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.