offbeat places in meghalaya

At a time when the holiday bells are tolling, the best way to rediscover yourself is travelling to offbeat places to land of clouds. We’ve put together for you the hidden gems which are offbeat and travelogues often skip.

Unexplored Destinations in Meghalaya

If you hope to experience a vacation that offers the chance to immerse yourself in nature, then here are 8 offbeat places in Meghalaya.

1. Mawsawdong

Mawsawdong Falls, also known as Diengdoh Waterfall is located at Mawkama village on the outskirts of Sohra. If you are looking for a surreal place to lose yourself in nature, then Mawsawdong falls is the right choice for you.

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2. Infinity Pool

Ever thought there’s a natural pool in Meghalaya? No, right. Then you should definitely explore the Od Ringai Natural pool that is located at Mawten village.

To reach this mesmerizing natural pool it takes about 1½ hours at the top of the Ur-Ringai Falls( Ghost Falling Falls) and about 2 hours to reach down to the waterfall.

Although South West Khasi hills are late-entrant into Meghalaya’s Tourism there are so many other places like Hot Springs in Jakrem, Synrang Mawrin in Mawten, Monoliths in Mawlangwir that you will instantly fall in love with.

3. Arwah Caves

If you are fascinated by fossils or traces of ancient life, then you should definitely visit Arwah Caves. These rock-cut caves are accessed through Khliehshnong area of Cherrapunji in Meghalaya.

The path to Arwah cave is an enchanting one that has been aesthetically carved out of the thick vegetation. As you walk through the chamber that leads to a complex set of caverns, you will find crustacean shells and fish bones fossilized in the limestone walls of the cave.

Arwah Caves also gives you a breathtaking view of the waterfall you pass through the side of Lawshynna Hill. In case you get tired, fret not, there is a seating area close to the path where you can relax and wait for some time.

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Also Read: 10 Offbeat destinations to visit in Northeast India

4. Wei Sawdong

The enchanting beauty of Wei Sawdong be should never be missed if you visit Meghalaya. Wei Sawdong is a three-tiered cascade is located around 58 km from the capital city of Shillong. It will take 1.30 hours approximately from Shillong.

The place is perfect for all trekking enthusiasts since you have to trek for 20 minutes amid bamboo bridges. Climbing up can be a little difficult, but we assure you that all your tiredness will vanish in a moment. If you are familiar with Pamukkale hot springs in Turkey, then Wei Sawdong in Meghalaya will remind of you that.

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5. Sohkhmi

If you are an adventure enthusiast then Sohkhmi is just the right place for you. It is a small village located on the slopes of the Sohra Plateau. There’s a popular trek which starts from a tiny village called Kutmadan village.

The scenic route beneath the leafy canopy is not only a feast for your eyes, but also a great place for hiking and trekking. If you are walking on foot, it takes an hour to the Presbyterian Church, from where you can witness nature’s beauty, the lush and green river, and views of the Bangladesh plains.

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6. Whistling Village

Kongthong Village is considered to be the Whistling village in Meghalaya. The village is located in the East Khasi Hills district, which is about 60km from Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya.

There’s a tradition that is followed among the mothers in the village, where they compose music or a tune for their kids. It is known as jingrwai ïawbei in the local language.

The place has its own unique characteristics, and the locals try to preserve this intangible cultural heritage. This distinctive practice is one reason you should visit this place. After all, not everywhere you will witness people singing to each other. 

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7. Mawlyngbna

If you are looking for some offbeat places in Meghalaya to enrich yourself with an empowering experience, then Mawlyngbna village should be your ideal place. This scenic village is located in Mawsynram Tehsil of East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya.

This picturesque destination is not only famous for its rich fossils of animals (dating back to 200 million years), but also for numerous springs that supply crystal clear freshwater year-round.

On the outskirts of the village, there is a large forest that is home to endangered predaceous pitcher plants. From the hilltop of Mawlyngbna, you will witness the dramatic sequence of the rolling Khasi hills merging into the Bangladesh plains. And as for the fun ones, there are several activities like river canyoning, kayaking, zip-lining, swimming at Umkhakoi lake.

There are two magnificent waterfalls namely Um Diengkain and Ar Phalat which are breeding grounds for a variety of fish. There’s a hidden paradise in the village you shall witness are humongous split rocks. 

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8. Ialong Park

Ialong Park is a hidden gem located at a distance of 7km from Jowai. Many people visiting Jowai come to witness the Krangshuri waterfalls but few know about this park. This spot is famous for its sacred groves. From the park, you will see a panoramic view of Pynthorwah Valley and the meandering Myntdu river.

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Did you visit any of these offbeat places in Meghalaya? Now that we have listed out a few unexplored destinations in Meghalaya that turn golden with the rising and setting sun and the natural beauty is enough to render you speechless.

Further Read: How safe is Northeast India’s adventure tourism dream? A reality check


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