Meghalaya (meaning "the abode of clouds"), is one of the most beautiful states in North-East India offering a variety of sights, activities, food and festivals to the tourists. Well known for Cherapunjji, the place which receives one of the maximum rainfall in the world, Meghalaya can mesmerise you with its hills, valleys, lakes, caves and waterfalls which when combined with the beautiful clouds, give it a very serene, beautiful look. The state is the wettest region of India, recording an average of 12,000 mm (470 in) of rain a year. About 70% of the state is forested.
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, and it’s the most urbanised area you will see in the entire state. Shillong has a lot of leftover British colonial influence so you will find plentiful British architecture here. Owing to the magnificent lakes all around the town, and the hills surrounding it, Shillong has often been called the Scotland of the East. Cherrapunji is famous for its rainfall, and it used to be the wettest place on Earth before the title was taken over by Mawsynram, which is less than 100 kilometres away from Cherrapunji. The Living Double-decker Root Bridge is a famous attraction in Cherrapunji, where trekking and hiking activities are offered for tourists. If you want to take a look at Asia’s cleanest village, don’t forget to visit Mawlynnong.