Meghalya, India

Meghalaya's main ethnic communities, each having its own distinctive customs and cultural traditions are the Khasis (of Mon-Khmer ancestry), the Garos (of Tibeto-Burman origin) and the Jaintias said to be from South East Asia. The common trait binding all three communities is its matrilineal system in which the family linage is taken from the mother's side. The people of Meghalaya are known to be hospitable, cheerful and friendly.

Traditionally, the Khasis believe that their religion is God given and is based on the belief of one supreme God, the creator 'U Blei Nongthaw' A Khasi is a deeply religious person, who has an intense love of life. He believes that life is God's greatest gift and he has to account for it again in the hereafter.

Main Attractions in Meghalya

Living root bridges

Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of Rubber Trees by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain along the southern part of the Shillong Plateau. A living root bridge near the village of Kongthong undergoing repairs. The local War Khasis in the photo are using the young, pliable aerial roots of a fig tree to create a new railing for the bridge. The pliable tree roots are made to grow through betel tree trunks which have been placed across rivers and streams until the figs' roots attach themselves to the other side.

Mawlynnong cleanest village

It is a matter of joy to be nestled in an ethereal setting straight out of imagination, but it is a matter of pride to be declared the cleanest village in the entire continent. And that is why it does not amaze anyone when it is also called as "God's own garden." This is Mawlynnong. This village is renowned for its cleanliness and community based eco-tourism. And all credit is given to the aware community that has made collective efforts to maintain the surroundings of a clean village.Set in the pristine environment, especially in the monsoon when the entire village is drenched in lush greenery all around, this village is adorned with waterfalls and flowering orchids that dangle from the trees and enhance the beauty of this village multiple times. Each villager is literate and considers it to be her/his own responsibility to keep the village spick and span, which has now become the way of life.

Garo hills

The Garo Hills are part of the Garo-Khasi range in Meghalaya, India.They are inhabited mainly by tribal dwellers, the majority of whom are Garo people.It is one of the wettest places in the world. The range is part of the Meghalaya subtropical forests ecoregion.People who reside in the Garo Hills are known as the Garos. Besides the Garo hills, there are Garo settlements in the plains of Assam and Bangladesh.

NOHKALIKAL FALLS, CHERRAPUNJEE

Nohkalikal Falls, also known as the Sever Sisters Water Falls, is one of the most enchanting and photogenic waterfalls in India. It is called so because of the seven different water fall that cascade down the hill which provide a breath-taking view. The mesmerizing views of this waterfall make this place a must visit while in Meghalaya. The sheer intensity of the water fall has carved a waterhole underneath. For adventure lovers, this waterfall is a delight as one can indulge into trekking, camping, bird watching, landscape photography and swimming. You can also climb down the stairs which lead to a viewpoint of the waterfalls.

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