‘ The abode of clouds’
Famous for its high rainfall, subtropical forests and biodiversity; Meghalaya is one of the seven Northeastern states of India. Everywhere you go, you will never cease to be mystified by the spectacular charm the state offers; from cascading waterfalls, deep caves, amazing and mesmerizing culture and tradition to hospitable and friendly people. It offers a variety of sights, activities, food and festivals to the tourists.
Meghalaya was created as an autonomous state within the state of Assam on 2nd April 1970. The full-fledged state of Meghalaya came into existence on 21st January 1972. It is bound on the north and east by Assam and on the south and west by Bangladesh. The state is predominantly inhabited by the Khasis, the Jaintias and the Garo tribal communities.
Meghalaya is dotted with several lovely tourist spots, where nature unveils itself in all its glory.
SHILLONG: It is a hill station and the capital of Meghalaya and the only hill station in the country that is accessible from all directions. It has a westernized culture and a very young feel to it. The capital lies on a plateau surrounded by hills with a very comfortable climate throughout the year.
MAWLYNNONG: Declared as the cleanest village in Asia, it lies on the border of India and Bangladesh. This place is 78km from Shillong and is amazingly clean with each nook and corner having a bamboo dustbin. The village is green and colorful with orchids growing all around. There are numerous root bridges and a balancing rock as well that attracts tourists.
MAWSYNRAM: It is currently ‘The Wettest Place’ in the world and is located 65km from Shillong. This lovely place has some high waterfalls like the Nohalkai falls and some amazing limestone caves like the Mawsmai caves which are a mystic destination by itself.
There are many other enchanted places in Meghalaya like Cherrapunji, Baghmara, Jaintia hills, Jowai, Tura, Balpakaram, etc.
Guwahati in Assam is the closest airport and the nearest railway station to reach Meghalaya. From Shillong, you can travel to all other destinations by road. Easy cab hires are available. Hotels and homestays are easily available but will recommend the homestays as they allow you to experience life in Meghalaya. Most of the places need a lot of walking and trekking so carry appropriate gear.
Summers (April-September) is quite pleasant and good for the visit. Winters however do get a little cold.
With so much natural beauty around, Meghalaya is a walk through the clouds.
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