Meghalaya Tourism

Meghalaya, the land of clouds is one of the seven beautiful sisters of India. The beautiful nature is all set to mesmerize you here with all its scenic beauty blended with foggy hills, lakes, cascading waterfalls, and serpentine rivers and many more. It is bounded by the Indian state of Assam to the north and northeast and by Bangladesh to the south and southwest. The state capital is the hill town of Shillong, located in east-central Meghalaya. It is perfectly nestled in the northeast of India in the Himalayas. The erstwhile state of Assam spread over an area of 22, 429 square kilometers with the populations of 29,64,007 and lies between 20.1° N and 26.5° N latitude and 85.49 °E and 92.52 °E longitudes. It is bordered to Assam to the north and east and meets Bangladesh to its south and east side. This place is full of heavenly beauty and has many hidden treasure amidst the dense forests. This dense forests and jungles are full of various flora and fauna. There are several wildlife sanctuaries, biosphere reserves and national parks working to protect these indigenous species. The forests are home to tigers, elephants, leopards, rhinos, beautiful orchids, flowers and many more. This beautiful state celebrates Easter, Good Friday, Christmas, New Year, Khasi Festivals, Behdienkhalm and various Wangala festivals.

When to Visit

Due to Meghalaya’s cool climate and serene atmosphere the best time to visit this beautiful state is from October to May. If you are a rain lover then monsoon season would be best for you as this place gets the highest rain fall. And if anyone plan to visit during the Cherry Blossom festival the November month of the winter season is perfect to explore the Himalayan Cherry Blossom in the wild hills and surroundings.

How to Reach

By Road
By Rail
By Air

Meghalaya is well connected to the major cities of India through the roads. One can reach Shillong through NH37 from Guwahati. Government operated busses and cabs are available to reach the state.

The closest railway station to Shillong is Guwahati which is well connected to the major cities of India. From the railway station Shillong is about 100km away and taxis are available there.

There are two ways to reach Shillong by air. First, one can direct fly to Shillong Airport which costs around INR 7-8k on an average. Shillong city is 30km away from this airport.
The other way or the best way to get there is through Guwahati Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. This airport is well connected to the International cities

Language
History
People

The people of Meghalaya mostly speak in three languages Khasi, Garo and English. There are few people who speak in Nepali, Assamese, Bodo and Bengali language. But the people happily communicate with the tourists in Hindi or English language.

On 2 April 1970, Meghalaya was created as an autonomous state within the state of Assam and achieved full statehood on 21 January 1972. It is bounded by the Indian state of Assam to the north and northeast and by Bangladesh to the south and southwest. The state capital is the hill town of Shillong, located in east-central Meghalaya. This state is predominantly inhabited by the Khasis, the Jaintias, and the Garo tribal communities.Apart from accounts of the more important Khasi kingdoms in the chronicles of the neighboring Ahoms and Kacharis, little is known of Meghalaya prior to the British period.During the British rule of India, the British imperial authorities nicknamed it the “Scotland of the East”. It is the wettest regions of India which receives an average of 12,000 mm (470 in) of rain a year.

The Garos and the Khasis are most of the inhabitants of Meghalaya. The Khasis are the only people in India who speak a Mon-Khmer language. Khasi, Garo, Jaintia and English are the state’s official languages. There are few people who speak in Assamese, Nepali, Bengali and Boro language. The major religions in the area are Christianity, Hinduism, and animistic forms of Hinduism . There are also people from minor religions of Muslims and Buddhists and Sikhs. The state is mostly rural and only few towns exist which include Tura, Mawlai, Nongthymmai, and Jowai.Most of the people of Meghalaya are related Agriculture and Rice, Maize, Potato, Cotton, Jute, Mesta, Black pepper, Betel leaf, Nuts, Turmeric, Ginger, Jackfruit, are the common food they crop here. Besides agriculture, small, medium scale industries are evolving slowly. Handcrafts, has become an integral part of the culture since most of the people in Meghalaya earn their living by practicing it. Meghalaya celebrates Easter, Good Friday, Christmas, New Year, Khasi festivals, Behdienkhalm and various Wangala festivals.

Weather

Having one of the wettest regions, the weather of Meghalaya is generally cool. In August the temperature at Shillong particularly in the Khasi Hills is about 21–23 °C; it falls to the upper about 8–10 °C in January. During monsoon season Cherrapunji being one of the world’s wettest place receives an average of 12,000 mm (470 in) of rain a year. Rainfall at Cherrapunji may be exceeded, however, by that at Mawsynram, a village directly west of Cherrapunji, where rainfall total of some 700 inches per year. Annual rainfall in Shillong, only about 50 miles from Cherrapunji, is about 90 inches. During the winter months (December to February), the climate is relatively dry.

SeasonTemperature
Summer(April-June) 15.9°C-30°C
Monsoon(July-September) 17.9°C-24.3°C
Winter(October-March) 3°C-15°C

Best Places to stay in Meghalaya

Shillong
Cherrapunji
NamePrice
Sunshine Farms and ResortsStarts from INR 1000/- per night.
Hotel Woodland Hill stayStarts from INR 1000/- per night.
Royal View resortStarts from INR 3000/- per night.
Heritage BungalowStarts from INR 2800/- per night.
Sunshine Farms and ResortsStarts from INR 2800/- per night.
Hotel MonsoonStarts from INR 3548/- per night.
NamePrice
Polo Orchid ResortStarts from INR 7499/- night
Abode of Clouds ResortStarts from INR 2968/- per night
Jiva ResortStarts from INR 7000/- per night
Orchid Lake ResortStarts from INR 1000/- per night

Frequently Asked Questions about Meghalaya

1. Is Meghalaya open for Tourists now?

Yes, Meghalaya has been reopened after the pandemic from 21st December 2020.

2. Is Meghalaya safe for Tourists?

Yes, Meghalaya is one of the safest places in India. Women are empowered in Meghalaya, both culturally and economically. This is a state where even solo female traveler will feel safe. Police force is helpful towards the tourists in general.

3. Which is famous in Meghalaya?

There are many things which are famous in Meghalaya which include high rainfall, subtropical forests and biodiversity and many more.

4. What is the best time to visit Meghalaya?

Due to Meghalaya’s cool climate and serene atmosphere the best time to visit this beautiful state is from October to May. If you are a rain lover then monsoon season would be best for you as this place gets the highest rainfall. And if anyone plans to visit during the Cherry Blossom festival the November month of the winter season is perfect to explore the Himalayan Cherry Blossom in the wild hills and surroundings.

5. What can I buy from Meghalaya?

If you come to Meghalaya then you must buy the handcrafts made by the natives.

6. Which fruit is famous in Meghalaya?

Sohphie, known as Myricaesculenta in scientific lexicon, is common in Dikhow Valley of Assam and Khasi and Jaintia hills in Meghalaya.

7. What is the temperature of Meghalaya?

The climate of Meghalaya is generally mild. In August the mean temperature at Shillong is about 21–23 °C,  it falls to about 8–10 °C in January.