Famous For: Dawki is known for its pristine lush green surroundings. The town is not just a tourist attraction but also one of the nearest ‘Gateways to Bangladesh’. Dawki is mainly known for coal mines and limestone exports which keep the trade between India and Bangladesh.Major Attractions: Darrang Village, Shnongpdeng Village, Dawki-Tamabil, Mawlynnong village.Ideal Visit Time: Winter is the best season to enjoy water sports and camping in Dawki. During winter, the temperature drops sharply by November and you have very low temperatures of around 3-4° during the night. Day temperature is quite warmer and the weather remains sunny in winter. November to May would be the best months to visit Dawki. Although it’s frequented by travellers all around the year however the best season to watch crystal clear water is winter and pre-monsoon.
Dawki is a small hamlet, which is located in the Southern part of Meghalaya in the border of India and Bangladesh. It is located at a distance of 95km from Shillong city. This place growing its popularity for the crystal clear water of Dawki river, which is also known as Umngot river. Based on the bank of Dawki river, it is a great destination for adventure lovers. Dawki is famous for its suspension bridge over the Dawki River. It was built during the British rule in India. Through this bridge, all trade and export-import between India and Bangladesh has taken place till now.
Let’s talk about some attractive destinations of Dawki below-
Darrang Village is a beautiful village, which is located on the banks of the river Umngot. This has created a new tourism environment in Meghalaya. Overnight it has become one of the destinations for wedding photoshoots. Beautiful river in the background, great help to get natural pictures. You can also watch the activities of the local fishermen and stay at the campsite located in a clean and natural place.
There is also a small living route bridge, where you can go for trekking. There is also a beautiful waterfall, where you can go for a walk. Literally, it’s an impeccable creation of nature, where you can spend your holiday very well.
Shnongpdeng Village is an interesting place to enjoy in Dawki. It is just 10 km far from the Dawki border. One of the main attractions of this place is the stunning suspension bridge at the corner of Shnongpdeng. From here you can enjoy panoramic views of the whole place and take beautiful photography. Adventure activities like boat rowing, camping, angling, cliff jumping, jeep lining, rafting and scuba diving are available here. And that’s why it’s an ideal destination for adventure sports and thrill lovers.
You can travel to Dawki with your friends and family, it will not be bad. You can spend a night here if you want and experience a normal life by staying in a camp or homestay. If you just want to spend a romantic evening on the banks of the Umngat River or go boating in crystal clear waters, you are welcome. You can rent a boat for a fixed period of time here for a fee, where 5/6 people can get up effortlessly.
Dawki-Tamabil is a road crossing that connects India and Bangladesh. This road serves as a carrier of trade between the two countries. Lots of coal is traded across these roads.
Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state in North East India. It is notable for its cleanliness. It comes under the Pynursla community development block and Vidhan Sabha constituency. (According to wiki)
It’s referred as ‘God’s Own Garden’ has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. 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.
You’ll be enthralled with lovely views of orderly arranged thatched Khasi huts, little flower and vegetable gardens outside each house. You’ll also surprised to see the beautiful bamboo baskets that are actually garbage bins and located every few metres in the 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.
How To Reach
By Road: Dawki is not well-connected to the other major cities of India by road. Dawki is 95 km by road from Shillong and 150 km from Guwahati. You may hire a cab from either of these places and reach Dawki easily. From Shillong, it will take around 3 hrs and from Guwahati, you can reach Dawki in almost 6 hrs. So, if you want to reach Dawki on a easy way by road, then you’ve to reach Shillong or Guwahati first.
By Train: Railway connectivity is not available to reach Meghalaya. Guwahati railway station is the nearest station and it’s well connected by trains from all the major cities in India. So, if want to visit Dawki by train, you have to take a trip to Guwahati first.
By Air: Dawki has no any airport of its own. The nearest airport is located around 35 km away from Dawki & it’s Umroi Airport. Guwahati is the nearest major airport close to Dawki. Direct flights to Guwahati from Kolkata, Delhi, Bagdogra and Bangkok are available. Tourists wishing to enter from Bangladesh can reach up to Tamabil and from there take the Dawki-Tamabil highway to enter Dawki.