UNBRIDLED MYSTIQUE
Outlook Traveller|February 2021
Map your way past grove-riddled pathways, meandering streamlets, mystical dens, cloudy terrains, and endless stairways nestled in Meghalaya’s crevices
Fringed by mountains, mighty waterfalls, and enigmatic lairs, Meghalaya, alias Abode of Clouds, transcends a mere embodiment of nature, and thrusts you into a dimension defined by otherworldly landscapes. Characterised by a streak of tradition, a dash of hospitality, and a trove of biodiversity, the state fosters many wonders within its bounds. While a series of destinations are rooted in rural pockets, Meghalaya is also home to a modern-era undertone and mediates between the two in fitting proportions. Head to the east’s dense forests, brimming markets, and up and coming nightlife, and witness it all unfold.

Post-COVID Travel

Flanked by Assam to the north and the east, and bound by Bangladeshi divisions to the south and the west, Meghalaya makes for an ideal destination amid this pandemic. A low-density region, it isn’t saturated with people and facilitates social distancing without any disruption. Apart from majoring in nature-oriented expeditions, and offering tourists an opportunity to revel in solitude, the north-eastern state also extends its scope to adventure-centred activities.

Waterfalls and Lakes

Dovetailing into gushing waters, Meghalaya’s lakes and waterfalls function as a portal to utopia and acquaint travellers with unparalleled views. Brimming with a multitude of choices, the state is peppered with the likes of Krang Shuri, Dainthlen, Noh Ka Likai, Elephant and Weinia Falls.

Krang Shuri Waterfalls, stationed in West Jaintia Hills, parades a stream of water cascading over a cave cocooned by a forested area. About 90 kilometres from Shillong, Krang Shuri is equipped with camping facilities, permits an immersion in its waters on placid afternoons, and cocoons a string of boats within its waters. The Noh Ka Likai Falls in the East Khasi Hills boasts of a thousand-feet-plunge at the precipice of a plateau, and offers a panoramic scene of dramatic cliffs, fascinating pools, and abundant forests. Treks to the bottom of the falls are excessively rewarding, and notorious for rapid transitions in terrain.

In a bid to prioritise travellers’ safety, Meghalaya’s government has implemented a set of protocols that incoming individuals ought to conform to. In order to visit the state, following is a 6-step guide that travellers have to follow:

Download the Meghalaya Tourism App, and register yourself on the same in order to acquire your e-invite. You can connect with a ‘registered tour operator’ to facilitate the conclusion of this step. They can be found on the application or the state’s website.

Upload a photo of yourself on the application.

Following this, you will be asked to present proof of a two-night stay (minimum) at an accommodation (homestay, hotel, guest, or house), and also to present your complete itinerary for the visit.

If you’re staying with your family, or friend, you ought to declare their complete address and contact details. An itinerary is mandatory.

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