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18 Awe Inspiring Meghalaya Photos that Will Make You Want to Visit the Land of Clouds!

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Meghalaya often has the nickname ‘the abode of clouds’ as that’s its translation in Sanskrit.

It’s definitely appropriate as Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya is officially the wettest place on planet Earth!

That means it sees more rainfall than any other place in the entire world.

But, it’s not always raining and if you did want to avoid a washout, best to visit in winter like I did (Nov – Feb).

Meghalaya is like paradise for anyone that wants to get outdoors and into nature.

You’ll see rolling hills, epic cliffs, clear water lakes, the world-famous living root bridges, water falls, mysterious caves to explore, trekking trails and more.

You’ll need to leave plenty of time to explore the area and you may find that you never want to leave.

f you’re still not convinced, these are the 18 awe-inspiring Meghalaya photos that will make you want to visit!

Where is Meghalaya in North East India and how do I get there?

Meghalaya is a state in North East India.  It’s part of the seven sisters of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

The most popular place where tourists flock to in Meghalaya is on the East side of the Khasi hills.

People visit the Scotland of the East, which is Shillong and Cherrapunjee, to be immersed in nature and the crazy amount of rainfall!

It’s really easy to reach via the amazing National Highway 6 which is a new road with NO potholes! The journey should take around 2/3 hours.

If you’re travelling via public transport sharing cars and Sumo jeeps head out from the main bus stand at Paltan Bazaar. There are no buses that head here.

For more public transport tips in North East India, see my guide here

shillong shopping guide markets

For more information on Meghalaya, make sure you read these posts…

The ultimate shopping guide to Shillong: top tips for the bustling bazaars

An epic step by step trekking guide of how to reach the Double Decker Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunjee

11 awesome reasons why you should visit Cherrapunjee: the Scotland of the East

Meghalaya photos

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The Double Decker Living Root Bridges of Nongriat
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A view from the Living root bridge
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Like walking through a chapter of a fairy tale
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Crossing the wire bridge in Nongriat
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The stairs leading to Nongriat are 3,000 each way. Local women carry bags of sticks on their foreheads. These ladies would do this walk almost daily.
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The majestic Nohkalikai falls
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Looking out onto the plains of Bangladesh!
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A local man selling pan (rolled tobacco) at Police Bazaar in Shillong
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A closer look at Nohkalikai falls
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Rolling hills in Cherrapunjee
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Houses of Cherrapunjee
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The hills and waterfalls of Cherrapunjee
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Clear water lake in Nongriat
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Cliffs of Cherrapunjee
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Clear blue waters in Nongriat
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Valleys and pools of clear blue
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Chilling out on the root bridges
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Last one of the Double Decker’s I promise! 

Final Words…

I hope you liked these Meghalays Photos and I infected you with a travel bug to go and visit Meghalaya in North East India.

It really is a total oasis from the busy and chaotic city life.

No pollution and not much population, you can enjoy the silence, fresh air and amazing scenery all around you.

Make sure you put a visit Meghalaya on your bucket list!

Read more of my North East India articles!

Top things to do in North East India

A complete guide for Hornbill Festival

Longwa Village travel guide

Best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh

Top things to do in Dirang

My ultimate Tawang travel guide

How to find the double decker root bridges in Meghalaya

A complete travel guide for Guwahati

Kamakhya Temple guide

A complete Kaziranga Safari guide

Majuli Island tips

My top North East India travel tips

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Thursday 18th of February 2021

[…] For more wanderlust and inspo for Meghalaya, see my photo essay here. […]

Chris Jones

Sunday 28th of July 2019

Hey Sophie!

Thanks for your permission and here is the link to the video - Would love to know your thoughts :).

Chris

Sophie Pearce

Sunday 28th of July 2019

Hi Chris! Wow, that's amazing! What a cool video. Thanks for including me. I'll embed your video into one of my Meghalaya posts :) Sophie x

Chris Jones

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Hey Sophie,

I am doing a little animation on YT about the wettest place in the world (Meghalaya). I was just wondering if it would be ok just to include the first photo on this article in the animation (with Credit and link to your website of course :) ).

Sophie Pearce

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Hi Chris, that sounds like a great project and I'm more than happy for you to include my photo in your Meghalaya animation! Please send me the link once it's posted and I'll check it out. Thanks for asking and your support. Sophie x

Mahesh Kejriwal

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Dear Sophie, I am planning to visit Meghalaya in 1st week of December this year. Where would you suggest me to book my stay, in Shillong or in Cherrapunjee. I would be travelling with my wife and 2 year old kid.

Sophie Pearce

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Hi Mahesh, this completely depends on what you want out of your trip. Shillong is a busy city with lot's of restaurants and shopping and there are some good viewpoints around the city. You could easily get a taxi to Cherrapunjee to enjoy the views.

Cherrapunjee is more remote but has breathtaking scenery. There are a few good value restaurants in the town and facilities. But, it's more expensive. I stayed in 'By the way' residence which is a budget hotel at 500 rupees per night for a double room with shared outdoor bathroom.

Polo Orchid is a gorgeous luxury resort in the area with private plunge pools and a rooftop pool if you have the budget. I'll put a link to it here.

Hope this helps and have an incredible time! Sophie x

Alex Valeria

Friday 28th of June 2019

Meghalaya is awesome place for traveling. Many things are seeing in Meghalaya. You share the photos really nice. I like very much. Nice blog.

Sophie Pearce

Saturday 6th of July 2019

Hi Alex, yes I totally agree. Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states in India. Thanks for your feedback, Sophie x

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