Meghalaya, during monsoons, makes way for many attractive waterfalls and lakes to emerge that are unexplored by tourists and travellers. Check out what you can explore here!
While rains tend to beautify each place, Meghalaya during monsoons is an epitome of beauty and a wonder to behold. With most of the places being off-season for tourists, including the ‘abode of clouds, Meghalaya, visiting here in monsoon is surely a matter of discovering a gem with the lush greenery, stunning waterfalls and fresh flowing lakes. Taking this into account, let’s talk about what a visit to Meghalaya during this season will look like and why it is the best time to go there!
1. Cascading waterfalls are a delight in monsoons
Meghalaya is one such state which has always been popular for attracting tourists to its waterfalls. So, hands down, you must plan a visit to watch these majestic waterfalls, some of which are unique like the Rainbow falls. Moreover, the monsoon allows many new waterfalls to emerge at various places that are perfect for a good exploration trip. To name a few, it is almost breathtaking to see Nohkalikai Falls, Kynrem Falls, and Langshiang Falls!
2. Enthralling to visit these caves that await your presence
Meghalaya houses many caves that have left behind stories and folklores that the local guides will love to tell you. Be it Mawsmai Cave, Arwah Cave, Siju Caves, or the Mahadev Khola Dham, these come to life during the monsoons and look more fresh than ever. Talking about the Masmai cave, located in the second-wettest place in India, Cherapunjee is defined by pitch-dark interiors and intricately entwined interiors. Similarly, Siju cave in Tura is popular as the lighted cave where you can find many bats inside.
3. Trek down the hills
If you have been a trekker, Meghalaya, especially in monsoons, is a place for you where you can find many hidden treasures of nature and its beauty. Amongst others, Laitlum Canyon is one of the most popular trekking expeditions that you can be part of during your visit. Descending from here gets you the sight of Lwai falls, and you can take a dip here too. This apart, Khasi Hills, Garo Hills, and Assam Hills also attract many adventure seekers.
4. Gazing at the beauty of villages drenched in rain
Although Meghalaya has one of the cleanest and green villages, looking at them during this time is indeed a treat to the eyes. For instance, the visit can’t be complete without appreciating the beauty of the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong. Moreover, Nongriat Village is another must-visit place to enjoy the beauty of mother earth.
5. Walking on the living root bridges
The recent entry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, living root bridges of Meghalaya is one of the best things to do in the state. Having more than 100 such bridges, the single and double-decker root bridge at Nongriat is a surreal experience that is best in monsoons. During this time, the wooden bridge develops various greens around it, which are alluring like anything.
6. Getting along with the beautiful flowing lakes
It will not be unfair to say that the lakes appear exquisitely appealing in monsoons here. Umiam Lake is one such place to visit, along with Ward’s Lake, Umhang Lake, and Marngar Lake, which must be on your itinerary. A few of them offer an option to take boat rides.
7. Exploring national parks and tracing down the wildlife
Surrounded by green landscapes all around, Meghalaya is home to many creatures and to meet them, you can plan a visit to the national parks that appear lively during monsoons. One such, Balpakram National Park, nestled in the Garo Hills, is worthy of your visit. You will be amazed to know that it is also popular with the names like ‘land of spirits’ and ‘abode of perpetual winds’!