The word Meghalaya is derived from the Sanskrit word which means "abode of clouds" is one of the seven sister states of the North-Eastern region which became an autonomous state of Indian Union in 1972. The state of Meghalaya is full of natural attractions that attracted the tourists from all over the world for its pure and fresh mountain air, waterfalls, twisting and turning, trekking, caving, sightseeing, flora and fauna, hills, adventure tourism, whispering pines, gurgling streams etc. The state of Meghalaya is surrounded by Bangladesh to its south and west and Assam to its north and east with its capital city of Shillong popularly known to the world as Scotland of the East.
Tourist Attractions of Meghalaya
Tour to Meghalaya always mesmerizes the tourists with its lake, peaks, park, waterfalls, polo ground, falls etc. Some of the famous attractions of Meghalaya are Shillong Peak, Sohpetbneng Peak, Ward's Lake, Shillong Cathedral, Nartiang, Ward's Lake or Polok Lake, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC), Umiam Water Sports Complex, Botanical Garden, Golf Course, State Museum, Shillong Cathedral, Diengiei Peak, Dwarksuid, Kyllang Rock, Natures own Museum - Sacred Forest Mawphlang, Cherrapunjee (Sohra), Mawsynram, Jakrem, Ranikor, Dawki, Nongkhnum Island etc.
Waterfalls in Meghalaya
Meghalaya is naturally blessed with tumbling waterfalls, beautiful lakes, high plateaus, the looming mountains and the poignant silence of the surroundings lay in the vastness of nature. Some of the famous waterfalls of Meghalaya that fascinate the minds of the tourists are Elephant Falls, Spread Eagle Falls, Crinoline Falls, Sweet Falls, Noh Kalikai Falls, Mawsmai Falls, Imilchang Dare, Bishop and Beadon Falls, Dain Thlen Falls, Thum Falls, Langshiang falls, Rong’bang Falls and Iale Falls.
Adventure Tourism in Meghalaya
Tour to Meghalaya is famous for adventure tourism with several adventurous spots like caving in Meghalaya especially on the Khasi Hills where the experts from all over the world used to come to explore the hills; Trekking in Meghalaya is unique between the villages of hill tribes; Boating in Meghalaya offers various other water sports activities like row-boats, paddle-boats, cruise-boats, sailing-boats and water-scooters; Camping and biking in Meghalaya; Golfing in Meghalaya is also known as “Gleneagle of the East” which provides a scenic view for golfing where India’s third oldest golf course is situated with the name of Shillong Golf Course.
Caves in Meghalaya
The state of Meghalaya is dotted with numerous natural caves which are one of the major tourist attractions of North East India. Some of the famous caves of Meghalaya are Krem Mawmluh cave, Caves in Jaintia Hills, caves in Garo Hill, Siju-Dobkhakol cave which is the third largest cave in the Indian sub-continent, Krem Phyllut cave, Krem Soh Shympi cave, Dobhakol Chibe Nala cave, Bok Bak Dobhakol cave, Mawsynram cave, Krem Dam cave which is the largest sandstone cave of India.