Often called the abode of clouds, the best time to visit Meghalaya is between October and June. 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. It is also a favourite during autumn and winters, i.e. from October to November and December to February amongst tourists who come from high or moderate temperature zones. Considered the wettest region in the country, Meghalaya is not often recommended to tourists during peak monsoons. The state receives an average rainfall of 250 cm. The season begins in May and goes on till the end of September or sometimes till mid-October. One can, however, explore the beautiful state in the beginning or by the end of the monsoon season when the rains are not heavy and the terrain is mesmerisingly beautiful.
Meghalaya experiences temperature ranging between 12°C and 30°C, with pleasant mornings and evenings. It can be considered a good time to explore the unexplored corners of the town. Although it majorly rains during the monsoons, most of Meghalaya remains cloudy or pleasantly overcast. It is, therefore, an excellent time to explore the attractions in the state. It might get sweltering around afternoons, and tourists can skip or opt for an indoor activity to spend some quality time. One can also get to see the regional festivals during the season. The three-day festival of Shad Suk Mynsiem and the festival of Chad Sukra celebrated every year in April must not be missed. The region comes alive with colourful traditional rituals, music, dance and merriment that tourists would cherish all their life.
June to October is the monsoon months in Meghalaya. During these months, the state receives heavy rainfall. In fact, Meghalaya has world's two rainiest cities; Mawsynram and Cherrapunjee.
You can plan your trip to Meghalaya anytime during the year, but we recommend that you avoid Monsoons. While the ever beautiful state of Meghalaya looks like a lush green land and spreads a different charm during monsoon when the State receives high rainfall, you might not get to visit all the spots as rain might hinder your way. If the objective is only to spend some rejuvenating time in the hills, monsoon could be an ideal time.
Meghalaya experiences autumn between October and November and winter season from December to February. The average day-time temperature is extremely pleasant at 15°C, but the night-time temperature drops to around 3°C during the winters. Foggy days are typical here. It is a treat for those who wish to get engulfed in the Fog amidst beautiful surroundings left behind by the monsoons. One can unleash the explorer in them and go sightseeing or participate in a trekking expedition to traverse through the thrilling mountainous terrain. Shillong, Cherapunji, Tura, Nongstoin, Nongpoh, Guwahati, East Garo, Jowai etc. are visited often during this season to explore attractions like Balpakram National Park, Umiam Lake, Laitlum Canyon, Double Decker Living Route Bridge, Ialong Park etc.
The famous Autumn Festival of Meghalaya is celebrated between October and November in Shillong every year. Several travellers are drawn to the venue to witness the variety of programs from Wine and Food Festivals, Beauty Pageants, Kite Flying Competition, Fishing Competitions, Golf Tournaments, Flower Shows, Music Festivals, Rock Shows etc. The Strawberry Festival celebrated in February on Valentine’s Day is a treat to honeymooners or those on a romantic getaway. The Ranikor Festival is also held in the same month and has an array of activities and programs arranged for the visitors including Dance Shows, Music Shows, Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Swimming, Trekking, Archery, Kite Flying etc. With so many events to witness, Meghalaya is one of the best destinations to plan a vacation for the entire family in the winters.
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