Adventures & Sports
The trekking potential in Meghalaya is unique in the sense that
terrain is very rugged like in Himalayan areas but with the advantage
of not being snowbound. An added attraction is the possibility of
encountering many rare animals such as the slow loris, assorted
deer and the occasional bear. Guides can be hired to take the keen
trekker in terrain, which is characterised, by flowing rivers, rolling
hills and towering waterfalls.
Shillong has very recently joined the Adventure Tourism bandwagon.
The Project Division of Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation
has identified two trekking Trails and backed them up with exclusive
photographs, maps, trekking equipments and tents; all available
at the MTDC Office at Polo Road.
The five-days part-trek and part-bus trip to Cherrapunjee and the
seven days trek to Umlyng (extendable to ten days if one wants to
press on upto Mawlyndep) exposes the trekker to dense pine and mixed
forests, bamboo groves and interesting rock formations, exotic ferns
and tree creepers, a pride of wild orchids and wild flowers.
One the other hand, if one is into water sports, the Umiam Lake
resort serves up motorboats, water scooters, skiing and sailing
facilities backed by the comforts of the Orchid Lake resort. Angling
is another activity that one can delve into here, but Ranikhor is
truly the angler's dream come true! For the less adventurous, Ward's
Lake right in the heart of Shillong, has row boats and paddle boats
A Golfer's Paradise
For those seeking to combine their holiday with a dash of sport,
there is the golf club and the 18-hole golf course. It is the third
oldest course in the country, termed "the Gleneagle of the
East" by the United States Golf Association Library and Museum.
The club is a throwback to the old world charms reminiscent of the
Teer - The Local Sport
If it is local sport, one is looking for, try "Teer".
The ancient martial art of Archery has now been allowed to develop
into the addictive Teer or legalized betting. Betters go on waging
their money on how many arrows the archers will shoot at the end
of the day. And those who hit the bulls-eye go home richer.
Info on Adventures, Sports, Trekking, Mountaineering , Water Sports etc. of Meghalaya - India