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Laitlum Canyons, located in East Khasi Hills
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7 must-visit places in Meghalaya

From canyons to crystal-clear water, majestic waterfalls to clean villages, there is a lot to see and absorb in the hilly Northeastern state. Here are a few recommendations

Meghalaya, which means ‘the abode of clouds’ in Sanskrit, is famous for being the wettest place on earth, making it a popular travel destination for people who love rain.

The state is majorly made of tribal population including Khasi, Garo and Pnars -- who predominantly earn their living from cultivation. The state also has an abundance of natural attractions, including these seven must-see tourist places.

Laitlum

Laitlum Canyons, located in East Khasi Hills
Laitlum Canyons, located in East Khasi Hills
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You don’t need to travel far away to see a canyon. Laitlum Canyons, located in East Khasi Hills, will make you fall in love with Meghalaya all over again. Sip a glass of red tea and enjoy the breathtaking views at Laitlum.

Shnongpdeng

Shnongpdeng is located in Jaintia Hills district near Dawki in Meghalaya
Shnongpdeng is located in Jaintia Hills district near Dawki in Meghalaya
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Located in Jaintia Hills district near Dawki, this place will leave you in splits. Shnongpdeng, known for its crystal-clear waters, offers several activities like kayaking, local boat ride, scuba diving, zip line and others. You can even have a close glimpse of the other side of Bangladesh from here.

Nongkhnum River Island

It is the biggest river island in Meghalaya
It is the biggest river island in Meghalaya
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Located in West Khasi Hills, it is the biggest river island in Meghalaya and the second biggest river island in Asia, after Majuli in Assam. It offers a lot of different activities for the visitors ranging from basking in the sun, boating, fishing to camping. It serves as a perfect spot for all the nature lovers and for those who want to relieve themselves from hectic city life. Overall, the breathtaking scenic beauty and the tranquility of the place itself is worth a visit.

Krang Suri Falls

Krang Suri in Amlarem, Jaintia Hills district
Krang Suri in Amlarem, Jaintia Hills district
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It has one of the majestic waterfalls offering a natural swimming pool that one can dip in. Located in Amlarem, Jaintia Hills district, the place offers an opportunity for camping and many other activities.

Mawlynnong Village

Mawlynnong is Asia’s cleanest village
Mawlynnong is Asia’s cleanest village
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It has been consecutively voted as Asia's cleanest village and is one of places to visit in Meghalaya. It is hard to spot even a single piece of straw or section of dusty roads here. The local handmade dustbins will be found in every nook and corner of this village.

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

 Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Cherapunjee
Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Cherapunjee
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Located in Nongriat village in Cherapunjee lies one of the most unique and naturally formed bridges. In order to reach this destination, one will have to gear up to walk down 3,500 stairs and later come back up the same number of stairs. Several natural blue pools will also be one of the most common beautiful sights before reaching Nongriat village. Fish pedicure at the Double Decker Living Root Bridge is one of the famous things to do and that too free of cost.

Nartiang Monoliths

The monoliths in Jowai were erected to mark the reign of the erstwhile Jaintia Kings
The monoliths in Jowai were erected to mark the reign of the erstwhile Jaintia Kings
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Believed to be the tallest monoliths, the monoliths in Jowai were erected to mark the reign of the erstwhile Jaintia Kings. Nartiang village is about 2 hours east of Shillong. This village used to be the summer capital of the Jaintia rulers.