Meghalaya is truly a fascinating destination which would keep on surprising you with its unexplored gems. Meghalaya in translation means the abode of clouds and is a state with cool mountains, set atop rocky cliffs. The place is home to some of Asia's wettest places, lengthy caves, scenic lakes, natural bridges and beautiful cascading waterfalls.
The Garden of Caves is a natural habitat which has been created by seasonal waterfalls that are fed by rains. Surrounded by green bushes and hedges, the place is the abode of caves and waterfalls. Officially declared as a tourist space in the year 2010, the place is, however, lesser known and is known only to those who have not taken the beaten path.
Where Is It Located?
Located in the midst of a remote, silent village of Sohra is the Garden of Caves or Ka Bri Synrang. Located 10 km from Laitryngew region, close to the village of Laitmawsiang is perhaps the most breathtaking spot in the state.
The garden is a 2.5 hectare property which comprises of seven major places of interest, Ka Synrang Syiem or the King's cave, Sum Syiem Falls, Ki Stieh Maw which are warrior rocks, U Mawdohnud which is a heart-shaped rock, U Mawkhyllung or Baby rock, Arsdad Falls and the Riat Umlwai Falls.
The Best Of Nature
The garden and the caves have been here since time immemorial. The caves were used by the Khasi tribe members to hide themselves away from the British during their rule in the country.
The garden is surrounded by a dense jungle. The structures are lightened up by natural light, when the golden rays of the sun reflect on the ponds and in turn also light up the whole space, creating a very spellbinding activity to watch.
The beautiful views of the waterfalls can be enjoyed at close quarters and also from atop the bamboo bridges which are located at the entrance of the garden. However, the place has no hotels, eateries, etc. here; hence, it is advisable to carry your own light food and simply enjoy the beauty of the place.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is located at Shillong which is about 52 km away from here. The airport is connected to a number of airports across the country such as Kolkata, Delhi, Bengaluru, etc.
By Train: The nearest major railway station from here is at Guwahati, which is located at a distance of 145 km from here. The station is well connected to most of the important and major stations across the country, with regular ones from Kolkata.
By Road: The place is well connected by roads, and there are plenty of taxis which operate from the nearest city of Shillong.
Best Time To Visit
One can visit the Garden of Caves anytime during the year; however, if you want to enjoy the waterfalls in full splendour, the best time to visit the place would be in the months of August and September as the place receives heavy rainfall.