West Jaintia Hills
WEST JAINTIA HILLS
Dawki - Shnongdeng
The crystal clear waters of the Umngot River, the lush landscapes, the rustic lifestyles, and the riverine beaches are the main highlights of Dawki and Shnongpdeng, adjacent locations at the foot of Meghalaya’s mighty southern ranges.
Dawki is a border town in the south of Meghalaya and a great base to explore nearby Shnongpdeng and Darrang – famous riverside camps. You will witness a blend of cultures and changing topography as the hills merge into the plains of Northern Bangladesh. Some of the evening scenery here is stunning as you watch the lights glow above the neighbouring plains over the gentle, dark river.
Shnongpdeng Village is 8 kms north of Dawki along the winding Umngot. Waters so clear, you can peer into the bottom and count the stones – that is how the Umngot River can be described during the peak pre-monsoon, autumn, and winter seasons. Whether you want to enjoy a gentle boat ride through a stretch flanked by forests or you want to take a dip into the river in scuba gear, the activities in Shnongpdeng will keep you occupied for days.
Camping, swimming, and fishing are some of the fun outdoor activities in Shnongpdeng. You can indulge in one of the most thrilling ziplines and rappel down one of the many striking rock formations that line up the Umngot.
A bridge that spans the Umngot allows for fantastic pictures and perspectives and there are picnic spots near the river.
There are plenty of recognized resorts and camps in Dawki, Shnongpdeng, and surrounding areas. Ensure that all your water activities are done with expert supervision and necessary safety gear.
Best Route :
NH 206, (82 kms from Shillong)
Best Seasons :
Monsoon, Post-monsoon for waterfalls, Winter for clear waters
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