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Meghalaya - North-East India

Meghalaya WaterfallMeghalaya is situated in the north-eastern region of India, between the Brahmaputra valley in the north and the Bangladesh in the south. The state of Meghalaya (the abode of clouds) is geographically known as the "Meghalaya Plateau" or the "Shillong Plateau". It is the detached north-eastern extension of the Peninsular India. Part of it lies buried under the alluvium deposited by the Ganga-Brahmaputra system of rivers.

Meghalaya was carved out of Assam and got its statehood on 21st January 1972. Naturally blessed with tumbling waterfalls, beautiful lakes, high plateaus, misty heights, luxurious vegetation, virgin forests and abundant rainfalls, Maghalaya is undoubtedly called 'Abode of Clouds'. The state is broadly divided into Khasi hills, Jaintia hills and Garo Hills.

Meghalaya Tourism

Meghalaya is literally the 'Abode of the Clouds'. The name describes the climatic phenomenon that brings torrents of rain to this region.

Meghalaya is a region of great scenic beauty; a panorama of lush, undulating hills, fertile valleys, 250 species of orchids, meandering rivers, waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams and lakes.

The State is divided into three hilly regions - the Garo Hills (Western Meghalaya), the Khasi Hills (Central Meghalaya) and the Jaintia Hills (Eastern Meghalaya). The place with its rich cultural heritage, breath taking heights, beautiful waterfalls, luxurious lush green carpets, exotic flora and fauna is a paradise for honey mooners and tourists. It is among the wettest places on earth.

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Tourist attractions in Meghalaya

Cherrapunji: Cherrapunji termed as the wettest place on Earth, is a tourist spot at a distance of 56 kms away from Shillong. It is situated at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level. At this steep waterfalls, the water cascades over to the deep gorges with a roar and one can always see a rainbow near the waterfall when there is enough light to break through. These waterfalls found here make an excellent place for picnicking.

Shillong : Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It is described as 'Mini London'. There are many legends surrounding the name Shillong. One says that it originated from the name of a handsome youth called Shyllong. The Shillong Peak: 10kms away from the city is the highest point (1965mtrs), which offers a panoramic view of the countryside.

Ward's Lake : The picturesque lake is set amid rolling flowerbeds and fairyland lighting.

Sohpetbneng Peak : Against the backdrop of a green forest, the sacred peak is regarded as the 'Navel of Heaven' as per Khasi mythology. For peace of mind, this might be an ideal retreat.

Shillong Cathedra : The beautiful church was built by the British. It is as spacious as to accommodate a few thousand worshippers.

Waterfalls in Meghalaya : The state can boast of a number of waterfalls, which emerge from the unpolluted rushing streams plunge down the steep mountains, turn twist and disappear in the jungle. Some noted waterfalls are Spread Eagle Falls, Elephant Falls, Crinoline Falls, Noh Kalikai Falls, Dain Thlen Falls, Mawsmai Falls, Imilchang Dare.

Caves in Meghalaya : The state is dotted with numerous natural caves. Exploring the strange natural formations through murky interiors is a thrilling experience for some. The Khasi, Jaiantia and Garo Hills are replete with such caves, which are major tourist attractions in Meghalaya. Some notable caves are, Mawsmai Cave, Krem Mawmluh, The Cave of Eocene age, Krem Kotsati, Krem Umshangktat, Siju-Dobkhakol, Tetengkol-Balwakol etc.

Lady Hydari Park : It has a very attractive garden and the best months to see the flowers in bloom are April to October. Next to the park, is a mini zoo, where many species of birds and animals are kept.

Museum of Entomology : This place is a treasure house of various kinds of exquisite Meghalayan butterflies and insects, some of which are bred and reared by naturalists and then preserved.

WILDLIFE IN MEGHALAYA: The state has two National Parks - Nobrek and Balpakam, and two wildlife sanctuaries - Nongkyllem and Siju.

Hotels in Meghalaya

There are a number of very good hotels in Meghalaya. Shillong being an important city and a tourist destination in northeastern India, most of the hotels in Meghalaya are located here...

Meghalaya Climate

The place is pleasant during summer which is from March to June. During rains (from july to September, Meghalaya has heavy rains. Winter(October to February) - Chilly to Cold. Clothing: Summer - Tropical with light woollens are ideal and during Chilly days and Winter – Heavy Woolens are required.

How to reach Meghalaya:

By Air : The state does not have any airport. The nearest airport is at Guwahati, which is only 128kms from Shillong the capital city of Meghalaya.
By Rail : The state does not have any train service. The nearest and railway station is in Guwahati.
By Road : There is a National highway-40 which connects Guwahati with Shillong and it takes only 3 hours to reach Shillong. Another Highway-44 also connects Shillong to Silchar in Assam, Aizawl in Mizoram and Agartala in Tripura. Road Network in the state is quite efficient and covers the state conveniently.

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