Amazing Facts About Meghalaya: The Forested State of India

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Facts About Meghalaya

Meghalaya, as written in the headline is the forested state of India because 70% of its land is covered in forest. You might have already known that this state is famous for being the state with the most monsoon throughout the year. The meaning of Meghalaya means ‘Abode of Clouds’. Well, Meghalaya was only formed when it was carved out of Assam, 2 districts of Assam to be precise. This is an ideal place no matter if you are a beach person or a mountain person because it has everything from waterfalls to mountains. Let’s ride directly into the facts about Meghalaya. 

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About Meghalaya

Before hopping on the facts about this state, let’s know some basic things about Meghalaya. 

Formed1972 (from two districts of Assam)
Known forWide range of crops
Area22,429 sq. km
Literacy rate75.8%
LanguagesKhasi, Pnar, Garo
Staple foodRice and spicy meat or fish
Majority populationIndigenous tribes

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Facts About Meghalaya

Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, are some of the mainstream places to visit, once you visit this state you will know that this place never gets out of people’s minds. 

  1. In Meghalaya, the Khasi and Jaintia tribes have woven tradition and nature together for centuries by crafting living root bridges. 
  1. Meghalaya’s unique identity extends beyond its natural wonders. The state boasts several indigenous communities where the social fabric revolves around a matrilineal system. In these communities, women hold central roles in family and society, with lineage traced through the maternal line.
  1. Meghalaya is a state of tribal cultures, with the Khasis, Garos, and Pnars as the most prominent communities. The vibrant mix extends to include the Hajongs, Karbis, and Koch tribes, each adding their unique colors to the social fabric of the state.
  1. Meghalaya’s capital, Shillong, has backed a nickname “Scotland of the East” for its resemblance to Scotland’s captivating landscapes.
  1. Meghalaya has a geological age named after it: the Meghalayan Age, which began 4,200 years ago during a global megadrought. This fact must have shocked the people reading this article. 
  1. While English is official in Meghalaya, Khasi dominates local life, from folklore to fauna.
  1. Meghalaya, a spelunker’s paradise with 1,580 identified caves (980 explored) scattered across Jaintia, Khasi Hills, and Garo Hills, boasts some of the world’s longest.
  1. Meghalaya complements its 1,580 caves with 16 waterfalls, including Nohkalikai, India’s highest plunge waterfall at a stunning 1115 feet. 

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  1. Meghalaya’s Sohra, famed as one of Earth’s wettest spots, boasts India’s tallest plunge waterfall, Nohkalikai, amid stunning natural wonders.
  1. Christianity reigns supreme in Meghalaya, with 75% adherence shaping its culture, social life, and local celebrations through prominent churches and festivals.


What is Meghalaya famous for?

Meghalaya is famous for its famed monsoons, terrains, and serene beauty.

Why is Meghalaya called so?

Meghalaya literally means “Abode of Clouds,” this state is the epitome of clouds and the monsoon itself.

Who is the founder of Meghalaya?

Williamson Ampang Sangma is the founder of Meghalaya. Moreover, he was also the Chief Minister of the state.

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