Tribes like Khasi, Jaintia, Bhoi, etc inhabit the districts of East Meghalaya. They are also known to be one of the earliest ethnic groups of settlers in the Indian sub continent. Places to visit in Meghalaya are Lady Hydari Park, Mattilang, Sa-I-Mika Park, Thangkharang Park and Eco Park in East Khasi Hills District, Sohra. Nehru Park, Thrills Fun Park and Kharsati Park in Ri Bhoi District. Nokrek National Park in West Garo Hills District, Balpakram National Park in South Garo Hills District, Ialong Park in Jaintia Hills District, Iooksi (Kupli) Park in Jaintia Hills district are worth visiting. Some of the beautiful destinations are Mawphlang Sacred Forest in East Khasi Hills District with the sacred grove and amazing life form of plants, flowering trees, orchids and butterflies. Nongkhnum Island in West Khasi Hills District is the biggest river island in Meghalaya and the second biggest river island in Asia, after Majuli Island in Assam. Jakrem Hot Spring in West Khasi Hills District is famous for its hot water springs of sulphur water which is believed to have curative medicinal properties. Mawlynnong Village in East Khasi Hills District has earned the distinction of being the cleanest village in India. People in this state are really passionate about their music. Saturday evening and the crowds are ready to dance the night away to music at the Tango, Cloud 9 or Platinum. Nightlife in is restricted to bars attached to hotels which are the best places for a good drink and entertainment.
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Shillong : Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya. It’s known for the manicured gardens at Lady Hydari Park. Nearby, Ward’s Lake is surrounded by walking trails. North, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features displays on the region’s native people. Waterfalls include the Elephant Falls to the southwest. East of here, forested Shillong Peak offers city views.
Cherrapunji : Cherrapunji is a subdivisional town in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is the traditional capital of the Nongkhlaw hima known as Sohra or Churra. Cherrapunji is credited as being the wettest place on Earth, but nearby Mawsynram currently holds that distinction. Cherrapunji still holds the all-time record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and in a year, however: it received 9,300 millimetres in July 1861 and 26,461 millimetres between 1 August 1860 and 31 July 1861.
Umiam Lake : Umiam Lake is a reservoir located in the hills 15 km to the North of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. It was created by damming the Umiam river in the early 1960s. The principal catchment area of the lake and dam is spread over 220 square km
Mawlynnong : Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state, India. It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction. Mawlynnong was awarded the prestigious tag of 'Cleanest Village in Asia' in 2003 by Discover India Magazine. It comes under the Pynursla community development block and Vidhan Sabha constituency
Dawki : Dawki is a town in West Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya, India.
Baghmara : Baghmara is the headquarters of South Garo Hills district in the state of Meghalaya in India. The place is bordered by Bangladesh and is about 113 km from Tura. It has a river flowing through its expanse and is also covered in hills and tracts along the way. The name “Baghmara" derived from the fight that took place between Bong Lasker and a wild Bengal tiger where he killed the tiger by crushing the jaws. The famous Siju Cave is about 45 km away and to get to Siju one needs to go through Baghmara. The famous Balphakram National Park is 66 km away and one needs to pass through this town to get there. The modes of transport is limited to buses and jeeps.This place is famous for its tasty fish and has a historical sea trading connection with Bangladesh. It is also a native place of the first Chief Minister of Meghalaya Captain Williamson Sangma and he always represented Baghmara constituency. This place is home to carnivorous plant, the pitcher plant and has the [Pitcher plant sanctuary] located at Dilsa Hill colony of Baghmara.
Tura : Tura is a hilly town and a municipality in West Garo Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. One of the largest towns in Meghalaya, Tura is a valley located at the foothills of the Tura Hills and right below the Tura Peak. The climate in Tura is moderate throughout the year and has a large number of interesting and unexplored areas. The native god Durama was believed to reside in the hills. The name Tura is said to be a corruption of the god's name. It is 220 kilometres from the nearest city Guwahati and is also the district capital of the West Garo Hills district. It is filled with small rivulets and green valleys all around. The principal languages are Garo and English. The city has 4 colleges and a host of good secondary schools. In 1973, the town was made the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tura. The capital city of Shillong is 323 kilometres away and can be accessed via buses or the shuttle helicopter service. The border of Bangladesh Dalu, is situated at a proximity of 50 kilometres. Tura is a cultural and administrative centre of the Garo tribes.
Mawsynram : Mawsynram is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 65 kilometres from Shillong. It is reportedly the wettest place on Earth, with an average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres, but that claim is disputed by Lloró, Colombia, which reported an average yearly rainfall of 12,717 millimetres between 1952 and 1989 and López de Micay, also in Colombia, which reported 12,892 mm per year between 1960 and 2012. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mawsynram received 26,000 millimetres of rainfall in 1985.
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