Meghalaya Map

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Meghalaya, a hilly strip in eastern India, covers a total area of just 22,429 sq km. It was originally a part of Assam, but on 21 January 1972, the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills became a part of this beautiful northeastern state. The percentage of literacy in this state is 75.84 and the languages mostly spoken are English, Khasi and Garo.

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.

Meghalaya has 11 districts, divided into three divisions, which are as follows:

Khasi Hills Division:
  • East Khasi Hills (Shillong)
  • West Khasi Hills (Nongstoin)
  • South West Khasi Hills (Mawkyrwat)
  • Ri-Bhoi (Nongpoh)

Garo Hills Division:
  • North Garo Hills (Resubelpara)
  • East Garo Hills (Williamnagar)
  • South Garo Hills (Baghmara)
  • West Garo Hills (Tura)
  • South West Garo Hills (Ampati)

Jaintia Hills Division
  • West Jaintia Hills (Jowai)
  • East Jaintia Hills (Khliehriat)

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 also boasts for its village Mawlynnong. The reason behind taking so much of pride in this village is because of it being listed as the cleanest village in Asia. The Discovery India Magazine awarded the prestigious tag of 'Cleanest Village in Asia' in 2003 to this village.

Over the years, this state has become a hotspot for the tourists. People from the country as well as abroad visit the state every year. The natural beauty of the state is something worth-seeing and the fresh air and weather is worth experiencing in this state.

Some of the national highways in Meghalaya are National Highway 40, National Highway 44, National Highway 51, National Highway 62 and National Highway 106.

Major Towns of Meghalaya

  • Shillong
  • Cherrapunjee
  • Tura
  • Nongpoh
  • Nongstoin
  • Mairang
  • Mankachar

Some of the Tourist Attractions in Meghalaya

  • Seven Sisters Falls (Cherrapunjee)
  • Umiam Lake (Shillong)
  • Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (Shillong)
  • Double Decker Living Root Bridge (Cherrapunjee)
  • Double Decker Living Root Bridge (Cherrapunjee)

Best Time to Visit

There are only two seasons in this state, Monsoon and Winter. If you do not like getting drenched in the rain then you should plan your trip during the winter season.

How to Reach

The nearest airport and railway station to Meghalaya are in Guwahati. All the places in this state are connected by Meghalaya State Transport Corporation. So to head to Meghalaya, you first need to land yourself up in Guwahati and then book your tickets.

Meghalaya State Information

Date of formation21 January 1972
GovernorR. N. Ravi
Chief MinisterConrad 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
Population (Census 2011)3,211,000
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.
No. of District11

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Last Updated on : September 02,2020