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Dawki Tourism And Travel Guide
16.6° C / 61.8° F
October to March
1 to 2 Days
Shillong Airport (100 kms)
Guwahati Railway Station (170 kms)
Dawki has long been a hotbed for tourism in Meghalaya, and most of the credit for the same can safely be given to the exquisite Umngot River and its clear-as-day water. Situated right along the border of India and Bangladesh, Dawki lies in the West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya and is quite a busy spot due to its strategic location. Other well-known gems of the state like Mawlynnong – the cleanest village in Asia – and the fascinating living root bridges that are commonly seen in this part of Meghalaya also make up a fascinating aspect of getting on a road trip to Dawki. The stunning views of the surrounding hills and the river are definitely a treat for the eyes as well. For more details on how to enjoy Dawki, check out this travel guide.
How to Reach
The Umroi Airport of Shillong, situated about 100 km away from Dawki, is the nearest airport from Dawki. Travellers prefer to land at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (Guwahati) though, since it has more connectivity to cities across the country. Buses and taxis are easily available from both airports. Travellers also have the option to book a helicopter ride from Guwahati to Shillong and then cover the rest of the journey to Dawki via road.
The Guwahati Railway Station in Assam is the nearest railhead from Dawki, around 170 km away. Buses and taxis are available at the station to allow visitors to reach Dawki via Shillong, which takes around 5 hours.
Dawki can be conveniently reached via road from either Shillong or Guwahati, which are situated roughly 100 and 200 km away. Travelling in a private car or rented taxi will prove to be a whole lot more comfortable than a bus journey. Nonetheless, both public and private buses are available from either city to Dawki.
Weather & Best Time to Visit
Summer (April – June) & Monsoon (July – October):
While the summer season does not get scorching hot in Dawki, the summer and monsoon months can be an unsuitable time to visit this town. Most of the travellers visit this part of Meghalaya to witness the exceptional beauty of the glass-like Umngot River water, which can get muddy and stale during the monsoons. Moreover, the weather remains wet and humid and makes all kinds of outdoor activities relatively uncomfortable. Temperatures usually average around 25-30⁰C, and may even be slightly lower during times of heavy rainfall.
Winter (November – March):
Wintertime is extremely pleasant in Dawki. The transition months of September and October are particularly enjoyable since the weather becomes considerably drier after the retreat of the monsoons. The weather never gets too cold even during peak winters and stays within an average range of 20-25⁰C. The waters of Umngot River are clear as ever during this time, and visitors get to enjoy their fill of boating and camera-worthy moments here.
Things to Do
Boating at Umngot River:
During the winter months, the water of the Umngot River becomes clear as glass, and the riverbed is often visible from the surface of the water. Some visitors also like to indulge in a little swimming towards the shallow end of the river. A boat race held between the months of March-April every year is one of the most anticipated events of the region and should definitely be attended by those planning their trip to Dawki around this time.
This 80-house village with a population of just over 500 is located around 35 km from Dawki and is one of the most impressive spots you’ll experience here. The locals can often be seen sweeping the streets and keeping it free from trash all through the long winding road that leads to the village; working hard to maintain the status that has been bestowed upon this village.
Experience Two Countries at Once at Jaflong Zero Point:
Jaflong Zero Point is situated along the border that separates India from Bangladesh and is a peculiar region from where visitors can essentially be in two countries at once. A lot of locals from the Khasi tribe reside here, and the region features the accumulation of a number of stones in various shapes.
Where to Eat
Dawki is a small town, so there’s not much in terms of commercial eating spots here. Most of the meals here are served in homestays, which makes it a convenient option for tourists. There are also some food stalls and dhabas that serve delicious local food. However, vegetarians might often have to make do with basic meals since non-vegetarian dishes, especially pork, are the norm here. Don’t forget to indulge in at least one meal at one of the riverside huts here, which boast a fantastic ambience that is best enjoyed with the local food of the region.