Adventure and Sports in Meghalaya
The beautiful hill slopes of Meghalaya are ideal for trekking. Trekking between villages of colourful hill tribes is also very interesting. The trekking potential in Meghalaya is unique, in the sense that terrain is rugged like in Himalayan areas but with the advantage of not being snowbound.
The Water Sports Complex has been developed upon the mighty reservoir of the Umiam Hydro Electric Project, at Umiam, 16 kilometers before reaching Shillong. The campus consists of a beautiful Orchid Lake Resort and the Nehru Park. Besides, it offers a wide choice of exciting water sports activities with row-boats, paddle-boats, cruise-boats, sailing-boats and water-scooters.
The deepest and longest of the caves in South Asia are located on the hills of Khasi Hills. Every year expert cavers from all around the world explore the hills of Meghalaya, to find new caves and map them. Some very large caves with beautiful formations are well mapped and are close by, with good accessibility. Select & venture - Siju, Mawsmai, Mawsynram, Syndai - only to name a few caves.
Archery Angling & Sports
A majestic placid lake with its surrounding sylvan hills, myriad emerald green azure blue skies have a hypnotizing effect. The setting is truly idyllic. It is Umiam Lake, few kilometers away down the Zig-Zag Shillong-Guwahati Road ( National Highway).Water sports is the prime attraction here. The resort has row-boats, paddle-boats, cruise-boats, sailing-boats, water scooters, speed-boats, and a floating restaurant with ferry service. Umiam is also an angler's paradise. Have the patience to grab a big catch at Umiam. Archery is another game of precision popular in Meghalaya.
Shillong Golf Course is referred to as the "Gleneagle of the
East" at the United States Golf Association Library and Museum. This
museum, which happens to be the largest of its kind in the world,
exhibits the only piece on display from India as that of the
Shillong Golf Course.
Fourth longest in the Indian sub continent, the cave is situated approximately half a kilometre west of Cherrapunjee adjacent to the small hamlet of Mawmluh. This cave interestingly has a five river passage with impressive proportions and is 4503m in length.
Situated in village Mawsmai, south of Cherrapunjee, this cave has a large section of fossil passage, two stream ways and three entrances.
Krem Soh Shympi (Mawlong, East Khasi Hills)
It has a large pothole entrance of 20m deep. The cave passage is very large with numerous formations at one end. Length - 760m.
It is the largest sandstone cave in the Indian sub-continent. It has a very large entrance with a stream entering the cave and running down its main passage. Length -1297m.
Syntu Ksiar, meaning ‘golden flower’ is a vast pool of calm water, where the river Myntdu come to a sudden halt. This river almost encircles Jowai. At Syntu Ksiar, the scene is almost a marvel of nature where the Myntdu seemingly disappears for some rest into the calm of the mighty pool, and then, continues to run its ever vibrant course, again.
65 Kms from Shillong, this used to be the summer capital of the Jaintia Kings of the Sutnga State. The 500 year old Durga temple is also an attraction at Nartiang. Apart from this, one can witness huge monoliths, form the striking landmark of the village, said to be erected by Mar Phalyngki, a Goliath of yore. The Nartiang menhir measures 27 feet 6 inches in thickness. The monoliths represent the megalithic culture of the Hynniewtrep people representing thus the Stonehenge of Northeast India.
Situated 64 Kms away from the national highway, Jowai forms the headquarters of the Jaintia Hills and is a picturesque town circled by the Myntdu River.
The Cave of Eocene Age - Krem Um- Lawan
A beautiful cave of the Eocene Age with an upper fossil passage and a lower active passage. It has numerous cataracts and waterfalls. It is presently the longest (6381m) and deepest (106.8m) cave in the Indian sub-continent.
This cave has 8 entrances with the main entrance through a deep pool. Portions of the beautiful river passage have to be traversed either swimming or using inflatable rubber boat. It measures 3650m in length.
Measuring 955m in length, one can enter this cave through a passage 350 metres long which is nothing but moist sand. The last stretch requires a mild climb across fallen limestone blocks and debris to reach the collapse doline of the upper entrance. By the collapse there is a belly crawl passage which eventually terminates in a sizeable chamber.
Measuring 50m wide and 40m high, this cave is a massive in nature. However, a huge amount of sticky and slippery mud is found in the in the cave; hence the best period to visit would be Feb/March. This cave measures 2650m. in length.
Krem Sweep (Syndai)
47 kms from Jowai, the cave is situated just a few minutes walk from behind the village school in a depression. It has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and measures 970m in length.
This is the highest point on the Garo Hills. The Nokrek Peak stands 1412 metres above sea level and is surrounded by virgin forests cover Nokrek and its environs. The mother germo plasm of Citrus-indica have been discovered by science researchers within Nokrek Range. This discovery led to the establishment of the National Citrus Gene Sanctuary-cum-Biosphere Reserve at Nokrek covering an area of forty seven square kilometres. Nokrek can be reached from the Tura-Asanangre-Daribokgre Road. A visitor can reach this place after about three and a half kilometre trek from Daribokgre village.is found that is abundant in wild elephants, rare varieties of birds and pheasants, besides rare orchids abound in the sanctuary.
A majestic hill stands on the eastern flank of Tura, the largest town in the Garo Hills region of the State. It peaks 872 metres above sea level over looking Tura. A tourist-bungalow, an observatory and a Cinchona-plantation are located at Tura Peak and its environs. A magnificent view of the lower Brahmaputra Valley as well as the golden yellow plains of Bangladesh is available all year round to viewers on Tura Peak.
A waterfall of immense visual beauty is to be found close to the Tura-Chokpot Road in West Garo Hills district. The stream on which it is located, flows through a deep, narrow winding bed of crevice rocks till it suddenly emerges on to a broad wide opening and cascades in a thick, wide formation, over a broad chasm, creating an electrifying waterfall of unique beauty. The deep, wide pool at the bottom of the fall with its wide and expansive surroundings make it an exciting swimming pool, full of fish of varied size and colour, besides being an ideal picnic spot.
Literally meaning the "land of perpetual winds", is A National Wildlife Park, located in South Garo Hills and 167 Kms from Tura. There is a great precipice or deep gorge in Balpakram and is popularly compared to the Grand Canyon of U.S.A. It is believed that here, the spirits of the dead dwell temporarily before embarking on the final journey. It is home to the rare Lesser Panda, the Indian bison and the Stag like Serow. A variety of medicinal herbs locally called "dikges" grow abundantly in Balpakram.
Located at a distance of 112 Kms from Tura, the lake is an ideal destination for fishing and bird watching with the river Simsang flowing nearby.
The famous limestone caves of Siju are located near Naphak Lake and the Simsang stalactites in these caves resemble those of the Blue Grotto in the Isle of Capri. For more details, please see the section on caves below.
Measuring 4772m. in length it is the third longest cave in the Indian sub-continent and situated on the bank of the Simsang river just below the village of Siju. It contains some of the finest river passage to be found anywhere in the world. It is the most researched cave in India and is the home of tens of thousands of bats.
Tetengkol - Balwakol
At Nengkhong village, 15 kms from Siju are these caves that have a small and insignificant circular entrance measuring 1 metre in diameter. The cave is large - 5334m long, which is currently the 2nd longest cave in the Indian sub-continent.
Dobhakol Chibe Nala (Nengkhong)
The cave is situated a few hundred metres downstream from Tetengkol-Balwakol on the river Chibe Nala. It is well hidden by a large rock and measures 1978 metres in length.
Bok Bak Dobhakol (Nengkhong, Rongdik Nala)
1051 m in length, this is a rather complex cave that looks like an intermittently active river sink. During wet weather the cave floods to the roof.
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