Dainthlen Falls is in Sohra in Meghalaya.
It is one of the most powerful sights – a gushing waterfall that cuts through the hard rocks and the high plateau . It is also a culturally significant place for the Khasi tribe.
During the drier seasons, you’ll be able to negotiate the hard, rocky pot-holed river bed leading to the falls.
Now, you might be thinking, “Great, a hike through rocky terrain, just what I wanted” but trust me, it’s worth it.
According to local folktales, this spot is where a great battle was fought between the Thlen, a giant serpent, an embodiment of evil who was finally vanquished by the local residents of an ancient village that is now Sohra.
The thundering sound of the Dainthlen Falls, the open landscape, the surrounding hillocks, and the changing winds that constantly blow here provide an apt setting for such a grand legend.
The Dainthlen Falls drops from a height of 80 metres. The viewpoint is on either side of the falls so you can see its natural splendour from up close behind the safety of a railing. You will also enjoy exploring the terrain around Dainthlen on foot. From wandering cows to rare birds, there are many surprises in store as you find your way along the gentle grassy rises and dips, punctuated by little hills and streams.