Connecting the Dots with Dawki: Experience the Best Homestays

Connecting the dots with Dawki

Dec 7th, 2022

Meghalaya, in North-East India, has a special place in the hearts of adventure seekers who want to reconnect with nature. But what makes it a delight for eager tourists is how it has developed its tourism without losing the life of the village community. These communities play an important role in not just preserving the state’s history and heritage but also attracting more explorers every day. 

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Such is the case of Dawki also spelled as Dauki, whose scenic beauty and location make it special. The rolling Khasi Hills - between the floodplains of Assam and Bengal - were described by the British as ‘the Scotland of the East’, and provided the natural connection for people between these two plains until the British-ruled Indian subcontinent was partitioned into India and East and West Pakistan in 1947. The Dawki Bridge is a suspension bridge, built by the British over the Umngot River in 1932, connecting the Khasi-Jaintia Hills and South Assam, Northeast India, with the Sylhet district of Bangladesh.

Dawki is on the Indian side of the border, roughly about 80 km from the state capital of Shillong - and on the Bangladesh side is the border town of Tamabil - 55 km from the divisional headquarters of Sylhet, Bangladesh. Umngot River flows through this town which creates a boundary between the Jaintia Hills and Khasi Hills. Jaintia Hills is bounded by Bangladesh on the South and in the East by Khasi Hills. On its Northern and Eastern boundaries, it has the state of Assam.

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Here is what we can do once we reach this must-visit border town. 

When one visits Meghalaya, they don’t necessarily need to have only one place in mind. The village life connects each spot to the other and can be visited during a weekend. One of Dawki’s neighboring villages is Mawlynnong, known as the cleanest village in Asia.

Dawki Integrated Check Post or Dawki border crossing is one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh in West Jaintia Hills district in the state of Meghalaya, India, the corresponding post in Bangladesh is Tamabil post. Shared transport is available from Lewduh in Shillong to the border post at Dawki every morning. Buses are also available from Shillong to Tamabil towards Sylhet.

Best Places to stay in Dawki:

Unfortunately, the town of Dawki does not have many accommodation facilities for tourists. But fret not because here is where the village community steps in. Apart from the PWD Bungalow at Dawki which needs to be booked in advance; you can even stay in the home stays at Mawlynnong, which is a half an hour drive from Dawki or Shnongpdeng Village, 8 km north of Dawki. Tourists can also find a lot of homestays in Dawki . Some of the best places to stay in Meghalaya are listed below:​​​​​ ​ ​

Homestay in Dawki includes Kynjai Homestay in Mawlynnong  

Kynjai Homestay, Mawlynnong: This is a very comfortable budget homestay in Dawki in the south location of Mawlynnong village, surrounded by a lot of greenery. It also has a terrace to enjoy the scenic view. Its 34 km from Dawki.

Stay in Dawki includes R B Guest house in Mawlynnong  

R B Guest house, Mawlynnong: The R. B. Guest house offers a garden. It also has rooms for families. Each room is equipped with wardrobes. The private bathroom is equipped with a shower, bathrobes, and free toiletries. Guest rooms also provide a dishwasher. Its 40 km from Shillong and 30 km from Dawki.

View Point Homestay in Mawlynnong is included in stay in Dawki  

View Point Homestay, Mawlynnong Road: Located in Mawlynnong in the Meghalaya region, View Point Homestay features a balcony and mountain views. The property is 41 km from Shillong and 25 km from Dawki. Complimentary private parking is also provided. Towels and bed linen are featured in the homestay. An Asian breakfast is available daily and a terrace to enjoy the view.

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The Loft Executive Inn: Situated in Shillong, The Loft Executive Inn features free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a restaurant and a garden. All units come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and a private bathroom with free toiletries. Some units have a patio and/or a balcony with garden views. Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast. A car rental service is available at The Loft Executive Inn. Cherrapunji is 36 km from the accommodation, while Mawlynnong is 41 km from the property.

Polo Orchid Resort in Cherrapunjee provides the best stay in Dawki  

Polo Orchid Resort, Cherrapunjee: Located in Cherrapunji 50 m from Nohsngithiang Falls. The property offers free parking. The air-conditioned accommodation will provide you with a flat-screen satellite TV, seating area and a balcony. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and a bathrobe. You can enjoy a mountain view from the rooms. At Polo Orchid Resort Cherrapunjee you will find a 24-hour front desk, garden, and BBQ facilities. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, a games room, and a tour desk. A kids’ club is also available. The Thankharang Park and Mawsmai Cave are within 1.5 km of the property. The Shillong Airport is 90 km while the Guwahati Railway Station is 158 km. Sohra House (Bistro-Bar-Bungalow) is the in-house restaurant.

Resort in Dawki includes Betelnut Resort-OurGuest  

Betelnut Resort: Experience Riverside camping on the bank of Umngot river, Shnongpdeng Village. Enjoy delicious food curated by the chef at Betelnut Restaurant. They also provide complimentary breakfast and 24x7 room service.

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Meghalaya Kongthong Bamboo Hut Accommodation: The cottage is located in Kongthong Village. It’s a traditional Khasi hut where guests can experience the authentic Khasi way of living. Attraction like Meghalaya living root bridges is nearby. There is a cozy fireplace for the guests. It is roughly 80 km from Dawki.

How much time should I spend in Dawki?

It depends on the activities that you look forward to in Dawki but in most cases, one day is enough to explore its beauty.

Best Time to Visit Dawki:

The best time to visit is between November and May. It’s during this time the usually emerald green waters of the Umngot River becomes crystal clear due to the reflection of the winter sun making it the best time to visit Dawki. Tourists also love the sweet-tasting oranges available there during those months. Due to the temperate climate, this place is the house of different kinds of flora and fauna, which becomes the point of attraction for many tourists.

Things to do in Dawki:

Dawki tourist places includes Umngot River  

Umngot River: Tourists often have picnics on the river bank. Boating, river rafting and even fishing a some of the popular activities there. There is also an annual boat race which is conducted there in March – April at Umsyiem, a village at the bank of the Umngot about 3 km from Dawki.

Dawki bridge is one of the best tourist places in Dawki  

Dawki Bridge: This British structure is perfect to enjoy the view of the Umngot River and create memories and taking a walk.

Dawki-Tamabil Border included in Dawki tourist places  

Dawki-Tamabil Border: Unlike most International Borders, it is rather pleasing to see that the Dawki-Tamabil Border is quite friendly where civilians can go near the divide and vendors also exchange goods.

Stay in Dawki and visit the Local Bazaar  

Local Bazaar: There is also a farmer’s market at the border which serves as a major import and export center. Along with it are also local bazaars where one can buy foreign goods from Bangladesh• Kali Temple: Tourists of all faith are attracted to the famous Kali Temple at Dawki, where every year Kali Puja is celebrated with great pomp.

Experience trekking in Dawki and stay at the best homestay  

Trekking: People also like trekking along the river up to the nearby Khasi hills.

Dawki tourist places includes Jaflong Falls  

Jaflong Falls: It is a mesmerizing site about 2 km from Dawki, known for its beautiful pebbles. Though located in the Sylhet District of Bangladesh it is easily accessible by tourists in India.

Apart from its scenic beauty, village community life, and tourist-friendly environment, what makes it even more distinct is its location. It is a town situated in various divides. It’s at the border of the Jaintia and Khasi Hills divided by the Umngot River. But also India and Bangladesh are divided by the Radcliffe line. So, when one visits it, they end up connecting all these dots with Dawki.


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