West Khasi Hills
WEST KHASI HILLS
Nongkhnum River Island
A magical river island surrounded by waterfalls, relax on a sandy river beach and explore the undulating and picturesque terrain….
One of the largest river islands in Asia, Nongkhnum is an enigma that attracts those who seek solitude and nature. Flanked by gushing, clear waters, Nongkhnum also is host to popular annual festivals where visitors can enjoy local cuisines and witness the region’s love for music and entertainment.
This is where Meghalaya’s longest river, the powerful Kynshi, splits into the Phanliang and the Namliang rivers. This distinctive geographic formation resulted in the creation of a pristine river beach. Enjoy a calm boat ride on the brisk waters or just amble along on foot, exploring the many features of the island. There is a picturesque bridge that connects the island to the nearest bank, one more to the countless photo ops that this destination provides. There are many activities you can enjoy at Nongkhnum with the help of local guides and operators. Winter and springtime are great for camping – the low light pollution here allows you to have long sessions of stargazing.
There are also many rare species of plants and insects that are found on Nongkhnum River Island. Apart from its rather special topography, Nongkhnum Island is surrounded by breathtaking waterfalls – the Weinia Falls, Thum Falls, and Langshiang Falls.
Best time to visit Nongkhnum – October to April is a good time to visit, coinciding with the best hiking periods and festivals. Road conditions are not always ideal as you get closer to Nongkhnum so monsoon trips can take a little more time and keep many areas out of bounds for safety reasons. However, you can brave these conditions to catch the waterfalls at their most voluminous and mightiest.
Nongkhnum Island Road, West Khasi Hills
Daytime is best but camping overnight with permission is recommended.
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