Crystal Clear Dawki River A Scenic Escape in 2024

Umngot River is called the “Dawki River“, It is the cleanest river in India and also in Asia. The crystal clear Dawki River is situated on the border of India and Bangladesh. Some people call it as “Magic River” It lies in the west Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. It is a famous destination in Meghalaya. The water visibility is up to 40 feet. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region due to its crystal-clear waters and stunning natural beauty. The river flows in several villages and joins the Brahmaputra West Gao Hill. The length of the river is 160 km.

How to Plan Meghalaya Trip?

Why The Water is so Clean in Crystal Clear Dawki River?

Crystal Clean water of Dawki River

As we all know the Dawki River is the cleanest river in Asia and in India. The water is very clean in this river, as can be seen from the 40 feet. The village of this river is Mawlynnong, it is also the cleanest village in India. Very little Pollution in this area. The Hills are made of Granite, and the Granite Rock does not absorb water, and the river has a limestone bed, which can be helpful for filtering the water.

Minimal human activity and Local conservation Efforts are also some of the major reasons for the cleanest water.

Activities in Crystal Clear Dawki River

All the Activities can be offered by the two organisations one is Government and another one is Private. 1. Private Operator Boating 2. Government Operator Boating. Private Operator Boating is a little more costly than Government. It depends on your choice.


Boating in Dawki River in Shillong Meghalaya

Boating is very famous in the Dwaki River, it gives the amazing experience of nature, and the stunning view of the Green Hills, around the river. The river is surrounded by green dense forests, and there was a very old Bridge constructed in 1932, the bridge is Suspension Bridge. Boating allowed us to see the stone under the water and fish very clearly.

  • Boating ( By Gov): 800 Rs
  • 4 Person is allowed at a time, then per head 200 Rs, if you do boating in sharing.
  • Duration: 45 minutes


Kayaking in Dawki River in Shillong Meghalaya

This is also a good experience to see the stunning view of nature in the Dawki River. You can rent a kayak and paddle through the clear waters, experiencing the serenity of the surroundings.

Kayaking ( By Gov): 800-900 Rs


Camping on Dawki River

If you want to stay and enjoy the night watching the stars, on the bank of Crystal Clear Dawki River, this sounds good, you can set up tents and enjoy a night under the stars.

Camping: 400-800 Rs


Trekking in Dawki , Shillong Meghalaya

There are trekking trails in the nearby hills that offer stunning views of the river and the surrounding landscape, It is free of cost.

Photography: The Crystal Clear Dawki River is a photographer’s paradise. Capture the stunning landscapes, the clear waters, and the vibrant culture of the region. It is free of cost.

Mawlynnong Village: It is the cleanest village in India, in this village there is a Tree House, that is amazing, and it has an entry fee of 20 Rs.

local Khasi culture and cuisine

You can try the Khasi culture and cuisine of Meghalaya, the Khasi culture is really cool, you can try Jadoh (rice and meat), Dohneiiong (pork with black sesame seeds), and there are several vegetarian options. The Tea garden is also very famous in Meghalaya, and the tea is very good. The price of cuisine varies between 100- 300 Rs at local eateries.

Tea Garden Meghalaya


You can find several options in Shillong, but in the case of Dawki you can’t find several options to stay, the main center of Shillong is Polic Bazar, where you get Hotels and a variety of restaurants. All the variety of hotels you get, Luxury(1500-5000Rs), Budget hotels( 800-1200Rs), and Resorts( 2000-1000Rs).

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Dawki is November to February, during which you can see the crystal clear Dawki River. The water is usually crystal clear during this time due to low rainfall and minimal sediment runoff.

Best time to visit in Dawki River

Another one is from June to September. The heavy rainfall transforms the landscape into a vibrant, emerald paradise, you can see the lush green Hills and forest. It is also a perfect time for activities like boating and kayaking more exciting. But this time the water is not as clean as in winter.

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest Airport in Guwahati, 200 km from the Shillong. You can book a cab or hire a Jee or taxi. ( Book tickets from MakeMyTrip, IRCTC)

By Train: The nearest Railway station in Guwahati, from the railway station you can book a car or hire a taxi, to reach Shillong.

By Bus: A Bus is also available from the Bada Bazar Bus Stop to Shillong, the bus is the cheapest option but it will take more time to reach Shillong. That’s why the best option is a Sharing cab or Jeep.

From Railway and Airport to Shillong by (car and Jeep): 300-500 Rs ( if Sharing otherwise it will charge 2500-3000 Rs)

top view of Dawki River

Shillong to Crystal Clear Dawki River: There are several options available to reach Crystal Clear Dawki River.

You rent a Scooty and book a Cab from the Meghalaya Tourism in Police Bazar, and you can book a black-yellow Taxi to reach Dawki. Meghalaya Tourism is the cheapest option, to reach because they have the full package to provide the visitors.

Scooty: 600-800 Rs per Day, From Scooty you visited so many places in one day.

Petrol: 300Rs

Meghalaya Tourism Cab: They have a car capacity of 8 people. The cab is in between 3000-4000 RS then per head is 375-400 Rs. They saw 2 or 3 places in this package, like Elephant Waterfalls, because it is on the way.

Police Bazar to cherrapunji: 2000 Rs

Black-Yellow Taxi: They Charge from 2500-3500 Rs, do bargain to reduce the fare amount. Or you can wait for another passenger to share the Taxi, and then your fare is divided.

How to reach Dawki River

When you reach Crystal Clear Dawki River, see the India and Bangladesh Border. At Dawki they show two timings one from India(IST) and another one from Bangladesh( IST). The sim was also showing another sim, which means that Jio Sim is seen in Robi Axiata Limited( Network Compmay) because Jio tied up Robi Axiata in Bangladesh.

It is the unofficial boundary between two countries. There is a Dawki-Tamabil Road that connects India and Bangladesh. This road is mainly used for Coal transportation.


Umngot River Shillong Meghalaya

One of the cleanest river in Asia, and in India. This river is a paradise for nature lovers. Have you ever had the pleasure of visiting the Crystal Clear Dawki River? We’d love to hear about your experiences and any tips you might have. Share your stories, photos, or recommendations in the comments section below.

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