After a gap of two years, I went on a vacation during the summer. This time, the family travelled to the beautiful and wet state of Meghalaya. The lake featured in the cover image is the Umiam Lake, which lies a few kilometers outside the capital, Shillong.

And no, I did not take that photograph. However, the lake was indeed quite stunning when we were there. But let me back up for a moment.

We had two major halts for this short vacation: Shillong and Cherrapunjee. Since we were travelling to Shillong from Guwahati (which lies the neighbouring state of Assam) we had a fine experience of Meghalaya’s roads, some of which were hidden from view thanks to a thick blanket of clouds.

The state is indeed aptly named as the abode of clouds, because this is one of the wettest regions on Earth. Remember that geography lesson from school which forced us to remember that the wettest place in India was Cherrapunjee? The textbook wasn’t lying. Although the title of the “wettest place” has now gone to Mawsynram (which is just beside Cherrapunjee), the region continues to receive heavy amounts of rainfall throughout the year.

Since an abundance of anything isn’t good, agriculture is nearly impossible here, which is ironic because most states in India suffer from drought.

Cherrapunjee has a lot of waterfalls to serve as tourist attractions, although after ten seconds in the heavy rain it stops being fun to stand and watch at waterfalls when a lot of water falls on you.

Shillong allowed us to view its tourist attractions without getting wet, but it rained in the city during the nights. Speaking of days and nights, the region enjoys long days. Really long days. It’s very bright early in the morning by 4am and the sunset is at a seemingly normal 6pm.

Apart from the Umiam Lake (which is kind of infamous now due to the annoying Airtel 4G ad shot there. Also, there wasn’t a 4G signal at the lake. I checked.) Shillong offers charming colonial architecture, annoying traffic and lots of umbrellas for sale. And now since my words don’t seem to be doing justice to this beautiful state, I’ll let a mix of photographs captured by me and swiped from Google to fill the rest of this post.

Umiam Lake

The Umiam Lake – captured from a higher view point

 

Shillong

A random field close to the Shillong Peak

 

Abode of Clouds

Scenes like these were common all along the highway

 

Highway

This picture wasn’t taken in a foreign country!

 

Nohsngithiang Falls

The Nohkalikai Falls – swiped from Google because the rain was pouring down too heavily for us to take a proper photograph

 

Cherrapunjee

The sign says it all

 

The 7 Sisters Falls

The Seven Sisters Falls

 

Meghalaya was just the beginning. I look forward to visiting the remaining states of North-East India, all of which have unique stories to tell.