Why Meghalaya Can Be A Perfect Getaway For International Travelers?
Meghalaya, meaning the ‘Abode of Clouds’ in Sanskrit, is one of the most sought-after destinations for international travelers these days. Situated in the north-eastern part of India, this beautiful land of clouds and rains attracts nature lovers throughout the year. There are several fascinating attractions in this statealong with its splendid hills, picturesque waterfalls, deep valleys and dark caves that are constantly drawing the attention of international tourists from various corners of the world. Some of the prominent factors that make Meghalaya a must-inclusion in your North East India Travel Plans are:
- Unlike other places in India, Meghalaya offers cleaner, hygienic and well maintained public toilet facility that can be used by paying only five to ten rupees.
- One can notice dustbins made out of bamboo at every 20 meters gap in Meghalaya and therefore it is hard to find any litter or dirty place in this state.
- Apart from the regional languages like Garo and Khasi, people in this state, right from a tea stall owner to people in various other trades speak Hindi and English fluently thereby making the region one of the most preferable holiday destinations for global travelers.
- One of the striking features of Meghalaya is that the roads here are uniformly maintained. Even the rural areas of Meghalaya are so advanced that you cannot find a single pot-hole there.
Tourists to Meghalaya normally stay in Shillong or Cherrapunji. Now, let’s take a glance at some of the noteworthy places that are worth exploring for any tourist in Meghalaya –
Shillong – Being the capital of Meghalaya, Shillong has a charm of its own. Several places of tourist attraction combined with the wonderful weather are the key factors that make the place all the more attractive for foreign travelers. Moreover, travelers can indulge in different adventure activities like trekking, horse riding, river rafting, angling, waterfall rappelling, camping and caving. While in Shillong, tourists can take delight in touring popular places like Lady Hydari Park, the Ward’s Lake, Cathedral Catholic Church, Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Golf Course, Entomological Museum, Mawphlang Sacred Forest along with its magnificent waterfalls etc.
Cherrapunji – Popularly known as the ‘wettest place on earth’, Cherrapunji is wellknown for its serenity and amazing beauty. It is 56 kms from Shillong and a must visit while in Meghalaya. The British who came here knew the intensity of the rainfall here and set up a meteorological office for measuring the rain. No doubt, Cherrapunji boasts of a breathtaking landscape enticing visitors from all over the world. Mawkdok Dympep Valley View, Mawmluh Cave, Mawsmai Cave, Eco Park, Double Decker Root Bridge and various captivating waterfalls in Cherrapunjee are sure to steal your interest.
Mawlynnong Village – It is located 90 kms from Shillong and known as the cleanest village in India. The village has many interesting natural phenomena like Living Root Bridge.
Mawsynram – This quaint village is 56 kms away from Shillong. Presently, the wettest place on earth, it receives average annual rainfall of 11,872 mm (about 39 feet). The village is all nature lovers’ haven.
There are also various other not-to-be-missed attractions for tourists in Shillong like Arwah Lumshynna cave, various parks, including Jaintia Hills, which is quite accessible from Shillong.
If you are looking for North East India travel plans, get in touch with a good travel agency, offering affordable tour packages to NE India and guarantees to make your holiday worthwhile. Happy journey!