Natural beauty and cultural highlights, Meghalaya is one of the most visited destinations in north east India for good reason. Here are the top 8 places to visit in Meghalaya that will leave you breathless and inspired:

Neo Travellers’ List of Most Popular Meghalaya Tourist Places

Mawlynnong Village

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Known as one of the cleanest villages in India, Mawlynnong is located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. Roads are freshly laid. Litter has been reduced to zero, and the housing is completely natural. Locals have even built a bamboo observation deck that gives you a panoramic view of the area, including the Bangladesh border! With other attractions like the famous Mawlynnong waterfall and a living root bridge, this scenic village is quickly becoming a favourite retreat for those looking to get back to nature. Make sure to add this beautiful village to your itinerary of must-see Meghalaya Tourist Places.

Double Decker Living Root Bridge of Cherrapunji

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Found in the rainiest place in India, the Double Decker Living Root Bridge is a sight to behold. Of course, reaching this prized natural wonder does not come without a fair share of adventure. In order to reach it, you have to hike from Nongriat Village and climb over 2000 moss-covered stone steps. Be sure to carrying a walking stick or two to avoid slipping!

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Balpakram National Park

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Nature enthusiasts are encouraged to check out the Balpakram National Park located in Tura. The park is full of canyons, gorges, flora and fauna, as well as rock structures thought to be the home of departed ancestral souls. You can also see red panda, several species of wild cats, and the rare Indian bison here. Bird watchers will also find a number of observation points to set up a look out. Balpakram national park is one of the most popular Meghalaya tourist places for wildlife lovers.

Aside from Balpakram National Park, Meghalaya has 3 wildlife sanctuaries and another national park, Nokrek, all of which have a rich biodiversity to experience.

Laitlum Canyon, Shillong

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One of the most popular tourist destinations in Meghalaya would be Laitlum Canyon. There is something indescribably beautiful about the way the world seems to fall away at your feet; and if you can stop yourself from gazing out into the horizon long enough, you might even want to descend into the gorge to the village of Rasong. The inhabitants of the rustic village rely on a transport cable pulley for food and other essential items—and the sight of this alone is fascinating.

The Caves of Meghalaya

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The state of Meghalaya has an estimated 500 natural limestone and sandstone caves, some of them being the deepest in the world. Many of these caves even have rare species of bats and jaw-dropping stalagmite and stalactite formations. Some of the most traversed are Mawsmai near Cherrapunji, Siju Cave, Krem Liat Prah, and Synrang Pamiang. The latter cave is the deepest, and Krem Liat Prah is the longest. For thrill-seekers, the Meghalaya Adventurers Association conducts week-long spelunking activities if you’re interested.

Umiam Lake

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You don’t want to pass up a chance to see the sunrise or sunset over Umiam Lake, located in Nongpoh, Meghalaya. The area is highly photogenic. Also, outdoor and water sports lovers can enjoy kayaking, boating, and hiking throughout the area. The best time to see this reservoir is during the winter months, however, when the water level is at its peak. This lake definitely tops the list of most beautiful Meghalaya tourist places.

Dawki

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On the border of India and Bangladesh sits Dawki, a town along the Umngot river that embraces the natural beauty of the region. Take a ride down the emerald waters of the river, stopping at the lovely Bophill Falls for a dip or some hiking. The picturesque area is sure to leave you feeling completely tranquil.

Monoliths of Meghalaya

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Large clusters of monoliths can be found spread across Meghalaya’s Khasi and Jaintia Hills. These monoliths were erected by the Jaintia kings as a symbol of remembrance. The largest collection is located in Nartiang village, Jaintia Hills. It is believed that Nartiang village used to serve as the summer capital of the Jaintia rulers.

A monolith comprises of two parts, the upright part is called ‘Ki Moo Shynrang’, represents male and the flat table stone represents female and is known as ‘Ki Moo Kynthai’. These monoliths are of various sizes and some of them are up to 10 meters tall.

Best Time To Visit Meghalaya

Meghalaya experiences a pleasant weather and the temperature ranges from 5 °C to 25 °C. Monsoon season is from July to October. It is advisable to avoid visiting Meghalaya during this time. Summers are enjoyable as the temperature ranges from 15 °C to 25 °C. April – June is the best time to visit Meghalaya. If you like chilled weather, then winter season is the best time for you to visit Meghalaya.

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