The panoramic Laitlum Canyons of Meghalaya

(Picture: Subhadip Choudhury)

Meghalaya has so many picturesque sites, one such breathtaking landscape is Laitlum Canyons or Laitlum Gorge.  The Laitlum canyons are literally translated as ‘End of Hills’, or ‘Edge of the World’. And it is fact that Laitlum nestled at great heights, and is surrounded by vast rocky hills and valleys.

Situated under the Mawkynrew block in East Khasi Hills, at a distance of about 45 minutes drive from state capital – Shillong via Smit. This unique gorgeous place is nothing but surreal.

Once atop the panoramic Laitlum Canyon, a visitor is greeted with a majestic view of the grassy valleys and tiny hamlet called Rasong, which lies deep below the sheer gorge amidst nature’s lust greenery grandeur in all its beauty of the Laitlum gorge.

Rasom Village

The village has about 350 residents. The inhabitants rely on the only rope way pulley to transport their essential commodities down to the village and vice versa.

In this fast paced technological era, this part of the world seems to have been forgotten. In fact, possibly Rasong is the only place in the country where a hand-pulled ropeway is used for transportation of food grains and other goods.


(The sheer Laitlum gorge amidst nature’s lust greenery cradle. Picture courtesy: Laitlum FB page)

Laitlum Canyons is a lesser crowded tourist destination. It is an ideal place for peaceful break away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The stunning and unique lust landscape of Laitlum Canyons is absolutely a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers.

If you visit Shillong, don’t forget to visit this place to get yourself that edge of the world adrenaline rush.

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