Shillong

The historical city of Tezpur is a city and urban agglomeration situated in Sonitpur district in the state of Assam. As the city contains a great deal of historical importance the name Tezpur itself bears significance. Tezpur is on the bank of the river Brahmaputra 175 kilometers (109 miles) northeast of Guwahati. It is the largest town situated on the north bank with a population exceeding 100,000 according to the census of 2011.

Here’s in short how its name became Tezpur or Sonitpur. According to the legend there broke out a great battle in the land between Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva’s army. In this battle Banasura’s army fought for the rescue of Aniruddha the grandson of Lord Krishna. There was so much bloodshed in the battle that the entire land stained red. Thus the city name was Tezpur.

Tezpur is a place where there are number of places to visit for both fun and learning. The historically rich city bears magnificent relics from its past. Although the places are now being urbanized the relics are still worth seeing. Among the other must visiting items there are the man-made hill of Agnigarh, the famous temples of Mahabhairav and Bhairabi, the soul touching natural beauty of Nameri national Park and Bhalukpong and the wild animals. The bridge of Kaliabhomora is the another majestic structure the connects Tezpur with the district of Nagaon.

 

Cherrapunjee (Sohra)

The historical city of Tezpur is a city and urban agglomeration situated in Sonitpur district in the state of Assam. As the city contains a great deal of historical importance the name Tezpur itself bears significance. Tezpur is on the bank of the river Brahmaputra 175 kilometers (109 miles) northeast of Guwahati. It is the largest town situated on the north bank with a population exceeding 100,000 according to the census of 2011.

Here’s in short how its name became Tezpur or Sonitpur. According to the legend there broke out a great battle in the land between Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva’s army. In this battle Banasura’s army fought for the rescue of Aniruddha the grandson of Lord Krishna. There was so much bloodshed in the battle that the entire land stained red. Thus the city name was Tezpur.

Tezpur is a place where there are number of places to visit for both fun and learning. The historically rich city bears magnificent relics from its past. Although the places are now being urbanized the relics are still worth seeing. Among the other must visiting items there are the man-made hill of Agnigarh, the famous temples of Mahabhairav and Bhairabi, the soul touching natural beauty of Nameri national Park and Bhalukpong and the wild animals. The bridge of Kaliabhomora is the another majestic structure the connects Tezpur with the district of Nagaon.

 

Maphlang

Mawphlang is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 25 kilometers from Shillong. The word maw means "stone", maw phlang means "grassy stone," and is one of many settlements in the Khasi hills named after monoliths.

Mawphlang was the centre of Presbyterian Church of Wales missionary and medical activity in the Khasi Hills during the 1890s. A dispensary and then clinic were established in 1878 by Dr Griffith Griffiths of Brynmawr, Aberdaron who died at Mawphlang, 22 April 1892. After Griffiths came William Williams (missionary) who also died at Mawphlang.

Mawphlang is the site of one of the Khasi Hills sacred groves. Khasi heritage village- located in the Mawphlang district -is considered to be the hub of Khasi culture. As per digital media NewsGram, the village project is in shambles.The heritage project was started with much fanfare, but has suffered losses due to governmental apathy and charges of corruption.

 

Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong/Mawlynnong Village located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, also referred as ‘God’s own garden’ has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The village known for its cleanliness is located around 90 kms from Shillong and is a community based eco-tourism initiative. The community has made collective effort to maintain the ambience of a clean village. The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock.

The adage "Neighbours envy, owners pride' is apt for Mawlynnong as it has earned the distinction of being one of the cleanest villages in Asia, a fact that every Mawlynnong villager is proud of and other villagers are envy of. The village is quite pretty, especially in the monsoons when there is lush greenery all around, with waterfalls paving the way to small streams and abundance of flowering orchids dangling from the trees and hedges add to the beauty of the village.

 

Dawki

Camping in DAWKI is a wonderful experience in Meghalaya. The beauty around this place will hold everybody here, people will only wish to stay in Dawki. The warm sand under the feet when somebody step out of the camp in the morning makes feel refreshing and relax. The riverside stay in Dawki can be experienced only with camping. The rejuvenation and relaxation right in the lap of nature is totally the sign that everybnody is experiencing the Incredible India.

People can have thrilling Kayaking experience at Dawki. A challenging recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable kayake to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white water or still waters and different degrees of rough water. The sites the river have are perfect for beginners, providing a safe environment and a thrilling experience.

Cliff jumping involves jumping off a platform that is naturally occurring or human-made. It is usually situated above sufficiently deep water. Different jump off heights are available for those who want to experience a bigger rush of adrenaline.

 

Jowai

Jowai is an important business and education hub of the entire district catering to students from all over the district as well as the adjacent parts of Assam and Bangladesh. It is well equipped with amenities such as schools, colleges, hospitals, post office etc. Like Khynriams, Pnars have a matriarchal society where the daughters inherit the family property.

The town does not have much to offer as most of the tourist spots lie a few distances away from town, except for the buzzing market area "Iaw Musiang", one of the oldest in the district. Other attractions include:

  • Syntu Ksiar - A must see destination - A valley well irrigated by the Myntdu River. "Madan Madiah" or "Uncle's Ground" situated in the valley, is of historical value as it was the site for the rise of the freedom struggle. Today, the ground holds A monument of Kiang Nangbah, a fearless fighter of the hill people.
  • Tyrchi Falls - A waterfall located at approximately 8 km from the heart of Jowai.
  • Jowai Presbyterian Church - The oldest church in Jaintia Hills built by the Welsh Presbyterian Mission around 150 years ago, is located within the precincts of town. It is one of the few structures that still retain the British form of architecture.
  • Thadlaskein Lake - A popular tourist spot which was dug by Sajar Nangli a follower of the erstwhile Jaintia King.
  • Ialong Park - Although lesser known, the ecological park has much to offer nature lovers. A picturesque view of the pynthor wah valley of the Myntdu river can be seen from this park.

 

Mawsynram

Mawsynram is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north eastern India, 65 kilometres from Shillong. Mawsynram receives one of the highest rainfalls in India. It is reportedly the wettest place on Earth, with an average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres (467.4 in), but that claim is disputed by Lloró, Colombia, which reported an average yearly rainfall of 12,717 millimetres (500.7 in) between 1952 and 1989 and López de Micay, also in Colombia, which reported 12,892 mm (507.6 in) per year between 1960 and 2012. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mawsynram received 26,000 millimetres (1,000 in) of rainfall in 1985.

 

Barapani

Umiam Lake (commonly known as Barapani Lake) is a reservoir in the hills 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. It was created by damming the Umiam River in the early 1960s. The principal catchment area of the lake and dam is spread over 220 square km.

The lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities. Tourists visit this spot for kayaking, water cycling, scooting, and boating.