The Northeastern fringes of the country have always been fully enveloped in an aura of mysticism and the unexplored. Today, tourists and photographers are backpacking and taking the trains to Guwahati just to make a trip to the scenic places like Dawki. Such is the enigma surrounding these places that on reaching Dawki, you would simply feel like letting the greenery envelope you in its warm embrace. Richly imbibed with authentic Khasi culture is the serene little hilly town of Dawki in Meghalaya.
The white clouds of unending sea of fog and mist that mildly floats through the many lanes of green Dawki, during late winter, and through majority of the year gives the place, an ethereal look. A trip to Dawki is surely a must for the poet in you, the photographer in you and of course, for the hopeless romantic in you. A loving couple with an aim to leave behind the hustle-bustle of general tourist spots and crowd can just take a drive to Dawki from Shillong on their honeymoon. Conveniently located on the India-Bangladesh border, and nestled quite close to the bustling city of Shillong, on the East Khasi Hills, is Dawki.
Crystal clear water of Umngot River.
Boating at Dawki
The scenic beauty of Meghalaya.
This place is noted for the Dawki suspension bridge passing over the Umngot River or Dawki River, which serves as one of the biggest attractions of Dawki. It was built during the British rule in India. Through this bridge, all the trade and export-import between India and Bangladesh takes place even now. A great tip would be to have some money on you to buy the little souvenirs and the handicrafts that the vendors from Bangladesh would be selling near this suspension bridge on Dawki river.
Jaflong is another picturesque hill station falling in the Sylhet division and would take two hours drive to reach from Sylhet, Bangladesh. A sip at the tea from the many tea gardens, and buying various stone based products, and lastly visiting the Khasia Rajbari (the royal palace of the King of Khasi tribe) would make the trip complete. Do take along your family and they shall enjoy the day out visiting and learning about the preservation of Khasi culture as done by the locals here.
Dawki-Tamabil is a road crossing that also offers the connection between India and Bangladesh. Tons of coal is traded across this roadway.
The entire zone of East Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills have been famous for various reasons - the most noted spots like Mawlynnong, Nohkalikai Falls, and Living Root Bridges to name a few.
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The entire summer season is perhaps the most pleasant time to visit Dawki. The season extends from April to June. Though the temperature might be even reaching up to 30 degree Celsius, the climate is a lot more pleasant owing to its altitude. On the whole, you shall be able to enjoy Dawki through the dry summer here.
Meghalaya is the wettest state in India. This said Cherrapunji that stands in close proximity to Dawki is known for recording around 12000 millimeters of rain every year. So, it is rather not very suitable to visit Dawki from June to August.
The temperature drops sharply by November end and you have very low temperatures to around 3-4 degrees Celsius during the months of December and January. Plenty of tourists visit the place during these months just in time for the boating festival too.
Direct flights to Guwahati (the nearest major airport) from Kolkata, Delhi, Bagdogra and Bangkok are available. Umroi Airport is closest to Dawki. It is around 35 kilometres from Dawki. Tourists wishing to enter from Bangladesh can reach up to Tamabil and from there take the Dawki-Tamabil highway to enter Dawki.
Guwahati is the nearest railway station and it is well connected by trains from all the major cities in India.
Dawki is around 95 kilometrrs by road from Shillong and around 150 kilometres from Guwahati. You may hire a cab from either of these places and reach Dawki easily.