(Last Updated on : 27/04/2017)
offers the scenic beauty and the perfect portrayal of landscape in the "Abode of Clouds". The cloud capped mountain
peaks of Khasi and Jaintia Hills, orographic rainfalls and the wet roads- all make Meghalaya a perfect place for a tour.
These hill stations in this North East State of India
are tourists paradise. These hill stations are also serving as the adventure tourism site on Meghalaya. Here some of the tourist attraction sites in Meghalaya are Cherrapunji
, Jowai, Khashi Hills
Cherrapunji, East Khasi Hills district
Cherrapunji is currently used in the map of Meghalaya. In the previous era, Cherrapunji or Cherapunjee has the historical name "Sohra". Sohra is more commonly used. Cherrapunji is credited as being the wettest place on Earth, although nearby Mawsynram
currently holds that record.
Cherrapunji still holds the all-time record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and in a year. It received 9,300 mm (366 in) in July 1861 and 26,461 mm (1,041.75 in) between 1 August 1860 and 31 July 1861. Cherrapunji is the traditional capital of "Hima" (Khasi tribal chieftainship constituting a petty state) known as Sohra
Jowai, West Jaintia Hills district
Jowai in Jaintia Hills is a scenic place located on a plateau region surrounded on three sides by the Myntdu River bordering Bangladesh to the south (about 50 km from the Indo-Bangladesh border). Due to its high altitude of 1380 meters above sea level, Jowai, the hill station region in Meghalaya experiences the warm and pleasant summers with cool to chilly winters.
Jowai is an important business and education zone of the entire district of West Jaintia catering to students from all over the district as well as the adjacent parts of Assam
and Bangladesh. Jowai is well equipped with facilities such as schools, colleges, hospitals and post office.
Shillong, East Khasi Hills District
is the capital and hill station of Meghalaya. Shillong is one of the smallest and cleanest cities in India. Shillong is known as "Scotland of the East". Shillong has made the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills in 1864 by the British Government in India
. In the year 1874, on the formation of Assam as a Chief Commissioner's Province, it was chosen as the headquarters of the new administration because of its convenient location between the Brahmaputra River
and Surma valleys
and more so because the climate of Shillong was much cooler than tropical India.
Shillong remained the capital of undivided Assam until the creation of the new state of Meghalaya on 21st January 1972, when Shillong became the capital of Meghalaya and Assam moved its capital to Dispur
Meghalaya is well connected by the roadways only. The nearest rail head is in Assam. Guwahati is the nearest railway station located around 104 Km from Shillong. Shillong is connected with Guwahati by National Highway 40. There are various modes of transport including cabs and buses which are plying on this route.