- Natural Heritage – housing the two wettest places on earth, waterfalls and natural beauty abounds
- Treks – known for easy treks, half and full day treks to see remote villages and the living root bridges
- Tribal culture – the matrilineal Khasi, Jaintia and Garo tribes. The khasis with their ancient sacred groves
- Outdoor adventure sports like zip-lining, rock climbing and camping
- Music culture both traditional and western. Nowadays known for the music festivals like NH7 that staged there
Mawsynram, a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, is reportedly the wettest place on earth receiving an average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres. Cherrapunji, which shares a border with Bangladesh, is a close second. The gorgeous waterfalls in this hilly state are a result of this abundant rainfall and the tourism department has helpfully constructed viewpoints at strategic sites.
Popular boating and adventure sports are concentrated around Shnongpdeng and Umiam lake. Kayaking on the Umngot River at Dawki amidst its crystal clear waters is a sought-after experience. For more adventurous explorers, a trek through the jungle leading to one of the many living root bridges, rainforests and sacred groves in the region is a must.
Unique features – 1. Built by the local Khasi tribes, using the roots of the Indian rubber trees, the living root bridges are an example of sustainable architecture and what we humans can achieve. One of the most famous ones, the Umshiang double-decker bridge near Cherrapunji, is over 180 years.
2. The ancient Khasi myths and religion believe certain forests belong to local deities and nothing can be removed from them. Used for sacrifices and prayers, these old sacred groves date back over a century. We highly recommend a walk through one of them with a local guide to explain its significance.
The Garo tribes that live in the western part of this state still follow age old traditions despite a large number having converted to Christianity. Their cooking techniques and use of herbs make them an ideal community for a food tour. The main town is Tura, a 4 hour drive from the Guwahati airport.
The tribes of Meghalaya – the Khasis, the Garos and the Jaintias – are known for following the matrilineal system through which the property is passed down from the matriarch to the youngest daughter. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood even today.
The harvest festivals of Shod Nongkrem of the Khasi community and the Wangala 100 Drums Festival of the Garo community are stunning occasions to witness traditional performances, folk fervour and local cuisines. The Jaintias were ruled by Bangaladeshi Hindu rulers.
This state happens to be the most popular destination among Indian travellers during Christmas and New Year break. Soon an inner line permit will be required to visit the state.
Traditional music of Meghalaya reflects a tribal heritage rich with folk culture, traditional instruments, drums, bamboo flutes and hand-held cymbals. Today, the youngsters are heralding a new age of music that spans across genres, ranging from folk, pop to hip-hop