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Meghalaya is a hilly state in northeastern India. The name means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. The population of Meghalaya as of 2016 is estimated to be 3,211,474. Meghalaya covers an area of approximately 22,430 square kilometers, with a length-to breadth ratio of about.
Meghalaya is one of the Seven Sister States of northeast India. The state of Meghalaya is mountainous, with stretches of valley and highland plateaus, and it is geologically rich. It consists mainly of Archean rock formations. These rock formations contain rich deposits of valuable minerals like coal, limestone, uranium, and sillimanite.
The elevation of the plateau ranges between 150 m (490 ft) to 1,961 m (6,434 ft). The central part of the plateau comprising the Khasi Hills has the highest elevations, followed by the eastern section comprising the Jaintia Hills region. The highest point in Meghalaya is Shillong Peak, which is a prominent IAF station in the Khasi Hills overlooking the city of Shillong. It has an altitude of 1961 m. The Garo Hills region in the western section of the plateau is nearly plain. The highest point in the Garo Hills is Nokrek Peak with an altitude of 1515 m.
Cherrapunji and Mawsynram are among the wettest places on Earth; most of the rain falls between June and September, creating very impressive waterfalls and carving out some of Asia’s longest caves. Meghalaya's tribal groups also maintain their matrilineal system, with property and names, passed down from mother to daughter, and men moving in with their maternal in-laws after marriage.
The climate of Meghalaya varies with the altitude. ... It is neither too warm in summer nor too cold in winter, but over the plains of Garo Hills, the climate is warm and humid, except in winter. True to its name, the Meghalaya sky seldom remains free of clouds. The average annual rainfall is about 1,150 cm.
Often called the abode of clouds, the best time to visit Meghalaya is between October and June. Most tourist destinations in the state receive temperatures that rarely go beyond 30°C, making it a perfect escape between March and June which is the summer season in the country. It is also a favorite during autumn and winters, i.e. from October to November and December to February amongst tourists who come from high or moderate temperature zones.
Peace lovers, vacationers, and nature enthusiasts throng this place in large numbers to enjoy its rich natural beauty. As it is a popular tourist destination, how to go Shillong is a question asked quite often. However, reaching here from anywhere in the country is not a difficult task. The place is well-linked with several Indian cities and towns via air, rail, and road. The Shillong Airport in Umroi is about 35 km from the city and Guwahati Railway Station (135 km away) is the nearest railhead. Travelers can also reach here from nearby cities and towns courtesy of Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) buses.
Shillong Airport, located 35 km away at Umroi, is a domestic airport that links the hill station with Kolkata via Air India regional flights.
Another bigger and convenient airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati, which is approximately 130 km away from Shillong. Regular flight options are being offered by most of the major carriers such as AirAsia India, GoAir, Air India, and Jet Airways from here for Delhi, Bagdogra, Imphal, Bangalore, Agartala, Kolkata, Silchar, and Mumbai, to name a few destinations. After landing at the airport, visitors can avail of state bus services or hire taxis to reach various destinations. Besides, one can also opt for cabs as Guwahati to Shillong taxi fare is not that much.
Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Shillong, which is about 135 km away. The Guwahati Railway Station is well connected to major cities in India via an extensive rail network. Premium trains such as Rajdhani Express take about 34 hours to reach Guwahati from New Delhi. From outside the station, travelers can hire a taxi or cab or take a bus to reach Shillong.
Several Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) buses operate from Guwahati to Shillong. Depending upon their budget and requirement, travelers can choose from the sleeper, air-conditioned, luxury, and Volvo buses. Travelers can also drive to Shillong from Guwahati via NH 40, a journey that takes around 3 to 4 hours to cover a distance of 135 km.
A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, Shillong provides relief from the heat across the country. This hill station is known for its picturesque sights and traditions. The soothing climate makes Shillong suitable to visit in all seasons. The drizzles and the cooling gentle wind adds to the joy of visiting this hill station. This place is also known as the 'Scotland of the East'. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is the home to numerous waterfalls.
Earlier the wettest place on the Earth, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, also known as Sohra, is known for its double-decker living root bridge. Located around 50 km from Shillong, this sub-divisional town is famous for its rich flora and natural attractions. Although Mawsynram is now the wettest place on earth, Cherrapunji still holds the record for the highest recorded rainfall in a calendar year. Apart from the famous living root bridge, other natural attractions include cave formations such as the Mawsmai Caves and Krem Phyllut. Asia's cleanest village, Mawylyngnong is another famous tourist spot here, where visitors can live and experience the food and culture of the village.
Acknowledged as the wettest place in the world, the mesmerizing village of Mawsynram, located 61 km south of Shillong is a nature lover's delight and the perfect destination for a weekend trip. Mawsynram trounces Cherrapunjee by a slight margin in being the wettest place in India.
The 'Maw' in Mawsynram is a Khasi word meaning 'stone'. It symbolizes the unique megaliths unearthed in the Khasi Hill area.
Located in the western part of Meghalaya, as the administrative headquarters of the West Garo Hills district, Tura is an eco-tourist hub of the state. It is located 311 km from Shillong and 219 Kms from Guwahati in Assam. As opposed to Shillong, which is growing highly multi-cultural, Tura is relatively deeply rooted in its native Garo roots. Tura and the other regions of the district boast of rich undisturbed biodiversity and natural attractions such as waterfalls, caves, and rivulets. The primary languages spoken are Garo and English.
Located in the Jaintia Hills district, Jowai located at a distance of 66 km from Shillong, is famous for its bucolic setting and breathtaking views with the perfect mix of heritage and culture. Jowai, much like Cherrapunji prides itself on being a destination much loved for a scenic drive and boasting of lakes, vast open valleys, and waterfalls. The Thadlaskein Lake and Lalong Park are the famous tourist hot spots while Syntu Ksiar is also a popular destination on the shores of river Myntdu. Festivals such as Behdeinkhlam, Chad Sukra, and Laho Dance attract many tourists from across India each year.
NONGPOH: Nongpoh, located 60 km from Guwahati in Assam and 51 Kms from Shillong is a petite town to be found to the North of the East Khasi Hills. Situated very close to the gorgeous Brahmaputra plains, this location is quite a favorite as a stopover before reaching Shillong from Guwahati.
Beautiful rivers, encircling plush green trees, serene climatic conditions are enough to make your trip a comfortable and enjoyable one.
Williamnagar, located 244 km from Shillong, was formed around the former town of Simsanggre, which is based on the large plains of the Simsang River. A very remote area is usually known for its abundance of natural beauty i.e. being flanked by the mountains and has a rich composition of both water and vegetation.
Situated 287 km south of Shillong at the Indo-Bangladesh Border, Baghmara is not only rich in flora and fauna but also boasts many small lakes, rivers, and rolling hills. Flanked by the South Garo hills and fed by the Simsang river, this minute town is host to hordes of tourists every year. The Balphakram National Park is the most famous attraction, which lies around 66 km away from the town. Being a major trade hub with Bangladesh, Baghmara is known for its fish delicacies.
Mawlynnong is a small village situated around 90 km from Shillong in the East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, and is also known as God's own Garden. It was declared as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 by Discovery India which certainly makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Indian state. Mawlynnong village is a community-based eco-tourism initiative where the entire community made collective efforts in making and maintaining the cleanliness of the village.
Mawlynnong offers some of the most picturesque natural beauty with lush green valleys, crystal clear water in the river, an abundance of flowering orchids hanging from the trees, and extremely clean roads that make this small village a worth visiting destination for tourists visiting Meghalaya.
A small border town in the Jaintia Hills, Dawki, and its famed river Umngot or the Dwaki River is a must-visit if in Meghalaya. Sandwiched between India and Bangladesh, Dawki is a major center of trade between India and Bangladesh. The small city, besides being a trade hub is also famous for its tourism scene, with many people flocking to the town to experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds.
The city becomes a hotbed of tourist activities especially during the spring months as it hosts the boat riding competition on the Umngot River. The surrounding greenery, the cold water of the river, and the beautiful suspension bridge on the River Umngot make Dawki a place worth a visit.
Hidden deep in the lush, green forests of the wettest place in India: Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya; one can find the magnificent Jingkieng Nongriat Double Decker Living Root Bridge; more commonly known as the Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge or simply just the Double Decker Root Bridge. This area is famous for root bridges made of Indian Rubber Tree, but the Double Decker Bridge is the most famous of all due to its large size. It is 3 kilometers long and placed at a height of 2400 feet! A unique attraction and quite an innovative mix of nature and engineering. The Umshiang River flows beneath the bridge.
Around 45kms from Shillong, the Mawphlang Sacred Groves is situated in the East Khasi Hills. Once you reach the place, you can see rolling green plains, dense forests amidst the backdrop of blue sky. A sacred grove is a small forest area considered sacred by the Khasi tribe. The sacred grove usually has many medicinal plants and herbs and exotic plant species.
Mawlyngot is a beautiful village amidst the green and a serene atmosphere. Tea gardens, Tea factories are a place of interest here.
At about 45kms from Shillong; it leys the somnolent village in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The locals believed that the people from the Indo-Bangladesh border had migrated down the River Umsong and settle down here. The early villagers cultivated corn, millet, potato, chili, and banana in low yields.
Kongthong is a very interesting place in Meghalaya. Situated between two famous ridges, getting to Kongthong by trekking there from either the Pynursla or the Sohra ridge is an adventure. The unique culture of Kongthong's inhabitants is they do not call out each other using their names, they instead sing out names that are given to every individual of the village in childhood.
Umden is satiated in the Ri-Bhoi district and is known for its Eri silk production. Here you can witness all the steps in sericulture starting from the rearing of silkworms to spinning and reeling of silk to yarn production and dyeing and finally to weaving. The village itself is really beautiful nestled in a serene valley.
The road to Nongkhnum Island is long, but the view that you get here compensates all your trouble. It is the largest river island in Meghalaya and is situated near Nongstoin. The island with the clear water of the river is a serene place with hardly any soul. The road to Nongkhnum Island is really bad.
Situated close to the Indo-Bangladesh Border, the Garo hills are part of the Patkai hill range, which extends across the Indo-Myanmar border. The hills get their name from the Garo tribe who inhabit the area. The Garo Hills, spanning 8000 sq meters of area, offers magnificent viewpoints, densely populated with subtropical forests and rare endemic species of animals and birds. For ease of administration, the area has been divided into five districts: the East Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, North Garo Hills, South Garo Hills, and the South West Garo Hills. The Nokrek peak is the highest peak of this hill range, but the Arabella hills and the Tura peak also offer some breathtaking scenery. The Nokrek Biosphere Reserve, one of the most important national parks with international importance, is located in this nature-rich area. The hills are also decked with splendid waterfalls, enriching the ecological coherence of the place.
Part of the former Jaintia Kingdom, the Jaintia Hills is a land of majestic hills filled with rich natural vegetation and mineral deposits. It is situated in Meghalaya and is part of the Patkai hill range that extends across the Indo-Myanmar borders. A relatively smaller hill district as compared to the Khasi and Garo Hills, the Jaintia Hills still amazes travelers with its pristine lakes and lush greenery. Jowai, the administrative headquarters, is the most developed town in this region and is the only place connected to other towns outside the hills. The Jaintia hills comprise of two districts: the East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills.
Some 78 km away from Shillong, a unique giant rock made out of red granite, Kyllang Rock is a giant dome placed in the West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The Rock which is 5400 ft above sea level and has a width of around 1000 ft is a mammoth block of granite that is part of the Khasi folklore and seems beautiful in its shape. A hike to the top of Kyllang Rock allows you to treasure the marvelous landscape of the surrounding area.
Surrounded by age-old Red Rhododendrons, Kyllang Rock is said to have a special magnetic field that makes sure that people don't fall off it. The mammoth dome is inaccessible from its southern side whereas the northern side is full of rhododendrons and bushes.
The Autumn Festival features several events like a fashion show, food and wine festival, flower shows, music performances, sports events, kite flying competitions, and other types of events. The festival also provides business opportunities for local craftsmen who display as well as sell various handicraft items during this festival.
Time of celebration - Autumn festival will be celebrated in October.
Display the rich cultural diversity of Ranikor by various groups, like Khasis, Garos, Hajong, Assamese, etc., through dance and music.
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