Dawki-Tamabil is one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh. A small border town in the Jaintia Hills, Dawki and its famed river Umngot is a must visit if in Meghalaya. Sandwiched between India and Bangladesh, Dawki is a major center of trade between India and Bangladesh. The small city, besides being a trade hub is also famous for its tourism scene, with many people flocking to the city in order experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds
The city becomes a hotbed of tourist activities especially during the spring months as it hosts the boat riding competition on the Umngot River. The surrounding greenery, the cold water of the river and the beautiful suspension bridge on the River Umngot make Dawki a place worth a visit.
We started early in the morning in our 4 wheeler car and stopped by a beautiful point named Mawkhong Point where you can get an Arial view of the hills and the mesmerizing view will definitely take your heart away. The lush greens, the gigantic hills and the cool breeze was perfect for an outing to Dawki.
We parked our car after driving for at least half an hour at Pynursla Parking where we had breakfast in a small joint as it was the only one open at 9 am in the morning. The place name was Labet Kitchenete and serves some good tasty food.
As we went to visit the Indo – Bangladesh border which was in fact had no fencing as what a general border should have, but its quiet interesting to see how businesses can interchanged for the prosperity of the two countries.
The major attraction here is the Umngot River that marks the natural separation between the Khasi and the Jaintia Hills. The river can be forded by a suspension bridge that connects India to Bangladesh and facilitates trade between the two nations. The River is the site for a boat race that is held in March-April, but even otherwise, seeing this large emerald-green serpent threading its way through the hills, with fishermen’s boats dotting its surface, right into the plains of Bangladesh, is a sight whose majesty echoes long after you leave it.
- Best time to visit Dawki
Dawki is a year round destination with beautiful climate all year. The town by virtue of being located in the Jaintia Hills is blessed with beauty and greenery. Winters are usually colder than summers and therefore some sort of warm clothing will be required especially during night time. Otherwise temperatures remain pleasant throughout.
- Where to Stay
Shillong should be the preferred location for accommodation as it is a major tourist center with many suitable options for all budget sizes.
- Sightseeing in Dawki
Dawki provides wonderful views of the Meghalayan landscape. The town is a nice vantage point for admiring the Khasi and Jaintia Hills.
- Activities in Dawki
Boating at the Umngot river is a must if you are at Dawki.
- Shopping in Dawki
Shop for some delicious oranges.
- Dawki’s Nightlife
Shillong is known as the Rock capital of the country and the night life in this tourist center is pretty amazing with many night clubs, bars and restaurants serving music and booze.
- Dawki’s Cuisine
Try out the delightful Meghalayan delicacies such as Jadoh, Dohneiihong, Makham-Bitchi and Jhur Sideh. Also, taste the sweets and oranges of Dawki it is quite famous for them.
- Best Restaurants Nearby
Dawki doesnot have a sprawling market to offer to its visitors and thus there is lack of good restaurants but one can find some dhabas along the route from Dawki till Shillong offering local cuisines.
Dawki is a perfect day trip from Shillong. Take the Car Ride from Shillong to Dawki, spend a day under its charm and follow it with a trip to Khasi.
Go for the car ride from Shillong till Dawki, an experience in its self