Umngot River

Lake / Backwaters

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Distance (From MLSLG): 1 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours

Transportation Options: Cab / Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 1 km from Dawki Market, Umngot is a small river that flows through Dawki in the East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya. Also known as Dawki River, it is one of the pleasant places to visit in Meghalaya and among the prime places to visit in Dawki.

Situated near the Indo-Bangladesh border, Umngot River is the cleanest river that flows in India. Umngot River marks the separation between Ri Pnar of Jaintia Hills and Hima Khyrim of Khasi Hills over which hangs a single span suspension bridge. Built in 1932 by the British, the bridge can accommodate only one vehicle at a time and acts as a gateway to neighboring Bangladesh.

Umngot River is a prime fishing spot for both Indian and Bangladeshi fishermen. The river not only flows through green ambience but also shines like silver. Also, boating in the crystal clear water is an experience of lifetime. The ride starts from the border point and went up the river till a small island type place where there were boulders all over the place. While boating, one can clearly see the marine life in the water. The town attracts large number of tourists especially in the month of March-April as it hosts the annual boat race on the Umngot River.

One can also see the Indo-Bangladesh border nearby. There is no fencing, no demarcation so it is in fact extremely easy to cross over into Bangladesh illegally.

Boat Cost: Rs.300 for Boat

Timings: 7 AM - 5 PM

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