How to Reach
Take a flight, train, or bus as per your convenience to Guwahati. From there, you can take a taxi or shared cabs or can rent a car and reach Shillong. You will find plenty in Kamakhya Railway Station and Paltan Bazaar.
Since it is famous for the subtropical biodiversity, natural beauty, and highest rainfall, there are some aesthetic places which are just awe-inspiring. There are some fascinating lakes, rivers, and waterfalls like Dawki Lake, Umiam Lake, Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Elephant Falls, Seven Sister Falls, Dain-Thlen Falls, Kynrem Falls, Krang Suri Falls, Byrdaw Falls, Langshiang Falls, Thum Falls, and Wards Lake. Next, come the wondrous famous Living Root Bridges and Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge which is more than 180-year old which are impressively built by the Khasi tribes supported by Mother Nature. Then, we jump on to the gigantic caves like Mawsmai Cave, Garden of Caves, Siju Caves, and Arwah Cave which are ages old. Even, there are the cleanest villages like the Mawlynlong village and Khasi Heritage Village. Then comes the world of greens including forests, rocks, valleys, and canyons such as Mawphlang Sacred Forest, Kyllang Rock, Laitlum Canyon, and Mawkdok Valley. Also, there are some beautiful parks, viewpoints, and sanctuaries like Shillong Peak, Eco Park, Lady Hydari Park, Mawkdok Valley View Point, Thangkharang Park, Siju Bird Sanctuary and Tiru Peak. Other must-visits and must-dos are David Scott Trail, Don Bosco Museum, shopping at Police Bazaar and Leh Duh Market, and Golf in Shillong.
The predominant food in Meghalaya is rice with spicy meat and fish dishes. Also, they relish the meat of goats, pigs, fowl, ducks, and cows. The famous dishes of the natives are Jadoh, Ki Kpu, Tung-rymbai, and pickled bamboo shoots.
As you are visiting the most naturalistic place, you must take some souvenir along with you to gift your loved ones so you must the indigenous beautiful baskets which is known as 'Meghum Khoks', Open Weave Carrying Basket, Closed Weave Carrying Basket, Small Storage Baskets, Coiled Cane Containers, Large Storage Baskets, Rain Shield and Headgears, Winnowing Trays & Fans, Mud Shovels, Shield made of bamboo plints, Khasi Bamboo Comb and Khasi Bamboo Pipes.
Wangala Festival Wangala is one of the important festivals which is also known as the Hundred Drums Festival. It is mainly celebrated by the Garos. It is a post-harvest festival which is celebrated at the end of the year. It is a thanksgiving festival to Misi-A-Gilpa-Saljong-Galapa, the god of fertility. Rice Beer is a famous food that is cooked during this special event.
Behdeinkhlam Festival It is a four-day festival and is mainly celebrated by the Jaintias. It is celebrated before the seed sowing season in July. The literal meaning of Behdeinkhlam is 'Chasing away the Plague'.
Shad Sukra This is another festival that is primarily celebrated by the Jaintias. It is celebrated before the sowing season which is basically in mid-April or May.
Shad Suk Mynsiem It is the most important festival of the Khasis and is also celebrated by Gars and Jaintias. It is celebrated in April. This is a three-day festival which is called the 'Shad Phur'.
Nongkrem Festival It is mainly celebrated by the Khasis. It is a 5 days thanksgiving festival which is held in October or November.
The languages which are spoken in Meghalaya are Garo, Rabha, Khasi, Assamese, Koch, Marathi, Hajong, Maram, Nepali, Sylheti, and Hindi.
Mekhla is one of the traditional dresses of Assam which is also worn by the women of Meghalaya. The females of the Khasi tribe wears a dress called 'Jainsem'. The females of the Jaintia tribe dresses like the Khasi females but with the addition of a 'Kyrshah'. The females of the Garo tribe women wear a blouse, raw cotton called 'Dakmanda', and the 'Daksari' which is wrapped like a 'Mekhla'. The jewellery they wear is called 'Kynjri Ksiar', which is made of 24-carat gold. Then, the men of the Garo tribe wear a loincloth as their traditional dress. The men of the Khasi tribe wear a long cloth around their waist which remains unstitched and the dresses of Jaintia tribe tend to have similarities with the Khasi tribe.