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Hilly Meghalaya – the ‘abode of clouds’ – is among the wettest places on earth, and probably that’s why this mountain state sees less tourists as compared to the other north-eastern states, and still remains little-explored. The terrains of the capital city, Shillong, is concealed by lush green forests, mesmerising waterfalls and formidable mountain ranges, which make the destination a natural adventure playground – a prime destination for trekking, caving, canyoning and tribal encounters.

Travellers vouch for Shillong as being one of the most serene and humbling choices to get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

Mawlynnong Village


It’s hard to spot a single piece of trash on the roads here as the Mawlynnong Village in Meghalaya has been consecutively voted as Asia’s cleanest village. Yes, this one-of-a-kind village is breathtakingly beautiful and it feels like the roads are freshly laid. It also stands out for housing some of the rarest natural wonders of north east like the Mawlynnong Waterfall, which is a sight to behold. It pushes its way through lush vegetation, descending into clear waters below.

Umiam Lake


If you plan to visit Umiam Lake in the winter time, from October to February, you’ll be dumbfounded by its beauty. If you plan to visit it in the summer months of May to July, you won’t believe it’s the same lake. Umiam Lake is basically made from the reservoir built due to the dam here. The Lake is the chief source of water supply to the city of Shillong.

During the winter months, the lake fills up with water that gives it an unbelievably picturesque beauty. During the summer months, the water level lowers and islands actually begin to pop up on the surface of the lake. While the water sports here are expensive, a group water boat rowing into the evening horizon is some money well spent.

Elephant Falls


The sheer gold glow of water at the Elephant Falls is majestic. Located at Shillong, the Elephant Falls are an amalgamation of three magnificent falls – the first one, hidden among the trees; the second one, tamed and controlled, flowing from a certain height, and the third, the fastest and biggest one, culminating into the stream below.

Unfortunately, the structure of the black rocks resembling an elephant was destroyed during an earthquake but the falls are equally picturesque, with the lucid contrast of the frothy falls against the dark rocks. The natural beauty and serenity of these falls just win hearts over.

Laitlum Canyon


Love trekking? Well, then Laitlum Canyon must make it to your bucket list of north east trekking expeditions. It’s important to know the local guidelines before the trek as the terrain can be a bit difficult to manoeuvre. The panoramic view from the top and the incomprehensibly unending stretch of space on all four sides make this trek an unforgettable experience.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year. From April till June, the place enjoys a pleasant weather and thus can be explored easily. Though Shillong receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon, the weather is at its mesmerising best. The cascading waterfalls are in their full might. 

How to reach: Shillong has an airport at Umroi, which is connected only to Kolkata. The nearest airport and railway station that are well connected to cities and town across the country, are located in Guwahati. To reach Shillong from Guwahati, you can opt for a bus or a cab. It will be ideal to take precautions while driving in heavy monsoon season.

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