Meghalaya is very humid. This is India's rainiest state, with some areas getting up to 1200 centimetres of rain in a year. The town of Cherrapunji, south of capital Shillong, is the rainiest place in the world, measured by the amount of rainfall in a single month.
Meghalaya is a major ecotourism destination. The state boasts lush subtropical forests, occupying about a third of its area, home to a vast variety of flora and fauna. There are 2 wildlife parks and 3 sanctuaries. The population is largely tribal, and of course mainly agricultural. 70% of the population is Christian.
Unsurprisingly, the state has lots of waterfalls, some therapeutic hot springs, and a variety of natural and man-made lakes. Of these, Umiam Lake is one of the most popular, with facilities for all kinds of water sports.
The main tourist area is the Garo hills region, which is isolated from the rest of the state. The roads are bad, unfortunately. The state is also backward in telecommunications and bank facilities.
This is a great place for other outdoor sports, like hiking and mountain climbing. There are also hundreds of extensive caves to explore.
The weather is best from March-July. The climate is moderate, rarely getting hotter than 28 degrees. Winter temperatures can go below zero.
Meghalaya's capital Shillong has one of Asia's biggest golf courses - "Glen Eagle of the East", and one of Asia's few natural golf courses. Shillong was bly influenced by British, who introduced golf here in the 19th century. The British influence is also evident in its architecture and cuisine. Shillong's houses, however, are typically Assam-style, with sloping roofs and many windows.
The dominant cultural group in Shillong is the Khasi tribe, though there are also many Bengalis and Nepalese. The Khasis are mostly Christian and they are matrilineal, with the mother the head of the family, and the children inheriting her surname, and the youngest daughter inheriting the family property.