Meghalaya has many places of outstanding natural beauty and the wildlife in this hilly northeastern state is also enticing. The West Garo hills region is one of the prime tourist hotspots in the state. Tura is a charming, serene city located in a beautiful valley, at foothills of the vast Tura Hills. The numerous mountain streams and wildlife zones in the region lure the tourists. The Garo tribes, their rustic life and culture are also worth watching. Tura is among the largest towns in Meghalaya. The climate is pleasant for most part of the year.
Activities for tourists exploring Tura
There is no shortage of activities for the tourists exploring the hilly town, as it is. This region is alluring for trekking lovers and the mountainous terrains are perfect for short or long trekking trips. The waterfalls and lakes are enthralling -to say the least but at nearby lakes, you can indulge in angling too. For photography buffs and bird watchers the various national parks and wildlife zones in Tura are ideal. There are plenty of places for arranging picnic in and around the town.
Sightseeing for Tourists visiting Tura
Tourists visiting this pretty, mountain valley city in Garo Hills have plenty of things and places to explore. These include:
The major attraction for those visiting Tura is the Tura peak- beyond any doubt. The Tura Hill peak has a height of approx 2860 feet and it is situated at the town’s eastern side. The Hill has been declared a reserve forest and a bungalow is there as well. From the peak, you get amazing panoramic view of the town as well as Brahmaputra valley and nearby land of Bangladesh. You can reach the peak using a foot track which was made by the British rulers.
The beautiful Pelga Falls is a major attraction for tourists visiting Tura in Meghalaya. The lush greenery, amidst which the waterfall is located, is soothing on the eyes and you get great imaging opportunities too. Both locals and the tourists prefer the adjacent area as a picnic spot. Near to the waterfall there is a Garo Bamboo Bridge which is enticing. The state tourism department has set up a footpath along with view point.
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The Siju Caves
The Siju Caves, located close to Tura town, is ideal for tourists with penchant for adventure and thrills. It is amongst the famous caves in Meghalaya and India as well. As it is, the total cave remains unexplored till date. The cave passages often prove to be puzzling to tourists. You will see amazing formation of stalagmites and stalactites in the cave. Inside the cave, there are river passages- mostly Simsang river tributaries. A large number of bats reside in the caves – leading to the name Dobakkol. Wearing gum boots and torch is advisable for tourists keen on visiting the cave.
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Nokrek National Park
Deemed as a haven for the exotic Red Panda, Nokrek National Park in Tura is a hotspot for wildlife lovers. The flora and fauna in this national park leave both kids and grownup visitors mesmerized. It is less than 50 sq km in size but the biodiversity is amazing. Among the most notable wildlife species found here the Asiatic elephants, marbled cat, pig-tailed macaque, and Hoolock Gibbons deserve mention. A unique Orange species named Memang Narang is harvested in the park.
Rongbang Dare Waterfall
Rongbang Dare Waterfall, located approx 40 km from Tura town, is a major tourist spot. It is situated near the -Williamnagar highway, close to Rombagre village. The source of this waterfall serves as tributary of Simsang River. The amazing beauty of the waterfall will leave you enthralled. The adjacent areas are replete with lush greenery.
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Useful tips for tourists heading to Tura
Of late, tourism in Tura and adjacent regions have received boost and govt endeavors have fueled the trend. A number of lodges and hotels have come up in the Town.
Tura is positioned at western side of Meghalaya, adjacent to the border of Bangladesh. There are no rail stations here yet and you have to rely mostly on road transport. Guwahati is about 221 km away from Tura and there you can hire cabs and overnight bus services that cover the distance through NH 51. Pawan Hans limited has helicopter service from Shillong and Guwahati to Tura that runs 3 times each week. Guwahati airport is approx 199 km away and cabs for Tura can be hired from there too. The airport to Tura route covers NH217 and NH17.