The beautiful state Meghalaya is one of the parts of the seven sister states in the Northern Eastern part of India. The etymological meaning of the name Meghalaya is an “Adobe of Clouds”. In this article you know about best time to visit Meghalaya tourism in detail.
It is derived from the Sanskrit in which “Megha” means “cloud” and “Alaya” means “abode”. The state is famous for its cloudy weather and hilly nature.
Meghalaya has situated only just 50 km away from the Assam. Khasi and Garo hills make the place more beautiful than ever before. As the name only suggests that this place is more prone to rain and the average rainfall of the place is around 11000 mm per year. Cherrapunji and Shillong are the two most attractive places in Meghalaya.
Which is the best time to visit Meghalaya?
Mesmerizing Meghalaya is an all year-round tourist destination. But the Meghalaya Tourism best time to travel is between the months of October and march. Blessed with a moderate climate annually, every season of the state has its own charisma.
The summer season starts in the month of April and extends till the time of June. The weather is delightful in the morning and evening time. Summers are great for exploring all the unexplored corners of the state and indulging in the activities like the hiking and trekking.
Monsoons hit the state in the month of June and last till September. The state receives heavy rainfall and looks beautiful with appealing lush green landscapes that even adds a different charm at the time of the season. Moreover, visiting the Meghalaya at the time of monsoons should be avoided as heavy rainfall might hinder the excursion to a tourist attraction in Meghalaya.
October and November are the months of Autumn. The Meghalaya weather is, and it is a great time to enjoy the famous Autumn festival celebrated in the Shillong. The state comes alive with colourful, music, and rituals. This is the best time to book the Meghalaya tourism packages. You can plan a Meghalaya tour itinerary via Ezroadtrip as well.
The winter season starts in the month of November and extends till the March. The weather is extremely cold with the foggy days. Getting indulged in Fog surrounding uplifts your mood and take you to a different world altogether.
Tourists can make the most of their holiday by witnessing a lot of cultural programmes and festivals like the Flower Shows, Wine, Food, Music Festival, Rock Shows and Kite Flying Competition.
The Ranikor and Strawberry festival is celebrated in the month of February with an array of activities like the music, dance, archery, soccer, volleyball, and archery.
How can I go to Meghalaya?
There are three ways to reach Meghalaya.
By Rail: Meghalaya is located near a railway station Mendipathar. You can reach Mendipathar in Meghalaya from Assam by train.
Usually, people board from other parts of India and reach Assam. Afterwards, they directly board to Mendipathar.
BY Air: Meghalaya has a small airport at Umroi, that is 20 km from Shillong. As Shilong airport is connected to each and every domestic airport in the city you can reach Shillong first and then take another flight to Umroi. Meghalaya to Shillong will be around 100 km.
By Road: Meghalaya is situated at 50 km distance from the Assam. So, it is very easy to get connected with this state from Assam.
Places to visit in Meghalaya
There are a lot of things to do in the capital of Shillong itself. Exploring the Shillong requires two days in, such is the charm of this city.
2. Don Bosco Museum
Don Bosco Centre for Indigensous Cultures is apread across the seven floors showcasing the diversity in culture in the North Eastern part of India. The exhibits on display are curated, and each depicts the culture, tradition, history, and more of the people in this region.
3. Elephant falls
Elephant falls is a beautiful cascade of white water which is just 12 km outside shillong. The water cascaded over the three levels, and you have to climb down the stairs from the top to see each level.
4. David Scott Trail
This is a simple 16 km hike for 5 hours which takes you through some of the beautiful scenery. This hike is simple but much more suggested for able adults. This is because sometimes you will have to cross a stream in waist deep water.
5. Laitlum Canyon
Laitlum Canyon, which is around 22 km from Shillong, is a scenic place. The trek to the top of the hill is between the moderate to difficult but well worth the effort as you will be rewarded with views of the valley beneath you. You can also go on a bike or taxi to the top of the hill.
This is s tiny village which is around 20 km outside the Shillong. The village is the hub of Khasi culture, an indigenous ethnic group in Meghalaya, while you are here; you must also go for a hike in the Sacred Forest here. The local Khasi have also been protecting this jungle from centuries, and they consider it as a sacred place.
It is a renowned village across the globe because it receives the highest rainfall on Earth. When you are here, you can even visit the naturally formed Mawjymbuin Cave
It is a village which is around 80 km from Shillong in the south of Meghalaya and close to the Bangaladesh border. This village is famous for being the cleanest village in entire Asia.
It is a picturesque village with the spotless roads, the houses are even made of natural materials like the bamboo and surrounded by the flower bearing plants. There are bamboo baskets placed everywhere, which even serves as a dustbin.
This is a high-altitude town in Meghalaya. This place also receives the heavy rainfall second to Mawsynram. Cherrapunji is famous for its waterfall, caves, mountains and the famous living root bridge.
Meghalaya food comprises of vegetables, rice, fish and meat. People of Meghalaya have their typical cooking pattern, which takes place according to the availability of foodstuffs in Meghalaya. Some of the famous food of Meghalaya are: Jodoh, Nakham Bitchi, Pumaloi, Bamboo Shoots, Momo and Dohkhlieh.
Is Meghalaya safe for tourists ?
Yes, Meghalaya is one of the safest places as of now in India.
• Women are empowered in Meghalaya, both culturally as they have a significant stake in the family matters as well as the economy. This makes Meghalaya being a state where even a solo female traveler will feel safe.
• A police force is helpful towards the tourists in general. They are ready to help in case of an issue.
• There is a scarcity of ‘touts’ and tourist agencies here. So, you will not be harassed or duped into the packages unless you want to.
• Homestays are the best way to enjoy the true Khasi culture. You can even book them online or ask locally. You can also rely on them for authenticity.