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Meghalaya

The Abode in the Clouds

Meghalaya

Meghalaya, means “the Abode in Clouds” in Sanskrit.

Justifying to its name, Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful untapped and unexplored paradise states of Northeast India, where the clouds sit on the surface and on hilltops, making you feel as if they are kissing the earth. It is surrounded by the mountains of Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo, which are spread along the expanse of the valley and the highland plateaus.

Meghalaya have many rivers most of these are rainfed and seasonal which creates deep gorges and several beautiful waterfalls.

It is a home to a very rich diversity of tribal populations, such as the Khasis, the Jaintias and the Garos, each with their own culture, traditions, dress and language.

The Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest waterfalls in India located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest place on Earth. Another unique waterfall is the Nohsngithiang Falls, also known as the seven sister’s waterfall. During sunset, waterfall gets illuminated and the setting sun makes the colours come of VIBGYOR come alive, making for a breath-taking view. Elephant falls near to the Shillong surrounded by green vegetation and is said to be the shape of the elephant. The cleanest river on earth is the Umngot River in Dawki, Manipur. The crystal clear waters are perfect for a calming boat ride.

Meghalaya is also the home to the cleanest village of India, Mawlynnong in the East Khasi district. The Living Root Bridge located in this village is one of the main tourist attractions of the state. Apart from this, many root bridges can be found in the villages of the Nongriat, Nongthymmai, Mynteng, and Tynrong. Most of these are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber trees, by the Jaintia and Khasi people. The Mawphlang forest is a scared forest, where nature is at its tranquil best.

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