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"An unexplored bit of the Garo Hills"

Tura Tourism

Located in the western part of Meghalaya, as the administrative headquarters of the West Garo Hills district, Tura is an eco-tourist hub of the state. It is located 311 Kms from Shillong and 219 Kms from Guwahati in Assam. As opposed to Shillong, which is growing highly multi-cultural, Tura is relatively deeply rooted in its native Garo roots. Tura and the other regions of the district boast of rich undisturbed biodiversity and natural attractions such as waterfalls, caves and rivulets. The primary languages spoken are Garo and English.

The main attraction of this town is the Nokrek National Park which is 12km from the city where various animals such as the leopard, golden cat, wild buffalo, pheasant and many more reside. One may also visit the Rongbang Dar Falls, while a trip to this area, without visiting the Siju caves, would remain somewhat incomplete. Tura Peak, part of a reserve forest is an excellent destination for treks and sightseeing, as it allows panoramic views of the valley from the observatory accompanying it.

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Thrilling Tura

The headquarters of the Western Garo Hills, Tura is an unexplored paradise in the western part of Meghalaya. Located in the foothills of the picturesque Tura Peak, the hilly town is home to a diaspora of tribes namely, the Garo. The relaxing greenery, vibrant flora, and fauna of the region attract numerous tourists. Scattered with several waterfalls, Tura is the administrative center of the Garo tribes and one of the biggest cities in Meghalaya.

Natural Habitat

Tura is located in the Garo Hills, which is richly diverse in flora and fauna. The region comprises mainly deciduous and evergreen forests filled with different varieties of trees including the Tura peak which lends its name to the place, insectivorous plants, ferns, rare orchids, and medicinal varieties. The forests also have many fruits trees like plums, peaches, pears, oranges etc. as well as spices such as ginger, turmeric, cinnamon etc. The region is home to many species of animals including - hoolock gibbon, muntjac or the barking deer, golden langur, Himalayan black bear, elephants, leopards etc. The hilly forests also have a large avian population. Some of the birds found here are - the thick-billed green pigeon, red-winged crested cuckoo, grey-headed myna, red jungle fowl and blue-throated barbet.

Suggested Itinerary for Tura

Day 1: Explore the hilly town. Visit the Botanical Garden, Pelgawari Falls, DC Park and Gangdrakdare.
Day 2: Visit Sasatgre, a Garo village and sip into some rice beer.
Day 3: Enjoy the thick forests in Balpakram or Nokrek.

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How to Reach Tura

How to Reach Overview

Tura is somewhat afflicted by its lack of connectivity to other important hubs of the region. The primary mode of transport to the city is by road, connecting it to other important destinations such as Guwahati in Assam and Shillong, Meghalaya's capital. The nearest airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, at a distance of 200 Kms. Shared or private taxis are the most common mode of transport to reach Tura. Helicopter services run by Pawan Hans are available on a weekly basis from Guwahati and Shillong.

How to reach Tura by flight

The nearest airport is 200 km away in Guwahati. You need to hire a cab from Guwahati or book a ticket on a bus that regularly runs on this route.

How to reach Tura by road

Tura is well connected to cities in the North East via roadways. Regular state-run, as well as private buses, connect Tura to Guwahati, Silchar, Kohima, Aizawl, Itanagar, Nagaland, Agartala, and Shillong. Private cabs are also available on this route.

How to reach Tura by train

Tura has no railway station. The nearest railway station, Guwahati Railway Station is around 220 Kms away. Guwahati is linked to important Indian cities through regular trains.

Local transport in Tura

Hire a cab for a day and you can cover all the sightseeing.

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FAQs on Tura

What is famous about Tura?

Beautiful landscape. Less pollution with comfortable weather. Friendly people.

What is not so good about Tura?

No night life. Frequent strikes occur.

Who should visit Tura?

Nestled among several hills in western Meghalaya, Tura is a surprise for nature lovers. A lesser known hilly town, Tura is a treat for nature lovers and explorers.

What is the best time to visit Tura?

Tura has breezy summers, moderate rainfall in monsoon and chilly but pleasant winters. Tura can be visited any time of the year, but the maximum number of tourists visit the city in summers.
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What is the local food in Tura?

It is definitely Tura has distinct flavors, colors and styles of Gora cuisine dominating the food here. The local delicacies include Wak Pura, Kappa and Nakam Bitchi, which is a preparation of dry fish, chilies and soda. Also savor the popular items such as Sakhin, Minel Pitha as well as a number of local alcoholic beverages. easier to find 'Chinese' food here than authentic Garo cuisines. One can also relish popular items of Chinese cuisine in the area.
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What is the best way to reach Tura?

The town is quite remote. If you want to travel by air, Guwahati is the nearest airport (200 km). Taxis from Guwahati are easily available. Reaching by cabs is the only way. Overnight buses are available from the city of Guwahati and these are a good way to reach the town.
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What are the things to do in Tura?

The top things to do in Tura are Tura Peak, Siju Caves, Balpakram National Park, Nokrek National Park, Pelga Falls, Rongbang Dar Waterfalls. You can see all the places to visit in Tura here

What are the places near Tura?

The top places near to Tura are Gangtok which is 257 km from Tura, Darjeeling which is located 257 km from Tura, Baghmara which is located 56 km from Tura, Williamnagar which is located 41 km from Tura, Shillong which is located 169 km from Tura

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