Meghalaya

Capital
Shillong
Population
1 774 778
Area
22 429 km²
Languages
Khasi, Garo, Jaintia, English

Best time to visit
All year round
Climate (°C)
Summer: 23 - 15
Winter: 15 - 4

About

Meghalaya is one of the country’s newest states with its capital at Shillong. For long a summer retreat of the British, the beautifully kept golf course and several English country cottages testify to another influence besides the local one. Beautiful lakes and falls, hillside cottages, a large university, and the popular Bara Bazar are quaint aspects of this town.

The state of Meghalaya is known as the "Meghalaya Plateau" or the "Shillong Plateau". The area is made of the oldest rockformations and consists of the Garo, Khasi and Jaintia hills.

How to get here

Air
Nearest airport Borjhar, Guwahati, 129 kms from Shillong, is connected with Calcutta. Umroi Airport, 31 km from Shillong, is also connected by Vayudoot with Calcutta.

Rail
Nearest Railhead is Guwahati.

Bus
Day and night bus services are available from Shillong to all major towns of Meghalaya.

Places to visit

Shillong - Shillong Peak - Elephanta Falls - Bishop & Beadon Falls - Umian Lake

.: Shillong
The capital and also a popular hill station. It has a famous 18 hole golf course and a polo ground. Lakes and water falls are other attractions of this town. Ward's lake, east of Police Bazar is an attractive place with facilities for boating.

'Abode of the clouds' is the appropriate meaning of 'Meghalaya'

.: Shillong Peak
An ideal picnic spot, 1965 metres above sea level and 10 kms from the city, offers a panoramic view of the country side and is also the highest point in the State. Obeisance is paid to U Shulong at the sanctum at the peak's summit every springtime, by the religious priest of Mylliem State. In the evening the city lights below appear like a star-studded abyss.

.: Elephanta Falls
12 km outside of the city the mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in dells of ferncovered rocks.

.: Bishop & Beadon Falls
Both cascade down the same escarpment into a deep valley, the mass of water dissolving into misty sparks.

.: Umian Lake
Umian Khwan (Barapani), offers water sports facilities including sailing, water skiing, water scooter. Nehru Park is an ideal quiet holiday resort.



 
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