Mesmerizing Meghalaya

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MEGHALAYA

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Meghalaya has 11 districts, divided into three divisions, which are as follows: Khasi Hills Division: East Khasi Hills (Shillong) West Khasi Hills (Nongstoin) South West Khasi Hills (Mawkyrwat) Ri-Bhoi (Nongpoh) Garo Hills Division: North Garo Hills (Resubelpara) East Garo Hills (Williamnagar) South Garo Hills (Baghmara) West Garo Hills (Tura) South West Garo Hills (Ampati) Jaintia Hills Division:  West Jaintia Hills (Jowai) East Jaintia Hills (Khliehriat)

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Major Towns of Meghalaya Shillong Cherrapunji Tura Nongpoh Nongstoin Mairang Mankachar

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Meghalaya State Information Capital - Shillong Governor - Banwarilal Purohit Chief Minister- Mukul Sangma Tourist attractions- Cherrapunji Garo Hills, Tura, Butterfly Museum, Central Museum Festivals - Wangala (Harvest Festival), Shad Nongkrem Dance and music - Shad Sukmynsiem, Shad Nongkrem and Doregata dances Arts and crafts - Endi silk is used to make colourful wraps and hawls; baskets known as khokd thugis are commonly woven; cone shaped bamboo rain shields known as knup are also popular. River - Simsang, Manda, Darming, Ringge, Gamol, Bugi Forests and wildlife sanctuaries- Nokrek NP, Balpakram NP, Nongkhyllem WS, Nokrek Biosphere Reserve, Siju Bird Sanctuary. State animal- Clouded leopard State bird- Hill myna State flower- Lady slipper orchid State tree- Gamhar

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Shillong , the capital of the state is a popular hill station. There are several falls in and around Shillong. It is also known as the 'abode of the gods' and has excellent views. Meghalaya also boasts for its village Mawlynnong. The Discovery India Magazine awarded the prestigious tag of 'Cleanest Village in Asia ' in 2003 to this village Double Decker living root bridges ( Cherrapunji) Mawsmai cave (Cherrapunji) Nohkalikai falls (Cherrapunji) Elephant falls (12 km from Shillong) Umiam lake (Shillong) Don bosco center indigenous cultures Mawlynnong waterfall (Mawlynnong/Shillong(72km away )) Laitlum canyons (Shillong ) Ward’s lake(Shillong) Hyadari park(Shillong)

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