The Abode of Clouds, Meghalaya is a small state in North-eastern India. The state shows tourists through lush greenery ruled by orchids. Quite a few precious natural gifts have blessed the state of Meghalaya. It was a pleasant surprise when my cousins Ron and Shreyas had proposed a visit to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. We planned a complete leisure trip while imagining a great stay amid hills and pristine valleys. The attractive cane and bamboo products have added to the popularity of this place. The main attractions of our visit were the Meghalaya caves and waterfalls near Shillong.
Ways to reach Meghalaya
Nature lovers can reach Meghalaya by air and roadways. Those of you that wish to opt for a train journey can reach Guwahati and then hire cars and taxis near Shillong. We travelled till Guwahati by Kamrup Express and hired a car for reaching Shillong. The network of Meghalaya roads yields great connectivity between Shillong, Guwahati and other major Indian cities. We even saw a few helicopters that provide easy connectivity between these two places at economical fares.
Beginning of our tour
From the Shillong city we headed towards Tripum Castle. We reached the pine forested hills after going past the Ward falls. The flora of this place yields great variety and seems noteworthy. We saw birds of different species as we moved past a mini aviary. While in Shillong, we found time to visit the State Museum in Lachumiere. We stood witness to several tribal fishing appliances, hunting instruments, weapons, customs and articles of domestic use.
Accommodation and eateries
Meghalaya guides us past accommodations units of modest look. The beauty of the place had encouraged to look beyond hassles as the modern amenities weren’t meant to be found anywhere. We found the rental charges to be quite reasonable for our pocket.
We grew fond of the local delicacies of Shillong as we spent some time trying them in the nearby eateries. Ron had a new reason to visit this state again due to its Khashi and Garo delicacies. Shreyas and I chose to go for the Jaintai cuisine instead. All three of us got enthralled as we studied the Meghalaya caves in great details and took some snaps.
Meghalaya nature tourists
For all of us, the Meghalaya trip was memorable amid the wilderness and waterfalls. The Crinoline Falls, Beadon and Bishop Falls and Spread Eagle Falls are worth remembering. Some of these falls are a part of Meghalaya’s picturesque wilderness, but the rest are located within the city limits. The waterfalls seem to be both pictorial and scenic as they gush down in the direction of a deep gorge. The places are worth spending one’s holidays in an imaginative way. Meghalaya has its share of scenic wildlife sanctuaries and parks. The Nongkhyllem Sanctuary, Baghmara Pitcher Plant Sanctuary, Siju Bird Sanctuary, Nokrek Biosphere Elephant Reserve and the Balpakram National Park are among the most notable attractions for nature lovers.
The Meghalayan Garo hills have the Balpakram National Park in the south, which is truly favorable for wild life. We were glad to witness a few wild animals near us, and that includes wildcats, great hornbill, wild buffalo, tigers, leopards and elephants. This national park even showed us through Hillock gibbons. This north eastern region has one of the finest bird sanctuaries, the Siju bird sanctuary. This sanctuary is the home to a variety of rare birds. The Meghalaya Mountains gracefully surround another lake known as the Umiam Lake, which is another major tourist attraction.
Meghalaya allows travelers to stand atop hills and watch the clouds sweeping past their faces. The state has its own specific tourist information centers that provide you an insight into tourist hotspots.