Nongjrong : Off the Beaten Path in Meghalaya

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Nongjrong is a hidden gem located in the East Khasi Hills district in the state of Meghalaya. The village is known for its traditional way of life and sustainable practices. It is located approximately 30 km away from the sub-district headquarters Mawkynrew and around 60 km away from the district headquarters Shillong.

It is a unique destination that offers a window into the rich culture and traditions of the Khasi people. The Khasi people are known for their matrilineal society, where property and inheritance are passed down through the female line. This is a unique aspect of Khasi culture and is something that sets them apart from other communities in India. Women hold a prominent position in the family and community and are often the decision-makers in matters related to property and finances.

The Khasi people also have a rich tradition of customs and practices that are deeply ingrained in their daily lives. From their traditional dress and jewelry to their festivals and rituals, these customs and practices give visitors a glimpse into the Khasi way of life.

Nongjrong is situated in the midst of lush green hills and is surrounded by forests.  The river Umngot flows below the valley and the lush greenery over the mountains makes this place a must-visit for people traveling to Meghalaya At the base of the hillock, you will be able to see the clouds as a vast spread of a white sea floating endlessly over the beautiful green hills and the valley. On the horizon, especially, it will be a sight to behold.

The scenic beauty of Nonjrong is so mesmerizing, making you forget all your worries for a while and giving you a rejuvenating experience. If you venture to the corner of the hillock to get a closer sight of the clouds, you won’t be disappointed.

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The Nongjrong View Point is located on top of a hill and can be accessed by a short hike. The hike is easy and takes about 30 minutes to reach the top. Once at the top, visitors are greeted with a breathtaking view of the entire village and its surroundings. and with a bit of patience, visitors can capture some truly beautiful and unique shots. The Nongjrong View Point is a must-see destination for nature enthusiasts visiting the village. The viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the entire village and its surroundings

Weather in Nongjrong

Nongjrong boasts a pleasant climate with refreshing cool breezes. During the summer months, temperatures typically range from 16 to 26 degrees Celsius, with moderate rainfall. The monsoon season brings temperatures between 14 to 23 degrees Celsius, with heavy to very heavy rainfalls. Winter can be quite chilly, with temperatures dropping as low as 6 to 14 degrees Celsius.

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How to Reach Nongjrong

You can reach Nongjrong either from Guwahati or from Shillong:

From Guwahati: Reaching Nongjrong from Guwahati is a relatively easy journey. One can either arrive at the Guwahati Airport or Railway Station and then proceed to hire a cab for the journey to Nongjrong. The distance between Guwahati and Nongjrong is approximately 144km and the estimated travel time by car is around 5 hours.

From Shillong: The distance from Shillong City to Nongjrong Village is roughly 60 km and takes about 2 hours by car. From Shillong Airport to Nongjrong Village, the distance is approximately 80km and the journey takes 3 hours.

Best Time to Visit Nongjrong

The best time to visit Nongjrong is during the winter months of November to March, as it is a popular destination for visitors during this time. However, the trek to Nongjrong may be challenging during the monsoon season and it is best avoided during that time.

(To know more about Meghalaya State Tourism check the link here.)

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