Meghalaya in India’s northeast is a rugged hill state particularly known for its wealth of natural treasures. Lush forests carpet the mountains, and glorious rivers wind their way through the valleys. Here are some offbeat experiences to explore the region’s incredible natural bounty.
In the stunning landscapes of Meghalaya, where mountains meet rivers and rainforests, nature’s magnificence and man’s ingenuity come together seamlessly in Cherrapunjee. This is the only place in the world where bridges are grown from grand old trees.
Trek through gorgeous forests to see these incredible living root bridges, moulded from the sinewy roots of the Ficus Elastica tree. Trained by hand to grow in a particular direction, over centuries, these roots have intertwined and formed natural bridge-like structures. Today, they arch over streams and pools, connecting small hamlets scattered across the Khasi Hills. Visiting these incredible living root bridges is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Tucked into the green folds of the East Khasi Hills is a charming little hamlet with a big title. ‘The Cleanest Village in Asia’, Mawlynnong has earned its reputation with impeccably tidy pathways, beautiful blooming gardens, and a robust community-run ecotourism model.
Explore this little village with its quaint bamboo thatch homes, waterfalls, and orchids. From a young age, children are taught the importance of cleanliness, and you’ll find wicker bins at every corner. Spend a relaxing day strolling the picturesque lanes, seeing sweeping views of the surrounding plains from vantage points, and eating a delicious, hot local meal in the mountains of Meghalaya.
Truly the stuff of postcards, the Umngot River’s turquoise water is clear as glass. Relax by the riverside, peer into the boulder-strewn river bed and see schools of tiny fish. Boats drift lazily by, looking like they’re suspended in mid air on the river’s clear surface.
Dawki is a little-known spot in Meghalaya near the border with Bangladesh. The picturesque town set within the mountains is a perfect picnic spot. Take a scenic boat ride on the Umngot, past waterfalls and forest clad hills. Or simple laze by the emerald-hued water taking in the sights.