Meghalaya is rich in wildlife

madugundurukmini By madugundurukmini, 31st Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3lr06xu6/
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Meghalaya is bound on the north and east by Assam and on the south and west by Bangladesh. Meghalaya literal meaning the abode of clouds is essentially a hilly state. It is now divided into seven administrative districts.

Ward's Lake, lady Hydari park, polo Ground, Mini Zoo, Elephant. Falls and Shillong Peak

There are elephants, tigers, bears, wild boars, leopards, golden cats, leopard cats and jungle cats. There are also many rare and interesting birds including the horn bills, partridges, pheasants, teals, snipes, geese, ducks and quails. All these are protected by law. The state has two national parks, viz, the Nokrek National Park and the Balpakram National Park and two wildlife sanctuaries, namely the Nongkhyllem Wildlife Santuary and Siju Wildlife Sanctuary.

Meghalaya is bound on the north and east by Assam and on the south and west by Bangladesh. Meghalaya literal meaning the abode of clouds is essentially a hilly state. It is now divided into seven administrative districts. These are predominantly inhabited by the Khasis, the Jaintias and the Garos.

A number of rivers, none of them navigable, drain the mountainous state. The Manda, the Darming and the Jijiram flow towards the North while the Ringge and the Ganni flow in the western direction. Rivers flowing to the south are the Simsang which is the largest river in Garo hills and the Bugi.

A considerable portion of the area of Meghalaya is under forests. The principle timber species are sal, Makrisal, Khasi pines, Birch, Teak, Titachap, Gaemari, sam, pooma, khokan, etc.

Ka Pamblang Nongkrem popularly known as Nongkrem dance is one of the most important festivals of the Khasis. It is a five day religious festival held annually at Smit village 11 km from Shillong, the headquarters of the syiem (chief) of Khyrim. The festivals is held as a thanks- giving ceremony to God Almighty for the harvest and to pray for peace and prosperity.

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Ward's Lake, lady Hydari park, polo Ground, Mini Zoo, Elephant. Falls and Shillong Peak (all are in Shillong).

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