Meghalaya (the abode of clouds) is a beautiful state in the north east of India. It is the wettest region of India and is the land of subtropical forests. Like other north eastern states, Meghalaya too has been of archaeological interest. It has many rain fed and seasonal rivers and has forests hosting around 660 species of birds. Khasi, Garo and Jaintia are 3 main hills on which Meghalaya is situated. The official language spoken is English. Khasi, Garo and Pnar are also the languages that are spoken in Meghalaya. Meghalaya being a rain fed region most of the year, 70% of its land is covered by forests. Meghalaya’s capital Shillong is known as the ‘Scotland of the east’. Meghalaya is considered as a major trading center with Bangladesh. The state has a great variety of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects.
The capital Shillong has many hotels providing first class services to the tourists. For those looking for a stay to fit in their budget, there are guest houses available in the capital city. Lakkhotaa lodge, pinewood hotels and many more are the options for those looking for a first class stay. The shortage of water in the hotels/guest houses is a recurring problem.
Meghalaya has an unique cuisine of its own. Rice is the staple food in the state with the combination of meat or fish. There are multi-cuisine restaurants available and also there are local stalls on the streets. Chinese food being constant, there are restaurants offering continental and other Indian dishes. The Sung valley is in spotlight for its delicious red rice.