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“Crystal clean river and indo bangladesh border”
Review of Dawki River

Dawki River
Ranked #6 of 159 things to do in Meghalaya
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Its a must visit place for photo enthusiast.

After my visit I can gist that anyone can visit Dawki for two reasons
1. boating on crystal clean river. (The boat costs Rs 700 for single boat and approx half an hour ride is done)
2. to get to see the Indo-Bangladesh border with no fence at all.

Tips for travelers:
1. The condition of last 15km stretch of road towards dawki is bad although when we went construction work was on.
2. Carry your food / drink as we found no proper stall.

2  Thank Explorer_aru
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Nice place. Visit indo bangladesh border,the first line of BSF...but there are no border line on the river.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Dawki river is a thriving scene with crystal clear water flowing in the valley amidst thick forests. But the river looks totally dead on Bangladesh side due to heavy sand mining operations.
However, if someone asks me for advise today, I would tell them not to waste time in visiting this naturally beautiful place.
First, the approach road is almost non existent. It is too narrow and on both sides hundreds of visitors vehicles get parked. The last mile may take you an hour or more! After over two hours drive from Shillong, this stretch makes one wonder why he took the decision to visit Dawki at all.
Second, on reaching the dead end, you will find no basic amenities at all! Not even a toilet. The local people run a toilet (they call it so) and charge ₹10/- .

Once you get down the river, the boats charge you ₹ 700/- per boat for four people. The boat ride for less than 30 minutes is enjoyable. However the problem is that there are more boats and people than the number of life jackets! Finally people ride these shaky boats without any life jackets.

It seems the Govt of Meghalaya doesn’t know that there is a great place called Dawki river, as there is nothing to show its presence except a huge board advising visitors not to ride boats without life jackets.

Can we hope for the new State Govt to wake up and take concrete action to improve the infrastructure at Dawki, which has the potential to attract millions of roads, parking lots, toilets, restaurants, better boats etc are made available? And also erect at least a fence between India and Bangladesh so that Bangladeshis need not be chased every minute by the BSF personnel?

2  Thank 324MNRao
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

On one side of the Umngot river(Dawki River) with its towering hills is the State of Meghalaya in India and on the other side of flat land is Bangladesh. The water was not as crystal clear as I had read from reviews, highly overhyped because of its location and political significance. Sadly the river was also a little polluted with plastic bottles strewn by tourists.. The normal boat ride is first towards the Indian side of the river passing under the overhead bridge and later towards the sandbanks on the Bangladesh side of the river.Most of the riverbed on the Bangladesh side was dry with sand mining in progress.There was a large crowd on the low water level banks of the river at the border .Bangladesh Muslim's could be seen doing their Namaaz while tourist hawkers did brisk business selling Bangladesh delicacies to Indian boat tourists.Hire charges for a boat was Rs 700/ boat with no sharing of passengersallowed and the entire boat to be booked even if you are just a single tourist.

3  Thank MumbaiRiders
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

It's not an old or well known tourist spot that you would get all basic aminities around. Its just developing. Having said that it's unique in the sense that a remote place of India has such beautiful river section. The transparent and clear water makes it unique and appealing. Best view is from the cliff, however during boat right ride you would notice the best view for other boats as you cannot see your own boat being visible above the clear water.
For pic or selfie freaks ask your nearby boat strangers to your pic and share over Bluetooth (as I did) :-).

1  Thank RCDas
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