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Is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north eastern India, 65 kilometres from Shillong. Mawsynram receives one of the highest rainfalls in India. It is reportedly the wettest place on Earth, with an average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres (467.4 in), According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mawsynram received 26,000 millimetres (1,000 in) of rainfall in 1985.

Monoliths exist throughout the length and breadth of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills. However, the biggest collection of monoliths or Megalithic stones in one single area is to be found north of the Nartiang market. These consists of Menhirs (Upright stones) Moo Shynrang and Dolmens (flat stones in the horizontal position) locally known as Moo Kynthai. Within the perimetre of these Megalithic collection stands the tallest Menhir.

Cherrapunji is a beautiful village about 70 kilometers from Shillong. Apart from the perennial rains during the monsoons, Cherrapunjee has some serious green tourism going for it. You cannot miss the mesmerizing Seven Sister’s Falls. You can find the Mawsmai Cave & . Krem Mawmluh Cave offering a thrilling experience, the caves are a wonderful work of nature. Dainthlen Falls, Krem Phyllut, Kynrem Falls are also noteable tourist attraction of Cherrapunji.

Umiam Lake (commonly known as Barapani Lake) is a reservoir in the hills 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya. It was created by damming the Umiam River in the early 1960s. The principal catchment area of the lake and dam is spread over 220 square km. The lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities. Tourists visit this spot for kayaking, water cycling, scooting, and boating.

Elephant Falls

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state.Located 90 km from Shillong, along the India-Bangladesh border and is known for its cleanliness. The waste is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure.  A community initiative mandates that all residents should participate in cleaning up the village. Smoking and use of polythene is banned while rainwater harvesting is encouraged. The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003.

Near Shillong’s highest Peak, a stream rises from the higher plateau and sloshes downstream, running on rocks forming the Elephant Falls. These falls is just 12km from Shillong. The original Khasi name for the falls was ‘Ka kshaid lai pateng khohsiew’ (three steps water falls). British who named it ‘Elephant Falls’ because of a stone that resembles an elephant near the falls. But the stone was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897. Elephant Falls is characterized by clear water flowing over dark jutting rocks with no particular forms. 

Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain along the southern part of the Shillong Plateau. Living root bridges are known to occur in the West Jaintia Hills district and East Khasi Hills district. There are ldouble bridges with two parallel or nearly parallel spans. Two are in the West Jaintia Hills near the villages of Padu and Nongbareh, and one is in Burma Village, in the East Khasi Hills.

Nartiang Monoliths

Dawki

Cherrapunji

Mawsynram

Mawlynnong

Living Root Bridge

Dawki lies about 95km from Shillong and it is just 2 km away from Bangladesh border.  The water looks so clear from above all the more pristine and perfect from within a touching distance. On approaching Dawki is the Umngot river, the venue of the annual boat race held during March - April at Umsyiem. The Umngot river is the natural boundary between Ri Pnar or Jaintia Hills with Hima Khyrim of Khasi hills over which is a single span suspension bridge was constructed. This is the gateway to Bangladesh where major export and import transactions take place.

Umiam Lake