♦ Meghalya is a state in Northeast India.
♦Meghalaya name means “the abode of clouds” in Sanskrit.
♦Meghalaya was formed by carving out two districts from the state of Assam: the United Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills, and the Garo Hills on 21 January 1972.
♦The Capital of Meghalya is Shillong.
♦The Official Languages of Meghalya are English, Khasi, Garo.
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. This Place is also known as Abode of Clouds. Shillong is the one of the smallest state in India. Shillong is famously known as Scotland of the East. It is the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district and is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level, with the highest point being Shillong Peak at 6,449 feet (1,966 m).
# SHILLONG PEAK
Shillong peak is a major tourist attraction located just 10 km from the city. This location also serves as a radar station for the Indian Air Force, so the visitors have to submit their identification and get approval to enter the gate which is under continuous surveillance. At 6,449 feet, it is the highest point in Shillong. It Open all days 10:00 am to 03:00 pm.
# ELEPHANT FALLS
Elephant Falls was the British name of what the local Khasi people once referred to as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew (or “Three Steps Waterfalls”) since the falls actually consisted of three sections in succession. British renamed the falls because there used to be a rock resembling an elephant near the left side of the main falls.
# SWEET FALLS
Sweet falls is a waterfall in Shillong. It lies about 5 km from Happy Valley and is about 96 metres (315 ft) in height. It is often termed as the “most beautiful” yet “most dangerous” waterfall in Shillong. Tourists are prohibited to go close to the waterfall due the poor route and treacherous nature of the fall.
Cherrapunji is also known as Sohra. Cherrapunji is the wettest place on Earth. Cherrapunji still holds the all-time record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and in a year.
# NOHKALIKAI FALLS
Nohkalikai is the tallest Plunge waterfall of India in Meghalya State. Below the falls there has formed a plunge pool with unusual green colored water. Its height is 1115 feet (340 metres). Nohkalikai Falls are fed by the rainwater collected on the summit of comparatively small plateau and decrease in power during the dry season in December – February.
# MAWSMAI CAVES
Mawsmai Caves are the most popular caves in Meghalaya state in Cherrapunji city. Mawsmai Caves are the beautiful Caves having plenty of Flora and Fauna within caves. Mawsmai Caves are a view to behold when the glistening lights meet with the limestone to create countless hues and patterns of light.
Tura is a hill town of Meghalya state. It is one of the Largest city of Meghalya. The Climate of Tura is moderate throughout the year. Tura is a valley located at the foothills of the Tura Hills and right below the Tura Peak. The native god Durama was believed to reside in the hills. The name Tura is said to be a corruption (by the British) of the god’s name.
# BALPAKRAM NATIONAL PARK
Balpakram National Park is popularly known as the “Land of Spirits”. The native Garo tribes believe this land to be highly sacred and of immense religious importance. They believe that the spirit of the dead stopover at this place while their transit. The park seems to be shrouded in mystery. The Balpakram National Park is a very beautiful park having Natural Scenic Beauty. The best time to visit this park is October to March.
# RONGBANGDARE WATERFALLS
Rong’Bang Dare waterfalls Situated on the Tura-Williamnagar Road. It is a tributary of the Simsang river. It falls a little ahead of Rombagre village. The real charm and grandeur can only be felt when one goes down to the place at the bottom of the waterfalls. This scintillating waterfall of immense visual beauty is best during the monsoon months.
The state of Meghalaya is rich in culture and tradition. The state has many art and craft forms.
The people of the region are very much fond of dance and music.Meghalaya is a land of diverse tribes and races of people living in harmony.
Meghalaya is one of the seven north eastern states known for its exquisite bamboo and cane products, weaving and wood carving. The people of Meghalaya consisting of three ancient hill communities – the Garos, Khasis and the Jaintias have a special skill of crafting and making traditional bamboo and cane products.
The costumes of the Khasis include Jainsem, and Tapmohkhlieh. The costumes of the Jaintiasare the same as the Khasis.
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Daniel Syiem can solely be credited for bringing back an almost dying tradition of the Khasis – weaving. Syiem is the first fashion designer from this state to have showcased his work at the London Fashion Week and the Lakme Fashion Week.
Ronnie Lahiri is one of the note-worthy producers in the Hindi film industry.
Patricia Mukhim is a renowned journalist and social activist
Tipriti Kharbangar an integral member of the blues band Soulmate, is regarded as one of the finest blues singer to have emerged from this part of the country.