TRAVEL | December 1, 2017
If you are in Meghalaya, don’t just stay within city limits and go about shopping for things that can be found even online! Instead, do something that will make your stay memorable!
In Meghalaya, there is an ever presence of rain. So much so, the state is filled with countless and infinite waterfalls, from ones which fall from a magnificent height, to ones which have a broad feature. In Buddhism, there is a saying that waterfalls are a doorway to other realms. In that case, Meghalaya is home to infinite realms!
Caves show us a glimpse of another world; devoid of sunlight, secret passages where unique life form exists. And as with waterfalls, the ever presence of rain has formed countless caves throughout Meghalaya. Most of them remain unexplored, and many are yet to be found. This makes caving in Meghalaya raw and untamed.
WALK IN THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGES
Every summer when the rains are at their worst, the numerous streams and rivers of Meghalaya become alive with thunderous and deafening rapids, stopping the local tribes from crossing over. Such is the case in Meghalaya, where instead of building concrete bridges to cross over, the tribes have managed to architect one of the world’s man-made marvels, called the Living Root Bridges.
STAY IN A TREE HOUSE AT MAWLYNNONG
Discovered a few years back, Mawlynnong is unofficially acclaimed as being the cleanest village of Asia. And if you happen to take a stroll in any of the cozy concrete footpaths of the village, you will not argue on the claim’s authenticity, rather fall in love with Mawlynnong. The village is home to the fascinating Khasi people who are not only enthusiasts and environmentalists, but charming too, having stories and folklore for almost everything and anything.
PLAY WITH THE CLOUDS IN CHERRAPUNJI
If the entire state of Meghalaya receives relentless rainfall, the hill station of Cherrapunji along-with nearby Mawsyram receives maddening rainfall each year, and are officially recognized as the rainiest and wettest places on planet earth. A perfect place for offbeat travel, clouds hover midst the landscape of Cherrapunji, creating a misty and almost magical atmosphere.