Meghalaya, literally meaning ‘the abode of clouds’ is essentially a hilly State and is regarded as one of the most beautiful states of the country. This virtual fairy land comprises of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo hills that are rich in biodiversity and endowed with immense natural beauty. It seems as if Mother Nature especially pours her blessings through plentiful rainfall, which infuses green colour to this exotic land. Swiftly flowing streams and crystal clear rivers meander through the hilly tracts and the innumerable cascading waterfalls and placid lakes are indeed a sight to behold.
The Meghalayan sky seldom remains free of clouds and the town of Cherrapunji (Sohra) and Mawsynram receive the highest rainfall in the world. Meghalaya, the land of Khasis, Jaintias and Garo tribals still preserve their unique tradition and culture where time stands still. The pristine beauty, salubrious climate and unique vegetation of Meghalaya makes it a paradise for natural lovers and botanists. The lush jungles teem with exotic flora and fauna and the nature’s bounty fascinates even the most seasoned travelers.
Main languages: Khasi, Garo, Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi
When to go: March to May, October to December
Getting There & Away: How to reach Meghalaya
Road: NH-40 connects Shillong to Guwahati.
Rail: Meghalaya has no railway stations. The nearest railhead is Guwahati at a distance of 100 kms from Shillong.
Air: Shillong has the only airport in the state which is at a distance of 30 kms from the city centre. Besides, Guwahati airport in Assam at a distance of 120 kms connects the state with the rest of India by air. Besides, there are regular helicopter service between Guwahati and Shillong.