What you need to know about Meghalaya

Meghalaya literally meaning the “abode of clouds” is not just limited to Cherrapunjee’s rainfall and Shillong’s affinity to rock music but Meghalaya’s landscape is home to natural blue pools, living root bridges, variety of natural caves and small Khasi villages which look like a child’s painting and of course the abundant waterfalls, each one different from the other. Though it is a hilly state, great roads and the highland plateaus make your journey through the region memorable. The state also has several caves where Jaintia Hills has the longest canal which connects to two independent caves. It has age-old forests which date back to 800 years or more which has helped to maintain the equilibrium of the state.

Majority of the people are tribals who are mostly Christians and thus Christmas is celebrated with grandeur. Nongkrem Dance, Wangala, Strawberry festival, and Shad Suk Mynsiem are some of the festivals which are celebrated here. It is the only state where the matrilineal structure of the family is the norm among the Khasis, where the bride does not leave her house after the wedding but the bridegroom moves to the bride’s home.

Though Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Garo, Khasi, Nepali, and Urdu are taught in schools; English is the official language which is widely used for communication. Most of the locals who may not have higher education can manage to speak broken English, thus people from other places find it easier to communicate.

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Best Season:All Year
Popular Location: Sohra, Shnongpedeng, Nongriat

Tours in Meghalaya

Two girls sit on a wooden bench in the Dzukou valley and sip some earlier morning tea.

    ChaloHoppo to Dzukou and Nongriat

    6 Days

    We bring to you two most popular treks in Northeast India – Dzukou valley & Nongriat. Campsite Yedikha is considered as one of the best camping spots in Nagaland overlooking the terraced rice fields. A beautiful cheap campsite with the…

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      ChaloHoppo to an Emerald Meghalaya!

      6 Days

      After you have walked over the living root bridges and heard them breathe, camp beside a river where the only source of light is the bonfire and the starry sky. Wake up and dive into the transparent the waters of…

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