Why You Should NOT Visit Meghalaya

Meghalaya- the abode of clouds. Why you should not visit Meghalaya, you ask? Because you might fall in love with the land!

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you just can’t have enough of Meghalaya.

You are not a fan of road journeys


Road journeys across Meghalaya are splendid experiences in themselves. Snaking across hills, by the pristine valleys and waterfalls- a delight that inspires many motorcyclists and bikers to explore these tracks. The journey from Shillong to Cherrapunji is a favourite track for many people. A flavour of Scotland right on a drive! This is one why reason why you should not visit Meghalaya- once you’ve journeyed across its roads, other tracks are likely to seem lacklustre! So, unless you’re a fan of road journeys, you should definitely avoid visiting Meghalaya.

Oh! And did I mention the live root bridges?

Root Bridge Meghalaya

Waterfalls might take your breath away and you don’t want that to happen


Who doesn’t love waterfalls? The splash of waterfalls, water rumbling down rocks resonate across the lands of Meghalaya. Add to that the green cover and mist. And here we are, in Pandora! Most popular among the waterfalls are Nohkalikai Falls, Elephant Falls, Kynrem Falls, Nohsngithiang Fallsbut that doesn’t mean the others aren’t worth a trip! Once you witness the mystical falls, there’s no way their images won’t tantalize you forever- another reason why you should probably skip Meghalaya!

You despise panoramas that tantalize your eyes

Meghalaya offers several spectacular panoramic views. The one from the Shillong Peak is particularly a favourite. Besides this, several breathtakingly views are offered by Cherrapunji etc. I can try but definitely cannot put into words, the magnanimous picturesque scenery that is omnipresent in Meghalaya. These panoramas are just too alluring for the eyes- and if you want to avoid that, you should definitely avoid Meghalaya!

You are afraid of clouds (Nephophobic)

Do you think clouds could mean Dementors hanging around?

They are not that far, as you can see. You can literally be in the clouds here- imagine that! I remember, as a child, how I wanted to pocket every bit of it, to take back home. Clouds come in, just like that, for a surprise visit or two. Oh, they’re pretty wet, by the way. So, if you hate the sight of clouds, you should definitely not visit Meghalaya. (Psst… Clouds=>Dementors!)

You find people and culture boring!

kid in Mawlynnong
Image by vasanthkumar

The tribes of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia are culturally very enriched. What is very remarkable is that they’ve a matrilineal society. That is, women have certain privileges which are in stark contrast to the dominant patriarchal society. So yeah, they’re an exemplary way ahead in feminism! Traditional music and dance festivals are very much enjoyed by the natives. However, the region, especially Shillong has an uncanny inclination to rock music. And have contributed to it, in their own way. Don’t be surprised if some rock concert leads you to enthusiastically Google their bands. But if rock music isn’t your choice of taste- you should avoid Shillong at all costs.

The people value labor a lot, and you can see examples of their effort. Mawlynnong has not only earned the distinction of being the cleanest village in Asia, but is leading by example, in conservation of environment. The village enjoys 100 per cent literacy rate, and deserves a visit- for it might teach us a worthy thing or two about education. But a clean and progressive India is so not happening, right? So, avoid this place since you’re not likely to find any photogenic ‘poor people, hungry people’ here.

Mawlynnong in Meghalaya
Cleanest village in Asia | Photo by Ashwin Kuma

The people are generally very liberal and amiable. And that’s another reason why you shouldn’t visit Meghalaya. You’ll just be enchanted by their social skills so much, you will hesitate to bid an early goodbye!

So these are the reasons why you should not visit the fascinating, mystical land of Meghalaya. So, do you still want to padhaaro?

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