Meghalaya is a state in the north-east part of India. In Sanskrit, meaning of Meghalaya is “the abode of clouds”. Meghalaya covers an area of approximately 22,430 square kilometers including Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills. Meghalaya is one among the wettest places on earth, records an average of 1200 cm annual rainfall. Naturally 70% of the state is covered with lush green forests and this makes Meghalaya a destination for nature lovers and tourists.
Mesmerizing Meghalaya Tourism – Shillong
Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, is the preferred destination for those who thirst for natural beauty. The city is also famous as the “Scotland of the East”. Main attractions of Shillong are Elephant falls, Lady Hydari park, Ward’s lake, Cathedral of Mary, Butterfly Museum, Shillong Golf Course(one among the oldest in India) and Shillong peak.
The Central and State governments have taken many initiatives to uplift the tourism sector in North East India. Meghalaya has a vast potential to bring up the tourism sector in a big way in the state, the vision is to promote the potentials of this mission as an organised industry which will help promote livelihood and will provide gainful employment opportunities and help improve rural economy.
Once, inadequate facilities for stay and accommodation was impeding the growth of the tourism sector in Meghalaya. But, the scheme “Meghalaya Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Scheme 2012” which provides assistance to entrepreneurs for creation of Home-stays and Resorts to the tune of 30% of project cost of Rs 16.00 Lakhs and Rs 100.00 Lakhs respectively. Under this scheme many home-stays had been sanctioned out of which disbursement of the assistance has been made to investors. Many home-stays and resorts are under construction now.
How to Reach Shillong
Shillong has an airport at Umroi, 30 km away from the city, on the Guwahati-Shillong highway. Air India operates flights to Kolkata from Shillong airport. There is also a helicopter service connecting Shillong and Guwahati. National highway 40 connects Shillong to Jorbat, which spans about 84 kms and intersects with NH 37. Through Lokhra road and NH 37, by travelling around 20kms from Guwahati, one can reach Jorbat easily.