Meghalaya is a perfect place for those who love to be in close vicinity of nature. It serves as an ideal gateway for people in search of beauty and tranquility. The panoramic landscapes, foggy hills, cascading waterfalls, serpentine rivers, and terraced slopes soothe the minds of weary travelers. Nestled in the hills of eastern sub-Himalayas is Meghalaya one of the most alluring states in the country. Meghalaya literally meaning "Abode of the Clouds" takes distinction of being among the wettest places on earth. One of the interesting things About Meghalaya is the town of Cherrapunji in the Khasi Hills south of capital Shillong. The Cherrapunji belt receives the highest rainfall in the world. It is blessed with abundant sun-shine, virgin forests, high plateaus, crystal clear rivers, tumbling waterfalls, meandering streamlets and above all with hardy, intelligent and hospitable people. Cherrapunji holds the world record for maximum rain in a calendar month, while the village of Mawsynram near Cherrapunji holds the distinction of seeing the heaviest yearly rains. Originally the British and Assam tea estate owners shift here during the summer months to escape the heat of the Indian Plains. The state is neighbored on the north by Assam and by Bangladesh on the south. Meghalaya has precise historic, geographic and strategic significance for India. Meghalaya "the home of clouds” became a full-fledged State on January 21, 1972. It is situated in the north-eastern region of India between the Brahmaputra valley in the north and the Bangladesh in the south. It is surrounded on the north by Goalpara, Kamrup, Nagoan and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam State, and on the east by the Districts of Cachar and North Cachar Hills. Meghalaya is predominantly domesticated by the Khasis, the Jaintias and the Garos. These tribal communities are the descendents of very ancient people having distinct traits and ethnic origins.
About Meghalaya there are different legends, beliefs and findings of the Khasis, Jaintias and Garos. It is said that Khasis were the earliest immigrants who made their way across northern Myanmar to Khasi in the plain of east Assam where they established new centre. Khasis linguistically represents the Mon-khmer speeches spoken in South-East Asia. Meghalaya consists of the Garo Hills, Khasi Hills and Jaintia hills along with their outliners formed by the Assam ranges. It is the detached north-eastern extension of the Peninsular India. Part of it lies buried under the alluvium deposited by the Ganga-Brahmaputra system of rivers. This gap is known as Malda gap. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. Its picturesque setting and salubrious climate were considered suitable for sanatoriums and holiday homes for British civilians, suffering from the sweltering heat of the plains. Another interesting thing About Meghalaya is that it is described many times as 'Mini London'. There are many legends surrounding the name Shillong. One says that it originated from the name of a handsome youth called Shillong. The Khasi, Garo and Jaintia tribes each had their own kingdoms until they came under the British administration in the 19th century. Eventually the British incorporated Meghalaya into Assam in 1835. After the Independence in 1947, Meghalaya was given autonomous status within Assam. However the residents of Meghalaya were not satisfied with the arrangement and started a peaceful and constitutional struggle for more independence. The turning point in their struggle came when Assam introduced Assamese as the state language, a language unknown to the tribes of Meghalaya. The centre recognized their plight and their right for a state of their own. In the year 1972, Meghalaya became a full-fledged state in the Republic of India. Meghalaya is blessed with rich wildlife. The dense forests of Meghalaya are inhabited by many rare species of birds and animal including elephants, Tigers, Golden Cats, Binturongs, Slow Loris, Monkeys and birds like Hornbills, Partridges, Teals, Snipes and Quails. Meghalaya is dotted with numerous tourist spots. Shillong the capital city of Meghalaya has many beautiful sites such as Lady Hydari Park, Elephant falls, Ward's lake, Shillong peak, and the golf course, one of the best in the country. Meghalaya tourism is focused on developing infrastructure and public facilities at all tourist spots, along with the development of various areas of tourism in the state such as Nature based tourism, Cultural tourism, Health resort tourism, and Art and Craft tourism. Meghalaya tourism is also emphasizing on adventure tourism in Meghalaya that include trekking, caving, and water sports. Rock climbing and Hand gliding will be promoted with recognized adventure and sports associations. The important rivers in the Garo Hills region are Daring, Sanda, Bandra, Bhogai, Dareng and Simsang, Nitai and the Bhupai. In the central and eastern section of the plateau the important rivers are Umkhri, Digaru, Umiam, Kynchiang, Mawpa, Umiew or Barapani, Myngot and Myntdu. In the southern Khasi Hills Region, these rivers have created deep gorges and some of the most beautiful waterfalls. Meghalaya tourism has started various training programs for hotel staff, Meghalaya tourism guides, taxi drivers, restaurant owners, which would help them, learn more about hospitality sector and customer satisfaction. Send your enquiries for Meghalaya packages to Travel Hot and we can provide you more workable packages of Meghalaya at the most flexible rates in the industry. You can also select and book your packages online through Travel Hot.in