Kaziranga: Kaziranga National Park is one of the prides of India. Kaziranga is the place where the nature unwinds its pristine form in millions of hues, where wildlife roams fearlessly, where man and nature meets together.
An opportunity to discover an abundance of flora & fauna plus endangered species such as the royal Bengal tiger, one-horned-rhino and Indo-Gangetic Dolphin in Kaziranga National Park. Even some of the largest snakes in the world, embracing the reticulated and Indian Pythons, King Cobra and most poisonous Krait are found here.
Shillong: Shillong is a hill station and the capital of Meghalaya and the only hill station in the country that is accessible from all directions. The name Shillong is derived from U-Shyllong, a powerful deity and is situated at an altitude of 1,491m above sea level. The city lies in the centre of a plateau and is surrounded by hills. This beautiful city is 103kms from Guwahati. The presence of many well reputed educational institutions, many of them established by various missionary groups make Shillong the hub of education for the entire north-east. Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfall, caves, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and their culture. Shillong is also fast emerging as an education hub for the entire north-eastern region.
Dawki: Buckle up and set off on a splendid drive of 95 km from the city of Shillong to the International trade route border town of Dawki. Located in the Jaintia Hills, this town is sandwiched between the countries of India and Bangladesh and is a major trading centre. Deep gorges and ravines greet one on the way to Dawki and on approaching Dawki, is the Umngot river, the venue of the annual boat race held during the spring months of March - April at Umsyiem. Visitors come here to experience boat rides on the river and enjoy the scenic surroundings. The suspension bridge over the Umngot river, built by the British in 1932, is a beautiful sight and is worth a visit.
Mawlynnong: One of the cleanest villages in India, Mawlynnong is located about 92 km from Shillong. In 2003, it won the acclaim for being the cleanest village in Asia and another for being the cleanest in India in 2005. The village is locally referred to as 'God's Own Garden' and is commended for its community-based eco-tourism initiative. Under this, the onus of keeping the village clean lies on every resident and to promote cleanliness, bamboo garbage bins dot the lanes, nooks and corners of Mawlynnong. The waste collected in the bins is sent to a pit and turned into manure. Smoking is prohibited here and so is plastic. Rainwater harvesting is considered very important and is practised by almost all its residents. In addition, the village boasts a 100 per cent literacy rate and most of the inhabitants are fluent in English. Since it is located on the Indo-Bangla border, one can enjoy a sweeping view of Bangladesh. Another reason to mark this place in your itinerary is the natural rock balancing phenomenon that is seen here - the unusual and curious sight of one boulder balanced on another. Tourists can also enjoy a trek to a single-decker living root bridge here.
Mawrynkhang: The Mawryngkhang Trek was opened to the public in 2016. The entire project was the effort and hard work of the villagers of Wahkhen. The village has a population of around 1000 people. There is a traditional Music school that offers classes every week. The entire bamboo trail has been constructed by the villagers without taking the help of the Government. Without taking any external help, the villagers constructed the multiple bridges made of bamboo and wooden ladders. These bridges were tied by cane ropes and only very few nails were used for the construction.
The Legend of Wakhaba Falls: This waterfall is situated at Umstew opposite the Umstew Beach, This elegant waterfall has a legendary story of its own. In the past there lived two fairies in this Waterfall- one black and one white. Sometimes on a market day, one will see these fairies at Sohra Market shopping like ordinary people carrying basket to keep their belongings. Most of the people in the market cannot recognize them but for those who can differentiate ,they can easily recognize them because they have no shadow of their own. These fairies used to hypnotize the people coming in contact with them. In the past most of the young men disappeared from home and returned after two to three month and it was believed that they were married to a fairy.
Arwah Cave: Hidden amidst green foliage, this limestone cave boasts stalagmites, stalactites and fossils, and is Meghalaya's best-kept secret. The caves are easily accessible by demarcated pathways.
Noh-Kalikai Falls: The beautiful waterfall, cascading down from the top of the gorge to the mystic deep green pool below, reminded one, of the tragic legend associated with it, i.e., of a grief stricken mother who plunged to her death, she was unable to overcome her sorrow over the murder of her daughter by her husband and the horror that she had relished by eating the flesh of her only beloved child. After eating, she finds her daughter's fingers in the betel-nut basket. In despair, the woman threw herself off this cliff giving the falls its name: "Fall of Ka Likai"
Cherrapunjee: One of the wettest places on earth, Cherrapunjee or Cherrapunji lies at an elevation of 4,500 ft. This stunning location is set amidst misty valleys, foaming rivers and swirling clouds. Its pristine beauty and perpetual mists make it one of the top tourist stopovers in the city. The name 'Cherrapunjee' means land of oranges, and it was first used by tourists visiting from other parts of the country.
Laitlum Canyons: Perched in the East Khasi Hills of Shillong, Laitlum Canyons is a little-explored haunt of the mountainous state of Meghalaya. Laitlum translates to ‘end of hills’ and this sublimely beautiful hilltop appears to be true to its name. At Laitlum, all one can see are breath-taking gorges and steep winding stairways that snake their way down to the lush valley.
Krang Suri: Krang Suri is one of the most popular, beautiful and exotic waterfalls present in the state of Meghalaya. The Meghalaya is one of the most popular and exotic places to visit in the northeast India and one of the top five waterfalls to see in the Meghalaya.
Tamabil: India - Bangladesh Tamabil border is a Friendship border built between India and Bangladesh
Nongriat Double Living Roots Bridge trek: The most fascinating sights around Cherrapunjee are the incredible living bridges – formed from rubber-fig roots that ingenious Khasi villagers have, over decades, trained across streams as natural pathways. Over 40 of these are said to be scattered around the Meghalaya hills and several of them (including an amazing ‘double-decker’) are near the jungle valley hamlet of Nongriat – a steep hike down 2600 steps (and up 500) from Tyrna village, 12km southwest of Cherrapunjee. Also get to visit the infamous Rainbow Falls.
Mawsmai Caves: Located about 6 km from Cherrapunji, Mawsmai cave is one of the main tourist attractions in the Cherrapunji, which is credited as the wettest place on Earth. These magnificent caves are formed out of limestone and are quite long and deep. However, tourists can only cover 150 m inside it and the remaining caves are off-limit for the visitors. Mawsmai caves are the only caves in the state that are well lit and you will not require a guide to explore it. Adorned with stalagmites and stalactites, these caves are beautiful is the handiwork of the underground water and natural abrasion. The entrance is wide but as you proceed it becomes narrower. The cave has different types of flora and fauna. If you are looking for something different from greenery and mountain peaks on your trip to Cherrapunji, Mawsmai cave is the place to go.
Wei Saw Dong: Is there anything more gorgeous than a mighty waterfall diving off a lofty cliff? We don’t think so. If you are like us and find waterfalls enchanting, you must visit the Wei Saw dong waterfalls in Meghalaya. It is a three-tiered cascade, and honestly, at first sight, it reminded us of the Pamukkale hot springs in Turkey. And trust us, it is one of the most surreal waterfalls in India we have witnessed, and you must too!
Mawphlang Sacred Forest : Covering some 192 acres, the Mawphlang Sacred Forest, nestled in the East Khasi Hills near Mawphlang village, has its roots steeped deep in the age-old religious beliefs, in which forests are regarded as a sacred entity. The local Khasi tribes have been preserving this forest for thousands of years, and believe it to be the abode of the local deity, called Labasa. The tribal people have a firm belief that Labasa protects this forest and their community from any mishap. The deity takes on the form of leopard or tiger, and protects the village. To maintain favours or appease the local deity, the villagers make animal sacrifices in the stone temples located within the forest.
There is only one rule, however, to be followed in this sacred forest. And, that is – “You cannot take anything out of this forest, else the deity gets upset”. Removing even the tiniest thing from the forest means you’re disrespecting the deity. It is said that whoever attempts to break this rule is punished with illness, which can even lead to death. In fact, local lore says that in 1970, the army tried taking out the dead wood and trees from this forest, but they were not able to do so as the truck didn’t start even after trying multiple times.
Umiam Lake: Umiam Lake is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Meghalaya that is situated about 15 km from Shillong. It is more easily recognised as Bara Pani, and covers an area of about 220 sq.km. The surrounding Sylvan Hills and green Khasi pines add to the majesty of this vast lake, which was created when the Umiam river was dammed to store water for hydroelectric power generation. Though it was initially established as a dam or a reservoir, it is now a popular tourist attraction. It is also known for water sports and adventure facilities such as kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating.