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Visit one of the biggest river islands in Asia

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-04-21

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Nongkhnum River Island is the biggest river island in Meghalaya and the second biggest river island in Asia, after Majuli Island in Assam. It is at a distance of about 63 km from Mairang Sub‐Division. The island has a beautiful sand beach and the place offers a lot of different activities for the visitors ranging from basking in the sun, boating, fishing, camping etc. It serves as a perfect spot for all the nature lovers and for those who want to relieve themselves from the hectic city life. Overall, the breathtaking scenic beauty and the tranquility of the place itself are worth a visit.

Nongkhnum Island

Nongkhnum River Island

Public taxis are available from Nongstoin which is about 15 km from Nongkhnum River Island. Nongkhnum River Island is the biggest river island in the Indian state of Meghalaya and the second biggest river island in Asia, after Majuli Island in Assam. The island is formed by the river Wah Kynshi on the west and south and river Namiliang on the north and east.

Located about 14 Kms from Nongstoin, the district hqs. of West Khasi Hills, it is 20 to 25 sq. kms in area. Travelling on foot from Nongstoin through the villages of Lawse, Mawduh and Mawthar, it takes about two and a half-hours to reach the Island. There is a wooden bridge over the Weinia Fall to enter the Island.

The island contains a sandy beach as well as two waterfalls, the Weina Falls and the Langshiang Falls. Tourist footfall remains low, primarily owing to poor infrastructure in the area.


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