Meghalaya is literally the "Abode of Clouds". The name
describes the climatic phenomenon that brings torrents of rain to its
mountainous terrain Meghalaya is a region of great scenic beauty: a
panorama of lush undulating hills; pine covered slopes, fertile
valleys; 250 species of orchids, meandering rivers, waterfalls,
sparkling mountain streams, emerald green lakes, gorges and
precipitous ravines. It is inhabited by three ancient tribes, the
Khasis, the Caros and the jaintias.
Tucked in the North Eastern region of India, the State, approximately 22,429 sq. kilometres (8,659 sq. mites) in area, lies between 25 and 26.15 North latitude and 89.45 and 92.47. East latitude. It is bounded by Assam in the North and East, and the plains of Bangladesh in the South and West.