Meghalaya Tourism – An Ultimate Travel Guide, 2022

Meghalaya, famously termed as ‘abode of clouds’ is one of the most beautiful places in North East India.The lush greenery all around, the sylvan hills, the beautiful mountains, spectacular waterfalls, foggy hills all around, clean lakes and rivers and all the amazing things of nature in Meghalaya will definitely give leave its visitors with an unforgettable experience. Meghalaya shares its boundary with Assam and also with Bangladesh.
The capital of Meghalaya is Shillong, which is also famous for being termed as the Scotland of the East. Meghalaya is famous among tourists and is one of the most sought destinations for travelers from India as well as abroad. The state is home to two wettest places on earth, cherrapunji and Mawsynram. The reason for Meghalaya hosueing the wettest places is due to its geographical location. The clouds floating from the Indian Ocean has no barrier and easily passes through Bangladesh planes and hits directly the mountains of Meghalaya causing much rain.
The regular rains in cherrapunjia creates fogs in the mountians and the greenery making the place mesmerizing.
Meghalaya is home to the most unique and beautiful waterfalls in the region.Some of the beautiful waterfalls are Krang Suri Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Seven sister Falls and the Wei Sawdong Falls.
Apart from the waterfalls it houses most amazing and wonderful caves like the Arwah and the Mawsmai Caves.
Different tribes live in Meghalaya and they have thier own unique cultures. It will be a great oppurtunity for peole visiting Meghalaya to witness these tribal cultures.
Clean lakes and rivers ads beauty to this state. Travellers are amazed when they visit Meghalaya and witness these natural beauty of Meghalaya.

What Makes Meghalaya So Famous?

Meghalaya is blessed with a large number of picturesque beauty, dense forests that remain green throughout the year and pleasant weather conditions that are suitable for visiting it at any season and any time. It serves a great number of stunning waterfalls in its lap. During the monsoon these waterfalls show their real beauty when they fall from a great height . Meghalaya also serves some of the tallest waterfalls of the world in its lap. Witnessing these waterfalls from a distance seems like nature is pouring milk from its top to beneath. Meghalaya is also home to many rare species like elephants, golden cats, Binturongs, slow loris, monkeys and birds like hornbills. Apart from all these one can see a large number of migrated birds in Meghalaya. Meghalaya supplies a lush green environment for its visitors throughout the year which is almost impossible to find in any other state of India. Meghalaya is also famous because of its enormous orchids (a plant with complex flowers) and varieties of fruits, spices and vegetables. Some of the mysterious caves and glassy river water makes Meghalaya a must visit place. The beauty of high green elevations of Meghalaya will give you a sense of wonder. The term Meghalaya means abode of clouds and it derives its name from sanskrit. It is one of the most beautiful states from the group of seven sister states.

When to Visit Meghalaya for Tourism

Meghalaya can be visited all-round the year but during the monsoons the weather is pleasant and the waterfalls, parks and greenery of the mountains have their best views.
However, if you are looking for some adventure activities and boating in the clean Dawki River you can visit Meghalaya during winter.
During the winters, river water is clean and most of the adventure activities are done during that time. Different things can be done at different times of the year which makes Meghalaya an ideal tourism destination.

Things to do in Meghalaya

  • Trek to astounding Living Root Bridges:Go for a trekking in the puzzling trek of Double Decker Root Bridge which is positioned in the dense forests of Meghalaya. This required bridge is termed as a nature icon as it is made of 2 tree roots. Indeed it is an extremely awe-inspiring idea to trek in its region. As you reach beneath after trekking you can find a natural swimming pool in which you can relax your tired body.
  • Explore caves:Explore one of the longest caves of India called Mawsmai cave. This required cave is considered as a rough limestone cave with a faint light on its entrance. It also has low overhangs and often a stony secure grip with feets.
  • Walking along the David Scott trail:One of the oldest trails of Meghalaya. It is also considered as the oldest trail of Meghalaya and even David Scott trek is an adventure-filled ride through the study of past events.
  • Trip to Mawphanlur village:A village with only five to six families inhabited. It is considered as a small hamlet of Meghalaya which shocks its visitors because of its picturesque beauty. In Mawphanlur village region you can see gorgeous valleys, magnificent forests and smooth hills as far as your eyes could see.
  • Dawki:Visit Dawki, one of the magnificent places of Meghalaya with lots of sightseeing sites and adventure activities. The water which flows through this river is extremely clean and provides a scenic view as it passes through the lush green peaks.
  • Visit Cherrapunji and Mawsynram:Places that receive the title of wettest places on earth. These scenic places are 54 and 60 km away from the capital city of Meghalaya. Visiting these sites will allow you to witness some of the best views of your life.
  • Shopping:Do shopping in Police Bazar, one of the regular gatherings of people for the purchasing and selling of provisions of Meghalaya. Police Bazar is considered as the main market of Shillong, Meghalaya as here you can find all types of shops for shopping, restaurants to sit and eat, cinema halls etc.
  • Mawlynnong village:Explore one of the cleanest villages of Asia.Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state in North East India. This village falls under Pynursla community development and the best of this village is the moment you enter this extraordinary place you can witness someone or the other one is busy in cleaning/brooming/shaping bushes.
  • Mountain biking:Do a mountain biking activity at Sohliya Village in itsLocated approximately 35 km from Shillong. Within the village of Sohilya in the Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya there is an astonishing location where mountain biking activity is available.
  • Boat ride:You can go boating in the glassy river of India. Many People from different-different parts of the world fly to Shillong city to enjoy this boat ride in the Umngot river. During the spring season the river water of this Umngot river reveals its beauty at its utmost level and hence this is the peak time to visit this gorgeous site.
  • Kayaking:Boost your adrenaline with an adventurous activity like kayaking at shnongpdeng. Kayaking through the crystal clear river water is really outstanding as it provides a feeling of riding a kayak on the lower layer of atmosphere. Kayaking at Shnongpdeng River will be an adventurous experience.
  • Snorkelling and swimming:You can do snorkelling and swimming activities under the guidance of experts inside the chilly and crystal clear river. Dawki, which supplies glassy water for its visitors, makes it a perfect site for freshwater Snorkelling and swimming for beginners and professionals.

Itineraries for Meghalaya Tour

You can choose your ideal Meghalaya Tour plan from our list of Meghalaya Tour Packages.

How do we reach Meghalaya

You can reach Meghalaya by road, railway, or flight.
By Road
By Rail
By Air

If you want to reach Meghalaya by road you have to drive through the national highway and first reach Guwahati. From Guwahati, you can drive to Meghalaya.
For reaching Shillong which is the capital of Meghalaya it takes around two and a half hours from Guwahati through road. You can book a private taxi or a shared taxi to reach Shillong.

Since Meghalaya does not have proper railway connectivity, you can take a train up to Guwahati Railway Station from where cabs are available to reach Meghalaya. It is around 2 & ½ hours of journey from Guwahati Railway Station to Shillong.

You can take a flight to Shillong Airport, which is also known as Umroi Airport, if you want to reach Meghalaya by flight.
Travellers also prefer to take a flight up to the Guwahati Airport, also known as Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, from where they hire cabs to reach Meghalaya.
Both options are available and are preferred by tourists visiting Meghalaya.

Languages
History
People

The major local languages of Meghalaya are Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo. Local people can communicate in English well. Apart from these major local languages, there are tribes who have their own languages.
In Meghalaya people also speak Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, and other languages of India. Tourists do not have any difficulty in communicating with the local people of Meghalaya.
In the capital city of Shillong you can find people from different places of India who speak their own languages.

Meghalaya was carved out from Assam and it became a state officially on 21st January 1972. Earlier it was a part of Assam with its capital at Shillong. After Meghalaya achieved its full statehood, Shillong was made the capital of Meghalaya.
The state has different districts like the East Khasi Hills District, Jaintia Hills District, and Garo Hills District which are named after different tribes of Meghalaya. In the past Meghalaya has given birth to heroes and legends. U Tirot Singh and U Kiang Nangbah are the leaders who fought with the British for independence.

There are different tribes who live in Meghalaya. The major tribes of Meghalaya are the Khasis and the Garos. Tribal people of Khasi Hills speak the Khasi language and the people in Gari Hills speak Garo language. Jaintia, Garo, Khasi and English are the official languages of Meghalaya.
Other people in the state speak Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, Assamese and Boro. Majority of the people in Meghalaya profess Christianity followed by Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism etc.
The basic occupation of the people in Meghalaya is agriculture. They harvest rice, potato, sweet potato, ginger etc. People in Meghalaya love to eat betel nut and the most famous among the betel nut is called ‘Kwai skup’ which people are fond of eating. Oranges, Ginger, Turmeric, Broom and Limestone of Meghalaya are highly demanded products and are transported outside the state as well as exported to other countries.
Local people celebrate different tribal festivals like the Behdienkhalm, Seng Kut Snem and the Wangala Festival. Tourism in Meghalaya is thriving because of its natural beauty, different cultures and warm and welcoming people.

Weather in Meghalaya

Meghalaya has one of the most pleasant weather in the Northeast India. Since Meghalaya is a hilly region and receives good amount of rainfall, it has comfortable weather even in summer with an average of 24°C.
During the monsoons there is enough rainfall which makes the waterfalls, lakes, rivers and the greenery look beautiful. Due to the pleasant weather of Meghalaya during the monsoon, the fogs over the mountains makes the entire place mesmerizing.
Winter season is dry in Meghalaya and has a pleasant weather in day time which is about 12-15°C but falls below 10°C after evening. but an amazing thing about winters of Meghalaya is that there is no fog and from early sunrise you can enjoy the warmth of the sun. Local people enjoy sitting outside early morning becasue of the clear weather with enough sunlight.

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 (Tentative)
Tripura CastleStarts from Rs.6000/- per night.
Hotel Centre PointStarts from Rs.5000/- per night.
Hotel Holiday HillsStarts from Rs.2500/- per night.
Hotel SapphireStarts from Rs.3000/-per night.
Hotel MonsoonStarts from Rs.3548/- per night.
NamePrice (Tentative)
Polo Orchid ResortStarts from INR 7499/- night
Smoky Falls Mae Fi ResortStarts from INR 2500/- per night
Abode of Clouds ResortStarts from Rs.2500/- per night
Jiva ResortStarts from Rs.7000/- per night

Frequently Asked Questions about Meghalaya Tourism

1. Is Meghalaya open for Tourists after COVID Pandemic?

Yes, Meghalaya is now open for tourists after the pandemic. However you need to generate an e-invite from the Meghalaya Tourism App. Incase you are not fully vaccinated you may be required to produce a negative RT PCR report.

2. Is Meghalaya safe for Tourists?

Yes, Meghalaya is one of the safest places for tourists in India. Women are empowered in Meghalaya, both culturally and economically. Solo female travelers also visit Meghalaya. . Police force and people of Meghalaya in general is helpful towards the tourists. However you should always take general precaution and keep your valuable belongings with you where ever you visit.

3. What are the famous and unique places in Meghalaya?

Meghalaya has many famous and unique places. Some of them are the wonderous Double Decker Living Root Bridge, giant and spectacular Krang Suri Falls, Nongkhnum River Island and Kongthong Village.

4. What is the best time to visit Meghalaya?

Meghalaya has a pleasant weather all round the year except few days in winters which are dry but still the weather is pleasant during the daytime. For nature lovers the best time to visit Meghalaya will be monsoons when the views of the waterfalls, lakes and greeneries are at its best. During winters you can visit Meghalaya if you are into adventure. Adventure sports are mostly done during winters.

5. What can I buy from Meghalaya?

You can buy the unique local handicrafts and bamboo products from Meghalaya. You can also buy local honey and turmeric which are of good quality in Meghalaya. There are souvenir shops in police bazar. You can buy one for yourself as a memory of Meghalaya Tour.

6. Which fruits is famous in Meghalaya?

Fruits like Oranges and Pineapple of Meghalaya are famous and are of good quality.

7. What is the temperature of Meghalaya?

The climate of Meghalaya is generally moderate and pleasant. In summer it ranges from 15°C to 30°C, whereas in monsoon it is generally about 17°C to 25°C. In winter the temperature of Meghalaya is colder and it ranges from 3°C to 15°C.

8. How can I plan a trip to Meghalaya?

You can plan a trip for Meghalaya for atleast five days. Here is an ideal plan for your Meghalaya trip:
Day-1: Reach Shillong and take a tour of Shillong City and outskirts.
Day-2: Visit Cherrapunji’s waterfalls, park and caves.
Day-3: Explore Mawlynnong Village and Dawki.
Day-4: Visit Krang Suri Falls and Laitlum Canyons.
Day-5: Shillong to Guwahati.

9. How much will be the cost for a trip to Meghalaya?

An ideal trip to Meghalaya will be for atleast 5 days which may cost around 15,000/- per person. It will include transportation, accommodation and sightseeing. You can book our Best of Meghalaya Tour which is of 5 days and covers the major tourist attractions of Meghalaya.

10. How to plan a budget Meghalaya Tour?

If you have budget constraints and also less time, you can book a trip of Meghalaya for 3 Days and 2 Nights which cost around 8,500/- per person. Our Hidden Meghalaya Trip is ideal for budget travellers.

11. Why tourists visit Meghalaya?

Meghalaya is one of the most visited tourist destination in the Northeast because of its natural beauty and its warm and humble people. There are lush green and beautiful mountains all around. During monsoons the clouds float over the mountains creating a spectacular view. Cherrapunji is also most visited destination in Meghalaya and is famous for being a wettest place. It has beautiful waterfalls and caves. Apart from it there are many other places which gives tourists a reason to visit Meghalaya.

12. Do you need permit to visit Meghalaya?

Yes, an e-invite is required for Meghalaya Tourism. Government of Meghalaya has opened the tourist places. As a traveller visiting Meghalaya you need to obtain an e-invite to enter Meghalaya. This e-invite can be obtained from Meghalaya Tourism App. The app can be downloaded from Play Store.

13. How to reach Meghalaya?

You can reach Meghalaya by by flight, train, bus and car as well. Meghalaya is well connected with major cities of India.
You can opt for the following options to reach Meghalaya:
By Flight: You can take a flight from your city to Shillong Airport.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Guwahati Railway Station from where you can hire a cab for Meghalaya.
By Bus: Meghalaya has regular bus services. You can catch a bus for Meghalaya from Guwahati and other major palces of Northeast and also West Bengal.
By Car: Cab services are easily available from railway station and airport for Meghalaya. You can also book your cab for Meghalaya online.
Explore the beauty of Meghalaya by booking 4 Nights 5 Days Trip To Meghalaya.

14. What are the best places to visit in Meghalaya?

Meghalaya is blessed with numerous beautiful places. These are the following places to visit in Meghalaya:
Shillong
Cherrapunji
Mawsynram
Nongpoh
Umiam
Dawki
Mawlynnong
Nongkhnum River Island
Kongthong Village
Umden Village
Tura

15. Does Meghalaya Tourism offer adventure activities?

Yes, you can do the following adventure activities in Meghalaya:
Scuba Diving
Cliff Jumping
Kayaking
Snorkeling
Zip Lining
Camping
Adventure activities are mostly performed in Shnongpdeng and Dawki

16. Which are the best resorts to stay in Meghalaya?

Resorts in Meghalaya are in the most ideal locations and offer a good view of the surrounding mountains and greenery.
Some of the best resorts in Meghalaya are:
Ri Kynjai – Umiam Lake
Smoky Resort – Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji Holiday Resort
Jeeva Resort, Cherrapunji
Polo Orchid, Cherrapunji
Betelnut Resort, Shnongpdeng, Dawki

17. Where can we do shopping in Meghalaya?

In the markets of Meghalaya you can find different fashionable clothes, handicrafts, artifacts, and many other interesting items. You can do shopping in Police Bazar, Iewduh (Barabazar), Laitumkhrah, Tura, Jowai Bazar, Sohra Bazar etc.