6 Splendid Sites and Landmarks in Meghalaya

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Meghalaya is a state affluent with natural beauty. It will leave you mystified with its spectacular waterfalls, deep caves, lush green forests, and the mesmerizing culture and tradition of the local tribal people. The state will provide you with some resplendent unforgettable experiences that you will cherish for life.

We have enlisted a few sites and landmarks in Meghalaya where you should definitely pay a visit.

Top 6 Sites in Meghalaya

1. Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians

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Rating: 4.6 (based on 3430 google reviews)

Cathedral Catholic Church, also known as Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians is unarguably the most beautiful church in Shillong. This is the church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong.

The construction of this church began in 1936 after the first church that stood at the same site was devastated in a fire. Since Shillong is an earthquake-prone area, the foundation of this church was made strong by filling the rock trenches with sand and thus making it shock absorbent.

The church looks grand and magnificent by its tall arches and large stained glass windows that were made in France during 1947. The interior of the church is spectacular with various works of art depicting scenes from the Holy Bible. There are also terracotta pieces of work that portray the life of Jesus. The pieces, adorning the old church are said to have been produced in Germany.

The idol of Mary and the child carries special importance as the nine-day special prayer service is held every month in front of the statue. The remarkable architecture of this Cathedral Church makes it one of the best places to visit in Shillong.

Entry Fees: Free Entry
Location: Laitumkhrah, Shillong, Meghalaya 793003
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 07:00 AM-06:30 PM

2. Jaflong Zero Point

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Rating: 4.5 (based on 445 google reviews)

Jaflong Zero Point is the International Border point located at Dawki in Meghalaya. This is where the river Dawki (also known as river Umngot) crosses India and enters Bangladesh.

There are soldiers of the Border Security Force to safeguard the border and the visitors. The most interesting aspect is that one can sight Bangladeshis on the other side from this point.

Jaflong is also home to the Khasi tribe and is also popular for its stone accumulations. If you visit this place during the months of March and April then you can enjoy the annual boat racing on Umngot River held here. The weather here is mostly pleasant and will make for an excellent trip.

Entry Fees: Free Entry
Best time to visit: March-April
Location: Balla Ghaut Rd, Jaflong, Bangladesh
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 08:00 AM-04:00 PM

3. All Saints Church

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Rating: 4.4 (based on 408 google reviews)

Built during the British era, All Saints Church is one of the oldest churches in Shillong; the Britishers were enchanted by the greenery, hills, waterfalls and forests of Shillong. The original church was destroyed in an earthquake in 1897, the new church was constructed at the same site in 1902.

The church having wooden structure boasts of typical British architecture. Daily sacred masses are organized in the church, the morning mass on Sundays is attended by a large number of people. Being situated opposite to the State Central Library and close to the Police Bazaar, the church can be reached easily. It is an ideal place to spend some quality time.

Entry Fees: Free Entry
Best time to visit: Anytime of the year
Location: IGP Point, near Barik Point, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 50 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 08:30 AM-05:30 PM

4. The Grand Madina Masjid

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Rating: 4.4 (based on 554 google reviews)

The Grand Madina Masjid situated in Shillong is an epitome of immaculate architectural skills. It is resplendent with the magnificent structure of glass dome minarets. It’s 121 ft high and 61 ft wide, striking and glittering green facade just adds to the beauty.

The four-storied structure of this place houses an orphanage, a library and an Islamic Theological Institute known as Markaz. The surprising fact about the mosque is that the largest ratio of people who contributed to its construction were Christians and Hindus. The mosque has a capacity of around 2,000 people and has a separate space for women to offer prayers.

Visit the Grand Madina Masjid after dark to witness the dazzling appearance of its facade emphasising its glittery green glass dome and minarets.

Entry Fees: Free Entry
Best time to visit: Anytime of the year, During the evenings
Location: Laban, Shillong, Meghalaya 793004
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 05:00 AM-08:00 PM

5. Meghalaya’s Mawlynnong

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Rating: 4.0 (based on 326 google reviews)

Located 90 km from Shillong, Mawlynnong is termed as ‘God’s own Garden’. Situated in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, the village has also won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The natural surroundings of the village are as pretty as a picture.

Weather at Mawlynnong is pleasant throughout the year, however, during monsoons, the beauty of this place is accentuated by lush greenery all around, waterfalls giving way to small streams and a multitude of orchids and flowers growing around.

The most splendid view includes the view of living root bridges in Mawlynnong, which are even declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bridges are built by the local Khasi people by entangling the roots of a large rubber tree over a river.

Apart from its cleanliness, the village has also aced in achieving 100% literacy rate with a number of villagers fluent with the English language. The women of this village are empowered and hold a high status in the family hierarchy. Mawlynnong has irrefutably set a wonderful example that other rural areas of India should emulate.

Carrying all such fine qualities, Mawlynnong definitely deserves a visit, giving you an unforgettable experience.

Entry Fees: Free Entry
Best time to visit: During Monsoon
Location: Mawlynnong, Meghalaya 793109
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 3 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 12:00 AM-12:00 PM

6. Police Bazar

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Rating: 3.5 (based on 653 google reviews)

Police Bazar is a one-stop shopping location for locals as well as travellers. This lively market has something for everyone. Apart from the multitude of restaurants, hotels, big brand stores and local shops, it also has a flea market section which sells traditional handicrafts, regional apparels, exquisite Meghalaya merchandise, junk jewellery and much more. The marketplace bustles with shopaholics throughout the day.

Also known as Khyndailad, Police Bazar is not just the prime shopping spot but also an ideal place to book hotels while visiting Shillong. The bazaar is a fine collection of traditional as well as modern items. Organic farm produce, dried fruits and spices, traditional showpieces made of wood, items of decoration, handcrafted jewellery and women accessories are among the top things to buy in Police Bazar.

Entry Fees: Free Entry
Best time to visit: Anytime of the year
Location: East Khasi Hills, Shillong - 793001
Closed on: Sunday
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM-06:00 PM

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