Meghalaya, as we all know, means the 'The abode of Clouds' embracing the Northeastern arm of India.
This place gets its name from the mother of all languages, Sanskrit. 'Megha' a term for 'Clouds' and 'Alaya' which means 'Abode'.
Dr. Chatterjee, former President of the International Geographical Union, and recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award in 1985, gave this state of India the name 'Meghalaya'.
However, during the British Raj in India, when Meghalaya was not formed yet, Shillong (which is now the capital of Meghalaya) was then the capital of Assam. It was then that this region (which now encompasses Meghalaya) was known as the 'Scotland of the East'.
Later, on 21st January 1972, Meghalaya was formed and given its own statehood, carved out of two districts from the State of Assam.
Meghalaya is one of the Seven Sisters of Northeast India and also is home to 'Mawsynram', the wettest region in the world.
Meghalaya has an agrarian economy and is considered among the richest botanical habitats of Asia. This mountainous region also breaks universal stereotypes by following the matrilineal system wherein instead of men, it is women who inherit the lineage and heritage property.
Being one of the most enchanting hill destinations in India, it can easily capture anyone’s eyes and make them fall for its beautiful scenic locations spread over an area of 22,430 square kilometers.
Tourist Attractions in Meghalaya
Staying true to its name, Meghalaya offers absolute pure, unadulterated natural beauty which no one might have ever encountered or experienced in their lifetimes, especially not those who live in concrete jungles – cities – and have never really savoured the essence of nature. It can never fail to amaze visitors as they wonder how one place can offer every bit of spellbinding experience of natural beauty that one can get from the hill station’s evergreen valleys, dense forests to the breathtaking views of waterfalls and more. It is a destination one cannot miss visiting.
Meghalaya offers an endless number of places to explore nearby. Starting from this mesmerizing hill station to interacting with the locals and traveling to nearby places. One can not only learn about the cultural heritage of these nearby destination but can also the history of the formation of these states in Northeastern part of India. Excursions from Meghalaya include Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
An honest nature lover cannot miss the existence of Wildlife in Meghalaya and the Northeast region of India. Meghalaya has some of the cleanest places in India and Asia and is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. It is no less than a paradise for nature lovers. Clean fresh air, crystal clear water, and chirping of birds, and loud chattering of the wildlife animals and more make this region an eccentric holiday destination to explore.
To escalate the atmosphere of love and intimacy, Meghalaya is the perfect Honeymoon destination for a romantic rendezvous for both, newlyweds and couples. This place not only celebrates the beauty of nature but also the pure bond and life created on Earth. Being a place with the highest rainfall in the world, Meghalaya is perfect for Honeymoon couples as it rewards you with the most romantic climate, atmosphere, environ and a sense of coziness amid the chilly weather that brings couples together.
Lakes and Rivers in Meghalaya
It is unusual for city people to witness crystal clear blue and emerald green water, especially when they live in the polluted area of the country. Meghalaya is a perfect place to forget the tarnished image of contaminated liquid and replace it with clean natural water that one can enjoy in form of Meghalaya’s magnificent Lakes and Rivers.
There is not better feeling that one will experience than the peaceful cascading sound of a waterfall with its waters gushing against rocks and plummeting from great heights. Moreover, the magnetic view of waterfalls in Meghalaya is truly captivating and will leave you wanting to stay there forever. It is a rare and golden opportunity to have a chance of enjoying the beautiful sight of a waterfall with a rainbow that permanently engraves in your mind.
Activities in Meghalaya
Along with sightseeing and good photography, Meghalaya also offers the best locations for adventurers on this planet. Water enthusiasts can explore various kinds of watersports whereas campers can camp at some of the most enticing spots amid mountains, intense greenery of tall trees and utmost scenic beauty and also wander around while taking on some of the best trekking and hiking trails in Meghalaya. It also gives opportunities to animal lovers to acquaint themselves with the distinctive wildlife habitat. This place offers all kinds of activities for all types of visitors and tourists.
Entertainment in Meghalaya
Just like any other developing city in the world, this place is definitely not behind when it comes to entertainment. But unlike those places, Meghalaya is known to welcome anyone and everyone to its abode with warmth and open arms to enjoy its unique cultural activities from music to dance and performing arts. Shillong is also considered as the ‘Rock Capital of India’ since both national and international rock concerts are held here annually. The nightlife here can also give tough competition to any other prominent metro cities in India, and the youth love to get together and hangout with their groups of friends, especially during weekends.
Hotels in Meghalaya
No place can be perfect unless it’s got beds as per your comfort and convenience. From the wide range of hotels as per budget, with a bonus of the natural beauty surrounding your stay, one cannot miss the golden experience that Hotels in Meghalaya offers. You can choose from a range of budget hotels to mid-range budget hotels, 7-star hotels, 5-star hotels, 4-star hotels, 3-star hotels, BnBs, Homestays, Resorts, Guest houses, Heritage Hotels and more in Meghalaya.