Land with a Veil of Clouds: MEGHALAYA
Meghalaya… as the name suggests is actually the abode of clouds. A clear sky is a rare sight in this state. Names like Cherapunji and Mawsynram have earned a name of wettest place on the earth. Other than this Meghalaya is famous for its Orchids and tribes which follow the matriarchal suit of life. Music and dance is the soul of the people of Meghalaya. Shillong, the capital of the state was once chosen as the hill station by the British, reminiscent of which are still present in this small town.
The Abode of Clouds: MEGHALAYA
Area: 22429 kms
Language: Local dialects and English
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Meghalaya is tucked away in isolation even from the rest of the states of the North east. This land locked tiny state is bounded in the north and east by the state of Assam and in the south and the west by the neighbouring country of Bangladesh.
True to its name, the sky of Meghalaya is rarely to be seen without clouds. The hilly areas experience no variation or hardly any variation in the climate while plains are humid in summers and chilly in winters.
Meghalaya literally means abode of the clouds and indeed it is. This tiny state with the capital of Shillong was once the capital of the British in the North East. Famous for Cherapunjee and its vast variety of flora and Fauna this state is blessed with abundant rainfall, ample sun shine, crystal clear rivers and verdant and lush green forests. Home for the three Matriarchal tribes Khasi, Jaintia and Garo and also home for some of the rarest carnivorous plants in the world, Meghalaya is much more than thought about; it is a surprise package. Meghalaya has about 500 caves and many more remain unexplored. It has a variety of Orchids, more than 300 species of them which are unknown.
Meghalaya is full of peace and tranquility. The serenity and the beauty of the environs has had a deep impact on the people here who are a gentle, hospitable and cheerful race. The three different clans leaving in geographical isolation have maintained their uniqueness. Two of the tribes are of the Mongoloid race while one is of the Tibeto Burmese race and all of them follow the matriarchal pattern in their lives.
Music and dances are the soul of the people of Meghalaya. They celebrate various festivals which are incomplete without dances and songs. The three major tribes of Meghalaya have distinct costumes and jewelry. With advent of modernization, the dressing pattern of the people is changing everyday. The traditional costume is hardly worn. Basically rice eaters, pork meat is another favourite of the people of Meghalaya. Pukhlein, Jado and Ktungrymbai are the dishes prepared during the festivities.
Meghalaya is one of the most picturesque states of India, offering a spectrum of sylvan surroundings, rich cultural heritage and breathtakingly beautiful scenes all around.