If you want to witness Meghalaya in its full glory then it is not the winters, not the summers it is the Monsoons that will make your heart skip a beat. There are these places that you hear about and think that one day I should go and visit it just to experience it. Since childhood, we have heard of Cherrapunjee (now renamed as Sohra) as the place where we get the highest rainfall, though now that distinction has gone to there neighbouring Mawsynram village in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, trust me you will not realise the difference in the amount of downpour that happens here.
The name Meghalaya literally means ‘the abode of clouds’ is bound to live up to its reputation when you visit in monsoon. There is a whole different thrill of chasing monsoon within the lavish, magnificent valleys and serene villages of Meghalaya. In fact, the best part is all the waterfalls and lakes are in its full glory and that’s when you realise you have not seen anything like this before.
When you go on a non-monsoon season you will wonder why Elephant falls is so famous, but when you visit during monsoon the Elephant falls with its melodious gushing milky white waters over the staircase like formation makes you realise that you are not on this planet.
The dreamlike gorgeousness of the Laitlum Canyons
A place which literally means ‘The End of the hills’ OR ‘The End of the World’, Laitlum canyons is one of the most breathtaking places in this region. There is no doubt that the valley view is to die for, and in monsoon, the entire valley is lush green with numerous waterfalls. You can stand at the edge and spend an entire day admiring the beauty and still you will not have enough of it.
Seven sisters fall
The most mesmerising waterfall is the seven sisters fall, which signifies the seven states in northeast namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya. The view is stunning and completely engrosses you as the clouds hug the mountains from where the falls start. On a partially cloudy and a bit foggy day you might feel that the waters are directly flowing from the clouds to the valley beneath.
Root Bridge & Hanging Bridge
There is no doubt that in Meghalaya’s Kashi tribe has done wonders in creating the root bridge. But very few know that there are equally wonderful hanging bridges, which looks glorious during the monsoon as the water flows beneath them. Crossing this bridge on a rainy day is an unbelievable experience in itself.
And of course, you cannot miss the highest single-drop waterfall in India, the Nohkalikai falls. When people see it during a non-monsoon season they get mesmerised by it, so just imagine how they will feel when they see the same waterfall with its capacity increased to 20 times. It is the most impressive plunge in the whole of Meghalaya, which emerges from a forested crevasse and drops 340m over a sheer rock wall and the sound can be almost deafening. There is a viewpoint made at 4.4km away from the waterfall so that one can witness this majestic fall in its full force.
Well if you are a lover of rains and want to experience something offbeat then you should make a visit to Meghalaya during this monsoon season. If you need any help reach out to me.