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Where Is Meghalaya

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Meghalaya is one among the seven northeastern states in India. Shillong is its capital city and the languages widely spoken in the state are Garo, Khasi and Pnar. English is the official language of the state and is spoken by most of the people here. The state has a mountainous geographical terrain; and the Garo, Khasi and Jaintia hills form the landscape of the state.

The major cities in the state are Shillong, Nongstoin, Tura, Nongpoh, Jowai, Bagghmara and Williamnagar. The state is bordered by Assam and Bangladesh and most of its terrain is covered with forests. Meghalaya was home to many British people during the British Raj, due to its cool climate.

Destinations to Visit

Meghalaya lies in the lap of nature. Scores of tourists visit the state each year; and these range from both domestic to international ones. Meghalaya is home to the subtropical forests comprising of diverse flora and fauna. The state is an ideal place for adventure sports lovers. Water sports is a major attraction in the state and some of the activities involve sailing boats, row boats, water scooters, speed boats and paddle boats.

Meghalaya has over 500 natural limestone and sandstone caves, which are considered to be some of the longest and deepest ones in the whole world. Many cavers ranging from ones from countries like Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, US and Ireland come here to this part of India and spend time exploring them.

Cherrapunjee is a popular tourist spot in the state. It is one of the most scenic places in the whole of northeast. It was previously credited as the wettest place in the world, but now Mawsynram holds the title. The name Cherrapunji literally means “land of oranges”. Jakrem, a place near Mawsynram has natural hot springs and is believed to have medicinal properties.

The “Sacred Groves” in Meghalaya have been preserved since ancient times and hold religious significance. The Nongkhnum Island in the western Khasi Hills is considered to be the largest river island in Asia. The Mawlynnong village in the Indo-Bangladesh border is credited as the cleanest village in India.

The state is home to two National Parks viz. the Nokrek National Park and the Balpakram National Park, and three Wildlife Sanctuaries.

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest international Airport in the state is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati which has fights on a regular basis to Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai; but the international airport at Kolkata is connected to almost all major cities in USA, Europe, China and Middle East Asia.

By Trains

There is no rail route to the state due to its difficult terrain. The roadways connect Meghalaya to its neighboring states. The nearest railway station is in Guwahati, which is connected to the major railheads in India like Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Trivandrum and Kochi.

By Road

You can come to Meghalaya by road via Assam; it is connected by the NH40 with New Delhi and other major cities in the country. However, the monsoon season witnesses many landslides on to the main road. You can travel within Meghalaya by the trademark black and yellow taxis.




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