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Laitlum Grand Canyon

Laitlum Canyon
Atreyee Wandering
Prasanth
We left Shillong to spend time in Cherrapunjee. On the way, we decided to visit Laitlum Grand Canyon which is lesser known yet magnificent place. The canyon is an hour drive from Shillong. We reached there as the clouds were closing in early in the morning. The roads are not that good but not tiring either. We have to type "Laitlum Grand Canyon" in Google maps to get correct location, else it points to a different location. This canyon has a very deep gorge and it is just gorgeous. Deep valley, a village at bottom and a river with cloud cover and greenery, distant waterfalls, everything there is enchanting. If you are interested, one may trek down the gorge on steps (Time has to be planned accordingly which may take 2-3 hrs).
Adrita Khaund
Have you ever walked on top of a hill??Well, such flat top hills with beautiful scenery exists in the northeastern part of India - in Meghalaya. The Jayantia and Khasi hills of the Meghalaya are a treat to watch. You will get to see breathtaking views that would provide calmness to your mind. And the best of such a scenery can be experienced from the Laitlum Canyons- laitlum meaning end of hill. And this canyon is literally on the edge of a hills. If you are trekker, then trek down to the village downhill and experience the lives of the locals who stay there. The trek uphill would be of 3 hours and you would witness beautiful orchids grown on your way. You would be amazed that the villagers trek uphill everyday for their livelihood. The beauty of this place justifies the  tag that Meghalaya has earned - its truly the 'Scotland of the East'.This place is in its pristine state. Not many people are aware of this place. Enjoy lemon tea and Momos sold by the pretty Khasi ladies and be mesmerized by the serenity and tranquility of the place.And if it rains, borrow a 'pasi' - bamboo basket from one of the Khasi ladies and enjoy the rain.Where to stay : Stay at the heritage club of tripura castle in shillong. Feel like a king as you enjoy the beautiful Shillong from your room. How to reach: Take the NH6 from Tripura Castle or from your place of stay at Shillong. Book cab or a self drive car from your place of stay. Food:The Khasi ladies  provides a full course home cooked meal. Or grab Momos, pakoda s or Maggi. Tip: This place is just an hour drive from Shillong. But make sure you reach there before noon to enjoy the beauty. Otherwise post noon clouds graces the places and you would miss the breathtaking sights that this place offer.
Abha Singh
located in the East Khasi Hills of Shillong, Laitlum Canyons is a less-explored, still enthralling tourist place known for its su natural beauty. This hilltop is carpeted with lush greenery and covered with dense mist, which makes it a hidden paradise in the hilly state of Meghalaya.