Named after David Scott, a British officer, the David Scott Trail is an old and one of the most popular trekking routes in Meghalaya. It is a 16 kilometres long trek that stretches from Mawphlang to Lad Mawphlang, both villages known for their history, culture and folklore. A centerstage of Khasi culture, Mawphlang is one of the settlements in the Khasi hills named after monoliths and having sacred groves. The trail was laid down to connect Assam and Bangladesh during the 19th century. The trek can be done from either side, but it is commonly attempted from the Mawphlang side since it makes it a less ascending trail.
The trail is not well marked and one can take the help of locals for directions. David Scott Trekking trails is a storehouse of wonderful landscapes that one experiences as they go through. Rivers, woods, massive rock formations, cascading waters, streams gushing down from mountains, expansive meadows, forest groves and bridges connecting villages - the trek has it all. It is a beautiful day hike and one can begin the trek from any point in the quaint Mawphlang village, go through the winding route across the hills and valleys, rest at the popular resting spot called Ka Kor Ka Shonmai, admire the tomb of Camilla, click photographs of the hanging bridge over the River Umain and stop by the few Khasi villages enroute to hear from their folk tales. Seasoned trekkers never miss out on this old trail, when in Meghalaya.
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