West Garo Hills – Showcasing the Ecological Diversity of Meghalaya

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West Garo Hills is the second most populous district in Meghalaya with its district headquarters – Tura being the second largest city in the state. Almost the entire West Garo Hills district is hilly with plain areas only at the fringes.

Spread over an area of 3714 sq. kilometres, West Garo Hills shares its borders with the Goalpara district of Assam in the north and north-west, South Garo Hills district in the south-east and Bangladesh on the south.

Tourism in and around West Garo Hills

The West Garo Hills is a picturesque land having its own biosphere reserve, several waterfalls, lakes and peaks. The West Garo Hills tourism is especially bustling with avid trekkers as there are several hills to climb and rivers to traverse.

Some of the places inhabiting mesmerising beauty includes Tura Peak, Nokrek Biosphere, Chibragre, Pelga Falls, Rongbang Dare and many more. Sasatgre Village is renowned for oranges while Tura is a fantastic place to view nature. Rangapani and Bhaitbari are hub for archaeologists.

The Garos are the main tribes inhibiting all of the Garo Hills. The Garos belong to the Bodo family of the Tibeto-Burman race. They are among the rare tribes in India who follow the matrilineal system in the society.

How to Reach West Garo Hills

Tura, being the district headquarters of West Garo Hills serves as the main entry point to the district. Tura is about 222 kilometres from Guwahati and 309 kilometres from Shillong. Road connectivity is very good to this district headquarters and tourists can easily get a bus or a tourist transport to Tura.

West Garo Hills Weather

The West Garo Hills lies on the lower parts of Meghalaya thus experiencing warmer climate almost throughout the year. It receives an average rainfall of 330 cms. The district receives rainfall mainly due to the South West monsoons and the seasonal winds. Winters are dry here while summers are hot. The best season to visit West Garo Hills is the post-monsoon months and the winter months. When the rain subsides, the temperature lower and the humidity decreases. Thus it is an ideal time to go for trekking and sight-seeing. It is however advisable to always carry light woollens and protection from the rain while visiting West Garo Hills.

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