Nestled between the Jaintia Hills and Khasi Hills, sits one of the most beautiful states of the Seven Sisters of India. It goes by the name Meghalaya. In this article on Seven Sisters of India facts, we are going to sum up 20 mind-blowing facts about Meghalaya. Actually, summing up all Meghalaya facts in this single article is not possible. So, we have decided to actually break it up into two articles. Stay with us and we bet, you will simply love these facts. However, we may go wrong somewhere. If we do, don’t hesitate to criticize us and drop a comment and correct us. If you think we have missed something, feel free to enlighten us.
Seven Sisters of India Facts – Meghalaya Facts: 1-5
1. The State of Meghalaya didn’t exist till 1971. It was in year 1972 that Meghalaya broke free from Assam and gained her statehood.
2. The name Meghalaya is actually derived from Sanskrit – one of the most scientific and one of the oldest language in world. In Sanskrit, Meghalaya means, “Abode of Clouds”.
3. And then… there is “Scotland of East” which belongs to Meghalaya. Yes, it is the capital city of Meghalaya that is called Scotland of East. The capital city is Shillong.
4. Meghalaya is one of the three Indian states where Christians form majority. The other two states are Mizoram and Nagaland. Actually, Nagaland has maximum Christian popular (percentage wise), followed by Mizoram and then third spot goes to Meghalaya.
5. Meghalaya has a town called Cherrapunji. This town is located in the Khasi Hills and hold the crown for receiving maximum rain in a single calendar month.
Seven Sisters of India Facts – Meghalaya Facts: 6-10
6. However, if we go by annual rainfall amount, Mawsynram in Meghalaya beats Cherrapunji and every other place in this world. Mawsynram is a village and is located near Cherrapunji town.
7. The Shillong Peak of the Khasi Hills is Meghalaya’s highest peak. The peak has an altitude of 1,965 meters.
8. Meghalaya is the home to India’ longest cave system. Running 22 kilometers in length, this cave system of the Jaintia Hills connects 2 different caves in that area.
9. Mountains – yes, that is something you find in abundance in this state. Look in any direction and mountains are pretty common!
10. Though this state is in India, it shares its boundary with just one Indian state – Assam. However, the state shares an international boundary. The other country is Bangladesh.