It is not every time that a village gets voted to be one of the cleanest cities in the world, and undoubtedly the cleanest in Asia. Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya is so clean that it is difficult for you to even spot a straw, a bit of paper or even dust on the roads. The roads are so clean that they seem as if it was laid only the previous day, and the field is the same day after day.
The wonder of Mawlynnong village doesn't stop with just the cleanliness. This village is the home to the Mawlynnong waterfall which is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in India.
When we talked about unity in diversity in Meghalaya, even the tree stand as a testimony to this concept. The roots of the trees intertwine among themselves to form living root bridges, and it is one of the most signature attractions of Meghalaya.
The laitlum Canyon
We have been talking about how Meghalaya has everything to offer for everyone with every kind of a taste. The laitlum Canyon is what Meghalaya has to offer for an enthusiastic tracker. In fact, the laitlum Canyon has been one of the most challenging and price trekking destinations for trekkers, and is a bond figure on their bucket list. The train is a bit difficult to scale, but with local guidance and the expertise of experience trackers, it is definitely Worth trying out. The trek takes about 4 to 5 hours to complete, and what stands at the end of the trek is the actual prize. You get a panoramic view of the entire state of Meghalaya, and the rainbow of colours that you see from Up Above is definitely a site that you can be hold for a lifetime.
Double decker living root bridges of Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji is a place that every 90s kid will remember. It was the answer to the general knowledge question of the wettest place on Earth. More than just the rainfall, there is more to Cherrapunji. There is a double decker living root bridge in probably the rainiest place in India. We have seen about the root bridges in the village of Mawlynnong, but the one in Cherrapunji is a little more than that with an extra layer. It is frequented by Travellers and nature enthusiasts from around the world. The path to reach this place might be a little cumbersome. It is located in the Nongriat village of the Cherrapunji district. The way to reach this place is so slippery that even experienced trackers and athletes need to carry a Cane to avoid slipping and falling over in the mosque covered rocks and staircases.
This Lalong park is a place that is often neglected when you plan a tour package to Meghalaya. Meghalaya is not always about difficult treks, root bridges that thrill you after a long and tiring walk, waterfalls and rainfall alone. If you would like to experience this place in a way that you would like to unwind and relax, the Lalong park is the place that you should look for. It is situated at about 10 km from the town of Jowai, and of late, the government has taken measures to make the park more environment friendly, by maintaining the greenery. The view of the river that runs by its side, the lush greenery and the contrast of the green with the blues of the sky is definitely a site that will let you unwind after a tiring day of treks.
The balpakram National Park
With so much of area to exploit, no state in India would be complete without a national park that is dedicated to conserving the species of plants and animals. This National Park, however, is a bit different. More than just conserving about 8 different species of feline predators like the lion, the Cheetah, the snow leopard and a lot more, and even the prized Red Panda (remember Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda?) It also offers stunning views of the rock columns. It is a meghalayan believe that the source of the departed and sisters suicide among the rock structures. A lot of nature enthusiasts consider this park to be a very crucial Observation. For birds.
The Don Bosco Centre for indigenous culture
For some of them, travelling is passion. For some of them travelling is an activity. For some of them, travelling is a lesson in life. If you would like a lesson in the history and anthropology of Meghalaya, then the dbcic is a place that should make it to the list of places that you would like to visit on your Meghalaya tour package. This Museum is privately done, but with no instances of being commercial. This place provides a comprehensive learning centre for the history and culture of the life in North East India. This library also houses a museum, and is a giant storehouse of knowledge to people who would like to explore more of the North East. One added attraction in the Don Bosco Centre for indigenous culture is the Sky Walk which gives you a panoramic view of the campus and the places surrounding it.
There are some places that undergo a massive transformation between the summers and winters. Umiam lake in Meghalaya is one such place. If photographs of this lake in summer and winter well soon, it would be hard to believe that it is the same like. In the summers, the snow of the Himalayas melts and fills this Lake so much that most of it is submerged. In the winter's, the lake drive up revealing all what it had consumed in the summer months. This lake is so beautiful that it is often compared with the lakes of Scotland, without the scare of The Loch Ness Monster. This lake is the chief source of water supply to Shillong. In the summer months, you can also engage in some adventure activities around here, and it is a great experience to row your boat into the Horizon of this lake.