25 Major Facts About the State of Meghalaya

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25 Major Facts About the State of Meghalaya: Meghalaya is one of the seven sister states in northern India. Its capital is in Shillong. Meghalaya was formed as a state on January 21, 1972. Here are the list of 25 major facts about the state of Meghalaya.

25 Major Facts About the State of Meghalaya

1. Meghalaya is a state in northeast India.

2. Meghalaya was formed as a state on January 21, 1972 by carving out of two districts from the state of Assam.

3. Meghalaya covers an area of approximately 22,429 square kilometers.

4. Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya. It is also the largest city of Meghalaya.

5. During the British rule of India, Shillong is known as the ‘Scotland of the East’.

6. The official languages of Meghalaya are Khasi, Gao, Jaintia, and English.

7. The word ‘Meghalaya’ means ‘the abode of clouds’.

8. Meghalaya is one of the seven sister states of northeast India.

9. The name Meghalaya was given by Shiva P. Chatterjee, who was a geography professor at Kolkata University.

10. Shillong Peak is the highest point in Meghalaya.

11. The town of Sohra (Cherrapunji) holds the world record for most rain in a calendar month.

12. The village of Mawsynram (Meghalaya) holds the record for the most rain in a year.

13. The Nokrek Biosphere Reserve and the Balphakram National Park are considered to be the most biodiversity-rich sites in Meghalaya.

14. The Nartiang Durga Temple is a major Hindu temple in Meghalaya. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas on the earth.

15. The Khasi language is widely spoken in the Khasi hills region of Meghalaya.

16. The Garo, Khasi, and Jayantia are the major tribes in Meghalaya.

17. The Garo Hills in Meghalaya are known for their terraced cultivation.

18. Meghalaya shares borders with Assam to the north and Bangladesh to the south.

19. The state of Meghalaya is the only state in India with a Matrilineal society.

20. Christmas is one of the biggest festivals of Meghalaya. This festival is celebrated on 25 December.

21. Meghalaya is famous for its living root bridges. These bridges can be seen around Cherrapunji, Nongtalang, Kudeng Rim and Kudeng Thymmai villages.

22. The double decker living root bridge is located in Nongriat, Meghalaya.

23. The clouded leopard is the state animal of Meghalaya.

24. Hill Myna is the state bird of Meghalaya.

25. Gamhar is the state tree of Meghalaya. It is also known as Kashmir tree or Beechwood tree.

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