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Destinations at a Glance

Assam – Arunachal Pradesh  Darjeeling – Sikkim Himalayas

Meghalaya


Carved from the former State of Assam and bordered on the North and East by Assam and Bangladesh, Meghalaya, literally meaning “Abode of the Clouds” takes distinction of being among the wettest places on earth. Meghalaya’s main ethnic communities, each having its own distinctive customs and traditions are the Khasis, the Garos and the Jaintias. The common mannerism binding all three communities is its tracing of descent which is done from the mother’s side.

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Its capital Shillong also known as the Scotland of East is an interesting place to be in. One of the most popular hill station in India, Shillong meets the taste of tourists with different wants. Within its fringe is the Don Bosco museum for the cultural enthusiaststhat that shows the people all of North East India. The market of Bara Bazaar is the most interesting in all of Asia which has to be seen to know how unique and interesting it really is. For trekkers there are reserved forest and sacred-groves too at the vicinity of the town. The sacred-groves which have been preserved since time immemorial, due to historical and religious significance, has led to the preservation and abundance of wealth of flora and fauna, which is a virtual treasure trove for the botanists and the naturalist. Several water falls at short distance outside Shillong is where one can discover untouched beauty.

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However, when you visit Meghalaya, it is necessary to leave the urban settlements and travel to the remote areas to get up close with the locals. An interaction with them will reveal their happy-going and cheerful nature. The postcard land of Meghalaya, dotted with many gurgling waterfalls, lush green tropical landscape of hills and valleys covered with pine trees (Pinus kasia) through which run rivers with sparkling clear water is a naturalists dream. Blessed with different climatic conditions, Meghalaya is a storehouse of colorful orchids and a treasure house of exotic and endemic flora. Amongst its rare species, Meghalaya’s indigenous Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes khasiana) is of great interest among the botanists. Once found abundantly in the forest of Meghalaya and in some parts of Assam, it is now very rarely seen because of heavy deforestation and rapid change of climate. However in Meghalaya, it is found in the Jaintia and the Garo Hills where one can still spot this plant in its natural habitat.

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Cherrapunjee is an excellent vantage point where within the range of one’s vision the green hills and plateaus of Cherrapunjee drop to give way to the rolling plains of Bangladesh. Situated in one of the rainiest rain-belt in the world, waterfalls like Kynrem Falls, Nohkalikai, Noh Sngi Thiang Falls and Dain Thlen Falls, leaping into deep gorges, provide the high points of a visit to Cherrapunjee. Bridges built in the earlier years can also be found in the forests. The living bridges made from the roots of trees are really fascinating and have to be seen to be believed.

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Be it for the culture that is a vibrant mosaic of diversity, a rich natural bounty which holds endless delights for the nature lover or for its friendly hospitality, MEGHALAYA has long since been the destination with a difference.

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