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Lum Sohpetbneng

Ri-Bhoi, District


25 kms

Activities, Hiking, Cultural Landmark, Local History

Guwahati Airport: 107 kms
Shilong Airport: 15 kms
Guwahati Railway station: 84 kms

Visit a place immortalized in Khasi folklore - the bridge to heaven, enjoy a pleasant hike, catch panoramic views of Shillong’s outskirts and the Umiam Lake….

Catch up on some local lore before you head over to the dramatic Lum Sohpetbneng, a revered site for the Khasis that is located close to the beautiful Umiam Lake. The Khasis have a fascinating belief system, and their landscape is an important part of their folklore. One of their central stories is that of the umbilical cord, or natural bridge that connected heaven and earth many ages ago that existed on top of this gentle hill – Sohpetbneng translates to the navel of heaven. Because of human pride and sin, this bridge was severed. Every year, the Khasis who practice the indigenous religion make a pilgrimage to the summit to celebrate and acknowledge their legends and to pledge to keep alive their unique traditions.

The summit of Lum Sohpetbneng requires a gentle climb. The views of the lake from the top are worth it along with the tranquil, pine-crested surroundings. The base of Lum Sohpetbneng is on the Guwahati-Shillong highway and you will be welcomed by a tall gateway featuring traditional motifs. If you want to watch the crowds for the annual pilgrimage then set your date for the second Sunday of February. Day visits are recommended and there are no entry fees.

Nearby Attractions

Add these interesting nearby attractions to your itinerary.

Umiam Lake

Umiam Lake

Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls

Marngar Lake

Marngar Lake

Our Location

Address :
Shillong-Guwahati Highway, Adjacent to Umiam Lake

Best Time :
Daylight Destination

Tourism Officer Contact No :
+91 7005199957

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