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About Tourism in Meghalaya

The state has three Wildlife sanctuaries Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary, Siju Sanctuary and Bhagmara Sanctuary, home to insect eating pitcher plant Nepenthes khasiana a National wildlife park known as Balpakram, It has over 300 varieties of Orchids concentrated in forest of Mawsmai, Mawmluh and Sohrarim in the Khasi hills. Wildlife include elephants, bear, civets, slow loris, deer, bear mongooses, weasels, rodents, gaur, wild buffalo, deer, wild boar and a number of primates, including Mande Burung. Meghalaya also has a large and rarest variety of bats.

There is nearly 500 natural caves including most of the longest and deepest caves in the sub –continent, visited by cavers from United Kingdom, Ireland, France, USA, Austria and Germany. Krem Liat Prah is the longest cave and Synrang Pamiang is the deepest cave, both located in the Jaintia Hills. Meghalaya offers adventure tourism like mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking, hiking, water sports etc. Six major festivals are Nongkrem Dance, Behdienkhlam, Pilgrimage to Lumsohpetbneng, Cave festival, winter festival and Wangala Dance


Places to Visit Tourism in Meghalaya

Cherrapunji

High above misty valleys and foaming rivers, ensconced in swirling clouds and perched on an escarpment, lies Cherrapunji (4,500 feet). This is a stunning location and the year-round rain earned Cherrapunji coveted entry long ago into the Guinness Book of World Records as the wettest place on earth, the place where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters.

Nohkalikai Waterfalls Cherrapunji

Located at a distance of just 5 km from the main town, Nohkalikai waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in India. Gushing down from a height of 1100 feet, this waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attraction of Cherrapunji. Drive through a high tableland, hike for a small distance and you arrive at the viewpoint from where you can have a panoramic view of the Nohkalikai waterfall, cascading down into a pool-like formation. Monsoon season is the best time to visit Nohkalikai when the falls are in their full form. From the viewing gallery, tourists can not only enjoy a panoramic view of the waterfalls but also the lush surroundings. A fleet of stairs take you to other viewpoints.

Shillong

Shillong, the capital of medhalaya, has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the northeast india. It is situated at an attitude of 1,520 meters (4,990 feet) above sea level. It is situated on a plateau bound on the north by the Umiam gorge, on the northwest by the great mass of the Diengiei Hills that rise up to a height of 1,823 meters (6077 ft.) above sea level, and on the northeast by the hills of the Assam valley.

It is also known as the "Scotland of the East" due to its striking similarity with the Scottish highlands. It is located at distance of 104 km from Guwahati, 295 km from Kaziranga, 578 km from Siliguri and 658 km from Darjeeling.

Tura

Located in the West Garo hills, Tura provides a spellbinding as well as serene environment being quite an unexplored town.

This relatively large town in Meghalaya is located in the West Garo Hills. The main attraction of this town is the Nokrek National Park which is 12km from the town where various animals such as the leopard, golden cat, wild buffalo, pheasant and many more find habitat. One may also visit the Rongbang Dar Falls, while a trip to this area, without visiting the Siju caves, would remain somewhat incomplete. The entire area has the simple nature of an unexplored destination, with a shifted world.

Cherrapunji

High above misty valleys and foaming rivers, ensconced in swirling clouds and perched on an escarpment, lies Cherrapunji (4,500 feet). This is a stunning location and the year-round rain earned Cherrapunji coveted entry long ago into the Guinness Book of World Records as the wettest place on earth, the place where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters.

Jowai

Jowai is mostly preferred by travellers. The go to destination for types of travellers, be it family, kids and couples, Jowai is, however, mostly preferred. The best season or months to visit places in Jowai are March, April, October, November. There are 9 tourist places in Jowai, which can be explored by travellers. Local attractions can be visited at any time of the day, be it early morning, afternoon, evening or night, as suitable for travellers. Sightseeing in Jowai can be done by travellers, which will take half a day or one day, but to see all sightseeing places, travellers need to stay in Jowai for 2 days to 3 days.
Travellers can also download HolidayIQ.com's Jowai Travel Guide to learn about places to visit in Jowai, browse through photos & pictures, explore Jowai using a map, and read sightseeing reviews. Recently reviewed tourist attractions in Jowai, which are great places to visit, are Ialong Park, Thadlaskein Lake, Tyrshi Falls, Krang Suri Falls, Nartiang. Jowai can be visited in summer, monsoon or winter.

Balpakram

Balpakram National Park is a home for variety of animals which include wild buffaloes, sambar, barking deer, wild boar, slow loris, tigers, leopards, clouded leopards and the rare golden cat. Very rare forms of wildlife found in this area, has raised a lot of interest in the eco-tourists. This park is also known as prime birding site as tourists can spot various species of birds such as great and common hornbill, peacock, oriole, kingfisher, Indian roller etc., The Park also accounts for variety of reptiles like python, king cobra, viper, krait, monitor lizard, gekko etc.

Dawki

A small border town in the Jaintia Hills, Dawki and its famed river Umngot is a must visit if in Meghalaya. Sandwiched between India and Bangladesh, Dawki is a major center of trade between India and Bangladesh. The small city, besides being a trade hub is also famous for its tourism scene, with many people flocking to the city in order experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds

Mawlynnong

The little Khasi village of Mawlynnong, not that far from the Meghalaya-Bangladesh border, suddenly became famous a few years ago. The cleanliness and management of the village is still touted to be a model of development for other villages. It is not exactly sure when it all began but sometime in the last decade it started getting a lot of media coverage as the “cleanest village in Asia”. Now, I am not exactly sure if there is an objective way of measuring cleanliness but it did seem like a destination worth experiencing. I have already told you about the living root bridge and the butterflies. So, let us now get to the business end.

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