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TOURISM IN GARO HILLS


Tura peak: A beautiful and majestic hill stands on the eastern side of Tura at a height of 872 m above sea level overlooking the town of Tura. Local legend has it that the peak provides a sacred shelter or abode to the 'Gods' and it is also claimed that Tura was traditionally known as Dura, but due to mispronunciation by the British gave it the present name of Tura. The Tura range has been declared a reserve forest with an observatory, a Cinchona plantation and a tourist bungalow located at its vicinity. A magnificent view of the lower Brahmaputra valley as well as the golden yellow plains of Bangladesh can be seen all year round from the peak. A foot-track or path developed during the British Raj is still in existence and can be used by tourists and adventurers alike to reach Tura peak with ease and comfort.

Siju caves: It is one of the longest caves in the Indian Sub-continent and contains some of the finest river passages to be found any where in the world. There are magnificent limestone rock formations inside, epecially named princes, Di's chamber by the excavators will fill any visitor with awe. Close by on the other side of Simsang River is the Siju bird sanctuary, a home for many rare and protected birds and other wildlife. The Siberian ducks also migrated here during the winter months. At the entrance to this bird sanctuary after a steep climb of nearly 1 km there is a stretch of fantastic rock formations that will take your breath away.

Rongbare dare waterfall: Rongbang Dare is a very small, picture-perfect waterfalls near Chinabat village. It is to the right of Tura-Asanangre-Williamnagar State highway, and is a beautiful site for people visiting the area. During the monsoon season, the fall becomes twice as beautiful with the snowy white water flowing like a continuous bed of cotton. Adding to the beauty of the Rongbang Dare is the tall evergreen forests of bamboo that is present on either sides of the falls. It is a small but delightful view for every person who passes across this area.

Balpakram National Park: Balpakram National Park is situated in the South Garo Hills District and covers an area of around 220 sq. km. It was established in 1987, at an altitude of 3,000 ft above sea level. There are many animals inhabiting the national park, including the wild cow, elephant, wild bison and tiger. Exotic species of herbs and plants, having medicinal value, are also found in this national park. The ideal time to visit Balpakram National Park is between the months of April and June, when colorful wild flowers and exotic butterflies can be spotted.

Nokrek Biosphere Reserve/ Nokrek National Park: Nokrek Biosphere Reserve, or Nokrek National Park is extremely popular for activities such as camping, bird watching and observing different animals in their natural habitats. Nokrek happens to be the highest peak of Garo Hills, and also the home to several different species of plants and animals. There are rare species of orchids like white meranti, wild lemon, lali, chempaka and grand rasamala which are found in the reserve. One can also see a variety of rare, endangered and endemic species of animals here. Some of them are the hillock gibbon, pig tailed macaque, Himalayan black bear, elephant and giant flying squirrel.
There is also a thrilling track through some thick tropical forests from Nokrek to Tura for trekkers and adventurers. A breathtaking view of the mighty hills mingling with river Brahmaputra at a distance ends this journey.

Pelga Falls: Pelga Fall just located at the distance of 7 kms from Tura has become increasingly hot spot for anglers and picnickers in recent years. The tourism developed this place by constructing a footpath and view point. A typical traditional Garo bamboo bridge constructed over Ganol river is another added attraction.

STAYING AT TURA IN MEGHALAYA

There are few tourist lodges available at Tura. One can also stay at Shillong, which provides a good line of accommodation facility.