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Picture Perfect Places In Meghalaya Where You Too Can Look Ravishing Like Amy Jackson

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Amy Jackson was recently in Meghalaya’s capital, Shillong to shoot for a song in Udhayanidhi Stalin’s latest movie, Gethu. For those who haven’t been to this paradise called Meghalaya, the video should be reason enough for you to book your tickets to the ‘abode of clouds’.

Check this video out so you know what we mean:

Doesn’t the place take your breath away? There is no dearth of beautiful places to see in Meghalaya and the best part about it is that most of these spectacular places aren’t as saturated by tourists as you’d think.

For those who aren’t absolutely convinced about how charming the place can be, here’s a list for you!

Krang Suri, Jaintia Hills

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Krang Suri waterfall is one of the most beautiful falls in the Jaintia hills district of Meghalaya and is located in Amlarem. The fall is unique in its beauty, gushing downwards into a basin of water from a low height. The beauty of Krang Suri is exponentially increased during the monsoons.

Umngot River, East Jaintia Hills

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Umngot flows through Dawki, a small but busy town in the East Jaintia Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border. The town itself is a mere 95 km from Shillong. The Umngot is a prime fishing spot for fishermen from nearby areas and it is probably the cleanest river in the country. The river is the natural boundary between Ri Pnar (of Jaintia Hills) with Hima Khyrim (of Khasi Hills) over which hangs a single span suspension bridge.

Mawlyngbna, East Khasi Hills

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Mawlyngbna village, a few scenic kilometres south of Mawsynram, is located on a hilltop that it shares with three others. From atop the hill, one witnesses the dramatic sequence of the rolling Khasi hills merging into the Bangladeshi plains. This rain-blessed village, with its warm and friendly people is on the tourist map for its diverse natural features. This village is famous for Khasi folklores like the remnants and footprints of animals at a place called ‘Ka Iew Luri Lura’, a market place believed to have been run by animals way back in the days, the prints of which are still visible till date. Worth a visit, right?

Laitlum Canyons, East Khasi Hills

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Laitlum Canyons is one of those spots where you can have a bird’s eye view of the green hills, the orchids, the bamboo plants, the ‘cottony’ clouds – all from one point. Amazing, don’t you think? If you want to have a clear view of the place, try to reach here in the afternoon. During mornings, you will see a cover of fog and mist, blanketing the view. If you are searching for something off-beat, you can go in the morning and surrender yourself to the mysterious beauty of the fog, which seems to be connected with the clouds above.

Ialong Park, Jaintia Hills

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The Ialong Park, about 10 km from Jowai in Jaintia Hills, is a hidden gem, often left out from plans made to the state of Meghalaya, and something you shouldn’t miss. Ialong Park is where you can unwind and relax from the overwhelming views and treks during your trip.  The view of the Myndtu river and valley is lush green and a tonic for tired eyes. The state government has taken initiatives to make the Park more environmentally relevant. Leisurely activities like fishing and walks are a great way to relax and take in the natural landscape of Meghalaya.

Nongkhnum River Island, West Khasi Hills

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Over 180 km from Shillong lies Nongkhnum Island, Asia’s second biggest river island. It is known for its pristine beauty. Located in a far-flung area, the island is less frequented by tourists and thus makes for a great travel destination. The island was birthed with the bifurcation of Meghalaya’s longest river: Kynshi. The entry to the island is through a narrow bridge that passes besides the Weinia Falls. The sound of the gushing waters is deafening as Weinia makes its way through the rocks. Take a detour from the bridge to witness the Falls, which is one of the most impressive cascades formed by the Kynshi river.

Siju Cave, East Garo Hills

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132 kms from Tura, Siju is famous for Dobakkol or the bat cave with impressive stalagmites and stalactites. It is one of the longest caves in the Indian sub-continent and contains some of the finest river passages to be found anywhere in the world. There are also lots of trekking, river rafting, angling, community fishing and caving sites in and around Siju.

What’s your excuse to run to this paradise? We have found ours!

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