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Khasia Hills

"The Hills of Khasi Tribe"

Khasi Hills Tourism

Named after the Khasi tribe of Meghalaya, the Khasi Hills form part of the Garo-Khasi range and are a component of the broader Patkai hill range, spanning the Indo-Myanmar border in India's northeast. Characterized by deep valleys and pointed peaks, these hills are renowned for hosting the Sohra or Cherrapunjee scarp, one of the world's wettest regions in terms of annual rainfall. Within this remarkable area lies Nongkhum island, the second largest river island in Asia. The dense forests intermingling with tributaries, which ultimately flow into the Brahmaputra River, coupled with the region's rich biodiversity, have earned the Khasi Hills the moniker of the 'Scotland of the East'.

In 1976, the Khasi Hills were bifurcated into the East Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills, subsequently giving rise to the Ri-Bhoi and South West Khasi Hills Districts. Shillong, the picturesque capital of Meghalaya, serves as the district headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district and stands as the most developed town in the area. The Khasi Hills epitomize a convergence of lush forests, sprawling green meadows, towering hills enveloped by playful clouds, cascading waterfalls, meandering rivers, and ancient monoliths adorned with mystical caves. Teeming with diverse wildlife, the Khasi Hills region is globally renowned as a premier ecological hotspot.

Things to do in Khasi Hills

1. Mawlynnong, Shillong - Asia's Cleanest Village

Mawlynnong, Shillong - Asia's Cleanest Village
Mawlynnong is a small village situated around 90 km from Shillong in the East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya and is also known as God's own Garden. It was declared as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 by D (Read More)iscovery India which certainly which makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Indian state. Mawlynnong village is a community-based ecotourism initiative where the entire community made collective efforts in making and maintaining the cleanliness of the village.

2. Smit

Smit is another small village located around 16 km from the capital city of Shillong in the East Khasi Hills surrounded by lush green hills. The village can be reached through the winding roads which (Read More)offer an elegant view of the mountains. The houses in the village are made up of bamboo and Woods and the locals are very friendly with the guests. It is one of the must-visit destinations in East Khasi Hills where tourists can enjoy local food, relaxing environment and natural sights.

3. Mawphlang, Shillong

Mawphlang, Shillong
Mawphlang, home to Meghalaya's Sacred Forest, is a beautiful village situated 25 kilometres away from Shillong, the capital city of the north-east Indian state of Meghalaya. The village lies in the di (Read More)strict of East Khasi Hills and is famous for its sacred groves. The village is named Mawphlang as it is one of the several monoliths in the Khasi Hills. The name Mawphlang means Grassy Stone (Maw phlang) and is a land of legendary stories, sacrifices and unique culture. 

4. Laitkynsew village

Laitkynsew village
It is another village located in the East Khasi Hills district and is famous for the 53 feet long living root bridge which is over a hundred years old known as Jingkieng Deingjri. Tourist love to visi (Read More)t the living root Bridge as it offers a peaceful environment with a soothing sound of the river flowing beneath. Other famous attractions in the village include Ka Likai waterfall along with the local food.

Must Know Before You Travel to Khasi Hills

Limited Transport Options: Khasi Hills may have limited transport options connecting it to other parts of Meghalaya. Plan your transportation carefully, considering road conditions and availability.
Weather Impact: Heavy rainfall during the monsoon season (June to September) may affect travel plans. Consider visiting during drier months for a more enjoyable experience.
Local Transport: Taxis and shared vehicles are common modes of transport within Khasi Hills. Walking may also be feasible for short distances.
Language Barrier: English may not be widely understood, especially in rural areas. Basic knowledge of Hindi or local languages can be helpful for communication.
Cash Dependency: ATMs may be scarce; carry sufficient cash, preferably in Indian Rupees, as card payments may not be accepted everywhere.
Festivals: Plan your trip around festivals like Shad Suk Mynsiem, which may offer unique cultural experiences.
Respect Local Customs: Respect the customs and traditions of the Khasi tribe, and adhere to any specific regulations regarding attire or behavior.

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