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Top Tourist Destinations in Meghalaya

Veiled in mist throughout winter, Meghalaya is inhabited by Garo, Khasi and Jaintia tribes who follow a matrilineal system where lineage and inheritance are traced through women. Predominantly an agrarian economy, Meghalaya has a rich base of natural resources including coal, limestone, sillimanite, kaolin, uranium and granite. With a rich forest cover, large bio-diversity and numerous water-bodies, Meghalaya is in the process of developing a relevant tourist infrastructure around an abundance of nature-based opportunities.

Top Tourist Attractions in Meghalaya


Heritage Sites: Nine sites have been identified within Meghalaya as Monuments of National Importance, of which the Baitbari Archeological site near the West Garo Hills is the most prominent.

Eco Tourism: With some of the thickest surviving sub-tropical forest covers in the country supporting a variety of flora and fauna, these constitute one of the most important eco-tourism circuits within the Indian sub-continent.

Wildlife Attractions: The dense jungles of Meghalaya provide a natural habitat for a variety of wildlife including mammals, reptiles, birds and insects, located within the Nokrek Biosphere and the Balpakram National Park.

Adventure Tourism: Some of the adventure tourism opportunities offered within Meghalaya include biking, caving, mountaineering, rock-climbing, trekking, hiking and several water-sports. The Umiam Lake with water-scooters, speedboats, rowboats, paddleboats and sailboats has emerged as a major water-sports complex.

Caves: With an estimated 500 natural limestone and sandstone caves spread over the entire state, Meghalaya is home to the longest and deepest caves in the sub-continent often visited by cavers from the UK, Germany, Austria, Ireland and USA.

Top Cities in Meghalaya


Shillong – The enchanting hills and scenic beauty of this capital city provide several tourist attractions including the Shillong, Sohpetbneng, and Diengiei peaks, the Kyllang Rock, Botanical Garden, Lady Hydari Park, State-Central museums and numerous waterfalls.

Cherapunjee – About 56-kilometers southwest of Shillong, Cheerapunjee is the second rainiest and wettest place on earth; home to several waterfalls, limestone caves and a delicious variety of Orange honey.

Tura – Situated at the foot of Tura Peak, this headquarters of the West Garo Hills in Meghalaya is an essential access point for tourists wanting to visit the Balpakram National Park, Nokrek-Biosphere and the Siju Cave.

Jowai – At a distance of 60-kilometers to the southeast of Shillong on NH-44, Jowai is headquarters of Jaintia Hills and home to Thadlaskein Lake, Lalong Park, Syntu Ksiar and Buzzing-law-Musiang Market.

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Travel-by-road is the only means of transport within the state of Meghalaya. Without any rail connectivity and Umroi Airport servicing limited flights, NH-40 and NH-44 effectively connect Guwahati, Tripura and Mizoram with Shillong. Shillong, known as the 'Scotland of the East', provides good accommodation facilities for the visitors with some remarkably elegant hotels, like the 'Tripura Castle'.