Meghalaya, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Meghalaya, India? You'll get to experience the beautiful tropical flora and fauna, and explore some amazing caves.

If you're planning to go to Meghalaya, below is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.

When to go to Meghalaya, India

Based on the climate and weather in Meghalaya, the best time to go is November. However, when you go really depends on what you want to do. See below for details.

Important essentials for Meghalaya, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Meghalaya, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities

  • Travel insurance

    If you are planning to trek through the rainforest, or go caving or hiking, you should get good quality travel insurance. Rescue costs and hospital transport costs can be high in these rural areas. You can compare options here


  • Emergency water purifier

    Most areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's useful to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a good one.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

 

Activities for Meghalaya, India

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Meghalaya.

You will likely do a lot of trekking in Meghalaya. If you see Elephant Falls, or the Krang Suri Waterfall, or Umiam Lake, you will need to hike long distances. You will also want to trek through the rainforest and see the amazing living root bridges or go exploring in caves like Krem Liat Prah. You should definitely have high quality trekking gear when you go to this area:


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of trekking (and caving). They can breathe and can get wet, and they have strong grip on wet rocks, which is important in caves.


  • Binoculars

    Like these are excellent for spotting rare animals on your treks


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    You will want to take a lot of water, so make sure to bring a portable cooler.

If you go to Nartiang Durga Temple, or any of the other beautiful temples in the area, be sure to wear respectful clothing such as the following:

 

 

What to wear/what to pack for Meghalaya, India by month

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January

January for Meghalaya is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

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February

February here is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

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March

March in Meghalaya is constantly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (low 20s C) to 80s F (low 20s C).

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April

April in Meghalaya is really hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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May

May in this region is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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June

If you vacation in Meghalaya during June, you may find that it can be sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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July

Traveling to Meghalaya in July, you will notice that it can be very hot. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

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August

August in Meghalaya is constantly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C).

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September

September in this region is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

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October

October for Meghalaya is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

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November

If you visit Meghalaya during November, you are likely to see that it is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

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December

If you go to Meghalaya in December, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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Questions and answers about Meghalaya, India tourism

What are the best Meghalaya resorts?

The best Meghalaya resorts are Ri Kynjai, Jiva resort, and Polo Orchid resort

Where can I find Meghalaya tour packages

Your travel agent can help you come up with a full Meghalaya tour package

Is there more information on Meghalaya Shillong on Empty Lighthouse?

Here is more information on Meghalaya Shillong

What are the top Meghalaya attractions?

The top tourist places/attractions in Meghalaya are the many parks, such as Lady Hydari Park, the falls, the caves, and the lakes, like Umiam Lake.

 

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