mainly for bamboos and wood-carving. The state can be visited at any season as the summer is not that hot, winter is exclusive to treat the eyes with fog-clad mountains and the monsoon is at its best cascading the waterfalls with full delight.