Meghalaya – The Abode of Clouds

Elbert Einstein has rightly pointed out that we still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed us. Nature is invincible, infusible and inconceivable. Therefore, man cannot command nature except by obeying her. In nature, there can never be two things that are exactly alike. This unique feature of nature evoke more curiosity in man to reach deeper and higher arenas of nature and the highest point one can travel to, is cloud. Meghalaya, lexically meaning, the abode of clouds, is the place to which one can travel to realize this.

Meghalaya is a small, hilly state in the Eastern region of India. As it is the house to the clouds, Meghalaya experiences heavy torrents of rain that become source to a number of meandering rivers, waterfalls, lakes and mountain ‘brooks’ that ‘go on forever’. Visitors will get astounded with the heart-touching scenic beauty, undulating hills, fertile valleys and 250 species of orchids. Meghalaya is constituted of three hilly regions such as Garo Hills, Khasi Hillsa and Jaintia Hills.

Places of visitors’ interest are its cpital, Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Mawsvnram, Jakrem, Monoliths in Khasi, Jowai in Jaintia, Nartiang and Tura in Garo Hills. Meghalaya affords wide facitlities for undertaking a number of adventurous such as caving, trekking, boating, camping and bilking. Shillong’s Golf course, lying adjacent to the polo ground, is considered one of the best in India. Golfers of international repute come here to test their skills.

If visited during April to October, Lady Hydari Park, a wide range of flowers with their multitude of colors and luster affords the most panoramic view. Adjacent to the Park, there is a mini zoo, housing a wide range of birds and animals. Travelling on the winding roads is a thrilling and exciting experience. One can have it by reaching to the Shillong Peak at an altitude of 1965 meters above sea level.

The waterfalls of Meghalaya get fully bloomed during the rainy season exhibiting milky white scenarios throughout the adjoining areas. They are Bishop Falls, Elephant or Umdiengpun Falls, Spread Egle Falls, Sweet Falls, Suna Pani Falls, Beadon Falls.

Cherrapunjee has the reputation of getting the highest rainfalls, in the world. Originally known as Shra, it is located at an altitude of 1300 metersabove sea level and is 56 km away from Shillong. It is also famous for its limestone caves and orange honey. One can witness the roaring Nohsngithiang Falls, leaping into the deep gorges.

Mawsynoram, 56 km away from Shillong exhibits the giant stalagmite formation, shaped into a Shivalingam, locally called, Mawjymbuin. One can have bath in the hot spring sulfurous water at Iakrem, 64 km away from Shillong.

The ancient Monoliths in Khasi Hills along with the table stones are the memorials of dead persons, preserving their ashes in cairns or cenotaphs. The monoliths stand 20 feet above ground. Monoliths can also be witnessed at Nartiang in Jaintia Hills, 65 km from Shillong.

Nature is inexhaustible and incomprehensible. The deeper and higher one goes, the more mystique of nature will be revealed. And to experience the touching of cloud, Meghalaya is the must-to-be-visited place.

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