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Meghalaya, a hilly strip in eastern India, covers a total area of just 22,429 sq km. It was originally part of Assam, but on 21st January 1972, the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills became a part of this state.

It is predominantly an agrarian economy. The important crops of the state are potato, rice, maize, pineapple, banana etc. The service sector comprises of Real estate and Insurance companies. Meghalaya's gross state domestic product for 2004 is estimated at $1.6 billion in current prices.

Shillong the capital of the state is a popular hill station. There are several falls in and around Shillong. The Shillong peak is highest in the state and is good for trekking. It is also known as the 'abode of the gods' and has excellent views. If one is not in a mood for camping, the state also offers many good hotels and lodging facilities.

Meghalaya State Information

CapitalShillong
Date of formation2. Apr. 1970
GovernorK. K. Paul
Chief MinisterMukul Sangma
Tourist attractionsCherrapunji Garo Hills, Tura, Butterfly Museum, Central Museum
FestivalsWangala (Harvest Festival), Shad Nongkrem
Major dance and music formsShad Sukmynsiem, Shad Nongkrem and Doregata dances
Arts and craftsEndi silk is used to make colourful wraps and hawls; baskets known as khokd thugis are commonly woven; cone shaped bamboo rain shields known as knup are also popular.
LanguagesKhasi, Garo, Jaintia, Bengali, Assamese, English
Size22,429 sq. km
Population29,64,007
RiversSimsang, Manda, Darming, Ringge, Gamol, Bugi
Forests and wildlife sanctuariesNokrek NP, Balpakram NP, Nongkhyllem WS, Nokrek Biosphere Reserve, Siju Bird Sanctuary
State animalClouded leopard
State birdHill myna
State flowerLady slipper orchid
State treeGamhar
Major cropsPotato, cotton, pineapple, orange
FactoidsNartiang in Jaintia Hills has a cluster of megaliths and monoliths.
Garos celebrate a good harvest with Wangala, or the dance of Hundred Drums, in November.


Last Updated on : 14/10/2013