Laitlum translates as "end of the hills or end of the world," and this definition meaningfully justifies the name. Many people say that the Laitlum Canyons remind them of the Scottish Highlands. This area is also known as "Sit Valley" by the locals. However, once visited, this promise lives up to its expectations. The breath-taking panoramic view can be seen from this location.
The last point before the canyons is roughly 23 kilometres from Shillong. The route follows MDR32, NH44, Jongsha Mawkinrew Lane, and Unmed Road until it comes to an end. T The hike to the summit takes about two hours from there.
Laitlum Canyon is a must-see attraction in Meghalaya's Khasi Hills. Given the challenge of the trail, it is well worth the effort once you arrive at your destination. The spellbinding view will keep you mesmerized during your time spent, and the fresh air will rejuvenate you, rendering the whole trek a pleasant experience.
The majestic hills of Laitlum are also known as Meghalaya's Amphitheatre, with a range of hues varying from earthy brown-green to red at dawn and dusk. The scenery is an ideal muse and source of inspiration for artists and photographers.
Photographers, on the other hand, would not need to use their editing abilities because the original vision is magnificent in and of itself. It's fair to say that the view captured on camera by a rookie is nothing short of phenomenal in and of itself. Once you've been there, you'll continue to look at the picture you took for the rest of your life. And when you take pictures, you won't be able to get enough of the landscape and memories caught.
While exploring the Laitlum Canyon, you will come across a stream. It's a great place to take a break and get some fresh air. It's an ideal spot for a picnic where you can eat your lunch or snacks. The view of the four waterfalls is the most beautiful aspect of this place. Throughout the trail, one can walk through several small houses that are situated on the rocky road that runs through the hills. Despite the residents living along the edge of Laitlum Canyons, one cannot miss the view which they witness while interacting with the locals. It's a fantastic way to learn more about the Canyons and their inhabitants.
At the top of the Laitlum Canyon, you will find a Rasaong which is a helmet used by locals to transport good grains and essential commodities from the valley to the hilltop. Rasong is also accessible through a 3000-step stairway built into the mountain. These 3000 steps are a means to navigate through the village of Rasong and the near market located there. The lovely orchids and bamboo plantation can be seen when going down the steps.
There are several villages in Khasi that are ruled by the King. Similarly, there is a Smit village in the Laitlum Canyons. It is considered to be under Hima Khyrim's influence. It is a Khasi sub-tribe. The King owns a 100-year-old house regarded as the ling Shad. During the autumn season, the village residents engage in and perform one of the popular Khasi dances known as the Nongkrem dance outside the king's residence.
The trek and exploration in Laitlum are open all year, but one must exhibit extreme caution during the monsoon season. Meghalaya is considered the wettest area in the world, and owing to the frequent rain, navigating through the Canyons becomes challenging because the track becomes slippery. Since mornings are foggy, the perfect time to visit this place is in the afternoon. It is also dangerous to wander in the Laitlum Canyons after 5:00 p.m.
Most days when exploring, you'll come across kids running around selling boiled eggs, with their mother following behind them with a pot of tea. Engaging in dialogue with the locals and getting a taste of their not-so-extravagant way of life is a wonderful sight and experience. However, one cannot help but admire them for living in a paradise that even the richest of people cannot afford.
The Laitlum Canyons are less visited than the others, but once found, they are among the most magnificent sites in the world. The lack of crowds and commercialization in this area enhances the experience, allowing one to wander in peace and breathe in the elegance of the entire place. Because of the challenging paths, long and rocky routes, this location attracts a lot of adventure-seekers and trekkers, particularly young people. Nature lovers can also get a piece of treasure by exploring the Laitlum Canyons.