Clouded Hills of Mawsynrum
Eco-Park near Seven Sister Falls
Cloud and the hills
Tura, one of the largest towns of the North-eastern state Meghalaya, is a municipality in West Garo Hills district. Tura is a valley situated at the foot of the Tura hills, with an average elevation of 349mtrs (1145ft), at 25.520 N and 90.220 E, with a moderate climate all through out the year. The name 'Tura' is a distortion by the Britishers, of the name of the native God 'Durama'. The main tribes residing in the place is the 'Garo' tribe along with people from different linguistic background such as the Bengalis, Assamese, Hajong, Koch etc. The land of Cashew nuts, Tura, is one of the rapidly developing towns, with many well known educational institutions, and the economic market, namely, 'Super market', is the hub of commercial goods.
Tura is 221kms from Guwahati, Assam and is easily accessible through the national highway connecting Tura to Guwahati, NH51. It takes about 10 hours to cover the distance.
Tura perfectly describes ‘Meghalaya’ as the ‘country of clouds’. Visiting the lush green mountains amidst the azure cloud is a beautiful experience for the visitors. Tura is the right destination for the one who chooses to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and spend some quality time in the lap of Mother Nature.There are a number of waterfalls in and around the town including Rongbangdare, Pelgadare, Gandrak falls, Rongolwari, Nokmawari, Ganol, Datchima, etc.
Apart from the scenic beauty of Balpakram, which is 197kms from Tura, the spot is especially famous for the Balpakram National Park, standing at an altitude of 300ft above the mean sea-level covering an area of about 200 sqkm. Located at the extreme south of Garo hills, it is accessible by road from Tura. Thick forest is home to exotic species such as the Hillock gibbons, tigers, elephants, deer, great Indian hornbill, pheasants, wild cats, wild cows and buffaloes and many more from the animal kingdom and plants such as the pitcher plant, orchids, and other flora that together accomplices an amazing experience for the visitor.
132 kms from Tura, Siju is known for the bat cave or the Dobakkol being one of the longest cave in India, it has some unique river passages in the cave. The limestone rock formation inside the cave, some of which are named after explorers such as ’Di’s chamber’, ‘Princes’ etc. fills the visitors with wonder.
Nokrek is a biological hotspot, just 2kms from Tura. Nokrek National Park is also a biosphere reserve that is home of endangered species such as the Red Panda. Other tourist attractions in the area include Nokrek Peak, Rongbang Dare Water Fall.