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The Unexplored Paradise of Umngot River in Meghalaya

Meghalaya, aptly named as “Abode of the Clouds,” is a paradise in the hills! The lavish natural beauty of this Northeastern state surely takes one’s breath away and makes one want to settle down here. Blessed with gorgeous forests, mountains, valleys, caves, rivers and lakes.

One such natural wonder of Meghalaya lies at Dawki, which is known for its crystal clear blue water of the Umngot river, and possibly India’s cleanest river.

Dawki, a small border town in the West Jaintia Hills, with Bangladesh, is a popular destination for tourists and traders. Hundreds of trucks pass here every day between India and Bangladesh routes.

The Umngot river is the natural boundary between Ri Pnar (of Jaintia Hills) with Hima Khyrim (of Khasi Hills) over which hangs a single span suspension bridge. (Photo: Meghalaya Unexplored)

The Umngot river is the natural boundary between Ri Pnar (of Jaintia Hills) with Hima Khyrim (of Khasi Hills) over which hangs a single span suspension bridge. (Photo: Meghalaya Unexplored)

Located about 90 kms away from the state capital Shillong,  a drive to Dwaki will pass through beautiful curvaceous roads that provide stunning views of valleys and waterfalls along the journey.

Locals fishing in the Umngot river. (Photo: Elroy Serrao)

Locals fishing in the Umngot river. (Photo: Elroy Serrao)

And what was truly spectacular was how magnificently clear the water was. You can literally see the bottom of the river bed and marine life. When seen from a distance, it appears as if the boat is floating in mid-air!

Magical Deep Blue Reflection of Umngot River At Dawki. (Photo: Screaming Piston)

Magical Deep Blue Reflection of Umngot River At Dawki. (Photo: Screaming Piston)

Hiring a boat for a short ride on this stunning river should be in the Must-Do list of any traveler and experience the stellar view. The boat rides are available at a nominal rate of INR 300 per boat.

The Unexplored Paradise of Umngot River in Meghalaya

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