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Sillong: Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya.A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. This place is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East. One can find descendants of the Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim tribes.It is home to numerous waterfalls.The key reasons people visit Shillong are the exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, cafes, and museums. Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfalls, caving, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and culture.Shillong is also famous as the music capital of India, as many prominent musicians have hailed from this place.  


Cherrapunji: Cherrapunji, village, southern Meghalaya state, northeastern India. It is located on the Shillong Plateau about 35 miles (55 km) southwest of Shillong, the state capital. Cherrapunjee, also known as Sohra, is a high-altitude town in the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. It's known for its living root bridges, made from rubber trees.Cherrapunji is noted for having one of the world’s highest average annual precipitation levels, about 450 inches (11,430 mm). In addition, it had the greatest recorded total single-year rainfall, 1,042 inches (26,467 mm) in August 1860–July 1861, and one of the greatest recorded one-month total rainfalls, 366 inches (9,296 mm) in July 1861. 


Mawsynram: Mawsynram, located 61 kms south of Shillong is a nature lover's delight and the perfect destination for a weekend trip. The Mawsynram plateau region has received enough attention for its world-record rainfall but there are many more unique sights here. Krem Puri is the longest sandstone cave in the world. Getting to the entry requires a steep descent down one of the valley slopes.The labyrinth has just been recently mapped and visitors need to go in with proper caving gear and with a local guide.  It symbolizes the unique megaliths unearthed in the Khasi Hill area. The rains are so powerful in Mawsynram that the local villagers have to make use of thick grass to sound-proof their homes from the thunderous rain.


Tura: The largest town in the Garo Hills, Tura will appeal to nature lovers because of the greenery that one finds everywhere here. The town blends into the forest rather than intruding into it and the nearby wildlife even can be seen visiting some of the neighbourhoods. Tura is an ideal base for those who seek adventure in the Garo Hills, a town where the authentic Garo way of life is as strong as ever. During the Wangala season, the 100 Drums Festival in nearby Asanang is a perfect getaway for culture lovers and Tura is also close to Nokrek National Park, one of the natural gems of Meghalaya.The climate in Tura is moderate throughout the year, and the town has many interesting and unexplored areas.


Jowai: Located in the Jaintia Hills district, Jowai located at a distance of 66 Kms from Shillong, is famous for its bucolic setting and breathtaking views with the perfect mix of heritage and culture. Jowai, much like Cherrapunji prides itself in being a destination much loved for a scenic drive and boasting of lakes, vast open valleys and waterfalls.The Thadlaskein Lake and Lalong Park are the famous tourist hot spots while Syntu Ksiar is also a popular destination on the shores of river Myntdu. Festivals such as Behdeinkhlam, Chad Sukra and Laho Dance attract many tourists from across India each year. As more travellers explore the eastern sections of Meghalaya, they are discovering the rich culture and previously undocumented landscapes of the Jaintia Hills. Jowai town is a cultural and commercial pivot of this region and its history goes back to the times when the Pnar kings were the dominant force in the region. Jowai provides a starting point for those who want to spend time understanding the local culture and visiting the myriad attractions.


Nongpoh: Nongpoh, located 60 Kms from Guwahati in Assam and 51 Kms from Shillong is a petite town to be found to the North of the East Khasi Hills. Situated very close to the gorgeous Brahmaputra plains, this location is quite a favourite as a stopover before reaching Shillong from Guwahati.Nongpoh is the administrative headquarters of Ri-Bhoi district of the Indian state of Meghalaya which in turn makes it a very significant town of this state. Beautiful rivers, encircling plush green trees, serene climatic conditions are enough to make your trip a comfortable and enjoyable one.


Elephant falls: The waterfall is the result of a mountain stream that drops over multiple levels, scything through the forested slope. The pool at the bottom of the falls is a tranquil spot where you can wade into the clear water at knee-level and get a nice picture with the giant cascade in the background. Your Meghalaya waterfall exploration is not complete without a visit to the Elephant Falls, located on the outskirts of the state capital, Shillong. It is named by its Elephant like stone, at its foot. The sight of this waterfall is worth capturing in your camera. Just a few miles away from the capital city, Shillong, these falls are one of the most awe-inspiring sites in Shillong. Do not miss this gem of nature on your Meghalaya trip! 


Dawki: If you are looking for sensational views, then the Umiam Lake has a plethora of options. There are many vantage points from where you can capture the waters and the hills beyond – either shrouded in mysterious clouds or bathed with bright sunlight, the golden hours here attract shutterbugs from all over.The lake was formed when a dam was built over the Umiam River in the early sixties as part of a hydel power project. The resort swimming pool, with its dramatic location on the edge of the hill overlooking the lake, is also open to visitors.Umiam Lake is Shillong’s major hub for water sports and boating. Paddle boats, water scooters, and speed boats are some of the plentiful options for those who look to hit the waters. What makes Dawki a tourist magnet is Umngot River – the river with crystal clear water. And by crystal clear, we mean so clear that you can actually see the shadow of your boat into the bottom of the river floating with your boat.  


Kyllang Rock: There is a path which you can climb along with rest stops and summer houses along the way. The view from the top of the rock is spectacular – from green woods and quaint villages to mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets if you time your hike accordingly.Lum Kyllang is a geological marvel – an imposing rock formation that is about a thousand feet wide at its most prominent girth. Another attraction here is the presence of rare white rhododendrons scattered across the depressions and bushes at the base of the dome.It would be a travesty to visit this majestic natural formation without unearthing the legend that the Khasis have built around it.


Mawlynnong: Mawlynnong is a small village situated around 90 km from Shillong in the East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya and is also known as God's own Garden.Mawlynnong offers some of the most picturesque natural beauty with lush green valleys, crystal clear water in the river, an abundance of flowering orchids hanging from the trees and extremely clean roads which makes this small village a worth visiting destination for tourists visiting Meghalaya.  Mawlynnong village also offers pleasant weather throughout the year and especially during monsoon, the village tends to extend its elegance which makes the visitors feels like heaven on earth. 


Double Decker living root Bridge: The living root bridges are one of Meghalaya’s most beautiful tangible heritage sites. These sites have recently been added to the UNESCO world heritage site list. Located in the thick tropical forest of Meghalaya, cloaked with rain during most parts of the year, are the fantastic man-made cum natural wonders of the living root bridges. Double Decker Root Bridge is a natural wonder located in the rainforests, to reach it, visitors must climb over 3500 stairs, which can take around 2 hours. The most popular tourist attraction,these double-decker living root bridges are 2 bridges that are stacked one on the other, made because of the entanglement of roots. These living bridges are grown from a special type of rubber tree. As the roots grow, so the strength of the bridge increases.The root bridges are honoured as the Tajmahal of Meghalaya. They take around 25 years to grow and operate, but can carry the weight of 50 people and go on functioning for 500 years.This place is heavenly! mesmerizing! Must visit if you plan to go to Assam & Meghalaya side. Water is green, river is surrounded by beautiful mountains.


Mawsmai Cave: Mawsmai Cave is by far the most popular caves in Meghalaya, which is home to some mysterious & amazing caves. The Khasi Hills are partly made up of limestone. Because this area receives some of the heaviest rains in the world, numerous caves are formed. Mawsmai is one of the popular attractions in Cherrapunji. The cave, when compared to the world's longest cave Krem Liat Prah, is very small. Inside the Mawsmai Cave, a variety of living species can be found surviving. Insects and bats are among the many species of flora and fauna that call it home. It is one of Meghalaya's most visited historical caves.

 

Nohkalikai Falls: One cannot simply miss out on the fun of standing under the tallest waterfall in India – Nohkalikai Waterfall. Standing 1115 feet tall, this spectacular waterfall is a wonder of nature in itself.This waterfall is a sight to behold and is one of those places where you just cannot resist taking out your camera and clicking an uncountable number of pictures. Located at a short distance from Cherrapunji town, this is a must-visit Meghalaya tourist spot. it provides a mesmerizing scene with the backdrop of the dramatic cliffs and the deep pool and thick forests at the bottom. 
 

 

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