Known to be the abode of clouds, Meghalaya is a mesmerising tranquil land of rich natural beauty in North East of India. With its looming mountains, captivating caves, cascading waterfalls, rustling pines and fresh air, this beautiful Indian state draws the attention of several nature lovers from across the world. Take a look at the region’s top draws.
Lying in the heart of the capital city, Shillong, Ward’s Lake is an artificial lake set amidst well-maintained lush botanical garden and bordered with pavement of sand stone and rowed flowerbeds. With cobble-stoned paths, exhilarating water fountains, a bridge and an adorable cafeteria, this lake is an ideal picnic spot for families where one can indulge in various adventurous activities, take a stroll across the bridge and enjoy boating on the waters.
The second rainiest place on earth after Mawsynram, Cherrapunjee is a sub-division town in the East Khasi Hills district loved for its untouched beauty and clean and pristine surroundings. It attracts travellers with its exotic fusion of valleys, waterfalls, evergreen misty landscapes, caves and canyons and heavy rains that makes them surrender to the town’s blissful exquisiteness. Dain Thelen falls, Noh Kalikai Falls and Noh Sngithiang Falls are some of the most picturesque waterfalls here that are a true delight to watch.
A true nature’s paradise named after an elephant like stone at its foot, the Elephant Falls is a waterfall situated at the outskirts of the main city of Shillong. Since the falls comprise three mesmerising falls in series, they are referred to as “Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew” – meaning “The Three Step Waterfalls” by the local Khasi people. The falls are located around 12 km from the outskirts of the capital city of Meghalaya and thus, can be conveniently accessed via public transport.
Situated 1965 metres above sea level at the height of 6449 feet, Shillong Peak is the highest point of Shillong that presents panoramic views of the entire city, the Himalayas and the waterfalls. Bounded by fog due to its high altitude, it is the most adventurous spot for trekking. Tourists can approach the Shillong Peak through the Jowai Road or upper Shillong and can try out the cobbled trekking route from Umkynrut-Kynjat Phutbol to the Shillong View Point.
Also known as “Barapani” of the “Big Water” due to its vastness, Umiam Lake is a scenic reservoir covering an expanse of 221 sq kms. It is a part of a dam which was constructed as a first Hydel Power Project in Meghalaya. The picturesque and panoramic setting of the lake makes it the most popular spot known for water cycling, kayaking, scooting and boating. Besides, tourists can enjoy riding sailing boats, paddle boats, cruise boats and row boats.