Nov 23 2016
Meghalaya is one of the best tourist destination in
India, the tiny north-eastern state attracts number of domestic and foreign tourists
throughout the year. Today i will explain the entire best tourist destination
and must visit locations in Meghalaya, also you can see my previous post for Annual
Festivals of Meghalaya.
Hills, Jaintia Hiils and Garo hills are major tourist attractions of Meghalaya,
in bellow write-up you will find best tourist locations district wise.
Khasi Hills –
Shillong is district head quarter.
Smit: 17 kms from Shillong, it is the traditional seat
of power of the Kingdom of Khyrim.
The traditional annual Nongkrem dance
is performed in Smit during October/November.
Mawphlang (Sacred Grove): 25 kms from Shillong, the
sacred forest has been by traditional religious sanction. The Sacred grove has
amazing life forms of plants, flowering trees, orchids and butterflies.
Sohra (Cherrapunjee): 56 kms from Shillong, a must visit
destination Cherrapunjee has earned the distinction of being the ‘Wettest place on the Earth’. It is the
ultimate eco-friendly destination famous for its waterfalls, cascading over
deep gorges, caves and with a view from Bangladesh from hilltop.
Laitkynsew: 25 kms from Sohra, ideal for nature treks,
spring baths, caving and living root bridges across the torrential streams.
Mawsynram: 56 kms from Shillong, famous for Mawjymbin cave which has a Stalagmite
formation of the Shivalinga, revered
Umiam Lake: 17 kms from Shillong city, surrounded by
Sylval hills are wrapped in an assailment of green khasi pines. Popular for a
variety of water sport. The Orchid lake resort caters the needs of tourists.
Jakrem: 64 kms away from Shillong, Jakrem famous for its
hot water spring of Sulphur water believed to have curative medicinal
Mawlynnong: 92 kms from Shillong, Mawlynnong has earned
the distinction to be the cleanest village in India. This picturesque village
offers many interesting sights such as the living-root bridge, the balancing
boulder and waterfall.
Nongkhnum River Island: aprox 166 kms from Shillong, it
is the second biggest river island in Asia. The ultimate eco destination famous
for its river beach, grassland, waterfalls, fish pools and many more.
Ranikor: 112 kms from Shillong, it is a location of
breath taking beauty and an angler’s paradise.
Jaintia Hills –
Jowai is district head quarter and located at 64 away from Shillong.
48 kms from shillong,Nartiang is famous for the largest concentration of
monoliths in one place.There is also 500 year old DurgaTample where till date
the annual durga puja is celebrated.
56 kms from Shillong.the legendary lake is revered by the people of Raid
Syntu Ksair: 64
kms from Shillong.A picturesque site popular for picnics and angling.
Umlawan Cave: 60
kms from Jowai.Located in Lumshnong village this cave is the second longest and
deepest in the sub-continent.
Jarain Pitcher Plant Lake: 72 kms from shillong.
Krang suri falls:
76 kms from Shillong.
Lalong park: 8kms from Jowai,known for its sacred grove
it overlooks the beautiful Pynthorwah valley.Amenities have been developed for
the convenience of tourists.
Tyrchi Falls:5 kms from Jowai.
40 kms from Jowai is set amidst natural beauty the river is an anglers’
paradise and a popular picnic spot.
Garo Hills –
Tura is district head quarter and located at 330 kms from Shillong and 230 kms
Tura Peak: 5 kms from tura town along a cobbled footpath
up to the summit.
reserve: Approx 40 kms from Tura a rich bio-diversity hotspot Most famous for
the rare citrus lndica(Memang Narang).
Hoolock Gibbon Reserve: 25 kms from Tura a reserve for
Gibbons preserved and protected by the local village community.
Balpakram National park: This ‘land of perpetual wind’ is located in south Garo hills, famous for
a variety of medicinal plants and wild animals. It is 220 sq. kms in area and
located at a distance of 167 kms from Tura.
Siju: Located at a distance of 132 kms from Tura. Siju
is famous for caves, wild life sanctuary, bird sanctuary and Siju limestone
Williamnagar: At a distance of 76 kms from Tura. This
riverine town built on the curve of the river Simseng is the headquarters of
east Garo hills.