Meghalaya means “the abode of the clouds” in Sanskrit. Excavated in the ancient state of Assam, Meghalaya is blessed with beautiful topography and biodiversity. Although the state was not visited enough until a few years ago, in recent years it had become a hotspot for tourists and why not? Meghalaya’s capital Shillong is home to beautiful mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, museums, zoos and numerous waterfalls. Mawsynram, which is the wettest place in the world, is a delight of nature.
Living Root Bridge provisionally listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Meghalaya’s Living Roots Bridge, which is on everyone’s wish list, may soon become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meghalaya Prime Minister Conrad K Sangma took to Twitter to announce the news. CM is extremely excited that “Jingkieng Jri: Living Root Bridge Cultural Landscapes of Meghalaya” has been included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. He added that bridges not only stand out for their exemplary human-environment relationship, but also focus on their pioneering use for connectivity and resilience.
Annual tourism income fell from ₹ 20 crore to ₹ 3 crore during the pandemic
Meghalaya Prime Minister Conrad K Sangma informed the Assembly that the state’s annual tourism revenue has dropped to just Rs 3 crore from over Rs 20 crore due to the global pandemic. Clearly, it will take a long time for the industry to recover and return to pre-pandemic numbers.
The Covid-19 pandemic negatively impacted the tourism industry in the state, the Prime Minister said during an Assembly budget session. State government revenue generation through December 2020 was only ₹ 3.48 crore compared to ₹ 20.89 crore in 2019, ₹ 24.77 crore in 2018 and ₹ 22.95 crore in 2019. rupees in 2017, respectively.