Meghalaya is a big favourite among tourists from across the country and the globe. With its rolling hills, beautiful winding roads running through quaint villages, various waterfalls and fascinating indigenous culture, Meghalaya has a lot to offer. If you are visiting the State for the first time then these are some experiences that you should not miss out on –
Cherrapunji is beautiful to say the least. Here, the Indian rubber grows in abundance and these trees produce secondary roots from its trunks and stretch to the top of huge boulders along the riverside. The older these root bridges grow, the stronger they get. Some root-bridges are around 500 years old. Believe it or not, Cherrapunji is home to a double-decker root-bridge called the ‘Umsiang Double Decker Root Bridge’. There are quite a few BnB’s and resorts where you can put up for the night. We suggest a night stay to huddle around the bonfire while staring up at the starry sky.
Golf Links in Shillong was the first eighteen-hole golf course in India. The best part about this golf club is that, it is not just for people who can play the sport, it also open for anyone who want to lay down on the grass and daydream. It is often frequented by school children and college kids, and it is Shillong’s favourite playground. There are a very few places in India where you can casually visit a golf course.
If you are planning to enjoy some nightlife while in Shillong then this is the place to head to. They have live gigs on the weekends and so expect the place to be packed. If you want to listen to local bands or you want to dance the night away then you should not leave the city without visiting Cloud 9.
The Meghalaya butterfly museum houses around 1600 species of butterfly, moths and insects of distinct patterns and colours gathered from all over Meghalaya. In addition to butterfly and moths, visitors can also spot some rare species of beetles.
Mawlynnong, a tiny village in Meghalaya, is known for being an exceptionally clean village. Children as young as a four-year-old are taught to keep the surrounding area of their house clean. There are bamboo waste baskets on the side of the roads to ensure cleanliness. Littering is frowned upon. It is a great place to walk around and reconnect with nature. You can either stay the night or plan it like a day trip.
By Payel Bhattacharjee
Golf Link photo: Make my Trip
Cloud 9 photo: Cloud 9 Facebook page
Mawlynnong photo: Tripadvisor