Meghalaya is known as “abode of the clouds”. One of the states of the northern eastern territory is known for its diverse cultures, tribes, flowing waterfalls, rain-soaked hills, caverns, and live root bridges. Meghalaya, being a famous tourist state, is also filled with historical places. The tourism in the state is so bloomed and well known that the rich history of Meghalaya is usually overshadowed.Historical Places in Megahalya are often skipped by travelers. For those looking to discover and explore this heritage, we bring the ‘not to be missed’ historical monuments in Meghalaya that should be on your list when you travel here next.

Megalithic Bridge on the Um-Nyankanah

Historical places of Meghalaya

The 100+ year old megalithic bridge is situated  between Jowai and Jarain in the district of Jaintia Hills. The bridge is supported by huge stone pillars over the Um-Nyankanah river. The local history unveils that, the Jaintia Kings gave orders to build this bridge during the  medieval period. 

The purpose to build this bridge was to promote trade between their ruling cities and provide means of communication and movement of their armies. This Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) protected bridge is a must visit for any history lover.

How to Reach

  • Airport: Shillong.
  • Railway Station: Guwahati.
  • Bus Station: Jowai.

Nartiāng Monoliths

Historical places of Meghalaya

Another treasure for the history buffs to be found in the Jaintia Hills is Nartiāng Monoliths. This monument can be visited from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening. The monoliths here are considered to be constructed in the honour of Jaintia Kings between 1500 CE to 1835 CE.The tallest monolith in the world is also happened to be found here.

Of the several monoliths dotted across Garo and Jaintia Hills, Nartiang Monoliths are probably the most surreal collection featuring one of the largest collection of menhirs and dolmens making it one of the top historical monuments in Meghalaya. A small winding path around these monoliths offer visitors a chance to explore these intriguing structures. As per the local history, , the tallest of these monoliths known locally as Moo Long Syiem measuring 8 meters was erected by the trusted lieutenant of the Jaintia King.

How to Reach

  • Airport: Shillong.
  • Railway Station: Guwahati.
  • Bus Station: Jowai.

Khasi Heritage Village

A small town at a distance of 27 km from Shillong, a Khasi heritage village spread near over 8 acres is located. The village was created solely with the purpose to portray the culture, tradition, and lifestyles of the Khasi tribes. The village also has some houses built in the style of Khasi, consisting of bedrooms, kitchens, storehouses, etc.

A museum is also built there for showing the artifacts, tools, and weapons. There is also a region of archery which contains traditional bows and arrows, which are displayed for tourists. The visiting time is from the morning 8 AM to 6 PM. 

How to Reach

  • Airport: Shillong.
  • Railway Station: Guwahati.
  • Bus Station: Jowai.

Megalithic Bridge on the Um-Kumbeh

Another popular megalithic bridge built using colossal stone slabs across Um-Kumbeh River is said to be constructed by Mar Phalangki and U Luh Lyngskor Lamare as per the local tradition. The stones used to construct this bridge date backs to the 18th century CE. The local tales say that the bridge was constructed by order of the Jaintia king when he shifted his capital to Nartiang in order to carry out trade between the new capital and his old capital of Sutnga.

How to Reach

  • Airport: Shillong.
  • Railway Station: Guwahati.
  • Bus Station: Jowai.

Stone Memorial of U-Maw Thodur-Briew, Nartiang

Historical places of Meghalaya

One of the most famous historical monuments of Meghalaya. The monument is dedicated  the local tribe known as U-Maw Thodur-Briew. Built of large megalithic stone, the stones are classified as menhirs (vertical stones), dolmens (horizontal stones), and cairn, with menhirs usually the most gigantic in size. It can be observed that menhirs are erected generally in rows of three, four, five, and seven, with each measuring approximately 9 meters in height and the central one the highest of them all. A capstone appearing like a head or head is occasionally provided over menhirs.

How to Reach

  • Airport: Shillong.
  • Railway Station: Guwahati.
  • Bus Station: Jowai.

Final Thoughts

The North East of India is blessed with nature, one such blessed state is Meghalaya. It attracts the most tourists in the region. Bonus to visiting popular touristic place Meghalaya also has historical places to offer. If you are in Meghalaya to escape the hot-crowdy mainland of India such places are perfect to explore. Here is a list of the best time to visit Meghalaya

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