Literally meaning the ‘Abode of Clouds’, Meghalaya is one of India’s youngest states. It is chiefly inhabited by Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Tribes. They have their distinct culture despite the fact that most of them have been converted to Christian faith. Meghalaya is rich in tourist potentials with its colorful tribal life, salubrious environs, scenic beauty, varied flora and orchards. Shillong, the captivating hill station at an altitude of 1,496 meters, is its Capital. The places warranting tourist interest in Shillong are the State Museum, Botanical Garden and Museum, Crinoline Waterfalls. Beadon and BishopWaterfalls. The 1,960 meters high Shillong Peak is the highest place in the district after which the town takes its name. Fifty eight km. south-east of Shillong is Cherapunji at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level, is the wettest place on our earth with an average rainfall over 426 inches. Cherapunji, though flat and rather deserted plateau, is surrounded by hills.

A day’s excursion to Cherapunji from Shillong along the spectacular road can he a rewarding experience.

Shillong is connected with Guwahati and Calcutta by Vayudoot service. An all weather motorable road (100 km.) connects Shillong with Guwahati. It is also linked with other towns by roads.

The accommodation at Shillong includes Tourist Bungalow, Circuit House and Hotels and a few others.

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