Meghalaya, which literary translates into Abode of Clouds in Sanskrit, beame the 21st State of the Indian on January 21st 1972. Located in the north-eastern region of India, this breathtakingly beautiful state is home to three ethnic communities - the Jaintias, the Khasis and the Garos - each of which is bounded by its own distinctive traditions and customs. However, all of these follow the matrilineal family system of inheritance.
Meghalaya shares its border with the Indian state of Assam and Bangladesh. Meghalaya's area comprises the three hills named after the abovementioned tribes. Apaprt from Shillong, the capital of the state, Tura and Jowai are other key cities in Meghalaya.
Some of the areas in Meghalaya experience average annual rainfall as high as 470 in. Meghalaya ranks among the wettest places in the world.
Meghalaya is one of the wettest places in the world. The forests of Meghalaya's forest, which cover 70 per cent of the total area of the state, are famous for their biodiversity of flora and fauna.
Meghalaya is an agrarian economy with about two thirds of the total workforce in the state are engaged in the agriculture and allied activities.
The predominant religion of Meghalaya is Christianity. Khasi, Pnar and Garo are the principal languages in Meghalaya whereas English has been recognized as the official language of the State.
Wherever one travels in the tiny and picturesque state of Meghalaya there is certain to be a warm welcome and traditional hospitality.
Meghalaya GDP wise rank 26 and area wise it ranks 23 and population wise is ranked 23.
The state has increased the spending on education for the 6 to 15 age group population. In the fiscal year 2015/16 the increase is 325 per cent.