We welcome you to the Border of India and Bangladesh ~ Dawki, Meghalaya.
Dawki also known as Tamabil is a small town nestled in the border of India and Bangladesh. Located in the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya, Dawki serves as an important trade route between India and Bangladesh. Although the area is heavily guarded by border patrols of India and Bangladesh, Dawki doesn’t have any fenced border between these two countries implying this to be a friendly border. The demarcation is done using a few stone pillars and gates across the border of each countries. The pillar 1275 is the distinct border and Dawki. Visitors to Dawki can cross the border of India and travel upto the pillar 1275 and return back to India. Again, the area is heavily guarded by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India and hence it is necessary to speak to them and seek their approval before crossing the border at Dawki.
Located in the West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, Dawki is a small town that borders the Nations of India and Bangladesh. An important trade route between the two countries, Dawki is among the few border crossings between India and Bangladesh.
The principal attraction at Dawki is the Umngot River. The Umngot River has waters so crystal clear that once can see that boats plying on its waters are almost floating in the air. This river also serves as a natural boundary between the Jaintia and Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The drive from Mawlynnong Village to Dawki is splendid passing through deep gorges and ravines and three majestic waterfalls of Meghalaya are to be spotted along the way.
Dawki is famous for the Umngot River. The Umngot River at Dawki marks a natural border between the Khasi and Jaintia hills of Meghalaya. The Dawki Umngot River has water so crystal clear that one can easily see the river bed clearly from the surface. During winter months especially November and December the waters are so clear that when the boats ply on its waters, it actually looks like these boats are floating in air. At Dawki, over the Umngot River is also a suspension bridge that was built by the British in 1932.
If you are visiting Meghalaya then a stop at Dawki is always recommended. Not just for the experience of being able to cross the border of India to go sight the border of Bangladesh but for the host of other activities. Frequent searches on the available encyclopedia of google.com would provide you much of information about Dawki (Tamabil as it is locally called) stating of the presence of the Umngot river here that has crystal clear water. You will be blogged off with the amazing pictures of the Umngot river that has water so clear that you feel that the boats here are floating on the air and not plying on the river waters. It will surely give you an amazing experience once you reach Dawki and plan to get on this boat ride. But mind you, that this place has gradually started to attract visitors. And not just one or two but hundreds of them. Once you are at Dawki be ready to get stuck in traffic in an area where you hardly see any homes of people but only tourist vehicles. There is a reason for this jam viz. the roads at Dawki are quite narrow an at the point where you start your boating experience at Dawki there is no proper parking area. So the vehicles choose to park along the side of the already narrow road and while one vehicle tries to pass and another comes along through the other way, there is always a chance of getting stuck and you have to wait until the time you have assistance from the local people of Dawki who temporarily adorn the hats of traffic police and interestingly manage to clear off the ruckus within a few minutes only. This information is not to discourage you from planning you travel to Dawki but to make you mentally prepared once you are here at Dawki and not to worry in case you get stuck here at Dawki. There will always be an easy way out of it.
As mentioned earlier, most of the tourists travel to Dawki just to experience the International Border here and to enjoy an hour of boating time on the clear waters of the Umngot river here. The maximum time these activities take is not more than 3 hours so people generally do not prefer to stay over here and instead travel to Shillong for their night halt after spending time at the village of Mawlynnong – the Cleanest Village in Asia. Our general Itineraries plan your visit to Dawki by starting early in the morning from Cherrapunji and then reaching Dawki. After crossing the suspension bridge here we proceed to visit the International Border at Tamabil and then come back to the boating point where we step down and board the local boats for about an hours time of boat ride and then we proceed to Mawlynnong after sighting the Bornhill falls along the way. We reach Mawlynnong and have lunch, take a walk along the cleanest village of Asia, sight the balancing rocks and visit the single decker living root bridge of Riwai and then continue on our journey to head back either to Cherrapunji or Shillong.
For travellers who wish to choose to have a different experience of Dawki as a place which is less touristy we present to you the village of Shnongpdeng. A completely offbeat location, Shnongpdeng is growing as an Ecotourism destination of Meghalaya. Not yet crawled by the Spiders and Bots of the google algorithms and not promoted extensively by the many blogs and travel sites, Shnongpdeng is an amazing paradise located very close to Dawki. A slight from left to the road that leads you to Dawki and after travelling a little further will lead you to Shnongpdeng village. A place that is so near Dawki but yet there slow of tourists here are no humongous as in Dawki. Once you reach at Shnongpdeng the clear waters of the River Umngot greet you and you can see the locals of Meghalaya enjoying their day here fishing or cooking on one of their picnic trips. Shnongpdeng mostly sees visitors from Meghalaya, Guwahati and the other offbeat travellers who come here to experience one of the various water sports activities that are organized here. The various adventure sports activities organized at Shnongpdeng are Scuba Diving, Zip Lining, River Rafting, Kayaking, Cliff jumping, Caving, Local Boating, Snorkelling, Camping, Rappelling and a host of other activities. Even if you are not interested in any of the adventure activities but boating on the clear waters of the Umngot river here is a must try experience which is worthwhile and once in a lifetime experience. Though you get to do the boating experience at Dawki itself, the boating experience at Shnongpdeng is a different one altogether where you get a feel that the entire river is for you to wander around as there are not many tourists around at this side of the border. The border of India and Bangladesh can be sighted here at Shnongpdeng too and you can see many visitors from Bangladesh enjoying their day out on the other side of the border. There is however strict patrolling of the BSF forces here who keep a strong vigil for movements around Shnongpdeng so as to no illegal border crossing happen. In case they do the BSF personnel hold such people in custody and ensure to transfer them back to the other side of the border. Once you are here it’s worthwhile to halt for a day to enjoy the real beauty of Shnongpdeng. There are not many stay options here but there are a few bamboo made homestays and camping sites at Shnongpdeng. The Shnongpdeng Escapade is one such place where you can choose to halt for the night here at Shnongpdeng. They offer their camp grounds here and also arrange for your various activities at Shnongpdeng like Camping, Trekking, Boating, Kayaking and Snorkelling. Kayaking on the waters of Umngot at Shnongpdeng is a magical experience. The clear waters here make you feel that you are floating on the air and not just Kayaking on a normal river. Relax and unwind from your busy city life at Shnongpdeng. Take a walk along the riverside, swim on the waters of the Umngot river, Camp along the river side, savor delicious meals served with local herbs and do everything you always wanted to do to break away from your normal routine life. Shnongpdeng will surely rejuvenate your soul and make you think twice before packing your bags to ask this question – Should I leave or should I spend another day beside the surreal waters of the river Umngot at Shnongpdeng?
In general we conclude by writing that Dawki is gradually becoming a popular tourist destination of Meghalaya. Dawki has not much of an infrastructure to handle a heavy influx of tourists and visits to Dawki are mostly for a day. So Dawki doesn’t have many hotels for stay. Although small shops are available that serve tea and snacks. An option to stay at Dawki is at the camping grounds of Dawki. The Pioneer Adventure tours have their camping grounds at Dawk that also offers its visitors options of adventure water sports. The various adventure sports organized at Dawki are Kayaking, Ziplining, Snorkeling, etc. Kayaking on the uMngot River at Dawki is an experience one of a kind ad is a perfect site for beginners. Snorkelling at Dawki gives you a first hand experience of exploring the clear waters of the Umngot River at Dawki. The underwater photography during snorkelling at Dawki is indeed a rewarding experience.
And all of the above can be experienced by halting for a night at Dawki by the beautiful campsite along the Umngot River. get to experience a day off from the busy city life listening to the chirping of the birds, the gushing sound of the water of Umngot an spend your night of calm. The halt at campsite at Dawki is sure to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated and filled with memories of you visit to the Border of India and Bangladesh at Dawki!
Places of Tourist Interest at Dawki ~
1| The Border of India and Bangladesh at Dawki, Meghalaya ~
Dawki is one of the few border crossings between India and Bangladesh. At Dawki, visitors are allowed to cross the Indian border and travel to no man’s land till the pillar no. 1275. Visitors can click pictures at the border and come back to Indian territory. Please be advised that the border is heavily guarded by armed personnel of the Border Security Force of India. Hence it is always advisable to ask for their permission before crossing the border.
2| Clear Water Boating on Umngot River at Dawki, Meghalaya ~
Another major tourist attraction at Dawki is Boating on the clear waters of Umngot river. The boat ride last for about an hour and it takes you on a tour of the Umngot River here. The crystal clear waters to leave you spellbound. One boat can fit upto 6 travellers and at towards the end you may also choose to swim in the shallow waters where the water current is not very strong. On your boat ride you can see through the waters of the River up to 20 feet and at times the water can also seen as transparent and colourless with clear visibility of the flora and fauna of the Umngot River.
3| Suspension Bridge Dawki, Meghalaya ~
At Dawki, there is a suspension Bridge that was built by the British in 1932. One can cross this bridge on your way to the Border of India and Bangladesh and later catch a glimpse of this engineering grandeur on your boat ride on the Umngot River.
4| Borhill Falls Dawki, Meghalaya ~
On your way from Mawlynnong to Dawki you can spot the Borhill Falls. Not frequented by tourists you can enjoy the calm and serene atmosphere around here. The Borhill Falls is one fall in Meghalaya where you have to cross the waterfall over a Bridge and you can stand on top of the bridge and see the water flowing under you.
5| Kshaid U Po Umkrem Falls Dawki, Meghalaya ~
Another among the not very well known falls of Meghalaya is the Kshaid U Po Umkrem Falls on the way to Dawki from Mawlynnong. The crystal clear waters of this waterfall is to leave you spellbound.
6| Camping and Adventure Sports at Dawki,Meghalaya ~
Camping in Dawki is a wonderful experience in Meghalaya. The beauty around this place will hold you here, you will only wish to stay in Dawki. The warm sand under your feet when you step out of the camp in the morning makes you feel refreshing and relax. The riverside stay in Dawki can be experienced only with camping.
Also at Dawki, you can enjoy various Adventure Sports like Kayaking, Ziplining, Snorkeling, etc.
Sample Itinerary Details for your visit to Dawki – Meghalaya
DAY 1: GUWAHATI – CHERRAPUNJI (5 – 6 HRS)
On your arrival, you’ll be met by our representative. We directly hit the road to Cherrapunji. The roads are good, so enjoy the lovely drive through the lush green hills. Lunch/Snacks on way, depending upon the flight timings. After check in, time to loosen up from the journey. If time permits we can visit the different waterfalls/caves of the area.
Night Stay: Cherrapunji Resort/Cottages.
Meals Included: NA
DAY 2: CHERRAPUNJI – DOUBLE DECKER ROOT BRIDGE – DURATION OF TREK IS 5 HRS (UP&DOWN)
Today after breakfast, we kick start the Double Decker Root Bridge Trek. The trek starts from – DOUBLE DECKER ROOT BRIDGE – end point Lad Mawphlang. Duration of trek is 5 hours.
Highlights of the Trek:
These Double Decker Bridges are one of the most unique bridges in the world. They are grown by the ancient tribes of the Khasi hills.
Pools with pristine blue water. Bathing is also an option.
Cross Hanging Bridge
After the trek we’ll get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we’ll go out for local sightseeing :
We can also start off the trek early before breakfast. In this case, breakfast will be packed and we’ll have it on the way.
Night Stay: Resort/Cottages. Cherrapunji.
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 3: CHERRAPUNJI – PYNURSLA (2 HRS)
Today after breakfast, we’ll drive to Pynursla. From there we kick start our trek to the longest root bridge accessible in the East Khasi Hills
Highlights of the Trek :
Longest root bridge
Lunch can be arranged as time suitable. After Lunch we can go to Mawlynnong for stay overnight.
Night Stay: Resort/Cottages. Mawlynnong
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 4: MAWLYNNONG & DAWKI
Today is our day in the beautiful village of Mawlynnong, settled in the wilderness of East Khasi Hills.
Morning after breakfast we visit the Living Root Bridge of Mawlynong. You spend the day simply enjoying the nature of the place. Get your camera out, make notes of the place, read a book or anything that unwinds you.
For Sightseeing Options are
Asia’s cleanest village
Watch Tower ( Take a view of Bangladesh )
We get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we‘ll go out for Dawki site seeing.
DAWKI SIGHTSEEING OPTIONS:
Night Stay: HomeStay/Cottages at Mawlynnong.
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 5: RETURN FROM GUWAHATI AIRPORT
Today after breakfast, we drive back to the airport and you fly to your onward destination. Tour Ends. Bid Adieu.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Exploring Dawki with our guests from Bangalore ~
Our guests from Bangalore were turing North East India with us across Assam and Meghalaya and we had finished exploring Shillong, Cherrapunji and Mawlynnong already. Our next destination was to explore Dawki and then continue on our drive to Jowai and to arrive at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary before evening. We were halting the night at Mawlynnong and early morning we left mawlynnong at 7 AM after tea to drive to Dawki. We had bought bread to be had along the way and we started driving towards Dawki from the inner road that connects Dawki from Mawlynnong. On the way we would be crossing two beautiful waterfalls. We arrived at Dawki at 8.30 AM and at first headed to explore the border of India and Bangladesh at Dawki.
We reached the spot quickly as not much traffic was there and after parking our car we went to explore the border area. I took permission from the BSF soldiers to cross the border and soon we crossed the border of India into no man’s land between India and Bangladesh. We walked upto the pillar 1275 where we clicked our pictures and in some time we left to the clear water boating point at Dawki. As Dawki is renowned for the clear waters of the Umngot river that flows across the place, boating on the clear waters of this river is a popular tourist activity here and visitors to Dawki never miss out on this opportunity. We had to walk down at the ticket counter where we had to pay INR 700 for the boat to take us along the ride on the Umngot river at Dawki.