Separating the Assam valley from the plains of Bangladesh, hilly Meghalaya – the 'abode of clouds' – is a cool, wet and pine-fresh mountain state set on dramatic horseshoes of rocky cliffs. Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram are statistically the wettest places on earth. Most of the rain falls between June and September, creating very impressive waterfalls and carving out some of Asia’s longest caves.
The state's population predominantly comprises the Jaintia, Khasi and Garo tribes, who live in the eastern, central and western parts respectively. A good time to be in Meghalaya is when the four day Wangala festival takes place in autumn. Renowned for its impressive tribal dancing, this harvest festival is also noted for its traditional drum recitals.