Wah Rashi Falls is in Syntung village in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya.
Now, the journey from Shillong to Syntung may be rough, but trust me when I say it’s worth it.
First, Syntung, a quaint little village with just around 1000 people (but who’s counting?) and 180 families (as per the 2011 census).
But let me tell you, Syntung is not just any ordinary village. It houses the Wah Rashi Kshaid river, a congregation of nine waterfalls known as the Wahrashi Waterfalls. To reach this hidden gem, you’ll have to pass through Smit, Thangsning, Laitdiengsai, Jongsha, Mawkynrew, Jatah, and Pashang. And let me tell you, the journey is not for the faint of heart, with broken roads and a total distance of 150 km from Shillong and back. But hey, that’s just part of the adventure right?
According to legends, Syntung is considered to be one of the oldest villages in the East Khasi Hills, with the Suting, Nongrum, Mukhim and Lynshiang clans being the earliest settlers. And the best part? The Wahrashi Waterfalls Complex cum Recreational Centre was opened to the public as recent as December 2015, thanks to the North Eastern Council, DONER, and GOI at a total cost of 51 lakhs (11 lakhs donated by the Dorbar Shining, Syntung). The complex includes a peripheral footpath, parking lot, small rain shelter, observatory park cum children’s playground and toilets.
Meghalaya, with its picturesque waterfalls, beautiful landscape, and pleasant climate, has the potential to become one of the major tourist destinations in the country. So, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure that will leave you in awe. And remember, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey (and the broken roads).