Shillong is known for numerous waterfalls in and around it, which is one reason that makes it one of the tourist destinations in India. Elephant Falls is about 12 km from Shillong and is one of the spectacular water falls in Meghalaya. I took a cab from the hotel and reached the place within 15 minutes. There was a parking area where the cab stopped and as I got down, I could already hear the sound of the waterfall. There were a few shops and tea stalls in the parking area. People who came back from visiting the waterfall were sitting and enjoying a cup of tea and snacks.
As I got near the waterfall, I saw that I had to take tickets to enter the place. So I took a ticket and got nearer. There were steps leading from the entrance to the bottom of the fall, which were covered with ferns and other plants on its side. The name Elephant Falls was given to the waterfall by the English because there was a rock in the shape of an elephant near the waterfall. It was originally called ‘Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohseow’ in the Khasi Language, which means ‘Three Steps Waterfalls’, as it falls in three steps. The first fall is broad, while the second fall is not very conspicuous. The last fall is the tallest and most beautiful among the three. The steep steps leading downwards may be slippery and therefore you must be careful when you walk on the steps, especially the elderly people and children. I enjoyed climbing down the steps with sprays of water touching me.
There was a bridge between the second and third falls where you can stand and watch the fall and feel the water droplets fall on you. At the bottom of the waterfall there is a platform and you
can get your picture clicked with the waterfall at your back. I saw children taking photos in local costumes. These costumes are available on rent.
The best time to visit the waterfall is in the rainy season when the water is in full swing. It is then more beautiful than at any other season.