Experience

SIJU – A LAND FROZEN IN TIME (The Caves, Rocks & Fossils of Siju)

SIJU – A LAND FROZEN IN TIME

Siju is a small village located on a road halfway between Nongalbibra and Baghmara, the District Headquarter of South Garo Hills. Siju is well known for its huge limestone bat cave or Dobakkol which is considered one of the longest cave systems in Asia. Siju cave is 5 km away from Duramong Siju bazaar on the main road but it is motorable right up to 50 meters from the mouth of the cave. The famous Dabat wari is located in the Simsang river, just 150 meters away from the entrance of the cave.

Siju Bird Sanctuary can also be seen across the river from the Siju cave area this is known all over for Hornbills and Peacock Pheasants. However, sighting one from the cave area is rare. Trekking to the Bird Sanctuary is possible after crossing the Siju hanging bridge across the river. While trekking to the core zone of the sanctuary, we have to walk past the beautiful Goera Ronggat, a weird limestone formation which looks like the ancient ruins of Angkor wat in Cambodia. There are numerous limestone formations in the Siju area like the famous Goera Ronggat, Goera Rongchang, Siju Cave etc. The Siju cave is one of the least explored caves in Meghalaya, however, it has been explored to a depth of about 5 Km but till today no one has reached the end or explored and mapped it completely. Siju cave has a species of white blind fishes, thriving in the deep pools of the cave along with thousands of bats who made this cave their home for thousands of years. Hence, the name Bat Cave or Dobakkol. For avid trekkers, trekking to Chitmang peak (2nd highest peak in Garo Hills) can also be arranged on request via Rongsu village.

Siju is also known for its marine fossil beds. There are lots of fossilized limestone rocks all over Siju where amulets, shells, starfishes and other marine life forms can be seen in fossilized forms, and are millions of years old. Scientists will have a field day studying these fossils, which can shed more light on the pre-historic life forms of the region. Siju is like a time capsule waiting to be opened with secrets waiting to be revealed.

Accessibility: 
Distance from Shillong Airport: 279 km.
Distance from Guwahati Airport: 196 km.

Pick up: Airport/Railway Station/Shillong: Yes.
Pick up can be arranged upon request.

Duration of the experience: 2 days, 2 nights.

Experience Package Price:
(per night):  INR 700/- per bed per night ( dormitory ).
INR 1,000/- per room per night at the Camping site (only seasonal)

  • Trekking
  • Exploring caves
  • Swimming
  • Waterfalls
  • Boat rides
  • Bird photography
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing etc.

Does the package include food and beverages: No

  • Fooding extra @ INR 600/- per day per head (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea)
  • The tourist lodge has a dedicated kitchen & dining room on site. If packaged food or takeaway is required, it can be arranged if informed in advance.

 

Hosted in which language: English and Hindi.
Best months(s) to visit: Siju is accessible all year round but activities may depend on the season and month of the year. The best time to visit is October to April.

Amenities/Facilities available:

  • Beds
  • Washroom
  • Guest houses
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area
  • Cooks
  • Beach
  • River view
  • Boat ride
  • Tourist guides (beach campsite yet to open).

Commitment to Safety: Safety is paramount. The tourist lodge is centrally located in Siju village with onsite staff for any assistance.

Name: Siju Tourist Lodge

 Price: INR 18,000/- for 2 nights for 5 pax (@ INR 3,600 each)

Number of guests: 5 pax

Name of the host: Shri Plinder Dote Marak

Know your host:Shri Plinder Dote Marak is a permanent resident of Siju village and he belongs to the Atong sub-tribe of South Garo Hills. He is the President of the Siju Eco-Tourism & Conservation Society based in Siju village. He and his team are operating and supervising the Siju Tourist Lodge located on the bank of River Simsang. He is a dedicated and experienced local guide too.

Contact with the Host :
Phone No. : 7005887305