Meghalaya: A Great Offbeat Travel Destination

Meghalaya is more like nirvana for thrill-seekers and nature-lovers than just a place. A one-stop destination, it has islands to boast of, places that have created records, blessed with natural beauty that almost every visitor swears by.

If this place has been on your Wishlist, check out these interesting offbeat places to visit, and gain a better insight about this North Eastern state.

Nongkhnum Island


Second largest river island in India, and the largest in Meghalaya, its quite a remote location. The river island was formed as Meghalaya’s longest river Kynshi forked into Namliang and Phanliang rivers. If crowded places are not your cup of tea, this spot, graced with beautiful waterfalls and lush greenery, will offer you all the seclusion that you have been craving.



Set amid some lovely tea gardens, Mawlyngot is a beautiful place having an intriguing tale to tell. Nestled amid Eastern Khasi hills, this idyllic hamlet was seen as an ordinary spot once; but the future of Mawlyngot changed for the better after it became a major hub for tea tourism. When here, you can take a walk in the tea gardens, and also opt for day treks to find nature in its rawest form. Situated around 45 km away from Shillong, you can hire a car to reach this spot.



Famous for its rich animal fossils, dating back to 20 million years, it’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Meghalaya, This village is located on a hilltop, and scenic views are guaranteed. The place also boasts of a number of picturesque waterfalls. Here, you will also find a farm of pitcher plants, which is a must-visit. You can also head to the Um-kha-koi reservoir for an adrenaline rush.



The sleepy village is a perfect spot where you can indulge in some water activities. Scuba-diving, kayaking, snorkeling, and cliff jumping are some of the things that you can try here. However, if you are not in the mood to indulge in these activities, you can simply opt to enjoy a ride in a country boat on the clear waters of Umngot. This boating experience will be surreal!



Also, known as the village of silk weavers, Umden is located in the Ri Bhoi district amid lush greenery and at a distance of around 65 km from Shillong. Inhabited by the Bhoi tribe, known for their expertise in weaving traditional handlooms, this is where you can learn the process of silk production, and how it is used to produce beautiful handicrafts. The weavers don’t kill the silk worms during the process, as the villagers follow ahimsa (non-violence) tradition of sericulture. Apart from that, the village has some really good short hikes around.

Also Read: 10 Offbeat Places In India One Should Visit Once In A Lifetime: Travel Beats