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Backpacking trip to Meghalaya

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Meghalaya backpacking trip is a custom-tailored experience including serenity, peace, and adventure all at the same time.

Now, the name Meghalaya has its own significance. It means the land of clouds in the Sanskrit language. The name is true in all sense as Meghalaya is the wettest place globally and is usually covered with clouds.

Now, Meghalaya is famous for various things and  Limestone Caves is one of them. These caves can also be considered as one of the many specialties of the place. Also, the caves have another name for themselves and are rightly called ‘Caves in the Abode of the Clouds’. 

Moving on, adventure sport is also one of the reasons people go to Meghalaya. So, activities like trekking, camping, mountaineering, rock-climbing, and water sports are all part of the pack here.

The peace and serenity of the place mixed with options for unleashing the adventure junkie in you make it one of the perfect destinations to visit in India.

Best time to visit Meghalaya is between October to June when the weather in Meghalaya is nice. During this time, one can enjoy the full experience of visiting Meghalaya.

Avoid the state during heavy rainfall season at all you'll end up is one foot deep muddy waters all over the place and your trip would be ruined in that case.

Coming back to the attractions, Shillong enjoys a pleasant atmosphere, beautiful lakes, lush green mountains, pine forests, exotic orchids, and more. Which combine to make it one of the finest hill stations in the North East.

While covering 4 essentials locations in Meghalaya, Shillong, Cherrapunee (Sohra), Dawki, and Mawlynnong, we get to explore more. It's not just about the places but variations in culture, cuisines, and rituals followed by the people, and more.

Additionally, In Meghalaya, every other city has its own significance. Such as Shillong being the rock capital, Mawlynnong the cleanest village in Asia, Cherapunjee the wettest place on Earth, and Dawki being famous for crystal clear water.

Due to the reason that all this and more are covered in our itinerary, you'll be having a fun, and memorable trip experience.

Short Itinerary

1st Day : Reach Guwahati and Transfer to Shillong via Umiam Lake

2nd Day : Shillong to Cherrapunji via Laitlum

3rd Day : Trek to Double Decker Bridge

4th Day : Cherrapunji sightseeing, drive to Mawlynnong and Stay at Dawki

5th Day : Dawki to Shillong

6th Day : Shillong to Guwahati

Fixed Departures

6th Feb to 11th Feb Open {6th Feb (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 11th Feb (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

13th Feb to 18th Feb Open {13th Feb (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 18th Feb (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

27th Feb to 4th Mar Open {27th Feb (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 4th Mar (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

6th Mar to 11th Mar Open {6th Mar (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 11th Mar (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

20th Mar to 25th Mar Open {20th Mar (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 25th Mar (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

27th Mar to 1st Apr Open {27th Mar (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 1st Apr (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

1st Apr to 6th Apr Open {1st Apr (Thursday) 11:00 AM to 6th Apr (Tuesday) 06:00 PM}

3rd Apr to 8th Apr Open {3rd Apr (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 8th Apr (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

10th Apr to 15th Apr Open {10th Apr (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 15th Apr (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

17th Apr to 22nd Apr Open {17th Apr (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 22nd Apr (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

24th Apr to 29th Apr Open {24th Apr (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 29th Apr (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

1st May to 6th May Open {1st May (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 6th May (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

8th May to 13th May Open {8th May (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 13th May (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

22nd May to 27th May Open {22nd May (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 27th May (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

Price (Guwahati to Guwahati)


Triple Occupancy - Tempo Traveller 18500
Double Occupancy - Tempo Traveller 21000
RE 350 Classic (Solo) 21600
RE 350 Classic (2 Riders - Pillion) 18200
RE Himalayan (2 Riders - Pillion) 20300
RE Himalayan (Solo) 23500
Dominar -400 (Solo) 22500
Dominar -400 (2 Riders - Pillion) 19200

Itinerary (Guwahati to Guwahati)

  • 1

    1st Day : Reach Guwahati and Transfer to Shillong via Umiam Lake

    • Meet upon arrival at Guwahati Airport / Railway Station.
    • After the initial introduction, we travel to Shillong which is famously known as the Scotland of the East and is at an altitude of 4908 feet above sea level.
    • Explore Cafes and Local market of Shillong in the evening.
    • Overnight stay in Shillong.

     

  • 2

    2nd Day : Shillong to Cherrapunji via Laitlum

    • After early breakfast, we drive to Cherrapunji (4,400 ft.), the wettest place in the world, en-route visit Elephanta falls and Shillong peak for some breathtaking views of Shillong.
    • We'll have lunch en route and visit several waterfalls that lie between Shillong and Cherapunjee. Additionally, we'll be exploring Mawsmai cave later in the evening. 
    • Overnight stay at Cherrapunji.
  • 3

    3rd Day : Trek to Double Decker Bridge

    • On the third day after breakfast, we will be trekking to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the architectural marvel - Double Decker Living Roots Bridge. If time permits, we shall go exploring and trekking to the Rainbow Falls as well.
    • Return to Cherrapunji by evening.
    • Overnight stay at Cherrapunji.

     

  • 4

    4th Day : Cherrapunji sightseeing, drive to Mawlynnong and Stay at Dawki

    • On day 4th, we'll explore the various places in Cherrapunji including the two cave sites, the Nohkalkai waterfall, and the seven sister falls.
    • Continue on the road-trip further to Mawlynnong, also known as Asia’s Cleanest Village.
    • Mawlynnong offers many interesting sights such as the living root bridge and another strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another small rock.
    • Afterward, we'll drive to Dawki, from there the India Bangladesh Border is just 2 hours away. In here, you can roam around in between the India-Bangladesh border which is an unbarbed area free of any strict army vigilance, unlike most border areas.
    • After that, we'll head onwards to our camping location (riverside camps). The adventure just multi-folds as we arrive at this location with avenues for cliff jumping, swimming, kayaking, and whatnot. We plan to sleep on this night cozying up in our tents!
    • Overnight at the campsite with Barbeque and Bonfire.
  • 5

    5th Day : Dawki to Shillong

    • After breakfast at the campsite, we'll leave for water sports activities.
    • Activities include boat rides and kayaking in crystal clear waters of the river.
    • Later, we'll drive back to Shillong with an evening at leisure.
    • Guests are free to explore the city in the evening as this will be the last day for the Meghalaya backpacking trip and by this time, we would have already covered all our itinerary checkpoints.
    • Overnight Stay at Shillong.
  • 6

    6th Day : Shillong to Guwahati

    • After breakfast, we'll drive from Shillong to Guwahati.
    • You can book a flight around 5 PM from Guwahati.
    • The tour ends and we'll conclude our Meghalaya backpacking trip.

     

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Inclusions

Transportation from Guwahati Airport/Railway station 

Two nights accommodation (hotel stay) in Shillong

Two nights accommodation (hotel/homestay) in Cherrapunji

One night accommodation (camps) in Dawki 

Breakfast in Shillong and Cherrapunji

Dinner and Breakfast in Dawki

Boat ride and Kayaking in Dawki

Bonfire + Barbeque at Dawki

Tour lead

Complete assistance throughout the tour

Medical Kit & first aid kit

Exclusions

Any expenses for optional activities or tickets.

Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry, etc

 Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

 Anything not mentioned in Inclusions.

 Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date

59 Days to 45 days of the Departure date. 10% of the total trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

44 Days to 30 Days of the Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

29 Days to 15 Days of the Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

15 Days to 8 Days of the Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

No Show . No refund.

In the case of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforeseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by the customer. The company will not be liable.

Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Thermals (Upper & Lower)

Clothes

Socks

Undergarments

Gloves

Slippers

Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

Hats/Caps

Daypack

Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

First Aid Kit

Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

Sun Glasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

Raincoat

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size for Meghalaya Backpacking Trip?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the Meghalaya Backpacking trip?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

Additional Information about Meghalaya

Long back in 1970, Meghalaya separated two districts of Assam and got the stature of an autonomous district. Covering an area of 8,660 square miles, it occupies a part of the great Deccan plateau. 

The culture and tradition since then are influenced by the history of Meghalaya. It has a mixture of cultures from Bangladesh and other neighboring states. 

The Garo, Jaintia, and Khasi tribes in Meghalaya love to spend a peaceful life with meaningful virtues. 

The language in Meghalaya is never trouble for English being the binding force. The local people communicate with Garo, Khasi, Nepali, and Marathi languages among themselves. 

Cherrapunji, the wettest region in the state, is known for receiving the highest rainfall in India. It has the double-decker living root bridge as a popular tourist spot. Tickets are available on weekends. 

The weather in Meghalaya is pleasantly cold in the summer. However, carry good warm clothes if you are traveling in winter. 

The weather in the hill stations can be extremely cold. Therefore, it is better to be safe with some good warm clothes in your backpack. 

Meghalaya backpacking trip is going to be a fun trip via a road trip. Road Trip to Meghalaya will be thrilling as you will be exposed to the extreme beauty of the hill routes and heritage sites. 

The villages in Meghalaya are clean and people in Meghalaya are extremely kind. The culture of Meghalaya is based on traditional Buddhist culture. 

Festivals in Meghalaya reflect the true culture and tradition of the state. The divine heritage of Meghalaya is worth exploring. You will be joyful to be living a different life within their people. 

A backpacking trip to Meghalaya will be perfect as they can travel and unveil some of the best tourist destinations in Meghalaya within a few days. 

The itinerary for backpackers in Meghalaya would range from 4 days and 3 nights to 7 days and 6 nights. 

You can take any travel pack and enjoy your vacation in Meghalaya. The best places to visit in Meghalaya include some of the panoramic waterfalls, trekking points, and hill stations. 

Some interesting spots for tourists in Meghalaya are Nohkalikai Falls, Umiam Lake, Umngot River in Dawki, Krem Liat Prah, Mawsmai Caves, trek points on hills and many more. 

There are several hotels and lodges in Meghalaya that are completely safe and certified under travel websites. You can also book these hotel rooms online. 

The famous food items in Meghalaya are spicy meat and fish. Rice is their staple food. However, the cuisines in Meghalaya have a unique taste than other neighboring states. Their selection of spices and ways of cooking differs from others. 

The best way to visit Meghalaya is via train, the railway station, being close to the city of Guwahati, is a lot more convenient. 

Meghalaya has serene beauty and rich culture that visitors all around India and the world enjoy. If you have never traveled to this amazing state, it is time to plan a trip to Meghalaya with JustWravel.

History Of Meghalaya 

Meghalaya is one of the 29 states in India and falls in the northeast region of the country. The formation of this state was done on 21st January 1972 by separating two states of Assam. 

With Shillong as the capital of the state, it stands tall as one of the peak destinations preferred by tourists in India. The attraction for Meghalaya is the heavy rainfall it receives and is the wettest place on earth not only in India. Also, the heavy range of flora and fauna it does have.

Moving on, some other important facts about the state is that, here the official language is set to be English. This might seem strange at first but is justified looking at the population diversity which is covered by Christians majorly. On the contrary, Hinduism is the religion present in the minority.

Moving on, if we talk about second, then followed by English, two other languages are vastly popular in Meghalaya namely Khasi (33.81%) and Garo (31.60%).

The people in this state are majorly dependent upon agriculture which constitutes 80 percent of the workforce in Meghalaya. Afterwhich, tourism activities and hospitality are some of the other popular careers for the people in the state.

One of the facts that attract tourists to Meghalaya is the sheer number of the waterfall, limestone caves, and an array of unexplored attractions that you might accidentally land onto. 

There exists one Double Decker Root Bridge, which is one of it’s kind and only present in Meghalaya across the whole world. During the backpacking trip, you'll get to see this famous heritage site of Meghalaya as well.

Also, if you’re interested in archeological findings then you’d be interested to know that remains of dinosaurs have been discovered here and it is a site of archeological importance.

Apart from that, you can explore more than 500 caves as there are a plethora of them present in the vicinity. Additionally, due to the state being such an unexplored territory you’d get to know a ton of myths and legends about Meghalaya as well.

If you’re an audiophile and are interested in listening to heavy music then Shillong might naturally attract you due to being heavily influenced by rock culture. There are plenty of local bands that can bring peace to your ears that are aching for some good music.

Talking about Shillong, how can we forget about good cafes in the place, can we? Not. So, if you’re in Shillong then do not forget to visit Dylans Cafe, Shillong Cafe, ML 05, and many more to try some authentic Meghalaya cuisine while on a backpacking trip.

One of the most important things you should know before leaving on a Meghalaya backpacking trip is that nobody should disrespect the local culture and the tribes. As they are the ones that majorly govern the whole ecosystem around the state. Additionally, there are only three major tribes that exist in Meghalaya namely The Jaintias, Garo, and Khasi tribes.

Now, if you’re talking about Meghalaya, you just cannot ignore the Mawlynnong village as it is awarded as the cleanest village in the whole world. From here, you can easily watch the India-Bangladesh border, which is also visible from Dawki. 

One more interesting thing to know about Meghalaya is that here matriarchy is followed instead of patriarchy which is the commonly followed practice over the world. In Meghalaya, you can easily spot a female’s family accepting her male counterpart to come and live with them after the unification of them through marriage. 

Also, due to the high rate of people speaking English, the literacy rates and other related things are on the upside. So, you’re more likely to meet people who are educated and well behaved while you’re in Meghalaya.

How To Reach Meghalaya

By Road

The journey to reach Meghalaya from Delhi can be done via a road trip as well. But it is not the most optimum route as it takes 35 hours in theory and 55+ hours in real to get to the destination. This means that you’ll have to cover more than 2.5 days of travel at once, just to reach Meghalaya. 

So, by the end of your road trip, there are chances that you’ll be more than exhausted and then there’ll be another 2.5 days of the journey to return to the book the flight.

The nearest airport from Meghalaya is in Guwahati namely Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. But in case you're someone whom we can call an ultra extremist adventurer then you can opt for a full-on road trip along with Meghalaya backpacking.

By Train

The journey from Delhi to Meghalaya via train is also possible but it’s the second preferred option after choosing the flights. The only reason for that can be the amount of time flight saves and the comfort of the medium. Otherwise, if you’re someone who would like to enjoy a train journey across the route, then there are many options present onto the requested route.

Mostly trains would show a journey time of approximately less than 2 days as they’ll be running continuously with fewer stops. The average cost would come anywhere from about 2500-4000 rupees.

Best Time To Visit Meghalaya

If you’re planning to visit Meghalaya then please keep in mind that the best time to start checking for Meghalaya Itineraries is between October to April. During this time, you can expect the weather to be nice and kind to you, with not too many wintery cold breeze or the summer heatwave. 

It’ll be a pleasant experience with a little bit of drizzle here and there as you already know that it is the wettest place on earth, so you can expect rainfall at any moment. The temperature goes around from around +-20 degrees celsius to +-5 degrees celsius.

Although, it is not advised to opt for a Meghalaya Backpacking trip during the monsoon season as you’ll not be able to travel to any of the locations in your itinerary due to heavy rainfall.

Famous Places To Visit In Meghalaya

Nohkalikai Waterfalls

Meghalaya is famous for waterfalls and Nohkalikai is one of the most famous among them all.  It has a height of 1115 feet and has the title of the tallest waterfall in India.  Along with that, if you’re someone who wants to get in awe then this waterfall is surely your cup of tea. Don't miss out on this one mesmerizing experience while on a backpacking trip to Meghalaya.

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

It is the second time that we’re mentioning this place here and well! There are plenty of reasons for that. While you already know that it’s the only one of its kind double-decker root bridge in the world. 

But did you know that being a root bridge, it has advantages such as with every rainfall, it gets stronger in comparison to any other kind of bridge such as one made from steel.

Elephant Falls

The elephant falls got its name during the British Empire when someone spotted an elephant-shaped rock near the falls and started referencing it as the same. Sadly, the rock is not there anymore as it was destroyed but the name still sticks. 

The fall is situated in Shillong and you cannot miss it for the world when on a Meghalaya backpacking trip, as it is one of the attractions for both Shillong and Meghalaya. Moving on, it was originally called Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew, which is the Khasi name for the fall and is still being used by the local/tribals to refer to the same.

Laitlum Canyon

If you returning from Shillong without visiting Laitlum Canyon then you have missed one of the most amazing views you can ever get in Meghalaya. But, if you’ve ever been to the canyon then you are aware of the bird’s eye’s view of Shillong. Now, moving forward, there’s a trek included while you move towards the Laitlum Canyon, which is a heavy plus point and gives you double the fun.

Khasi Hills

They are part of the Garo-Khasi-Jaintia range and belong to the very adamant Khasi Tribe, which comes into a prominent standing among the tribes in Meghalaya. Now, They are an important landmark when visiting Meghalaya and we don’t think that at this point, you’ll question that statement. 

Nohsngithiang Falls

It is also known as the seven sisters waterfall, as the said waterfall has 7 sections which are designated onto one of the seven sister states of the northeast by the locals. It is a very significant point in the itinerary and one should visit these waterfalls to get a view that provides you with an introspective space while on a Meghalaya backpacking trip.

Don Bosco Museum

If you’re someone who’s high on information and wants to consume as much as they can then this is the kind of place that attracts your vibe. The reason being that while visiting the museum, you’ll be getting to know about the eight states of the northeast in detail with facts, documents, and artifacts. 

Adventure Activities In Meghalaya

Meghalaya might seem like a place just down with rain and all you can explore is nature at its best. But along with the fact that it is very very true, another fact is that you can enjoy a plethora of adventure activities here as well. Most of which we'll be covering during the backpacking trip to Meghalaya.

Meghalaya At a Glance - State Summary

We have covered Meghalaya as deep as we could have but for those who don't like to read much, there's a short summary section for you as well. Go ahead and gorge into the zone details about the zone called Meghalaya - Abode of Clouds.

Known as Scotland of the East, as it is popularly known for its pure breeze and scenic locations, Meghalaya is one of the Seven Sisters. Located in north-east India, Meghalaya offers the world a unique experience of culture and geography. So here are some of the amazing facts that one should get to know about this phenomenal place:

  • One of the smallest states by population and area, it houses its 2.9 million residents in an area of just 22,720 sq. km. The smaller the place, the more you get to explore it thoroughly. Known for having abundant greenery, caves, waterfalls, and clear skies, it offers one of the best views to wake up to every day. Meghalaya and its picturesque locations and flora and fauna provide the best getaway locations. 

  • It is home to some famous people like Arundhati Roy, who has authored The God of Small Things, Listening to Grasshoppers, The End of Imagination, and many other books. It also houses the former speaker of Lok Sabha PA Sangama. He was also the Chief Minister from 1988 to 1990. 

  • The Tribal communities have existed for centuries in Meghalaya and their rituals, tradition, and culture are still practiced. Tribes have their own costumes, cuisines, and ideologies. Some of the popular tribes in Meghalaya are Garo, Jaintia, and Khasi. The Khasi tribe is the largest one to exist in the state. Most of the population of the place consists of Tribal communities. 

  • The highest rainfall records globally have been recorded in Cherrapunji, which was earlier known as Sohra. Stilt houses are seen in the area in order to protect the bases of houses from being washed away due to heavy rains. The best time to visit this tiny town is from September to May as the misty waterfalls and ancient caves give you the best routes for a drive-through. 

  • Home to waterfalls like Nohkalikai, Elephant Falls, Langshiang Falls, Krang Suri Falls, and many more. Out of all these, Elephant falls is the most scenic and the most popular tourist attractions in Shillong. Nohkalikai is known for its famous plunge pools, which also attracts a fair amount of tourists as well every year. All waterfalls are surrounded by lush green forests that house animals like common leopards, jackals, bears, deer species, giant squirrels, and reptiles like vipers, cobras, pythons, and many more. 

  • The folk dances of Meghalaya are distinct and unique to their states like the Nongkrem Dance, which is a religious festival in thanksgiving to God Almighty for a good harvest, peace, and prosperity of the community; held during October-November at Smit near Shillong. Other dances include the Wangala dance, which is part of the Wangala festival. It is a major festival of the Garos which is celebrated during autumn after the harvesting season. The festival which lasts for four days and nights is accompanied by dancing and enjoyment and the most phenomenal sight is the warrior’s dance which is the Dance of a Hundred Drums on the final day which is a spectacular sight. Dances from this state try to bring together the natives by creating fun and joyous atmospheres like the Dorsegata dance and the Yahoo dance. You need to at least see this once in your life and a backpacking trip to Meghalaya is one nice opportunity to do so.

  • The various caves located in this state make it unique and a popular tourist attraction. Caves like Arwah cave - which consists of Meghalaya limestone rocks caves which were carved by mother nature, Mawsmai caves - which has naturally formed rocks in different shapes and sizes, Mawmluh cave - which is 7 km long, Krem Phyllut and Jaintia hills, which is more than 22km long and connects two ancient caves in the area. 

  • The majority of the population are Christian in the tiny state of Meghalaya. The other religious communities that exist in this place are Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. This shows the secular nature of the state which is favored by its residents and is also responsible for creating a harmonious atmosphere.

  • Home to the maximum number of bridges, Meghalaya proudly exhibits its living and root bridges. Most of the bridges are located in Cherrapunji, which were built hundreds of years ago. The most popular living bridge is the double-decker root bridge and single-decker root bridge in Shillong which are unique and make for the prime tourist attraction sports. These bridges were built by Garo and Khasi tribes who have mastered the art of wrapping thick roots together to form a structure that has a capacity of holding more than 50 people. These bridges look as if they were taken straight out of a fairytale and have been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. 

  • Another interesting fact about Meghalaya is that it shares an international border with Bangladesh. Meghalaya has been fenced completely and the bordering town located next to the border is Dawki. Even if it’s a small town, Dawki is the ultimate destination for adventure sports like kayaking, camping, zip-lining, and snorkeling. It is absolutely sublime with crystal clear waters and a delightful boat ride is offered in the lake which makes for an eventful and peaceful day. The main attraction is the Dawki bridge which is a suspension bridge over the Umngot river which has a fairytale hidden inside. It is close to the cleanest possible village in Asia which is Mawlynnong.

  • Lastly, the cuisines of Meghalaya are very popular as well. The popular cuisines are Jadoh, Doh-Khlieh, Nakham Bitchi, Pumaloi, Doh-Neiiong, Tungrymbai, Pudoh, Minil Songa, Pukhlein, and Sakin Gata. These wholesome meals are responsible for the healthy appetites of the natives and the tourists that visit the beautiful state. 

 

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