Garo Hills

Forming the western part of the states the entire Garo Hills having an area of approx. 8,000 sq. km. is densely forested and hence one of the richest spots in Bio-diversity. The Garo predominantly inhabiting the three district of state namely East Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and South Garo Hills.

Tourist Attraction:

Tura: Headquarters of Garo Hills district, Tura is reputed for its picturesque environs and equable climate. The 1400 mts. high Tura Peak is a challenge for climbers and you can opt to stay over night. It requires an interesting mix of a hike-claim-climb for about 5 km, but the views from the summit are ample regard for your labors. Tura has a tourist lodge run by Meghalaya tourism. Tura is approachable via Guwahati and 323 km from Shillong. The journey form Guwahati takes 6 hours. To go to Tura, it is best to hire a taxi from Guwahati airport or by bus.

WEST GARO HILLS :

Nokrek Biosphere: About 40 km via Asananggiri and Sasatgiri but just 2 km from Tura Peak, teeming with wildlife, Nokrek Hills is the home of a vary rare species of citrus locally known as Memang Narang – orange of the spirits. This Memang Narang is considered to be the most primitive and progenitor of all other varieties of citrus plant in the world.

Chibragre: Lying at the confluence of Ganol and Rongram Rivers, just 9 km from Tura on the Tura – Guwahati Road is an ideal picnic spots.

Bhaitbari: This small sleeping hamlet of Bhaitbari came into national focus when ruins of ancient of ancient kingdom dating back to 4-8 A.D. were discovered here a few years ago. This place is just 8 km from Phulbari near Assam border.

Rangapani: 40 km from Tura, near Mankachar on the Assam border there still lies the earthly remains of the great general Mir-Jumla the Army General of Great Mughal Emperor Aurangzed. The tomb of Mir-Jumla is well maintained by the local Muslim association of this village.

EAST GARO HILLS :

Willimnagar: Named after the 1st Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Capt. Williamson Sangma this riverine town built on the curve of Simsang River is the headquarter of East Garo Hills. It is 313 km from Shillong via Guwahati and 76 km from Tura.

Rongrenggiri: 5 km from Willimnagar is noted for being the last battlefield were the Garos bravely resisted the British.

Sisobibra: 12 km away from Willimnagar on the Tura – Willimnagar Road, a beautiful place on the banks of Simsang River is of historical importance, for it was here the legendary hero Togan Sangma along with his co-patriot Gilsang Dalbot fell to the bullets of the British soldiers while bravely resisting them. District Council has constructed a twin cottage near the memorial place where visitors can stay.

Adokgre: 10 km from Duphdara on the Assam border, Adokgre was the first camp in Garo Hills when the Garos coming from Tibet under the leadership of Jappa-Jalimpa arrived the promised land of Garo Hill.

Naka-Chikong: 15 km from Duphdara, it is a big rock with deep hollows, in the middle Ildek River in Badaka village just 3 km from Adokgre. The Hindus considered this place as a scared place and regularly come here for worship and picnic.

Resu-Belpara: 15 km from Willimnagar sub-divisional headquarter of Resu Sub-Division, there is a hot spring here.

Napak: 45 km from Willimnagar there is a lake formed by damming of the upper tributary of a river during the great earthquake in 1897.

SOUTH GARO HILLS :

Baghmara: Baghmara the headquarter of the district is a fast growing township. It is situated on the banks of Simsang River on the Bangladesh border. Nearby just below the picturesque Dilsa Hill where the State Tourism Department had constructed a tourist bungalow there is the Baghwara Wildlife Sanctuary for the unique botanical wonder of the state an insectivorous pitcher plant known as spirit’s basket.

Nengkong: 14 km north of Baghmara this place has three well known caves measuring 5.33 km in length is one of the longest cave in the Indian Sub-continent. Two more caves – Dobakkol Chibe Nala almost 2 km long and another a little over 1 km long called Bok-Bak are also in the vicinity of the area.

Balpakram: Usually referred to as the land of perpetual winds, Balpakram is scared to the Garos as the abode of the death spirits. In Balpakram there are many mysterious and unnatural phenomenon that cannot be explained by modern science and logic. Some of these mysterious sites are:

Boldak Matchu Karam: On the wayside there is a sturdy Boldak tree that has a mysterious depression around its trunk as if eroded by the constant tethering of animals on it. The Garos believe that the spirit of the dead tie their animals slaughtered for their funeral to this tree while taking a rest close by hence when one such tree was felled by strong winds, soon after another tree close by started having the same symptoms.

Chidimak: There is small pool in Balpakram which is absolutely charcoal black. Hence the clear water turned black from their sins and soots of cremations.

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