Backpacking trip to Meghalaya

View photos

About

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

Batches

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

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

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

15th Oct to 20th Oct Open {15th Oct (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 20th Oct (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

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

29th Oct to 3rd Nov Open {29th Oct (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 3rd Nov (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

5th Nov to 10th Nov Open {5th Nov (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 10th Nov (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

12th Nov to 17th Nov Open {12th Nov (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 17th Nov (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

19th Nov to 24th Nov Open {19th Nov (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 24th Nov (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

26th Nov to 1st Dec Open {26th Nov (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 1st Dec (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

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

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

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

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

28th Dec to 2nd Jan Open {28th Dec (Wednesday) 11:00 AM to 2nd Jan (Monday) 06:00 PM}

7th Jan to 12th Jan Open {7th Jan (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 12th Jan (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

14th Jan to 19th Jan Open {14th Jan (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 19th Jan (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

21st Jan to 26th Jan Open {21st Jan (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 26th Jan (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

28th Jan to 2nd Feb Open {28th Jan (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 2nd Feb (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

4th Feb to 9th Feb Open {4th Feb (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 9th Feb (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

11th Feb to 16th Feb Open {11th Feb (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 16th Feb (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

18th Feb to 23rd Feb Open {18th Feb (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 23rd Feb (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

25th Feb to 2nd Mar Open {25th Feb (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 2nd Mar (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

4th Mar to 9th Mar Open {4th Mar (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 9th Mar (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

11th Mar to 16th Mar Open {11th Mar (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 16th Mar (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

18th Mar to 23rd Mar Open {18th Mar (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 23rd Mar (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

25th Mar to 30th Mar Open {25th Mar (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 30th Mar (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

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

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

15th Apr to 20th Apr Open {15th Apr (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 20th Apr (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

Price

Guwahati to Guwahati:

Tempo Traveler
Triple Occupancy 21000 / Person
Double Occupancy 23000 / Person
RE Himalayan (2 Riders - Pillion)
Triple Occupancy 24500 / Person
Double Occupancy 26500 / Person
RE 350 Classic (Solo)
Triple Occupancy 25500 / Person
Double Occupancy 27500 / Person
RE Himalayan (Solo)
Triple Occupancy 28500 / Person
Double Occupancy 30500 / Person

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

    • Breakfast will be served in the morning.
    • After that, the group will head towards Cherrapunji (4,400 ft.), the wettest place in the world.
    • En route, the group will visit Elephanta falls and Shillong peak for a short sightseeing tour.
    • The rest of the day will be spent visiting waterfalls between Shillong and Cherapunjee followed by exploring Mawsmai cave in the evening.
    • Overnight stay at Cherrapunji.
  • 3

    3rd Day : Trek to Double Decker Bridge

    • Post breakfast, the group will head for trekking towards one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites - 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

    • We'll have an early breakfast, after which we'll explore the various places in Cherrapunji including the two cave sites, the Nohkalkai waterfall, and the seven sister falls.
    • Later on, we'll continue on the road-trip further to Mawlynnong, also known as Asia’s Cleanest Village.
    • 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.
    • Finally, we'll head down to our riverside camps.
    • Post-check-in, we'll have dinner, barbeque, and bonfire.
    • Overnight at the campsite in Dawki.
  • 5

    5th Day : Dawki to Shillong

    • After breakfast, the rest of the day is for adventure activities.
    • The group will head off for adventure activities including cliff jumping, boating, snorkelling, and more. Except for these three activities, anything else would be at a personal expense.
    • 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

    • Breakfast will be served in the morning.
    • Post breakfast, the group will drive from Shillong to Guwahati.
    • On reaching Guwahati, you can head back home according to your own convenience.
    • The tour ends and we'll conclude our Meghalaya backpacking trip.

    *You are advised to book flights for Day 6 as the group will be reaching Guwahati around 5 PM, booking your flight tickets accordingly.

Trip Images

Inclusions

Pickup & Drop according to fixed timing.

Transportation: In Tempo Traveler from Guwahati to Guwahati.

Bike Rent & Fuel from  Guwahati to Guwahati.

Riding Gears:  Knee guard, Elbow guard, Helmet.

*Note: Due to comfort and safety reasons, we recommend you all to carry your own helmets for the ride. The helmets which we provide are of standard size so there can be some discrepancies regarding the sizes.

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

Cliff Jumping Dawki

Snorkelling in Dawki

Boating in Dawki

Bonfire + Barbeque at Dawki

Tour lead

Parking and Entry Tickets

Local Guide for Double Decker Bridge

First aid kits

Driver Allowances

Exclusions

5% GST

Early check-in at the hotel.

Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.

Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay travel.

Cost Of Any Spare Part Which Will Be Used Due To The Accidental Damage Incurred When The Motorbike Is In Rider’s Possession.

Cost Incurred To Transfer Or Tow The Motorbike In Case It Is Dropped On The Way.

Vehicle Servicing Or Maintenance Cost

Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.

Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation from Manali or Srinagar.

Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.

Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.

Vehicle servicing or maintenance cost and security deposit per motorbike of Rs. 5,000/-. As per the deposit policy (This is refundable at the end of the trip if there is no damage or spare parts used.)

Any other services not specified above in inclusions.

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 regarding the cancellation.

 Free Cancellation up to 60 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 59 days to 45 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within  44 Days to 30 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 15 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within15 Days to 8 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 7 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

You are not applicable for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand. 

There would be no refund provided in case there occur some problems due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.

 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.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.

If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.

 JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).

Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.

Things To Pack

Rucksack (60 Liters+)

Daypack

Backpack Rain Cover

Suncap

UV Protected Sunglasses

Comfortable Pants (Prefer Cargo/Trek Pants )

Raincoat/Poncho

Socks (2 Cotton)

Undergarments

Slippers

Sturdy Comfortable Shoes

Towels

First Aid Kit

Personal Medication

Torch

Water Bottle

Power Bank

Mobile Charger/Travel Charger

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Lip Guard

Deodorant

Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+)

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

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. 

 

Reviews

Himanshu Thapar
Himanshu Thapar

It was my first trip with JustWravel and it was an amazing experience. The food was exceptional. These guys are best in the business. Guneet and Rohan Sir organised it really well. Looking forward to more trips with them. Cheers.

Our Reviews on Social Media

Facebook Google TripAdvisor Testimonial

Related Blogs

bg
50,000 +
Travelers
4,000 +
Trips
50 +
Destinations
Raise a Query
Connect with Us

talk to expert

chat with us

Send Query

Send Query

Get PDF
Book Now