The north eastern part of India is one of the most beautiful, resourceful, and unexplored part of the country.  This region of the country comprises the seven sister states of India. Meghalaya, one of the seven sisters, unexplored, nature blessed, hilly, state means “abode of clouds” in Sanskrit. Staying true to its name, this charming state will leave you spellbound by its lush green valleys, dense forests, high rainfall, and also by its varied bio-diversity. Best time to visit Meghalaya is throughout the year but every month has its own perk. You can plan according to what you are keen to. Here is an overview on how the temperature varies in Meghalaya over the year:

Travel WindowMin/Max Temperature (°C)Season
February to June14 to 26Pleasantly warm
July to September 23 to 32Moderate to heavy rainfall
October to November20 to -29Cold and Humid
December to January 6 to 18Cold winds 

Meghalaya is one of the most visited states of the region, if not the most, offering you an experience of the unspoilt natural beauty.  Meghalaya is bound to Assam in the northeast and by Bangladesh in the south. The tribals Khasis, Garos, Jaintias contribute a major population.

The nature blessed state is known mostly for its vibrant capital city of Shillong, and two of the wettest places on the planet — Cherrapunji and Mawsynram and it will be an offense not to mention the ample amount of world known waterfalls Meghalaya has.

The northeastern state being a hilly place, the best time to visit Meghalaya is during the months of October – June in general. During these months you will be able to experience and explore the best of both worlds. The weather in this window enables you to relax with your family indoors or heading out on an adventure is always an option.

Most tourist destinations in the state receive temperatures that rarely go beyond 30°C, making it a perfect escape between March and June which is the summer season in the country.

If you are a fan of nature and like to see flora blooming, Meghalaya is also a destination for it. The best time to visit Meghalaya for this experience is during the autumn season i.e. from October to November.

If rainfall is something you want to experience, the state receives an average rainfall of 250 cm. The best time to visit Meghalaya and experience rainfall  along with exploring the state is in the beginning or by the end of the monsoon season when the rains are not heavy and the terrain is mesmerisingly beautiful. 

Here is a list of places to explore in Meghalaya:

Shillong

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya known fondly as the Scotland of the East, is one of the most popular places to visit in the state. It attracts a lot of trekkers and tourists from around the world for its forested hills, pleasant climate, scenic beauty and adventurous treks. Some of the famous tourist spots in Shillong include Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Wards Lake, Glass Mosque, Air Force Museum and Don Bosco Museum. 

Shillong is known as the gateway of Meghalaya as it has the state’s main airport. Best time to visit Shillong is from September to May.

Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji, once known as the wettest place on the planet, foresees the highest rainfall in a year encompassing tremendous scenic beauty and houses some of the most beautiful waterfalls of the world. You can visit Cherrapunji during any month of the year to drench yourself into a “seemingly unending” rain which is more common than anything else here.

Cherrapunji, lately has also gained popularity because of the Living Root Bridge which is a 3 km long and is at a height of 2400 feet. The bridge is the oldest natural bridge made around 200 years ago. 

The major attractions here are Living-Root bridges, Mawsmai cave, Seven sisters falls, Eco-park and a garden of caves. Cherrapunji can be visited throughout the year and it has resorts with unmatched scenic beauties to stay on your visit.

Mawsynram

The crown of the wettest place on the planet goes to Mawsynram. It experiences an average rainfall of almost 11,872 millimeters annually, thereby making it one of the most distinctive tourist places in Meghalaya.

The landscape of Mawsynram is filled with lush green hills witnessing humongous amounts of rainfall throughout the year. The village is adorned with prepossessing landscapes, low-flying clouds, misty weather, and refreshing waterfalls. Though it can be visited through out the year, the best window to visit Mawsynram is from April to June.

Mawlynnong Village

The perfect place for anyone who loves cleanliness. This village was able to bag the name of the cleanest village in Asia. This village is eco-friendly with houses built from bamboos which is perfect to blend into the location. From beautiful waterfalls and root bridges to a clean environment and the scenic view, this town invites you with everything that is basic to make your Meghalaya excursion pivotal.

Dawki

One of the most popular places of Meghalaya needs no introduction. Dwarki after Shillong is probably the most searched and visited location of Meghalaya. Dawki gained its internet popularity because of its clean river. One of the most instagrammable places on the face of the planet, it is a definite place to have a spot on your itinerary of exploring Meghalaya. The best time to visit Dawki is in November – December.

Final Thoughts

Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful and scenic states of the seven sisters, if not the most. The best time to visit Meghalaya depends on the spots you want to explore extensively, otherwise it is a state you can travel to any month of the year to escape the heat. Listing every spot and place in one article is impossible, so we tried our best to list out the best spots hoping it helps you to better shape your itinerary. 

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  1. Wow! Would definitely love to visit Meghalaya someday. I was skeptical at first, but your resourceful & detailed insite about this beautiful place made it easier to decide. So much simpler then scrolling through google & trying to find out every details in one go. Much easier to plan according to one’s specific season & spots of interest. So .. good job. Thank you!! 👍😊

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