Meghalaya

Discover Meghalaya

Travel to East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, RI Bhoi, West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, North Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills, South Garo Hills.

Meghalaya, the abode of clouds, is one of the most beautiful states in North-East India offering a variety of sights, activities, food and festivals to the tourists. Well known for Cherapunjji, the place which receives one of the maximum rainfall in the world, Meghalaya can mesmerise you with its hills, valleys, lakes, caves and waterfalls which when combined with the beautiful clouds, give it a very serene, beautiful look.

Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, and it is the most urbanised area you will see in the entire state. Shillong has a lot of leftover British colonial influence that is evident from the plentiful British architecture. Owing to the magnificent lakes all around the town, and the hills surrounding it, Shillong has often been called the Scotland of the East.

East Khasi Hills: Named after the Khasi tribe of Meghalaya, the Khasi Hills are part of the Garo-Khasi range, and a part of the larger Patkai hill range, a series of hills found across the Indo-Myanmar border in the northeast region of India. With deep lush valleys and conical peaks, these hills are famous for housing the Sohra or Cherrapunjee scarp, one of the regions with the highest annual rainfall in the world.

Famous Places in East Khasi Hills: Shillong City, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Lady Hydari Park, Ward’s Lake, Cathedral Catholic Church, Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum, Golf Course, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak.

Shillong City: The capital city of the State as well as the District headquarter of East Khasi Hills District. It is one of the hill station well connected with good roads. The nearest railway station & International Airport are located in Guwahati. The name Shillong is derived from U-Lei Shillong, a powerful deity. The presence of many well reputed educational institutions including the nationally and internationally recognized educational institution viz, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) make Shillong the educational hub for the entire north-east.

Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures: Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) is located in Mawlai, Shillong is a major tourists’ spot providing a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyles of the indigenous peoples of North East India. An Institution having a museum with a research centre, for promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of North East India. It is a unique fusion of all the sister states under one roof.

Lady Hydari Park: The Park is located in the heart of the city, It is a lush green park with abundance of plants and flowers. Variety of flowers bloom in Spring, summer & autumn. The play area for children has swings, slides, see-saws and merry-go-rounds. The park is exhibiting some birds like the stork, crane and macaw etc. Wild animals like bear, jungle cat and deer are also exhibited here.

Ward’s Lake: Ward’s lake was named after Sir William Ward, the then, Chief Commissioner of Assam. This man-made lake is locally known as Nan Polok. The gravelly footpath path around the lake combined with variety of flowers is truly refreshing and rejuvenating place to be in. The boating facility also attracts many visitors. It is a popular spot for both local and visiting tourists. The lake is frequented by walkers and joggers in the morning time.

 Cathedral Catholic Church: It is located in the heart of the city, in Laitumkhrah. This historical monument of peace and divinity is one of the biggest cathedral in the State. The beautiful church is constructed in the Gothic architectural style and is a spectacular sight in the midst of sprawling green lawns. This church is also known as the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians.

Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum: The museum is located in the State Central Library complex, under the Arts and Culture Department. The collection gives an insight to the lifestyle, ethnic tribal culture and tradition of the people. There are monuments of the great patriots of the state besides the statue of Smt. Indira Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Golf Course: Shillong Golf Course is one of the oldest and beautiful natural golf course in the world. The lush green meadows in the Golf course give a scenic view. It was set in an undulating valley covered with thick groves of pine trees. Earlier it was a 9 (nine) hole course and later converted into a 18 (eighteen) hole course. The Golf course is frequented by walkers and joggers in the morning time. Many visitors refresh and relax in weekends.

Elephant Falls: Elephant falls is 12 kms on the outskirts of the city the mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in dells of fern-covered rocks. At a short distance beyond the falls, there are two smaller falls which are none the less beautiful and captivating. These are the Wei Iaplam Falls and the Wir Phang Falls. A well paved footpath and a small wooden bridge facilitate access to these falls.

Shillong Peak: It is the highest peak in the state, about 10 kms from the city. It offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Shillong city & the country side. Obeisance is paid to U ‘Lei Shillong at the sanctum at the peak’s summit every springtime, by the religious priest of Mylliem State. A spectacular Sunset view attracts avid photographers. It is also a popular hangout in the evening to catch a glimpse of the city lights below.

West Khasi Hills: Nestled in the foot hills of the majestic Himalayas, the breathtaking picturesque beauty of mother nature calmly enchants in the hill ranges of Meghalaya, the abode of clouds. At the heart of Meghalaya lies West Khasi Hills, a district least explored by travellers till recent years. Its indegineous citizens and rich culture extends a warm welcome to all. This portal is a window to information of West Khasi Hills district and the services rendered by its local government and the culture and heritage of its residents.

Famous Places in West Khasi Hills: Nongkhnum River Island, Sohtyngkhur village.

Nongkhnum River Island: Nongkhnum River Island is the biggest river island in Meghalaya and the second biggest river island in Asia, after Majuli Island in Assam. It is located at a distance of about 14 Km from the headquarter of the District, Nongstoin and at a distance of about 63 km from Mairang Sub‐Division.

Sohtyngkhur village: Sohtyngkhur village is located under Mairang C&RD Block of West Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya, India. It is situated 15km away from Sub-Division Mairang and 60km away from the district headquarter, Nongstoin. According to Census 2011, Sohtyngkhur has a total population of 890 people and a total of 151 houses.

South West Khasi Hills: Mawkyrwat Civil Sub-Division was notified as a fully fledged Civil Sub Division with effect from 26th June, 1982 under Government Notification No. HPL.539/81/51, dated 22nd June 1982. And, whereas, for public convenience and better administration the Governor of Meghalaya considers it necessary to upgrade the said Mawkyrwat Civil Sub-Division of West Khasi Hills District with minor modifications, therein, into a fully-fledged District.

Famous Places in South West Khasi Hills: Nongnah Village, Jakrem Hot Spring, Symper rock, Umngi River, Phlangja Ud-Cave, Rilang View Point, Tynrong Synrang Murin, Bombell Rock, Synrangbah Cave, Dongnob Falls, Synrang Sngi Rock, Tynrong Manbasa, Tynnai View Point, Kyllai Lyngsngun Peak, Iawpaw Plateau, Ranikor, Gomaghat.

Nongnah Village: Nongnah is under Ranikor C&RD Block. It is located  30 km to the South-West of Mawkyrwat and is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of the area. From this plateau one gets a bird’s eye view of the surrounding hills and valleys, besides the plain and rivers of Bangladesh and the Himalayas. When one looks from a distance it looks like a bed which legends say is the bed of the legendary greens. On this plateau there is a cave, the longest of all caves found in Khasi Hills.

Jakrem Hot Spring: 15 Kms from Mawkyrwat and 60 Kms from Shillong at lawblei (Jakrem) on the Shillong-Mawkyrwat road is the Hot Sulphur Spring. During winter it is a favourite picnic spot and people throng the spring. Most of them come to take bath for it is believed that the water has medical properties.

Symper rock: 50 km from Shillong on the western side of the Shillong-Mawkyrwat road stands the Sympher Rock which is one of the unique geological formations in the area. From the top of this rock one gets a view of the Mawkyrwat area and its surroundings.

Umngi River: 18 km from Mawkyrwat is the Umngi River. It is a favorite picnic spot for the people of the area. In the middle of its course, there is a small river island where beach voleyball is played. It is the longest river in mawkyrwat sub division and its main source starts from Sohiong; it stretches down to Umpung lake, the most beautiful lake where there are different kinds of rocks and small stones.

Phlangja Ud-Cave: 16 km from Mawkyrwat at Phlangja Ud, south of Rangmaw village is a beautiful cave. Stalactites hang on the ceiling of the cave and and above this cave lies a vast grassland from where we can get a view of the Bangladesh Plains. The distance of the cave is about 600 meters.

Rilang View Point: 5km from Mawkyrwat at Mawranglang is a beautiful valley on the Nongstoin-Mawkyrwat road meandering across the river. It is convenient picnic and angling spot.

Tynrong Synrang Murin: About 2 km from Mawkyrwat at Mawten, there is a barren grassland surrounded by a unique panorama of sheer expanse in lovely openness. There is an open cave surrounding this flat land on its west.

Bombell Rock: 3 km from Mawkyrwat at Mawten is a table land or high land which has a mesmerizing beauty. If one stands on this place one will get a view of the small hills and plains surrounding it.

Synrangbah Cave: At Nonglang, about 3 km from Mawkyrwat, is situated a yawning cave. The Mawkyrwat-Photjaud road passes through this cave having leveled the inner part. It is an open cave where people and cattle take shelter during rain and storm. Bats of all sizes reside in this cave.

Dongnob Falls: 8 km from Mawkyrwat at Photjaud, is a beautiful waterfall. In the middle of this falls there is a cave which during winter becomes a splendid natural beauty with the reflection of the sun rays.

Synrang Sngi Rock: 8 km from Mawkyrwat, east of Mawten, stands a rock as time keeper rock because when the sun rays touch its face in the evening the local farmers know the sun is going to set and it’s time for them to return home.

Tynrong Manbasa: 8 km from Mawkyrwat, south of Rangmaw, there is a place where during olden times where people used to perform rites by worshiping this sacred stone.

Tynnai View Point: 12 km from Mawkyrwat is a table land, where we can get a view of the rivers and plains of Bangladesh and the whole area of Riwar.

Kyllai Lyngsngun Peak: 35 km from Mawkyrwat, on the Mawkyrwat-Phlangdilong road is the peak covered with palm trees and leaves which look like a forest presenting a spectacular view of the green mountainous hills.

Iawpaw Plateau: 30 km from Mawkyrwat, situated on the south west of Nongnah is one of the most beautiful villages of the area. From this plateau one gets a bird’s eye view of the surrounding hills and valleys, besides the plain and rivers of Bangladesh and the Himalayas. When one looks from a distance it looks like a bed which legends say is the bed of the legendary greens. On this plateau there is a cave, the longest of all caves found in Khasi Hills.

Ranikor: Situated 45 km from Mawkyrwat, Rani Means “Queen” and Ghor means “House”. Formerly, it was a winter resort of the queen (Mahadei) of Maharam. Its close to Bangladesh border and located on the bank of the river. Over this river is the Borba Singh Bridge, the second longest suspension bridge in India. It is the best spot for angling Golden Mahasheers and boat rowing is also available here. Realizing the tourism potential of the place the local administration organized a tourism festival at Rnikor in February every year.

Gomaghat: 5 km from Ranikor, it was a center of trade and commerce between Bangladesh and India. It is also a place of Muslim pilgrimage where once in a year, the Muslim pilgrim from Bangladesh come to perform annual rituals. There is three day annual market in which all types of traditional and modern goods are sold and bought. Locally known as “Iew Banit”, the market is very popular among the people of the surrounding areas who flock to it to buy goods.

RI Bhoi: Ri Bhoi District came into existence and assumed the hierarchical status of the District on the 4th June 1992 by upgrading the former Civil Sub-Division. The District was carved out from the erstwhile East Khasi Hills District and lies between North Latitudes 25 15’ and 26 15’ and between East Longitudes 91 45’ and 92 15’. It geographically comprises parts of the Khasi kingdoms viz parts of Mylliem Syiemship, Khyrim Syiemship, Nongspung Syiemship, Nongkhlaw Syiemship, whole of Nongpoh Sirdarship (erstwhile Nongpoh Syiemship), Myrdon Sirdarship and the erstwhile Nongwah Syiemship. Presently, Nongwah Syiemship is one of the missing Khasi States that calls for restoration both administratively and territorially.

Famous Places in Ri Bhoi: Umiam Lake, Lum Nehru Park,  Dwar Ksuid, Orchid Resort, Lum Sohpetbneng.

 Umiam Lake: Offers water sports facilities including sailing, water skiing, water scooter. The Orchid Lake Resort and the adjacent Lum Nehru Park is an ideal quiet Holiday Resort.

Lum Nehru Park: Adjacent to the Orchid Lake Resort, in one of the surrounding spurs, there is a charming park, known as “Nehru Park”. Besides beautiful lawns and flowers, there is also orchidarium and aviary.

Dwar Ksuid: Located in Khapmara, Bhoilymbong area of Umroi. Popularly known as the “Lover Paradise”. The rumbling swift flowing river with lots of slippery boulders attracted visitors and pinickers alike, even home video film makers. Dwar Ksuid means the Devil’s Doorway, it beats the rational thinking personae with a probing question, ‘Why the devil, did they named the doorway after the devil.

Orchid Resort: Located at Umiam adjacent to Lum Nehru Park. It is about 14 Kms from Umroi Airport, 110 Kms from Guwahati Airport, 86 Kms from Guwahati Railway Station, 17 Kms from Shillong City Centre and 34 Kms from the district Headquarter . This unique, idylic and picturesque resort consisting of water sports complex. Earlier the water sports complex at Umiam lake has a unique Floating Restaurant cum Sport Deck named Flying Duck, is the first of its kind in the country, designed by world famous architect Charles Correa.

Lum Sohpetbneng: Located at Umiam which is about 40 Kms from the district headquarter. It is about 6 Kms from Umiam to reach the top of a peak. It sets amidst a beautiful scenic view against the backdrop of a sacred forest. A majestic legendary peak, literary mean the Naval or Heaven, or Heavenly Peak, as per Khasi mythology, is believed to be an ancient golden staircase which linked earth and heaven.

West Jaintia Hills: West Jaintia Hills District is one of the 11 (eleven) districts of the state of Meghalaya. With the bifurcation of the erstwhile Jaintia Hills District into East and West Jaintia Hills District, West Jaintia Hills District came into existence on 31st July 2012 with its Head Quarter at Jowai.

Famous Places in West Jaintia Hills: Thlu Muwi, Nartiang Monoliths, Ialong Park.

Thlu Muwi: 16 kms. from Jowai on the Jowai to Dawki Road lies Thlu Muwi. This stone bridge built by U Mar Phalyngki and U Luh Lamare under the orders of the Jaintia King. Because of the rise of the Muwistream during the monsoon a bridge was required to be built for the King’s journey from Jaintiapur to Nartiang. The bridge consists of huge well hewn granite stone slabs perched on equally similar pillars. Beside the stone bridge is also the Muwi Waterfalls.

Nartiang Monoliths: Monoliths exist throughout the length and breadth of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills. However, the biggest collection of monoliths or Megalithic stones in one single area is to be found north of the Nartiang market. These consists of Menhirs (Upright stones) Moo Shynrang and Dolmens (flat stones in the horizontal position) locally known as Moo Kynthai. Within the perimetre of these Megalithic collection stands the tallest Menhir erected by U Mar Phalyngki a trusted lieutenant of the Jaintia King to commemorate his victory in battle.

Ialong Park: The Park is located about 8 kms from Jowai. It is known for its sacred grove and for its setting which overlooks the beautiful Pynthorwah Valley. Through the Special DRDA Tourism Project the District Administration have taken step to beautify the park by creating infrastructure such as water dams and canals, toilet facilities with changing rooms, hoardings, jungle clearance which has attracted tourist far and wide.

East Jaintia Hills: East Jaintia Hills District is one of the 11 (eleven) districts of the state of Meghalaya. With the bifurcation of the erstwhile Jaintia Hills District into East and West Jaintia Hills Districts, East Jaintia Hills District came into existence on 31st July 2012 with its headquarter at Khliehriat. East Jaintia Hills is the home of one of the major tribes of the state of Meghalaya popularly known as the ‘Jaintias’ or the ‘Pnars’ and other sub tribes like the ‘Wars’ and the ‘Biates’.

Famous Places in East Jaintia Hills: Moopun Waterfalls, Tisang River, Umhang Lake, Lukha River and Lukha Bridge at Sonapur, Borghat Temple, Rynji Falls

Moopun Waterfalls: Moopun Waterfalls is situated at river Umjhai at Mutong village. It is at a distance of about 10 Km from the NH 44 junction at Kongong and 25 Km equidistant from Jowai and Khliehriat. It is only 300 Meters away from the PWD road to the top of the Moopun Falls. From the vehicle parking it takes only about 5 minutes walk to the bottom of the Moopun Falls and 3 minutes walk to the Stone Bridge. The scintillating Moopun Falls touches the crystal water on the beach at the bottom from a height of 110 feet and a 50 feet width and calmly flows down to the famous Myntdu river in Jaintia Hills.

Tisang River: Tisang River can be approached from the village of Borghat which is about 50 km from the district headquarter, Khliehriat. This beautiful and scenic river is surrounded by forests and villages along its path and it is a hot spot for river-side camping for the adventurous few.

Umhang Lake: Located at Bataw village, at a distance of 29 km from the District Head Quarter, it is the largest natural lake in Jaintia Hills. Bataw village is connected by an all-season road by travelling through Rymbai Village southward. According to legends, an old lady, a cattle bearer from Watea (Bataw) village belonging to the Suchiang clan, owing to scorching heat, was thirsty and in search of water. She scratched (kboh) the earth for water and suddenly a spring of water swell out on the air like a fountain.

Lukha River and Lukha Bridge at Sonapur: Lukha river and Lukha Bridge is located at a distance of 40 km from Khliehriat. The river is beautifully bounded by beautiful mountains and landscape on both sides as it is flowing downward to Bangladesh. Lukha Bridge, is the longest bridge in the district. It is a concrete arc bridge with support only at the edges. It is the main bridge connecting the state with the eastern part of Assam.

Borghat Temple: Borghat Temple is lying in the centre of Borghat Village (Shilliangpusi), which is located as a distance of 49 km from Khliehriat and just a few kilometers away from Bataw Village. The temple is made of bricks surrounded by humble plain brick wall which exists till today near the “Borkhat Palace” as a neglected monument. It has unique beautiful carvings on it. U Bor Kuseiñ, the Jaintia ruler came under the influence of Hinduism and was the first rulers to embraced Hinduism and hence he built the Borkhat Temple for worshiping. It is primarily a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. In olden days, the Jaintia kings performed animal sacrifices in the temple.

Rynji Falls: Rynji Falls located in the western part of the District bordering West Jaintia Hills District is located in a less accessible area which can be reached via a few hours walk from the nearest road. This mighty looking waterfall runs along a path of rocky terrain which renders it quite unique with its dangerous-looking yet mesmerizing appeal.

East Garo Hills: There are several places in Garo Hills that can be developed for tourism. Some of them are of historical importance; others are important because of their association with the cultural traditions of the Garo people and many of them again have deservedly earned fame for their scenic beauty. Much of the area still remain untouched, retaining almost intact the original flora and fauna which should have more of the attention of the scientists, or even the ordinary lover of Nature. Tourism. If properly developed, could be a potentially rich source of revenue to the district as well as to the State.

Famous Places in East Garo Hills: Williamnagar, Chisobibra, Nokrek National Park/Biosphere Reserve, Daribokgre, Bolkinggre/Nengmandalgre, Tasek Wari/Napak, Kore Dare, Mrik Wari, Matpa Dare, Dobe Dare.

Williamnagar: Williamnagar is the district headquarters of East Garo Hills. It is situated on the upper reaches of the Simsang River, and for this reason it was originally called Simsanggre, the name being changed in 1976 to Williamnagar, after the name of the first Chief Minister of Meghalaya, the late Captain Williamson A. Sangma.

Chisobibra: Intertwined with the striking terrain of Garo Hills are legends and Garo folklore. At Chisobibra, you can learn about the legacy of the Garo Warrior/Matgrik – Pa Togan Nengminja, the most famous freedom fighters from amongst the Garos. During the British Expedition to annex Garo Hills to British India, they faced the last major Garo resistance to their intrusion at Rongrengiri. After days of seize, they succeeded on 12th December, 1837 to fell the Garo Warrior Pa Togan Nengminja Sangma who led the Garos, at Chisobibra near Rongrengiri.

Nokrek National Park/Biosphere Reserve: Nokrek is the highest peak in the Garo Hills range with an elevation of 1412 metres above sea level, from where rise most of the major rivers and streams in the Garo Hills region. The peak and its surrounding areas was notified as a national park by the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India in September, 1988. The park is located in the south-eastern part of East Garo Hills – some parts the park area falls is East Garo Hills district, while other parts fall in West Garo Hills and South Garo Hills districts.

Daribokgre: Daribokgre is a beautiful hamlet situated in the peripheral fringes of Nokrek Naltional Park/Nokrek Biosphere Reserve. Although Daribokgre falls under East Garo Hills, it is most accessible from West Garo Hills. Daribokgre is the starting point for the famous trek to Nokrek Peak and Matcha Nokpante. The trek to Nokrek Peak is a short trek through vibrant forests and terrain before reaching the summit. The peak is the highest peak in the Garo Hills range with an elevation of 1412 metres above sea level. The peak is also the source of the River Simsang, the longest river in Garo Hills, which flows through the heart of the district.

Bolkinggre/Nengmandalgre: Bolkinggre and Nengmandalgre are villages accross the Simsang nearby Williamnagar. About 10 kms by road, Nengmandalgre is much shorter in the dry season when bamboo bridges come up at different places across the Simsang without going through the Warimagre Bridge. Amidst the rustic charm of Bolkinggre is the Me∙mo Lake, a popular getaway for sightseeing, picnics and leisure boating.

Tasek Wari/Napak: Tasek Wari is a tectonic lake formed by River Damring during the Great Earthquake of 1897. It was believed to be the habitat of a huge water serpent called Sangkini by the locals. Adding to the charm of this momentous story is the rustic landscape around the lake. Located near Songsak, just off the Darugiri-Songsak road, this beautiful, natural inland lake is a popular spot for picnics and boat rides.

 Kore Dare: Songmagre is a village just 9 kms from Williamnagar. The Kore Dare or Kore Falls, a cascade of waterfall is a little trek from Songmagre.

Mrik Wari: Just a little downstream River Simsang from Williamnagar is the Mrik Wari. It is a pool in the Simsang River, and is a popular spot for sightseeing and picnics.

West Garo Hills: West Garo Hills is one of the largest district of Meghalaya located in the western part of the State. The Garo Hills district was divided into two districts, viz the West Garo Hills district and the East Garo Hills district in October 1976. The erstwhile West Garo Hills district was further divided into two administrative districts of West and South Garo Hills on June 1992. The district headquarters of West Garo Hills is Tura, which is the second largest town in the State after Shillong.

Famous Places in West Garo Hills: Nokrek Biosphere Reserve, Daribokgre Rural Tourism, Tura Peak, Pelga Falls, Wadagokgre, Kata Beel, Darga of Hazrat Shah Kamal Baba, Mir Jumla’s Tomb, Arbella Peak, Rongbang Dare, Sasatgre, Chibragre, Rombagre, Mande Burung, Kima Songa.

Nokrek Biosphere Reserve: The Nokrek National Park is about 45 kms via Asananggre and Sasatgre but just about 2 kms from Tura Peak in West Garo Hills, provided you are an avid trekker. Nokrek is the highest peak in Garo Hills and has been declared a National Biosphere under the control and management of the state forest department. The peak is teeming with very rare plants and animals deep inside the thick jungle. The park is also home to a very rare species of citrus-indica endemic to this place which the locals call me.mang narang which when literally translated means the ‘orange of the spirits’.

Daribokgre Rural Tourism: Local Inn Daribokgre is a rural hamlet located close to the world famous biosphere reserve of Nokrek at a height of approximately 1900m. The local community at Daribokgre has been greatly exposed to visitors and tourists who flock the area and the community provides them with local food and accommodation in their villages for a minimal price. A comfortable three-and-a-half kilometre trek from Daribokgre village leads a visitor to Nokrek Peak.

Tura Peak: A majestic hill stands on the eastern flank of Tura, the largest town in the Garo Hills region of the State. It peaks eight hundred and seventy two metres above sea level overlooking Tura. Local legend has it that the peak provides a sacred abode for the Gods and claims that it was traditionally known as Dura but the British mistook it for Tura, before it came to be known as such. Since the Tura hill and its peak constitute the water catchments area of Tura town, the whole Tura-range has been declared as a reserve-forest.

Pelga Falls: Pelga fall just located at the distance of 7 kms from Tura has become increasingly hot spot for anglers and picnickers in recent years. The tourism developed this place by constructing a footpath and view point. A typical traditional Garo bamboo bridge constructed over Ganol river is another added attraction.

Wadagokgre: Bhaitbari Any tourist who is interested in history can visit Wadagokgre which is one of the most interesting and attractive places in West Garo Hills. It is a place where an excavation was taken up by the pre-history branch of the Archeological Survey of India and proved that this was one of the biggest cities, a religious centre cast out of the Bramaputra river from the fourth century A.D. or even earlier.

 Kata Beel: Located near Nogorpara village in West Garo Hills district, the beel is about seventy kilometres off Tura on the Tura-Garobadha-Ampatigiri-Mahendraganj road. Tradition has it that this pond was dug and constructed under the instructions of Lengta Raja of the Garos. The beautiful, soothing waters of Kata Beel covers about one hectare of area. The beel is surrounded by a planned plantation of palms.

Darga of Hazrat Shah Kamal Baba: Shah Kamal at a distance of about 80 kms from Tura, the district headquarters of west Garo Hills stands the Darga Sharif of Hazrat Shah Kamal Baba, popularly known as Pirsthan which has been venerated for centuries. The history behind this Darga dates back to about 700 years when Raja Mahendranarayan was ruling there. During the reign of Mahendranarayan, the place was occupied by a demon that created a lot of problems for the king.

Mir Jumla’s Tomb: Mir Jumla, one of the most capable of Mughal Generals, was appointed Governor of Bengal around 1659 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Shortly thereafter, Mir Jumla invaded Assam at the head of a vast army, as an act of attrition against the local ruler who captured some remote areas of Mughal territory on the Bengal frontier. Mir Jumla had considerable initial success and over ran parts of Assam, but the difficult overland routes and the hostile malaria-infested climate took a heavy toll on the Mughal army.

Arbella Peak: A lofty blue hill with an elevation of nine hundred and ninety nine metres above sea level stands on the north-eastern flank of Tura. The hilly range on which it is located is known as Arbella Range and the peak as Arbella Peak. The drive-up to the peak passes through deeply forested glades, full of shrubs and orchids of unparalleled beauty. Wildfowl and pheasants of exciting plumage and colour abound, besides birds of all sizes and variety making the place an idyllic resort of Natural joy.

Rongbang Dare: If one believes that small is beautiful, then the tiny waterfall near Chinabat village to the right of the Tura-Asanangre-Williamnagar State highway is one to be taken into reckoning. This sprightly fall, though perennial, is at its best during the monsoon months.

Sasatgre: Located on the hilly crescent – like saddle, at the foot of the Nokrek peak, in the West Garo Hills district, Sasatgre village is accessible by a jeepable road from Oragitok village which lies on the Tura-Asanangre-Williamnagar State highway. The distinguishing feature of this village is that although all the houses are built in the typical Garo Pattern and design, they are spacious, airy, well-built and firm.

Chibragre: Lying in the junction of two rivers, the Ganol and Rongram is Chibragre, a picturesque place which is very popular among picnickers and anglers alike. The river Ganol originates from Nokrek Peak which flows steadily eastward teeming with fish and also believed to be the home of the mythological Sangkni and Na.nil or water serpents. The river has huge rocks that surround pools with deep caves and hollows underneath.

Rombagre: Rombagre is situated at the distance of 35kms from Tura on the side of Williamnagar-Tura PWD Road. There is a beautiful water pool that has been preserved and protected by the local villagers in the Simsang River where schools of fish are found swimming in the clear waters turning the place virtually into a tourist spot as many travellers are often found enjoying the fish in the protected water pool.

Mande Burung: If you are a believer in the mysterious then a trip to the Garo Hills can offer you some adventure. The Garos believe that an elusive Mande Burung or Jungle Man roams the forests of Garo Hills just like Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti and others in different parts of the world.

Kima Songa: Kima Songa is traditional Garo totems or memorial posts erected in honour of the dead members of a family done normally post funeral. These posts or totems are usually kept in front of the open space of a house. These posts are carved out in human forms representing the dead person and it is adorned with the dead person’s clothes and belongings.

North Garo Hills: The district of North Garo Hills forms the Northern most part of the Garo Hills region of the state of Meghalaya and it is the gateway to the entire region as it shares a long border with the neighbouring state of Assam. The population is a mixture of indigenous Garo tribes along with other minor tribes comprising of Rabhas, Hajongs, Kacharis and Boros. The climate is sub tropical with adequate rainfall. The people are an ethnic mix of Indo-Burmese-Tibetan ancestry.

Famous Places in North Garo Hills: Jolding Wari, Radi Nokat, Na.ka Chikong, Rasna Dare, Chitim Tim Dare, Ganna Ramram lake, Rongma Gitil, Rangdokram, Sawal Wari, Rangjokram lake.

Jolding Wari: Located at Mongpangro, a tiny village near Mendipathar, Jolding Wari is a popular destination for tourists coming to Resubelpara town. It is believed that this magnificent lake was formed during the Great Earthquake of 12th June, 1897.

Radi Nokat: The prime attraction here is the presence of numerous natural rock formations, conical in shape resembling Shivlingams. It is located about 7 Kms away from Resubelpara town. It is a famous sought after destinations among the Hindu pilgrims

Na.ka Chikong: A famous hotspot among picnic lovers and anglers, Naka Chikong is well- known for its natural beauty, Scenic River and beautiful rock formations. It is located in Badaka village.

Rasna Dare: Located at Rajasimla village, it is one of the famous waterfall in the region. It is an ideal spot for picnic and trekking

Chitim Tim Dare: Located at Babukona village close to Assam-Meghalaya border along the Resubelpara-Krishnai inter-state (Khaldang) road, it is one of the few waterfalls to be discovered by the people of the area very recently. According to the villagers, this particular waterfall came into existence post the devastating flood of 2014 which caused extensive damage to the surrounding areas and plains destroying thousands of crops, plantations and agricultural produce worth several crore of rupees.

Ganna Ramram lake: Located roughly 15 Kms away from Resubelpara town in Boda A.pal village, it is a deep lake nestled on top of a hillock amidst the thick lush green forests and deep canopy of forest cover. Legend has it that this lake was once home to the great spirits and dwarfs (Te.teng) who settled here for thousands of years. It is believed that this spirits (Mi.te) would bath in this lake and after bathing dry all their clothes including the Ganna (traditional Garo dress) on a large rock located on the bank of this lake.

Rongma Gitil: Legend has it that there were two Goddesses by the name  Rongma and Mring, who were sisters. It is believed that the two Goddesses fought for some reasons and as a result Rongma was defeated by Mring. Hence, the name “Rongma Gitil” or the “Fall of the Mother Rock” derived its name. It is located in Chachinat village.

Rangdokram: It is located about 6 (six) Kms from Soksan Gate (Mendipathar) and famous for ‘Rang’ the Traditional ‘Bell’. Whenever there is any meeting at the locality, the watchman rings the Bell and the whole locality gathers. This Bell remain in the form of Rock in the midst of the thick forest.

Sawal Wari: Located at Ildek Akong village, this beautiful river is a must visit site among the tourists. It is a very popular destination among the locals.

Rangjokram lake: Located in the heart of Resubelpara town. The lake is a large reservoir of deep water body spread over a wide geographical area teeming with exotic species of fish of varied size and colour. The soothing ambience and cool waters of the lake make it an ideal spot for angling, camping, picnicking or simply to laze around in the solitude of Mother Nature. The lake has immense potential for promoting water-based adventure sports activities.

South West Garo Hills: South West Garo Hills came into existence as a district of the state of Meghalaya on 7 August 2012. It is a small district of just 822 sq kms with only 1,70,794 people.

Famous Places in South West Garo Hills: The Snake Stone, Kodaldhowa Lake, Chenga-benga Lake, Ma Kamakhya Temple at Thakuranbari, Do.bul Lake at Damalgre, Kata Beel/ Chimite Lake, Shah Kamal Durgah/ Dargah Sharif, Tomb of Mir Jumla.

The Snake Stone: The snake stone is a remarkable stone structure in the form of a long snake discovered in a village called Kawegre at Mahendraganj along the international border. The stone resembles a snake about 20 ft. in length. This snake stone was accidentally dug upon by the villagers of Kawegre during the construction of a road to the village.

Kodaldhowa Lake: Situated at about 8kms from Zikzak, is the famous Legendary lake known as Kodaldhowa. It is said this tank was excavated to wash the spades everyday while digging Kata beel. The locals in Hajong Language called this tank Kodaldhowa which means “Kodal” spade and “Dhowa” means wash.

Chenga-benga Lake: Chenga –Benga is a natural lake located at Gandhipara area about 7kms from Garobadha on the banks of River Ganol. The length of the lake is around 3kms and the breadth is about 15-20 metres wide. The name of the lake follows after the two brothers, Chenga and Benga.

Ma Kamakhya Temple at Thakuranbari: Maa Kamakya Temple at Thakuranbari was built by a Great Koch King, Narayana. This temple is located on a hillock about 1 km away from Mir-Jhumla’s Tomb. It is said that this temple has a connection to the famous Kamakhya Temple located at Assam.

Do.bul Lake at Damalgre: Do.bul Lake is a natural Lake located at Damalgre Village about 35 km from Ampati. The size of the lake is 4 hectares approximately. This Lake is an Ornithological hotspot known for its abundance of varieties of birds, both indigenous and migratory.

Kata Beel/ Chimite Lake: Kata Beel, also known locally as Chimite is located at Nogorpara Village about 25 kms from Ampati the headquaters of South West Garo Hills District. It is said that this tank was dug by one Garo King nicknamed Pagla Raja or Lengtha Raja.

Shah Kamal Durgah/ Dargah Sharif: A few minutes’ drive from Mahendraganj just 4 kms on the Kalaichar road is the Shah Kamal Durgah or the burial place of the last remains of Shah Kamal and his Garo wife.
Legend has it that during the rule of Raja Mahendra Narayan – the Zamindar of Karaibari, a demon was creating havoc by killing and devouring the people of the village. Shah Kamal by his super natural power drove away the demon and restored peace in the kingdom. The Raja as a token of his gratitude donated 1280 bighas of land as a gift to Shah Kamal. After the death of Shah Kamal and his wife, the burial place was constructed on a hillock overlooking Bangladesh and till today the graves of the couple can be seen in this Durgah.

Tomb of Mir Jumla: The tomb of Mir Jumla, the great Mughal General of Emperor Aurangzeb is located at Thakuranbari village on the Assam-Meghalaya border about 8 kms from Ampati. History has it that Mir Jumla, who was appointed the Governor of Bengal in 1659 by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, invaded Assam heading a vast army.

South Garo Hills: There are several places in the district  that can be  developed for tourism. Some of them are of historical importance;  others are important because of their association with the cultural traditions of the Garo people and many of them again have deservedly earned fame for their scenic beauty. Much of the area still remain untouched, retaining almost intact the original flora and fauna.  Garo hills known for its abundance of wild life, should interest naturalists and photographers to capture the facts of life of animals and the flora and fauna.
Two mountain ranges – The Arebella range and the Tura range, passes through the Garo Hills, forming the  great Balpakaram Valley in between.

Famous Places in South Garo Hills: Balpakram National Park, Boldak Matchu Karam, Chidimak, Matchru, Areng Patal, Goncho Dare, Dikkini Ring, Rongsaljong Agal, Rongsobok Rongkol.

Balpakram National Park: A national  wild life park, is about 45 kms from Baghmara, also known as the abode of perpetual winds. An awe-inspiring mini-canyon separates the Garo Hills plateau from the Khasi-Hills plateau across the Sib-bari rivulet. A majestic rocky plateau crowns the western ridge of the cliffs on the Garo Hills side of the mini-canyon.

Boldak Matchu Karam: On the wayside there is a sturdy Boldak tree (schimawalliche) that has a mysterious depression around its trunk as if eroded by the constant tethering of animals on it. The Garos believe that the spirits of the dead tie their animals slaughtered for their funeral to this tree while taking a rest close by hence when one such tree was felled by strong winds, soon after another tree close by started having the same symptoms.

Chidimak: There is small pool in Balpakram which is absolutely charcoal black. It is believed that the spirits of the dead wash and clean themselves here before entering the realms of the dead. Hence the clear water turned black from their sins and soots of cremation.

Matchru: Anti or Animal market. In the heart of the vast plateau there is a big stretch of flat rocks that is full of foot prints of all kinds of animals big and small. It is not understood how only that stretch of rock has thousands and thousands of footprints embedded there whereas the nearby rocks are completely bereft of such prints. Myth logically of course it is said that it used to be a market place where all kind of animals gather for their weekly markets.

Areng Patal: It is a massive rock with a hollow space on its surface that is believed to have powerful magnetic powers. This hollow space acts as a veritable death trap to any bird or animal (except for man of course) that goes near it. Any living being that goes near it is magnetically drawn towards the hollow from where it can never come out and die eventually.

Goncho Dare: The rock cliffs of the canyon are said to be the natural habitats of gonchos, the evil spirits who like to take away people from their homes. These gonchos lead their victims over steep precipices and inaccessible rock faces without causing any physical harm.

Dikkini Ring: To the southern side near Mahadeo village there stands a massive flat rock in the shape of an upturned boat. It is said that one night when Dikki, a legendary hero was making this boat, the cocks started crowing before completed the task and hence the uncompleted boat turned to stone. The legend says that spirits work only at night and have to complete their works before cocks crow.

Rongsaljong Agal: On the South Garo and Khasi  Hills border there is a very interesting rock tank that is  120 ft long and 90 ft wide. Interesting side of it is that the water here remains perpetually clear and transparent, also it remains at the same level throughout the year. It is surprising that heavy down pours of rain cannot raise its level or the scorching heat of summer reduce it. The Garos believed that it used to be the bathing ghat of Bandi’s wife Shore. Her bucket of water fossilized into stone remains in that place.