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Laitlum Canyon , Meghalaya

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Laitlum, the Grand Canyon of India, is about 45 kilometres from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. It provides stunning views of an unexplored green canyon. A small river flows through Laitlum, enhancing its natural beauty. It is a hiking retreat with trails leading through lush meadows to summits with cloud coverage and canyon views. The Laitlum Canyon is the ideal location for obtaining expansive, panoramic, and beautiful views of Meghalaya. Literally translated, “Laitlum Canyons” means “end of the world” or “end of hills.” The area offers long, rocky, and lush green treks, so trekkers, adventure lovers, and thrill seekers can have a great time. Although a little challenging to navigate, the terrain offers the best views.

Nearby Places to See

Elephant Falls
It is a three-tiered waterfall that is about 28 kilometres away from the canyon. The first two levels are covered by vegetation and extend for about 70 feet. It widens as it tumbles over the gently sloping and outstretched rock. There is a lengthy name for the waterfall in Khasi, the local language. The British gave the waterfall its name, “Elephant Falls,” after a nearby rock formation that resembled an elephant. This rock was lost in an earthquake long ago.
Mawkdok Dympep Valley
The valley is beautiful and deep, and the viewpoint is located roughly 20 kilometres from the canyon. In this area, ziplining activity is first and is run according to weather and visitor demand. The zipline is located 10 minutes’ walk from the viewpoint, and it is an exhilarating experience to descend the line from 1200 feet while taking in an unforgettable view.
Mawphlang Sacred Forest
This forest, which is 23 kilometres from the canyon and close to the village of Mawphlang, is considered some of the oldest and most sacred in Meghalaya. It is well known for having numerous rare and medicinal plants. This region is home to endemic insects, wild flowers, and trees. These sacred forests cover 193 square kilometres, have over 400 plant species, and offer visitors a guided trek.