Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Swamp Song Of Nature In Meghalaya’s Clouds

Meghalaya’s natural beauty is most conducive for extended holidays with the hill station of Shillong continuing to be a hot favorite. Amongst many natural bounty of Meghalaya there is an intriguing phenomenon – the traditional Sacred Forests that steeped in spiritual belief and held in great veneration. They also represent some of the earliest representations of preserving the ancient ecosystem.

Excursions from Shillong

Umiam Lake

Located about 17km from Shillong, Umiam Lake is highly popular for a relaxing time. A famous resort named Orchid Lake Resort offers watersport facilities, and for plant lovers, nearby Lum Nehru Park has an aviary and orchidarium.


Cherrapunjee road
Cherrapunjee is the second highest rainfall region in the world located 54km from Shillong. The journey from Shillong to Cherrapunjee is itself fascinating. The region is dotted with many waterfalls, though because of dense mist you might miss most of them. Cherrapunjee’s oranges and honey for baskets from the Sohra Market.

Close to the town are the glorious Nohsngithiang Falls, Dainthlen Falls, Nohkailikai Falls (world’s fourth highest) and numerous smaller falls. Mawsynram is the wettest place on earth located 55km from Cherrapunjee.

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Shillong: On the top of rain drops

Shillong: On The Top Of Rain Drops

Just 24km from Shillong, you will reach a haven of floral beauty called Mawphlang. Some of the best orchids in world are found in the place. Moreover, you can also enjoy the hot springs at Jakrem (64km).

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Waterfalls in Cherrapunjee

Pretty as Kashmir’s Pahalgam, Ranikor (140km) is an angler’s delight as it is famous for its Mahseer.


The ancient seat of the Jaintia King Nartiang (65km) still has a number of famous Jaintia stone memorials (monoliths) that have survived the passage of time. The tallest (27ft) is said to have been the walking stick of U Mar Phalyngki, the giant of Jaintia legend.

Beauty of Nature in Meghalaya

Caves of Meghalaya

The state is a house to more than 750 caves of which many of them are unmapped and unexplored. Five caves in Meghalaya are considered the longest in Indian subcontinent.

Orchid World in Meghalaya

Meghalaya is an Orchid state
Meghalaya is an orchid country. It has about 300 of the world’s species growing in its rich forest land, gardens and nurseries. These rare specimens include the insect-eating Pitcher Plant – Wild Citrus and Pygmy Lily. Meghalaya Tourism has adopted the orchid as its symbol.

The wealth of Meghalaya’s exotic butterflies and moth species found in its forests and meadows have been showcased in the delightful Butterfly Museum.

Wildlife in Meghalaya

Balpakram National Park
Two of Meghalaya’s national parks, the Nokrek and Balpakram are home to some of its rare wildlife such as golden cat. Approachable from Tura, Balpakram is located in the spectacular Grand Canyon like environs of Balpakram Plateau, which separates the Garo Hills from the Khasi Hills. The Nokrek Biosphere Reserve is just 2km away from Tura Peak.

Siji and Nongkhyllum are two more sanctuaries, which are fast becoming popular with visitors. Siju is also reputed of its limestone caves close to the Naphak Lake and the Simsang Game Reserve. The stalagmite and stalactite formations are similar to these of the Blue Grotto on the Isle of Carpri. 

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