Seasons in Meghalaya

Are you planning a trip to Meghalaya but wondering what would be theBest time to visit? The word Meghalaya is combination of ‘Megh’ meaning clouds and ‘Alaya’ meaning home which translates to the ‘Abode of Clouds’, and true to its meaning it is the wettest place on earth. The best time to visit Meghalaya is all year round; the state has moderate climate throughout the year. Every season in the state gives you a reason to plan a trip to Meghalaya.

The summer in Meghalaya is between April-June. Summers are moderate and the temperatures seldom go over 25oC in most parts of Meghalaya. The pleasant mornings and evenings, make Meghalaya an ideal place to visit to escape the scorching heat of Indian Summers. Monsoon starts from mid June or the start of July and ends in September. The rains add charm to the place and during monsoon the waterfalls in their full glory are sights to behold. The dense forest cover shows the fresh hue of greens after the rain. Monsoon is the best time to visit Meghalaya to enjoy rainfall and witness waterfalls in full glory. The autumn starts with the end of monsoon in Meghalaya from the late September and lasts till November. Autumn is the time for beautiful cherry blossom trees in Meghalaya which also marks the festival times in the state. The climate is also very pleasant with a slight chill in the mornings and evenings while the day time is quite pleasant, thus, autumn time becomes one of the best time to visit Meghalaya. The winter ranges in between November-March, January and December being the coldest months. During winters the cold fogs cover the town, pine forest and the hills of Meghalaya. It gets chilly and the whole state looks like it is floating on the clouds.

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Language of Meghalaya

Meghalaya is one of the beautiful states of northeast India. Meghalaya is literally translated to the ‘abode of clouds’ in Sanskrit. This state has the most beautiful landscapes, the mountains, hills, waterfalls and rivers make Meghalaya a great tourist destination. The three major tribes of Meghalaya are the Khasi, Garo and Jaintia.

Khasi is the official language of Meghalaya that was recognized as an “associate official language” in the year 2005. It is spoken by more than 900,000 people in Meghalaya mostly by the people living in Khasi Hills. There are many tribes in Meghalaya and the local languages spoken are Khasi, Pnar, Garo and English as the official language. Meghalaya is one of the states of India however Hindi is not spoken as widely as they do in many other states of the country.

The tribal people have developed a certain form of accent hence it might be difficult for some outsiders to easily understand what they speak. Khasi people are related to Khmer (Cambodians) and this reflects in their language and sounds as well. They may not speak Hindi as much but they are well learnt and many of them know the language. Almost all the people in Meghalaya can speak English well especially in towns and urban areas. English is also one of the official languages of Meghalaya and is easier for travelers to communicate with the locals whenever they visit the state.

However as you start to explore offbeat trails and places in Meghalaya you will realize that the majority of the people speak Khasi and most of them cannot speak Hindi or English. Khasi language is the most spoken language in Meghalaya and while visiting the state learning some important phrases of Meghalaya language will be really handy and useful.

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Shillong in monsoons: best time to visit Shillong

Shillong can be visited any time of the year and it will look absolutely amazing. This is one destination where even the monsoon provides the exhilaration and experience of being on the wettest place on the planet.

The summer normally ranges in between 5°C to 25°C and is one of the best times to visit Shillong. The winter in Shillong is colder with temperature going down to 4°C often enveloping the city in fog. Summer may be one of the best times however, the best time to visit the ‘abode of clouds’ Meghalaya is definitely during monsoon. Cherrapunjee in Shillong is one of the wettest places on earth and the capital makes a good base to explore these places in monsoon. The monsoons start from July and ends in September with heavy downpour taking the temperature between 12°C to 16°C. Monsoon season is the perfect time for nature lovers, the backpackers and people seeking for adventures. One of the best ideas is to make Shillong base for excursions to Cherrapunjee and other places to visit.

Witnessing the rain drenched mountains with beautiful waterfalls in full glory and the thick forest in bright green during monsoon is an experience in itself. Apart from Cherrapunjee, you can visit Mawsynram that gets an average of 11,873 millimeters also the Nohsngithiang Falls and other falls that are mostly fed with rain falls. These falls come to their full glory during the monsoon making it the best time to visit Shillong. During monsoon, the excursions from Shillong would be to Mawphlang and then on to Mawsynram, other would to Cherrapunjee. It is also the best time to visit Jaintia hills, Monoliths of Nartiang and Thadlaskein Lake near Jowai.

With so many wonderful sites to enjoy topping it with very less number of visitors, monsoons are definitely the best time to visit Shillong. Read full article at:

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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Best time to visit Meghalaya – A comprehensive guide

Meghalaya is a must-visit destination for every traveler who is on a quest for scenic beauty as well as adventure. Meghalaya, which means the abode of clouds, is a box of treasure in the northeast India.

The best time to enjoy a visit to Meghalaya is highly subjective. Meghalaya is the wettest state in general, but the weather varies throughout the year. In Meghalaya, the summer expands from mid-March to June and it’s the peak/best time to visit. Though the peak season, the rush is quite low as compared to other tourist destinations in India since Meghalaya is still well hidden and quite unexplored. During summer, temperature ranges between 120 C -300 C. Monsoon in Meghalaya roughly spans over July to October and in some cases, the rains often hit in the end of June. While some suggest not planning a trip to Meghalaya during monsoon due to heavy rainfall and chances of landslides but the locals say otherwise. The beauty of Meghalaya reaches its peak during monsoon. Everything looks so fresh, clean and clear after the rain. You might face some discomfort while traveling on the roads, but the hues of the sky, gigantic chunks of clouds ranging from grey to black with lush green meadows below them, and the sounds of the mighty waterfalls will come together to form a breathtaking landscapes and symphony, making your visit to Meghalaya a one-of-a-kind experience.

Autumn and winters in Meghalaya can be considered intertwined with each other, with autumn roughly spanning over end of October to the whole of November. Winter ranges between December-February in Meghalaya, with temperatures ranging between 150 C – 30 C. Some consider winter to be the best time to visit Meghalaya since you’d be treated to romantic misty mornings, cool breezes and pleasant cold nights. If you want to go for trekking or hiking then winter is the best time to plan your trip to Meghalaya.  

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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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Explore Guwahati to Shillong

From the land of the one-horned rhinoceros to the home of clouds and rain, a journey to Assam and Meghalaya is always refreshing. While Assam boasts of tea gardens, the mighty Brahmaputra, the Kaziranga National Park and a host of temples, Meghalaya is home to rolling highlands, innumerable waterfalls, caves and even the cleanest village in India.

A trip to these two fascinating states starts at Guwahati, which is a base for entering any of the other 6 north-eastern states in India. In the heart of Assam, close to Guwahati, lies the Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site as declared by UNESCO. You can reach Guwahati and take a 5-hour drive down to this National Park. As safaris only take place in the mornings, you can relax and absorb the surroundings as you prepare for an exciting day. The next day, you can take a jeep-safari or even an Elephant ride, which is controlled by the Forest Department of the Govt. of Assam, into the sanctuary and experience the exotic wildlife this place has to offer. The rest of the day can be enjoyed by visiting a tea garden and local communities in villages nearby.

The next day, drive down to Shillong, the charming hill-station capital of Meghalaya and fondly called the ‘Scotland of the East’. Indulge in good old-fashioned sightseeing in and around Shillong which offers museums, waterfalls, lake, and picturesque view points. After a day at Shillong, move towards Cherrapunjee, which was at one time, the wettest place on earth. Explore the Living Root Bridge and a short trek which will be around 3.5 km from the resort you can put up at. The next day is for an excursion to Mwallynong which is a 3 hrs drive from Cherrapunjee. It is dubbed the cleanest village in India by Discover India Magazine. Have an insight into Khasi culture and way of life here and return back to Shillong.

For your final stop, you will head back to Guwahati because the next day, you will be visiting the famous Kamakhya Mandir on the Nilachal hill. You can also visit the Sankardev Kalakshetra, a cultural institution in the Panjabari area of Guwahati  or take a cruise down the Brahamputra river before you bid adieu this fascinating land. Don’t forget to indulge in some shopping at Paan bazaar to pick up curios and souvenirs.  

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