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Written by Shrinivas on November 15, 2022 Share on

When To Plan Your Trip to Meghalaya in 2024 – Things to Know

The word Meghalaya translates into ‘cloud dwelling’ as the state is blessed with breathtaking clouds and other natural bounties like fascinating waterfalls, picturesque mountains besides some great Meghalaya National Parks. There are so many sanctuaries and national parks in Meghalaya that provide a thrilling experience. The people of the state are blessed with a lush green atmosphere as Meghalaya recieves the most amount of rainfall in the entire country. Additionally, some of the best caves are in Meghalaya. Go on reading to find out the best time to visit Meghalaya!

Tyrshi Falls, Meghalaya, India
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Meghalaya has plenty of natural beauty to experience. There are many wildlife parks and sanctuaries in the state which are home to exotic flora and fauna. These are the parks which you should not miss along with a visit to the waterfalls, scenic mountains and other attractions of Meghalaya. The Locals living here are very friendly. English is the official language of the state, so international travellers do not need to worry.

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Best time to visit Meghalaya

Often called the abode of the clouds, between October and June is the best time to visit Meghalaya. Most of the state’s tourist destinations receive temperatures that rarely exceed 30 ° C, making it a perfect escape between March and June which is the country’s summer season. It is also a favourite among tourists coming from high or moderate temperature zones during autumn and winter, i.e. from October to November and from December to February. Considered the country’s wettest region, Meghalaya during peak monsoons is not often recommended to tourists. The state gets an average of 250 cm rainfall. The season starts in May and continues until the end of September or at times until mid-October. However, when the rains are not heavy and the terrain is mesmerizingly beautiful, one can explore the beautiful state in the beginning or by the end of the monsoon season.

Meghalaya, India
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Meghalaya in Summer

Meghalaya experience temperatures ranging from 12°C to 30°C, with pleasant mornings and nights. The exploration of the town’s unexplored corners can be considered a good time. Though during the monsoons it mostly rains, most of Meghalaya remains cloudy or pleasantly overcast. Hence it is an excellent time to explore the state’s attractions. It could get sweltering around the afternoon and tourists can skip or choose to spend some quality time indoor activity. During season one can also see regional festivals. Shad Suk Mynsiem ‘s three-day festival and Chad Sukra’s festival celebrated in April each year must not be missed. The region comes alive with colourful traditional rituals, music, dance and merriment that would appreciate tourists throughout their lives making it one of the perfect times to visit Meghalaya.

Shnongpdeng, Meghalaya, India
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Meghalaya in Monsoon

The Monsoon months in Meghalaya are June to October. The State receives heavy rainfall during those months. Meghalaya actually has two rainiest cities in the world; Mawsynram and Cherrapunjee. You can plan your trip to Meghalaya during the year at any time, but we recommend avoiding Monsoons. While Meghalaya’s ever-beautiful state looks like a lush green land and spreads a different charm during monsoon when the State receives high rainfall, you may not be able to visit all the spots as rain may hinder your way. If the goal is just to spend some rejuvenating time in the hills, then monsoon might be an ideal time.

Meghalaya in Winter

While Meghalaya’s ever-beautiful state looks like a lush green land and spreads a different charm during monsoon when the State receives high rainfall, you may not be able to visit all the spots as rain may hinder your way. If the goal is just to spend some rejuvenating time in the hills, then monsoon might be an ideal time. In them, one can unleash the explorer and go sightseeing or take part in a trekking expedition to traverse the thrilling mountain terrain. During this season, Shillong, Cherapunji, Tura, Nongstoin, Nongpoh, Guwahati, East Garo, Jowai etc. are frequently visited to explore attractions such as Balpakram National Park, Umiam Lake, Laitlum Canyon, Double Decker Living Route Bridge, Ialong Park etc. If you are one who loves to feel the chilling breeze through your spines then this is definitely the best time to visit Meghalaya for you.

The famous Meghalaya Autumn Festival is celebrated annually in Shillong between October and November. A variety of programs from Wine and Food Festivals, Beauty Pageants, Kite Flying Competition, Fishing Competitions, Golf Tournaments, Flower Shows, Music Festivals, Rock Shows etc. are attracted by several travellers. The Strawberry Festival which was held on Valentine’s Day in February is a treat for honeymooners or those on a romantic getaway. Also in the same month, the Ranikor Festival has a range of activities and programs arranged for visitors including dance shows, music shows, beach soccer, beach volleyball, swimming, trekking, archery, kite flying, etc. With so many events to witness, Meghalaya is one of the best winter holiday destinations for the whole family to plan.

Shillong MEghalya
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Getting Around

Meghalayans usually use the bus as a local commuting service. The buses are available at a regular frequency, in all parts of the state. The main towns are very well connected, too. Except for this, it is also possible to board the yellow and black unmetered taxis for an internal voyage. You can check the estimated rate of your ride from any location or hotel in which you are staying.

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Plan your trip with Pickyourtrail

Meghalaya is far more than just a cloud dwelling, it’s one of the most important wild and endangered flora and fauna habitats found in the North-East region of the country. The State has a lot to offer from the beautiful lakes and streams to waterfalls and wild pineapples. Visit Meghalaya to see exotic and unique indigenous species merging into the area! Having the assistance of a reputed travel agency adds to the benefit. Starting with DIY itineraries to have a one-stop-shop for all travel needs, Pickyourtrail not only guarantees seamless and trouble-free ride but at the same time keeps the cost-efficiency under control. For more information, log onto

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Which is the best month to visit Meghalaya?

Plan your visit to Meghalaya anywhere between October and June. However, between March and June is the perfect time to visit Meghalaya.

How many days are enough for Meghalaya?

5 to 6 Days would be sufficient to explore the beauty of Meghalaya.

When is the rainy season in Meghalaya?

Starting from June to September, Meghalaya experiences rainy season.

Is there snowfall in Meghalaya?

There is No Snowfall in Meghalaya.

Is it safe to visit Meghalaya?

Yes, Meghalaya is generally considered a safe place to visit for tourists.

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