(Last Updated on : 10/03/2014)
Tourism in West Khasi Hills District offers a lot of scope for adventure tourism in terms of trekking, rock climbing, angling and more. It has a number of peaks to be scaled, bridle paths to be trekked and water ways for canoeing. Besides, a number of cascades formed along the river courses add to the natural beauty of this district of Meghalaya. Further, tourism in West Khasi Hills District also includes several attractive picnic spots and camping sites.
Some of the major attractions of West Khasi Hills District are mentioned below -
: Ranikor, about 169 kms from Nongstoin and 129 kms from Shillong
is one of the best fishing spots. People who are adventurous in nature can row up Ranikor River where the Kynshi and Rilang converge and can enjoy angling. The surrounding rock cliffs and the clear blue water add to the scenic beauty of the place.
: The green dunes at Mawlangkhar 12 kms up from Nongstoin captivate the eyes of the destined caravans. The magnificently picturesque landscapes of Rilang valley along with the famous Ding Ding Kohlangat falls, offer a splendid view.
: Mawthadraishan peak is located on the northern side of Nongstoin - Shillong road, near Nongshillong, Mawroh and Markasa villages. The apex of the peak offers a panoramic view of the plains of Assam
, and the distant Himalayas after the monsoon. The districts of Garo Hills, Khasi Hills and part of Bangladesh come within the panoramic horizons of Mawthadraishan peak.
Nongkhnum River Island
: It is in the form of a plateau with an area of about 25 sq kms. The island in endowed with beautiful perennial falls namely Weinia fall in the northern side, Kshaid Thum fall in the southern side and Langshiang fall on the western side.
: Thum falls on river Kynshi which is about 60 metres high and situated near Dilingim village. It offers a wonderful sight. At its base there is a beautiful pool surrounded by hard rocks on three sides
: Weinia falls on river Kynshi and quite near to the Thum falls is another scenic cascade. It is quite deep. Both the sides of the falls are surrounded with rocks of different shapes, sizes and colours. Massive step-like structures formed by natural agencies are also seen on one side of the fall.
: Langshiang falls formed after the confluence of the diverged streams of Kynshi River is situated near Sangriang and can be viewed prominently from Mawpon village. It presents a breathtaking scene to the nature lovers.
: Hot Spring, about 45 kms from Nongstoin and 59 kms from Shillong, has a hot spring of Sulphur water which is believed to have medicinal properties.
: Kyllang Rock, which is made of a single, huge solid igneous rock, is situated at Mawnai about 10 kms from Mairang, the sub-divisional headquarter. It is developed into a good rock-climbing site for the adventure lovers.
All these attractions of West Khasi Hills District give a memorable and enriching travelling experience to the people visiting this district.