East Khasi Hills is one of the seven districts of Meghalaya. It is one of the most populous districts of the state with the state capital Shillong serving as its district headquarters. There are several tourist destinations in the district making it one of the most visited places in the small state of Meghalaya.
East Khasi Hills tourism is vibrant, energetic and diverse. If Shillong offers serene locations, the other blocks of the district showcases the majestic beauty of Nature. Smit is an idyllic little Khasi village that is the seat of the Hima Khyrem. If the traditional annual dance at Smit is a treat to watch, Mawlynnong Village, located a few kilometres from Smit, has a complete different story to say.
It is considered the cleanest village in Asia. One can truly feel (and not just see) cleanliness all around. Another attraction in the East Khasi Hills district is Laitkynsew, the place where a hundred-year-old living root exists. Living root bridges showcase the architectural brilliance of the indigenous tribe - Khasis and tourists should not miss it for anything. Roots of living trees are bent and made into a pathway over a river for human thoroughfare. East Khasi Hills tourism is however, incomplete without a visit to Mawphlang, the land of the sacred groves.
Tourist Places in and around East Khasi Hills
The East Khasi Hills has a lot to offer to the visitors in terms of tourism. Some places such as Mawphlang, Smit, Laitkynsew, Mawsynram, Mawlynnong Village and so on are very popular attractions.
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Tourists can make Shillong their base camp and travel to the different attractions within the district. Shillong has very good road connectivity with Guwahati and buses, tourist vehicles are available at all times.
All the places within the district enjoy a temperate climate. Due to the south-west monsoon, the district sees heavy rainfall for several months. However the winter months remain comparatively dry and sunny.