Places to See in Khasi Hills

This beautiful hill, Khasi Hills, which is situated on the highest elevation in Meghalaya is hard to miss. It is a chain of magnetic moments that one will experience during the journey through the Khasi Hills.

Let's explore top places to visit in Khasi Hills

1. Umiam Lake

It is considered to be the biggest artificial lake that exists in Meghalaya. This reservoir is also called Damsait or Badapani. It is situated 15km north of Shillong.

The unique point of visiting this place is that one can dress in the traditional costumes, and capture not only themselves but also the view that this lake gives in your cameras. This lake is also part of one of the ongoing Hydroelectric projects in the location.

2. Mawphlang Sacred Forest

This is one of the ancient forests which is preserved by the local Khasi Tribe of the area. This forest is about 25km in distance from Shillong.

With the guidance of the locals, one can enjoy a blissful walk through the forest and enjoy the natural beauty that God has gifted this region in the form of intense greenery and natural flora and fauna and vegetation.

3. Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC)

This is one of the most famous tourist spots in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya where one can get a glimpse of the traditional culture of the tribe and the state. It is considered to be the finest museum in Asia. It is only 3km away from Shillong. It is a perfect place to learn and have a birds-eye view of mix culture of the state of Meghalaya.

4. Laitlum Canyons

This place is just half an hour away from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. It is a visual treat for visitors where one can absorb the various undulating terrains enveloped with greenery that the location offers. These Canyons are nature's gift to mankind offering one of the best views of nature and is also known to be one of the best tourist attractions in India.

It is said that Laitlum Canyons reminds the people of the Scottish Highlands because of their exquisite beauty and shape.

5. Double Decker Living Root Bridge

This place itself requires one to spend the entire day's stay because of its uniqueness and charismatic beauty. One won't be able to help but want to savor the beauty of this place and immerse in its charm for a day at least. This bridge is situated in the Nongriat village of Shillong.

This is a perfect location for trek lovers and can last from anywhere between 3 to 5 hours. Trek to Rainbow falls is a must, which is considered as one of the most famous waterfalls amongst all others.

6. Elephant Falls

It is a multi-tier waterfall. It is said the name elephant was given to this scenic beauty was by a man during the British era, during which the British noticed a giant rock in the shape of an elephant. It is also called a three-step waterfall where one can ascend and descend through.

7. Nongkhnum Island

It is in West Khasi Hills. It is the biggest island in Meghalaya. One can navigate there by walking through the island and soaking in the tranquility around you. This island is approximately 80km from Shillong and a must-visit place with your friends and family. One can also enjoy a boat ride and water ride on this island.

8. Wards Lake

It is also known as Pollock’s lake which is around 100 years old. This lake is named after Sir William Ward who was the Chief Commissioner of Assam who planned the construction of this beautiful place. However, this was constructed by Colonel Hopkins in 1984. This is a perfect picnic spot where one can enjoy the lush gardens, flower beds, and cobble-stone footpath.

9. Shillong Peak

This is situated about 1,965 meters above sea level. It is one of the highest points of Meghalaya which gives you a breathtaking view of the entire Shillong in a sweep. It is a must-visit place to experience the view from the highest elevation point of Shillong.

10. Kynrem Falls

It is 12 km from Sohra (Cherrapunji) and is located inside the Thangkharang park. It is the seventh highest waterfall in India with water plunging from a height of 305 meters. It is also a three-tiered waterfall. One can also witness bits of Bangladesh from this location. A must-visit place on your travel itinerary list of Meghalaya.