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An ultimate travel guide to the village of Dawki

Located in the state of Meghalaya, a place filled with waterfalls, rivers, rich wildlife and most importantly a place close to the clouds, is a small village named Dawki. Nestled at the bottom of Jaintia hills is one of the cleanest villages in India. The little village is known for its beautiful waterfalls that flow uninterrupted and the lush green environment. The village is also famous for its crystal clear waters from the river and falls that flow throughout the area. The water here flows uninterrupted, not just at the village but also passed through the borders of Bangladesh. Here is an ultimate travel guide to the village of Dawki, Meghalaya.

Waterfalls in Dawki
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What’s the ideal time to visit?

Dawki has beautiful weather throughout the year, making it perfect to visit anytime. Located just below the Jaintia Hills, is the Dawki town, blessed with immense beauty and lush greenery. Dawki can be visited both during the summer and winter. Although it does get colder in winter, the temperature stays pleasant and bearable to anyone.

How to reach Dawki in Meghalaya?

By Road

Dawki is roughly located about 90 kilometres from Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya. The route to Dawki is filled with beautiful trees, rivulets and deep forests. You can either self drive yourself to Dawki or board a private or public bus that takes you here.

By Rail

Train travels can be good and fun when travelling with the right people. If you planning to reach Dawki to train, book your tickets Guwahati, Assam. The only closest train station to Dawki is the Guwahati station. From there, it is about a 200-kilometre drive. You can either board the public or private buses that run through Dawki or hire a cab.

By Air

Want to travel fast and easy? Pick flights. Though there are no airports in Dawki, the closes airport is the Guwahati Airport. There are many direct flights to Guwahati from different parts of India and be easily booked. From there, it is another two and a half hours drive to reach Dawki. Or, you can also avail helicopter service and reach to Shillong. From Shillong, you can reach Dawki by cab or a bus.

Things to do in Dawki

  • Umngot River
  • Byrdaw Falls
  • Jaflong Zero Point
  • Mawshun Cave
  • Borhill Falls

1. Umngot River

Umngot River
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Umngot is Dawki is a crystal clear river. Also called as the Wah Umngot, the river is so transparent that you could see the stones and pebbles inside this river. During the month of September is when the water much clearer than ever. You can either take swim where the water is cold throughout the year or go on a boat ride and take a peek inside the colourful marine life of the river. The fare to go on a boat ride is somewhere between Rs 400 to Rs 500 per person. Not just the clear water, you can also view mighty Bangladesh’s border from Dawki River.

2. Byrdaw Falls

Located next Dawki is the village named Pomshutia village. The village is famous for its beautiful waterfall called the Byrdaw falls, which is one of the best places to visit in Meghalaya. Best time to visit the falls would be during the monsoon season when the weather is equally beautiful as the waterfall. The surroundings of the waterfall become much greener and alive after getting soaked in the monsoon rain. One has to trek for at least two kilometres from Pomshutia village to reach the waterfall. Once there, take a deep breath and admire the beauty of nature. This beautiful waterfall can be visited anytime between 8 AM – 5 PM.

3. Jaflong Zero Point

Jaflong Zero Point is located alongside the borders of India and Bangladesh. The Zero point is situated about one kilometre away from the Dawki market. Known for its stone accumulation, it is from here the Dawki river flows into Bangladesh as well. Home to Khasi tribes, the place has got crystal clear water with pebbles here too. Also, there is always an Indian Security Guard who keeps an eye over the border of India and Bangladesh. The Zero point is open to the public between 8 AM – 4 PM and can be entered at zero cost.

4. Mawshun Cave

Mawshun caves are one of the famous and most crowded attractions near the Dawki village. Situated in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, the caves are located outside the Mawshun village. Providing a calm atmosphere, the cave has cute little ponds that are formed due to flow water. Reaching this cave is not easy. One has to walk on rough paths and rocks for about three to five odd minutes to reach the entrance of this cave. With a tricky terrain, the cave gets adventurous as it goes. The path gets narrower and is filled with stalagmite making it one of the beautiful caves in Meghalaya. Tourists are welcome here every day throughout the week.

5. Borhill Falls

Borhill Falls
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Known as Burhill or Borhill falls, is one of the top attractions in Meghalaya. Located at the outskirts near the national border is this enchanting waterfall that will surely make your day with just a look. The water from this waterfall flows through the borders of India and then glides under the Bangladesh border. This waterfall is also called as the Bophill falls or the Pangthumai falls by the locals.

Where to eat at Dawki?

Located on an elevated hill, there are not many restaurants in Dawki. Try tasting the delightful Meghalayan cuisine at the Dhabas on the way to Dawki from Shillong. The Dhabas here serve some of the best ming ogling dishes. While in Meghalaya, make sure you try out their famous delicacies like – Dohneiihong, Makham-Bitchi, Jadoh and Jhur Sideh. Not just delicacies, the fruits of this region are equally rich in taste.


  • Check and track the weather at least a week before travelling.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothes,
  • Trick: Be sure to wear floaties instead of shoes while visiting waterfalls. Floaties tend to dry up quick that canvas or any other shoes.
  • Be sure to carry your camera where ever you go. The land is filled with scenic beauty.
  • Be sure to carry an extra set of clothes, bags and first aid kit along whenever travelling.
Aerial view of Meghalaya
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