Meditations on Meghalaya

A land clothed in mist and clouds, the aptly named state of Meghalaya, is rich in natural beauty, geology, culture, and unique experience. Flip through our photo feature to get a glimpse of its treasures.
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Views of the cloud-clad peaks are what travel dreams are made of. Image: Shutterstock/DC Assam

Meghalaya. Literally the abode of the clouds. One of the ‘seven sister’ states of north-eastern India. A land mostly peopled by the hill tribes called the Khasis, Garos and Jaintias. Where the entwined roots of trees and of tradition connect today’s generation with their ancestors in beautiful ways.

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Living roots bridges like this one near Nongriat village in Cherrapunji, are a fascinating feature in Meghalaya, combining artistic form and practical function. They are formed by training tree roots to knit together over years. Image: Shutterstock/Abhijeet Khedgikar.
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Meghalaya is the wettest place on earth. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of stunning waterfalls across the state Image: Shutterstock: PhotozRam.
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How apt that the beautiful Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is the state animal of Meghalaya, the abode of the clouds! Image: Shutterstock/Alexandr Junek Imaging.
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These graceful fishing boats are a daily sight on Dawki river, which is on the India-Bangladesh Border. Image: Shutterstock/Abhijeet Khedgikar.
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Women at work in a rice field in a small village. The slash-and-burn cyclical style of ‘jhum’ cultivation of rice still in use today dates back to Neolithic times when this region was first peopled by humans. Rice accounts for 80% of the state’s foodgrain production. Image: Shutterstock/Nomad1988
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Girls in traditional costumes at the Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival in Shillong. Image: Shutterstock/Michal Knitl.
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Strength of a woman. The matrilineal culture of Meghalaya gives property rights and a voice to women. This alert lady from Shillong is over a hundred years old. Image: Shutterstock/Suresh Cameo.
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Bird’s eye chillies that are grown and used in the kitchen in Meghalaya have medicinal values as well as health benefits. Image: Shutterstock/nikhi89.
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Connecting with the spirit of Meghalaya. Image: Shutterstock/explorewithinfo.
Meghalaya Tourism‘s evocative video about unique experiences you can enjoy in the state.

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