Meghalaya Tourism – “The Scotland of the East.”
Meghalaya is one of the seven Northeastern states in India, filled with forests and rivers. Forests are bio diverse which supports different plants, birds and mammals. The state receives abundant rainfall and Cherrapunji is the wettest place on earth. Covered with mountains, lakes, forests, valleys and stretches of plateaus that contribute to Meghalaya tourism, is an ideal holiday destination for trekkers, cavers and nature lovers.
Why “The Scotland of the East”?
Shillong the capital of Meghalaya is the most urbanized area. You can find here British colonial architecture which were influenced during the British rule. It was during British rule it got nicknamed as “The Scotland of the East” because of the magnificent lakes all around the town and mountains surrounding it. The Umiam lake with rocky hills surrounding it is a replica of Loch lake in Scotland.
Places to Discover :
The state Meghalaya is almost 70% forested and offers a lot to discover. The hills, valleys, lakes, caves and waterfalls offer a great view of the state and looks like a treasure hidden when covered with clouds. Some top places that can included to Meghalaya tourism are listed below:
Nohkalikai Falls :
The tallest waterfall in India, is at a height of 340 metres is located at a distance of 5km from Cherrapunji(the wettest place on Earth). It is regarded as the fourth highest falls in the world. The ideal time to visit the place is at the monsoon season when the falls view is spectacular and is at its peak. It forms a great view of the falls covered with clouds.
Elephant Falls :
The three steps waterfalls is located at a distance of 12km from Shillong and is one of the major tourist attraction. Elephant falls was the British name given when the found a rock resembling Elephant, but it was later destroyed in an earthquake in 1897. It indeed is a short trip view for someone visiting Shillong and also lies in the way.
Umiam Lake :
Also known as Barapani Lake is an artificial man-made lake located in the hills 15km to the North of Shillong is spread over 220 square Km. Surrounded by hills and with a green bio-diverse forest has earned the tagline “The Scotland of the East”. It is a popular tourist destination place in the state of Meghalaya. Water sports like kayaking, boating, scooting and water cycling are quite popular adventurous activities among the tourist.
Seven Sister falls :
Located in Cherrapunji is just 1km south of Mawsmai village. It is regarded as the fourth highest waterfalls in India. The fall is separated into seven parts over the limestone cliff of the hills forms a great spectacular view to discover. At the monsoon time the falls flow is fullest and drives tourist from all over the world.
Kynrem Falls :
Situated inside Thangkharang park is located at a distance of 12km from Cherrapunji. It is a three-tiered waterfalls, falling from a height of 305 metres is the 7th highest waterfalls in India.
Langshiang Falls :
Situated near the village of Sangriang, 24Km from Nongstoin in West Khasi Hills district is the 3rd highest waterfalls in India, falling from a height of 337 metres.
Shillong Peak :
Located at a distance of 10Km from the main city Shillong, is the highest peak of Shillong and offers a great view of the city, lakes, mountains and lush green gardens.
Lady Hydari Park :
It features a park spread across 1km of area and is covered with green gardens, small ponds, flowers and orchids. It also has small museum showcasing the rich biodiversity of the state and a mini zoo showcasing different animals, mammals, birds & reptiles.
Nokrek National Park :
Situated at a distance of 2km from Tura peak in West Garo hills district of Meghalaya. It was added in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in May 2009. Red panda is found in these regions. It indeed is a great place to discover different biodiverse species.
Wah Umngot :
The river Umngot regarded as the cleanest river in India flows through Dawki, a small town in the East Jaintia hills district near the Indo – Bangladesh border. The river is so clean that a boat would seem floating in mid-air. It is at a distance of 95km from Shillong.
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With so much of beautiful natural biodiverse region that is full of lakes, waterfalls, hills, lush green forest and parks it remains a place which is yet undiscovered to its fullest. The region offers a wide picturesque view of locations and is home to some rare species of mammals, birds, reptiles and insect. Come and Explore the beauties in Meghalaya tourism – “An abode of Clouds”.
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