Meghalaya is also known as the 'abode of the cloud' as 'megh' refers to clouds and 'alaya' means home. It is meant for Gods to live in with its pure atmosphere. It invites you with open arms to spend some quality time in its lap of nature. It is a region of beautiful picturesques, undulating hills, fertile valleys, natural vegetation belt, 250 species of orchids, meandering rivers, dense forests, waterfalls, diverse variety of flora and fauna, dazzling mountain streams and lakes. Nearly 500 species of butterflies are found in Meghalaya. It is one of the country’s newest states with its capital at Shillong. The colourful state of Meghalaya celebrates many colourful festivals which marks the various rituals and celebrations in the state. It is one of the most beautiful states in India.
|Area||22, 429 Sq. km|
|Languages Spoken||Khasi, Garo, & Jaintia, English|
|Best Time to Visit||Throughout the year|
Meghalaya is the home of the Tribals especially the Khasis, Jaintias, Mikirs and Cacharis, who are said to have inhabited this region before the start of the Christian era. The creation of Meghalaya in 1972 resulted in formation of three autonomous district councils for the development of the hills. The British influence in Meghalaya extended to the improvement of the landscape, development of roads. The three council were The Khasi autonomous district council, The Jaintia autonomous district council, The Garo autonomous district council.
Meghalaya is accessible by road from Assam at various points on the border between these two states. The National Highway 40 connects New Delhi and other major cities in India to Meghalaya.
By AIR :
The nearest major airport is in Guwahati-128km (Assam), which is well connected by air with New Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai and Chennai.
The nearest railhead is Guwahati -103km (Assam), which is well connected to the rest of the country.