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Mawphlang Sacred Forest

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An ideal destination for nature lovers.

One of the most remarkable features of the Khasi Hills are the sacred forests, which have been preserved by traditional religious sanction, since the ancient days. One of the most... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Nagpur, India
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Nagpur, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the most remarkable features of the Khasi Hills are the sacred forests, which have been preserved by traditional religious sanction, since the ancient days. One of the most famous sacred forests is the Mawphlang Sacred Forest, about 25 kilometres from Shillong. The sacred grove has an amazing life form of plants, flowering trees, orchids and butterflies. An ideal... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The locals consider the forest sacred, but the history given by the guide sounded a bit hazy considering how long ago ceremonies actually took place in the forest. After paying for your entrance fee, your camera fee, and your car parking fee, you are REQUIRED to pay for a guide to lead you through the forest.

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Guwahati, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, this place is NOT for 1) People who are on a schedule or travel for the sake of adding places to their lists. 2) People looking for "basic amenities" like WiFi/Cellphone coverage 3) Paan/Gutka chewers :P 4) People looking for something to do (not even sure what that means but isn't it enough to just walk and appreciate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shillong is known as the Scotland of the East and the Abode of Clouds as numerous mysterious and stories surround it. One of them is this beautiful forest called Mawphlang. We crossed the village in order to reach the Sacred Grove. On the way, we stopped for tea break and feasted on some rice and corn cupcakes. My friend said... More 

1 Thank Barnali P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Do not miss it is all I can say... Its a lovely place...Yu guys will love tis place. I loved it..it's the sacred forest as people says out der

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Shillong, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

There is nothing sacred about the forest..it was designated as such so that it would protect and nurture water catchment areas. these type of forests were designated as sacred by the community leaders so that they would be naturally protected. there were hundred such forests in the Khasi Hills serving the same purpose but the conversion of the population to... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

A group of us went there to see the sacred forest. We had to hire a guide, who was well versed in the botanical and historical aspects as well. Wide variety of flora explained to us by the guide. Spent about 45 mins there.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

As per the locals, the place was used for sacrificing animals and you can see lots of Monoliths used for the same purpose, also you cannot take back anything from the sacred forest. Overall a good experience. Since we were the only tourist inside the grove, felt a little haunted ;)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

It is about 1 hour drive from Shillong on the way to Cheerapoonji .There is intersection . One road goes to Shilong ,another to Mawphlang (15 KM ) .3rd to Elephant falls and 4th to Cheerapunji .We were in self drive vehicle . Roads were very good .Every where parking is Rs 20. The forest rises from meadows . You... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

It's about 25kms from shillong. It's big patch of Forest wherein you can get in with Guide. Guide would take you and inform about earlier traditions and cultures. Even Guide would tell some lores about it. Near to place is sort of museum , which showcase different type of huts that Tribes build for themselves. It's real huts and one... More 

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