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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Meghalaya which means ‘abode of the clouds’ is one of the smallest states in India. Its capital is Shillong which is also called ‘the Scotland of the East’. Meghalaya offers a wide range of tourist attractions. Shillong is a popular summer hill station visited by a large number of tourists from all over the country and abroad.
There are numerous tourist attractions at Shillong. Most prominent among them is the Umiam or the Barapani Lake, the largest artificial lake, situated just 15 kms in the outskirts of the city. There are numerous waterfalls spread in and around the city. Most beautiful among them are the Elephant falls, the Bishop and Beadon falls and the Crinoline falls. In addition to these, Nohkilikhai falls and the Spread Eagle falls are also worth visiting.
Meghalaya is a paradise for adventure tourists. There are a large number of caves which can be explored with the help of a guide. Most prominent among them are the Krem Mawmluh and the Krem Mawsmai caves. In addition, there are spots for rock climbing and river rafting.
Tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of picturesque Shillong from atop the Shillong peak, the highest peak in the whole of Meghalaya. The Wards Lake and the Lady Hydari Park are other vital tourist destinations in the city.
Meghalaya also boasts of some of the wettest places on earth. If you enjoy rain, than Cherrapunji, Mawsynram and Sohra are a must visit.
For a wildlife enthusiast, a visit to the Nokrek National Park and Biosphere Reserve is a must. This park is famous for its Asiatic Elephants. Nokrek is also famous for the sightings of the ‘Mande Burung’ or the ape man. Mystery hunters will definitely have a good time.
There are numerous all budget hotels all over Meghalaya. One can reach the state through Guwahati, which is well connected to Shillong through road and air. Shillong can be visited all round the year.

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