Tucked away in the northeast of India, there is a state where you will see clouds cradling hills, grass glistening with dewdrops, azure blue skies, whispering pine groves, winding streets lined by English cottages - you’ll truly wonder if you are in Scotland! Picturesque Meghalaya, ‘the Abode of the Clouds’ lives up to its name. Lying sandwiched between Bangladesh and southwest Assam, the northeast state of Meghalya is the ideal place to unwind and let your eyes feast on nature’s abundance. The hill state of Meghalaya faces the brunt of the southwest monsoon, making this one of the wettest areas on earth. Meghalaya enjoys a temperate climate all year long and this makes Shillong, its capital city, one of the most visited hill-stations in India.
Best Time of Visit:
- Visit Meghalaya any time of the year except the rainy season, which is June to September. This is, after all, one of the wettest places on earth!
Min Days Required: 4 Days
Places of Interest:
- Syntu Ksiar
- The Jaintia Hill
- Garo Hills
- Nokrek Park
- Tura Peak
- There are only two seasons in Meghalaya - winter and monsoon. Cherrapunji, one of its towns, gets an annual mean rainfall of 430 inches.
- Once it had 788 inches of rainfall! The monsoon season stretches from June right up to October.
- The temperatures in this hill state range between 10° and 30° Celsius, and even the months of April and May are pleasant. Its temperate weather, among other things, will delight you.
Things to carry:
- Pack suitable clothes, depending upon the weather in Meghalaya at the time of your trip.
- If you are travelling to Meghalaya during the monsoon make sure you carry the right rain gear.
- During the winters it can get chilly make sure you carry appropriate woolens.
How to get there:
- The nearest railhead is Guwahati (Assam), which is well connected to the rest of the country. There are train services from Calcutta, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum
- The nearest major airport is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati (Assam), which is well connected by air with New Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai and Chennai. A four-hour scenic drive up the hills will get you to Shillong from Guwahati airport. Rent a car and cab facilities are available from the airport. There are, however, no direct bus connections from Guwahati Airport to Shillong.
- Meghalaya is accessible by road from Assam at various points on the border between these two states. The National Highway 40 connects New Delhi and other major cities in India to Meghalaya. The roads are good and well frequented with traffic moving to and fro. However, do watch out for the heavy monsoon season which slows you down on the roads.