West Khasi Hills is a district in the state of Meghalaya, India. It is situated in the southwestern part of Meghalaya and shares its borders with Bangladesh on the south and west. The district is known for its natural beauty, rich culture, and vibrant traditions.
West Khasi Hills district covers an area of 5247.72 sq km and is located at an altitude of 1400 meters above sea level. The district is bordered by Bangladesh to the west and south, South Garo Hills to the north, and East Khasi Hills to the east. The district is hilly and has numerous rivers, streams, and waterfalls. The district's main river is the Umiam River, which flows through the district and is the primary source of water for the district.
The history of West Khasi Hills can be traced back to the ancient Khasi tribe, who have been living in the region for centuries. The Khasi tribe is one of the oldest tribes in India and has a unique culture and tradition. The district was part of the Khasi Hills district, which was created in 1976. Later, in 1992, the district was bifurcated into East Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills districts.
As per the 2011 census, the population of West Khasi Hills district was 3,17,003, with a population density of 61 persons per sq km. The district has a literacy rate of 70.59%, with male literacy rate of 77.26% and female literacy rate of 63.43%. The district's official language is Khasi, and other languages spoken in the district include English, Garo, and Bengali.
The economy of West Khasi Hills is primarily based on agriculture, with the majority of the population engaged in farming. The district is known for its production of oranges, pineapple, and other fruits. The district also has significant deposits of coal, limestone, and other minerals, which contribute to the district's economy. Tourism is also an essential part of the district's economy, with numerous tourists visiting the district to explore its natural beauty, waterfalls, and other tourist attractions.
The culture of West Khasi Hills is unique and vibrant, with a mix of ancient and modern traditions. The Khasi tribe is known for its music, dance, and festivals. The most popular festival celebrated in the district is Shad Suk Mynsiem, which is celebrated in April every year. The festival is a celebration of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and is marked by music, dance, and feasting.
West Khasi Hills is a popular tourist destination, known for its natural beauty, waterfalls, and other tourist attractions. The district has numerous waterfalls, including the Nohkalikai Falls, which is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Other popular tourist attractions in the district include the Mawsmai Cave, the Thangkharang Park, and the Dawki River. The district is also known for its trekking routes and adventure sports, including kayaking, river rafting, and rock climbing.
|S.No||Tehsil / Taluk Name||District Name||State Name|
|1||Balat||West Khasi Hills||Meghalaya|
|2||Mairang||West Khasi Hills||Meghalaya|
|3||Mawkyrwat||West Khasi Hills||Meghalaya|
|4||Mawphlang||West Khasi Hills||Meghalaya|
|5||Nongstoin||West Khasi Hills||Meghalaya|
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