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'MEGHALAYA' Beauty beyond Compare!
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Traveller/Photographer - Peter Elford Thangkhiew (pethangkhiew)
"Meghalaya: Land of Clouds, Waterfalls, Rivers, Living Root Bridges, Caves, Mountain, Hills, Cliffs, Sacred Forests and many more. These natural beauties should be treated with respect and not disturbed, degraded or destroyed..."
Meghalaya is a state of Northeast India. Meghalaya in Sanskrit means “The Abode of Clouds" in Sanskrit. According to the 2011 census, the state has a population of 2,964,007 and is the 23rd most populous in the country. Meghalaya covers an area of approximately 300 kilometres in length and about 100 kilometres in breadth. This state is bounded to the north by Assam and by Bangladesh to the south. The capital is Shillong, known as the "Scotland of the East” and which has a population of 143,007.
About one third of the state is forested. The Meghalaya subtropical forests eco-region encompasses the state; its mountain forests are distinct from the lowland tropical forests to the north and south. The forests of Meghalaya are notable for their biodiversity of mammals, birds, and plants. It was previously part of Assam, but on 21 January 1972, the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills became the new state of Meghalaya.
Meghalaya has predominantly an agrarian economy. The important crops are potatoes, rice, maize, pineapples, bananas, etc. The service sector is made up of real estate and insurance companies. The state has become a hub of illegal mining activity. Meghalaya's gross state domestic product for 2004 was estimated at $1.6 billion in current prices.
Shillong, the capital of the state, is a popular hill station. There are several falls in and around Shillong. Shillong Peak, also known as the "abode of the gods" is the highest in the state.