Tura in a glance:
Tura is a hilly town and a municipality in West Garo Hills district in Meghalaya. One of the largest towns in Meghalaya, Tura is a valley located at the foothills of the Tura Hills and right below the Tura Peak. Here are a few places to visit in Tura.
Balpakram National Park :
Covering an area of around 220 sq. km, this National Park is situated at an altitude of 3,000 ft above sea level. Exotic species of herbs and plants having medicinal value are found in this national park.
Naphak Lake :
This site is nearly at a distance of 110 km from Tura. It is a serene spot and it is perfect for fishing and bird watching.
Pelga Falls :
About 7 km away from the Tura Town, this site is famous for angling and is also a popular picnic spot. Another popular tourist site, situated nearby, is the traditionally constructed Garo Bamboo Bridge, built over the Ganol River.
Rongbang Dar Waterfalls :
Rongbang Dar Waterfall, also known as the Rongbang Dare, is located close to Rombagre in the East Garo Hills District. These falls add to the long list of stunning waterfalls in Meghalaya.
Siju Caves :
These are the 3rd largest caves in the Indian Subcontinent. Also known as ‘the cave of bats’, these caves have several chambers forming unexplored mazes.
Siju Sanctuary :
This bird sanctuary is located near the Siju caves and the river Simsang. Home to many rare and protected birds along with other animals, the Siju Bord Sanctuary is a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Tura Peak :
The Tura Peak is located at an altitude of 872m above sea level. There is a reserve forest at this mountain peak along with a tourist bungalow, a cinchona plantation and an observatory.
What to Eat in Tura : Tura has distinct flavors, colors and styles of Garo cuisine dominating the food here. The local delicacies include Wak Pura, Kappa and Nakam Bitchi, which is a preparation of dry fish, chilies and soda. Also indulge in the popular items such as Sakhin, Minel Pitha as well as a number of local alcoholic beverages. It is easy to find Chinese food.