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Meghalaya

मेघालय

STATE OF INDIA

WEBSITE
http://meghalaya.gov.in

TOURISM WEBSITE
http://megtourism.gov.in

COUNTRY
India

CAPITAL
Shillong

ESTABLISHED
21-01-1972

AREA
22429 sq km/8660 sq miles

AREA RANK
23rd

ISO 3166 CODE
IN-ML

VEHICLE REGISTRATION
ML

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Khasi, Pnar, Garo, Hindi & English

STATE DANCE
Cherow Dance

STATE ANIMAL
Mammal

STATE BIRD
Hill Myna

STATE FLOWER/TREE
Lady Slipper

ABOUT
Meghalaya is a state in the north east of India. The name means "The Abode of Clouds" in Sanskrit and other Indo-Iranian languages. As of 2011, the state has a population of 2,964,007 and is the 23rd most populous in the country. Meghalaya covers an area of approximately 300 kilometres in length and about 100 kilometres in breadth. This state is bounded to the north by Assam and by Bangladesh to the south. The capital is Shillong, known as the "Scotland of the East", and which has a population of 143,007.
About one third of the state is forested. The Meghalaya subtropical forests ecoregion encompasses the state; its mountain forests are distinct from the lowland tropical forests to the north and south. The forests of Meghalaya are notable for their biodiversity of mammals, birds, and plants. It was previously part of Assam, but on 21 January 1972, the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills became the new state of Meghalaya.
Meghalaya has predominantly an agrarian economy. The important crops are potatoes, rice, maize, pineapples, bananas, etc. The service sector is made up of real estate and insurance companies. The state has become a hub of illegal mining activity. Meghalaya's gross state domestic product for 2004 was estimated at $1.6 billion in current prices.
Shillong, the capital of the state, is a popular hill station. There are several falls in and around Shillong. Shillong Peak is highest in the state and is good for trekking. It is also known as the "abode of the gods" and has excellent views. The state offers many good hotels and lodging facilities.


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