Dawki, Cherrapunji Overview

A beautiful river with crystal clear waters, Dawki is one of the most picture-perfect spots you'll find in Meghalaya. Travellers love spending a day outing here, especially boating in the pretty surroundings. Dawki is a small town in the Jaintia Hills and is a border town between India and Bangladesh. The small town, besides being a trade hub is also famous for its tourism, with many people flocking to the town in order to experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds. People also come here directly from Shillong for a day trip.

The city becomes a hotbed of tourist activities especially during the spring months as it hosts the boat riding competition on the Umngot River. The surrounding greenery, the cold water of the river and the beautiful suspension bridge on the River Umngot make Dawki a place worth a visit. Dawki is also a major centre of trade between India and Bangladesh as it's an important border town.

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Best Time To Visit Dawki

Dawki is a year round destination with beautiful climate all year. The town by virtue of being located in the Jaintia Hills is blessed with beauty and greenery. Winters are usually colder than summers and therefore some sort of warm clothing will be required especially during night time. Otherwise temperatures remain pleasant throughout.

Traveling Around Dawki

Khasi Hills

Stay Near Dawki

Shillong should be the preferred location for accommodation as it is a major tourist center with many suitable options for all budget sizes.

Sightseeing Around Dawki

Dawki provides wonderful views of the Meghalayan landscape. The town is a nice vantage point for admiring the Khasi and Jaintia Hills.

Activities At Dawki

Boating at the Umngot river is a must if you are at Dawki.

Shopping At Dawki

Shop for some delicious oranges.

Nightlife At Dawki

Shillong is known as the Rock capital of the country and the night life in this tourist center is pretty amazing with many night clubs, bars and restaurants serving music and booze.

Food At Dawki

Try out the delightful Meghalayan delicacies such as Jadoh, Dohneiihong, Makham-Bitchi and Jhur Sideh. Also, taste the sweets and oranges of Dawki it is quite famous for them.

Restaurants Near Dawki

Dawki doesn't have a sprawling market to offer to its visitors and thus there is lack of good restaurants but one can find some dhabas along the route from Dawki till Shillong offering local cuisines.

Sample Itinerary For Dawki

Dawki is a perfect day trip from Shillong. Take the Car Ride from Shillong to Dawki, spend a day under its charm and follow it with a trip to Khasi.

Tips For Visiting Dawki

Go for the car ride from Shillong till Dawki, an experience in its self

How to reach Dawki

  • Air: Nearest airport is at Guwahati which has direct flights to all other major cities of the country. Guwahati is about 200 km from Dawki and can be reached by hiring a cab. Alternatively, there is a helicopter service from Guwahati till Shillong from where one can reach Dawki by road.

  • Rail: Nearest rail head is at Guwahati from where one can either hire a cab or catch public or private buses either direct till Dawki or till Shillong.

  • Road: Dawki is just 90 km from Shillong and the route passes through beautiful gorges, deep forests and rivulets. It is connected by state buses as well as some private buses to Shillong and Guwahati. One can easily get a bus for Dawki from Bada Bazaar in Shillong or near Guwahati Railway Station in Guwahati.

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