Raj Kumar Singh By Raj Kumar Singh, 3rd Nov 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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about trekking and cave exploring in Meghalaya, where to visit and what to visit and few historical background about the places.


Meghalaya, the pretty hill state has all that a tourist with an adventurous bent of mind craves for. It has been an important tourist spot in India, not only because of its serene beauty but also for its challenging topography and as the climate is suitable for various adventure sports. An adventure sportsperson can always look for activities like caving, boating, biking, paragliding, rafting etc.
Meghalaya is a proud owner of the earliest human shelter, caves in great numbers, some of which are still unexplored. And some already discovered are some of the deepest caves in entire South Asia. For years now caving in Meghalaya has become an important activity among the tourists as well as the locals.
Gorgeous lakes entice one for boating in Meghalaya which is enjoyed in two ways * for leisure and as an exciting water sport, Nehru park and orchid Lake Resort are much visited boating paradise. One can pick up choices from water-scooters to row-boats, cruise-boats to paddle-boats for a drive on the waters. Biking through the serpentine roads with striking scenic landscape all around is a different kind of pleasure altogether. The unpredictable turns and the deep gorges close to the roads make it more exciting.
The Himalayan ranges of Meghalaya provide excellent mountain flying conditions. Barring the rainy seasons Meghalaya provides ample spaces for paragliding.
White water rafting in Meghalaya is a thrilling experience that the tourists love to enjoy. Untamed rivers like Didram, Kalu, Ringgi, Chagua, Ajagar. Krishnai are just perfect to unleash the passion.
But what makes Meghalaya best for all these activities is trekking. The rugged terrain, speedy brooks, rare flora and fauna, towering hills with an added advantage of absence of snow makes Meghalaya a trekker's delight" The availability of guides and the colorfulness of the locals add to the sensation of the trekkers. The cave explorers too need to trek a long way before reaching those secretive caves.
Among the numerous trekking sites in Meghalaya, Kyllang Rock is a popular destination. It is an imposing red granite dome that rises out of the rolling grass downs near the village of Mawnai. Its elevation is of about s400 ft above sea level and it measures 1,000 ft. across in diameter. Kyllang rock lies 78 km from Shillong.
The view from the top is impressive, especially toward the Himalayas to the north during the winter months. The rock is accessible from the north and east, but is inaccessible from the nearly perpendicular southern flank. A folk tale says that the gods U Kyllang and U Symper, who lived on another similar structure, fought a great battle. The victor was U Kyllang, so Kyllang Rock stands proud compared to the abode of the vanquished U Symper, which is flatter.
According to geologists, this rock is about several million years old. lt is believed that the rock possesses a sort of magnetic field, so no one will fall from the slope. The southern side of Kyllang Rock is encumbered with enormous detached blocks of rock, while its northern side is clothed with dense forests, containing age-old red Rhododendron trees and oaks besides bushy, white Rhododendron trees which are not found elsewhere. A beautiful memorial in the honour of U Tirot is constructed here in Mairang to commemorate his great feats.


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author avatar Georgios A.V.
3rd Nov 2012 (#)

Rhododendron = Ροδόδενδρον in Greek. Handsome write, I am into sports too. Cycling - Trekking are my favorite. Kyllang Rock will accept my visit some day!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Nov 2012 (#)

Thanks for a detailed coverage, Raj Kumar. Surely an interesting and unique destination for tourists - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
8th Nov 2012 (#)

Nice. Thank you dear Raj. Happy Diwali.

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