Witness a slice of heaven in Meghalaya!

Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states of Northeast India which attracts tourists in large numbers every year. Meghalaya literally means ‘the adobe of clouds’ and its capital is often referred to as the Scotland of the East. Tourists come to this wonderland in large numbers seeking for adventure opportunities, sightseeings and peaceful holidays.

Meghalaya has so much to offer and is famous not only for its splendid natural beauty but the Asia’s longest cave, cleanest village, wettest place on earth and living root bridges can be found in Meghalaya. The Living Root Bridges are simple suspension bridges formed by living rubber trees aerial roots by tree shaping and are around 200 years old. The most famous Living Root Bridges are in Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. Mawsmai the longest cave and Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnog have become some of the major tourist attractions in Meghalaya. Mawsynram, the wettest place on earth with highest rainfall is on the wish list of many rain lovers all around the world.

Many beautiful waterfalls can be found in Meghalaya that are always attracting visitors. Also, the capital city of the state, Shillong has bewitching views and places you must visit in Meghalaya. Shillong is encircled by pine trees and astounding valleys that stand tall providing relief from the blazing heat across the country. This hill station has soothing and comfortable atmosphere and is suitable to visit at any time of the year. Cool gentle breezes and light drizzles make the visit more joyful. Shillong has many waterfalls, clean lakes, museums etc that magnetizes tourists and has many places of attractions too. Some of the other popular places to visit in Meghalaya are the Elephant Falls, Jowai, Nongpoh, Baghmara, Nohkhalikai Waterfalls, Dwaki, Umiam Lake and wildlife sanctuaries.

Spending your holidays in Meghalaya can take away your weariness of the city life and the atmosphere can keep you away from the hassles of populated and polluted places. Read full article at: https://www.tourgenie.com/travel-diaries/travel-blogs/witness-a-slice-of-heaven-in-meghalaya

Enchanted Shillong: The Best Time to visit Shillong

Having been lucky enough to trek amidst the gorgeous Himalayas couple of times, I have always wondered when I first fell in love with the mountains. It was amazing how I was not bored staring at quite rocks in the Himalayas and choosing to be in mountains rather than spending lavish and relaxing holidays in best hotels somewhere else.

I visited Shillong in the end of May. And I must say it is the best time to visit Shillong. It’s a perfect blend of dry and wet weather. The best time to visit Shillong is from October to mid-May. During this time there are no risks of heavy rainfall, landslides etc. From the mid of May starts monsoon season in Meghalaya and I don’t suggest visiting Shillong during these times but for people who love taking chances and are good enough to move around with just a rain coat it is the best time because the whole place turns into a fairy land. However, if I have to suggest the best time, it will definitely be end of May.

However, monsoons comes with its own drawback, like the visit to the famous living root bridges in Shillong can get really risky because of the growth of the mosses due to rains, so it is best to carry proper shoes while visiting these places. No matter which time of the year you visit Shillong, it is always beautiful and the rains do add magic to it. The heavenly smell of the wet earth, dark green surroundings with colorful blossoms, the painted blue sky with the sun and clouds playing hide and seek, and the red-cheeked kids clapping and playing in the puddles outside their houses adds to the overall experience of being in a hill station. But you must carry some essentials like comfortable shoes, raincoat, jacket, mosquito repellant etc while visiting these places in Shillong.

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Living root bridges

The Living root bridges are common in Meghalaya and can be found in many places. But the most famous of them all are the ones in Cherrapunjee. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the state. Living root bridges are a type of simple suspension bridge formed of living rubber tree roots by tree shaping and are hundreds of years old. They are common in the state of Meghalaya in northeast India.

The literal translation of Meghalaya is “The abode of clouds”, Mehga in Sanskrit is clouds. Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya is one of the wettest places in the world. The people living in these regions near living root bridges are called the Khasis. They have developed a relationship with the forest from the ancient times. It is said that the tree shaping was practiced by Khasis tribal group from ancient times and some believe that they are the ones who made the living root bridges.

This tribal group of Meghalaya developed a way to travel through the forest through the waterfalls and other water bodies by creating the living root bridges also known as jing kieng jri. For the formation of a living root bridge it requires at least 25 to 30 years of tree shaping. These roots forming the bridge become stronger with time. The origin of creation of the living root bridges is not really known, however the first record appears more than hundred years ago.

Some of the places in Meghalaya where you can experience the Living Root Bridges are the Nongriat’s Living root Bridges, the Living root bridges at Mawlynnong and the famous Cherrapunjee’s Living root bridges. In Nongriat, you can witness the Living root bridges after a 7000 stairs trek and it is the only way that the villagers can cross the stream. Mawlynnong is the cleanest village of Asia. After a quick walk of about 15 minutes you can reach this living root bridge in Mawlynnong. And there are 11 functional Living root bridges in Cherrapunjee, situated about two and a half hours drive from Shillong.

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