Meghalaya is one of the 7 sister states of Northeast India which include Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, and Mizoram. The state of Meghalaya is popular for its many natural wonders, and because of its rolling hills, lush greenery, and misty weather, it is also called the Scotland of the East. But comparing Meghalaya to any other place does no justice to the unique experiences it has to offer.
Wettest place on Earth:
Meghalaya in Sanskrit means “the abode of clouds” and quite literally it is. Well, how else can you explain Cherrapunji– the wettest place on earth? Now known as Sohra, Cherrapunji receives a fair amount of rainfall due to both, the southwest and the northeast monsoon winds. It still holds two Guinness world records for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year and a single month. However the long-standing title of being the wettest place on earth, today is with the nearby Mawsynram village, which receives an annual rainfall of around 11,873 millimeters (467.4 in).
Trekking in Meghalaya:
Meghalaya is also a hotspot for tourists who like to trek. Popular treks include the strenuous 3000 steps to reach the Nongriat village where one can see the Umshiang Double-Decker Living Root Bridge. Another popular trek is a part of the 100 kilometre long David Scott Trail, which traces the horse-cart path of an admiral in the East India Company by the same name, who created this route between Assam and Bangladesh for trading goods like silk, cotton, wax, honey, and minerals like iron and limestone.
Crystal clear waters of Dawki:
If you research about Meghalaya, the internet will throw a barrage of images of the crystal clear waters of the Dawki River (Umngot River). When the water is still, it is transparent and one can see the river bed. However, timing is everything here. If you visit it during the monsoons, the water turns muddy and you will also not be allowed to go boating in the river. The best time to visit is from October to April.
Indo-Bangladesh Friendship Border:
Meghalaya shares a 442 km border with Bangladesh, and Dawki is a border village on the Indian side. 15 minutes away from the riverfront, you will reach the Dawki – Tamabil Friendship gate; the border to Bangladesh. It is not exactly a tourist point, as the frequent visitors out there are mostly truck drivers. However, this is one of the few borders in India that is connected and used for commerce, mostly coal and would make for an ideal stop if you are already visiting the Dawki River.
Cleanest Village in Asia:
Meghalaya also boasts of having the cleanest village in Asia – Mawlynnong. Located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, the village has been recognized for its cleanliness. With a population of around 500 and a literacy rate of 90%, the community emphasizes inhabitants being part of the village cleaning activity. Only natural materials are used here and the use of polythene is banned in the village. Waste is collected in wooden dustbins, which is then utilized to create manure. ‘Discover India’ conferred upon Mawlynnong the title of being the Cleanest Village in Asia in 2003 and the Cleanest Village in India in 2005.
EXPLORE MEGHALAYA WITH AWARA FEET.
How to reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is at Guwahati, which is around 104 km from Shillong.
By Rail: Meghalaya has no rail services and the nearest railway station is Guwahati.
By Road: Local Transport is well co-ordinated with train arrivals. You can also book yourself a cab for the entire trip to ease your commute from one place to another, as traveling from one place to another takes time in Meghalaya.