“MEGHALAYA” as its name depicts “the abode of clouds” is a land of eternal beauty and a bundle of peace and happiness.
The spellbinding beauty of its landscape mesmerizes everyone whoever visits it. It is an ideal place for relaxation and if you are willing to get away from the monotonous daily life then pack your bags, collect your ticket and get into your transport carrier, wait for a few hours and there you are- in the “Scotland of East”.
Exploring the Area:
Meghalaya is on the most amazingly beautiful states of India, bounded by the hills, falls, lakes and greenery. Every view of Meghalaya is romantic in itself enfolding beauty and romance in every nook and corner of the land. The climate is healthy and salubrious almost throughout the year. The state capital is called the “Scotland of the East” is surrounded by mind blowing lakes, huge waterfalls, beautiful peaks, gracious valleys. Also, it has the wettest place on earth called Cherapunji. Also, it is the place who is having the Asia’s most cleanest village and living root bridge too. One can explore lots of adventures sports like rafting, trekking, butterfly hunting, rope way riding etc.
Although, Meghalaya is blessed with enormous tourist attractions, which is itself unique of its kind, but the main attraction are the Scenic Umiam Lake which falls on the way to Guwahati to Shillong, Kyllang Rock, the great Ward’s Lake, Elephant Falls, Bidon Bishop Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Polo Ground, Mini Zoo, Shillong Peak, Nartiang, Nohsngithaing Falls, limestone caves, Tura peak, Jakrem Hot Spring are some of the prime tourist attractions in Shillong. Also, one can visit the wettest pace on earth, Cherapunji, where one can also see the majestic milk white seven sisters falls; Moreover, one can have a feel of the cleanest village of Asia in Mawlylong; Also, Dawki, for river rafting, boating and overnight camping, where one can track to the living foot bridge also. Also, the only known Butterfly Museum is located in this heavenly place of earth only.
How to Get Around:
By Air: Umroi is the only airport in Meghalayahaving landing facility for smaller aircrafts. Helicopter services are available from Shillong to Guwahati and Tura, on the first three days of a week. The Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport of Guwahati is the nearest Airport, which is just 121 kms away from Shillong.
By Rail: So far as rail transport is concerned, Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railway station, which is just 103 km away from Shillong.
By Road: All important towns and villages in the state are well connected with the neighboring states by road. Day and Night bus services, as well as private taxis are available from Shillong to all major place of Meghalaya.
For local travelling, you can hire cabs, bus, traveller, rickshaw, city bus etc according to your requirement.
Where To Stay:
There is wide range of good hotels, resorts & home stays with good taste and quality of food in Meghalaya. One can find a variety of hotels and resorts according to the need and requirements with best of the amenities. Also, there are fully vegetarian hotels also available here. Also, there are arrangements for stay in Boat House and river side camping for the adventurous and nature loving tourists.
Fairs & Festivals:
Meghalaya is dominated by the Garos and the Khasis. There are different festivals celebrated by the Garos and the Khasis. The most important festival celebrated among the Garos is the Wangala or the Hundred-drum Festival held in November and December. Another important festival is the Doregata Dance Festival where women try to knock off turbans of their male partners. The two important festivals of the Khasis are Nongkrem Dance held in October / November and Shad-Suk Mynsiem, held in April.
Customs & Cultures:
The main tribes in Meghalaya are the Jaintias, the Khasis and the Garos. One of the unique features of the state is that a majority of the tribal population in Meghalaya follows a matrilineal system where lineage and inheritance are traced through women. The Khasi and Jaintia tribesmen follow the traditional matrilineal norm, wherein the “Khun Khadduh” (or the youngest daughter) inherits all the property and acts as the caretaker of aged parents and any unmarried siblings.
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