Fog covered road with freezing breeze brushing your face and lush greenery all around you what made this road trip so memorable. From innocent smiling locals to the best of street fashions you can get it all in this beautiful state of the North East. The state has the best of cuisines to give a nice ride to the taste buds of a foodie. A road trip through this amazing state will leave you enchanted for life.
Best time to visit: The place can be best explored during the summer and the monsoon season. During summer in the month of April to June the temperature remains between 15oC to 25oC. Temperature during monsoon months, June to September falls between 15oC to 20oC. But I’ll advice you to check the weather reports before you plan for a trip since in the ‘Adobe of Clouds’ as the name Meghalaya says weather can change quite rapidly. It will be good to avoid the winter months as the temperature drops as down as 4oC.
Budgeting for the road trip:
- The airport in this city is some 25 kilometers away from the main city and have limited connectivity with other major cities. I will advice you to fly to Guwahati airport which has good connectivity and is 125 kilometers away. then you can hire a taxi to Cherrapunji in around 3500 rs.
- Try to eat at local hotel rather than spending your hard earned bucks in some insanely price five star restaurant.
- Entry fees in various tourist sites will be between 20 to 30rs.
Five places we visited:
- Umium Lake
Located 15 kms from the main town of Shillong the lake was created by damming the Umium River. It serves as a major tourist attraction among the foreign tourists as well as the locals due to its breathtaking beauty. Try visiting the lake early morning for a wonderful sunset.
2. Lum Nehru Park
Lum in Khasi language means a hill. The park is situated on a small hill with lush green plantation all around with varieties of flowers. You can choose this spot for a early morning breakfast picnic with your loved ones.
3. Umium View Point
Most of the time the place is crowded with tourists. The view of the lake from this site turns out even more beautiful. Don’t forget to try some exotic momos and maggi while getting lost in the view.
We choose to ride to Cherrapunji without wasting any time cause we had to cover some 53 kilometers. This place is termed as the wettest place on earth. Apart from rainfall we faced heavy fog. You can actually see clouds passing in front of your eyes. But due to fog visibility in this place was almost none so it’s better to hire an experienced driver.
Amidst of heavy fog and rainfall we finally reached Cherrapunji. But I have to admit the journey is just beautiful. I couldn’t count the number of waterfalls I passed through. If you have time I will advice you to spent some time in different view points even though it’s foggy cause once the fog gets cleared the view will be worthwhile the wait.
We couldn’t got to see the Seven Sister Falls due to fog so we decided to explore a few caves. Yes the Khasi Hills of which Cherrapunji is a part, houses some of the longest caves of the world. You can still find many unexplored and partially explored caves in the state.
5. Elephant falls
While driving back we decided to halt in this place for some leisure. You can choose to relax in a beautiful park or you can take a few steps to discover three falls cascading through fern covered hills.
Unlike most of the Indian states Meghalaya is female dominant state. So don’t get amazed seeing markets operated by women.
Our trip ended here. But I’ll be back soon with much more time and exploring everything that I left this time. Before I end this post well I need to tell about its food so here I go…
You can find pork in almost everything. Try exotic momos of huge sizes with some hot and spicy soup. In local cuisine I will advice you to try Jadoh which is a kind of fried rice with lots of pepper in it and it comes with various veggies and chutney.
Just the perfect place for pork lovers.
So next time you plsn to come to India don’t forget to visit this hidden paradise of the North East. And keep visiting my blog… Love you all…