Planning to explore the diverse landscapes of North East India? Tura is an amazing town located in the West Garo hill region of Meghalaya. The tura valley is located at the foothills of the Tura Hills. This wonderful place is the cultural centre of the Garo tribes. It is named after the Godess Duram-Imbama.
Tura is a beautiful place to unwind and have a stress free vacation with family and friends. The picturesque view, the lovely hilly terrain, the fresh air will make you feel rejuvenated. You can also get an opportunity to see lovely wildlife and different types of birds here in Tura. You can also enjoy their traditional Garo dance that is Wangala, especially during the 100 drums festival. It is also a superb place to celebrate Christmas. Being a predominantly Christian region the Christmas spirit is at a real high. Tourists can also enjoy activities like trekking, angling, fishing etc in Tura.
Best time to visit Tura is between December to February when the weather is pleasant and the festive spirit is in the air.
This scenic place has many places of tourists' interest like:
• Balpakram National Park
• Nokrek National Park
• Tura Peak
• Siju Bird Sanctuary
• Siju Caves
• Pelga falls
• Naphak Lake
• Rongbang Dar waterfall
The Balpakram National Park is in South Garo hills district. It has animals like wild cow, elephant, wild boar, tiger etc. Exotic herbs and plants are also found in this national park. The Tura peak is on the east of Tura town. It is 872 meters above sea level. There is a reserve forest, tourist bungalow, Cinchona plantation and an observatory. It also an ideal place for trekking.
Close to the Tura peak is the Nokrek National Park. Here you can find the red panda, Asian elephant, marbled cat, pig-tailed macaque etc. This place is close to National Citrus Gene Sanctuary-cum-Biosphere which has rare varieties of trees and animals. The Siju caves are on the banks of the river Simsang. It is the third longest cave in India. Close to this cave is the Siju Bird Sanctuary where you can see rare birds. Here one can see the migratory Siberian duck.
The Pelga falls is at a distance of 7 km from Tura. This is a popular picnic spot. I t is also famous for angling. For bird watching and fishing pay a visit to the Naphak lake. It is at a distance of 112 km from Tura. The Rongbang Dar Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in Meghalaya. If you are looking for a vacation which will be filled with tranquillity and happiness the Tura in Meghalaya is the best place to be. Its serene surrounding will provide the much-required peace of mind.
Summers are warm and humid and the maximum temperature can reach up to 31 degrees Celsius.
Monsoon is between June to September. The region experiences heavy rainfall during these months.
Winter season is between December and February and are cool.
Umroi Airport at Shillong is the nearest airport, which is located at distance of 96 kms. from Shillong town. Guwahati International Airport is the nearest International Airport located at a distance of 129 km. from Shillong. Frequent buses and taxis ply between Guwahati and Shillong regularly.
Pawan Hans runs 3 days a week Helicopter Service from Guwahati to Tura.
Tura does not have its own railhead. The closest railhead is at Guwahati located at a distance of 162km. Guwahati railway station is well connected with all major cities of India.
Since Tura does not have a railway station the best way to reach Tura is by road. One can get buses and taxis from Guwahati to reach Tura. Tura is connected to Guwahati by NH 51.