Laitlum is a beautiful place in Meghalaya, about 40 KM from Shillong city. In this short post, I will share the all necessary details you need to know about the place.
Why Visit Laitlum ?
Google for “laitlum canyons” and you will have the answer to this question. I am not going to post any image as google already has a ton of it.
Also, for those who do not like very commercial tourist places like Mawlynnong, Cherrapunjee then Laitlum is for you (as of now). Shillong is dirty and smoky so Laitlum is a place you will like for some cold fresh air.
How To Visit Laitlum ?
From Shillong city, you can book a local taxi (Maruti 800 cars that will accomodate atmost 4 people) and they will charge around 1000-1500 INR. You can book a Toyota Innova (for atmost 7 or 8 people) for 3000 INR.
How Long Will It Take Reach Laitlum From Shillong City?
About 1 Hour 15 Minutes, if there is no traffic (which in unlikely if there is no local holiday). May take upto 2 hours. Laitlum is about 40 kilometers from Shillong city
What are the Landmarks Before We Reach Laitlum?
Starting From Shillong City: You will have to cross Dhankheti, Laitumkhrah, Fire Brigade, Madanriting, Laitkor (not Laitkor Peak which is in Laitkor), Smit, finally Laitlum.
What Is There In Laitlum ?
Deep Gorge, a view that will actually spell-bound you. You may see only fog if it is too cold at that altitude. You can walk along the stone-steps to go down the gorge and it is exciting to be at such height.
Is there any entry fee ?
Yes, 30 INR for light vehicles and 50 INR for heavy vehicles as of 2017
What else can we do in Laitlum?
Spend as much time as possible, because Laitlum has not turned into a commercial tourist destination and the natural beauty is untouched. You can also plan for picnic but it may rain often during Monsoon. While returning from Laitlum you would also want to buy fresh vegetables from Smit. These vegetables are unadulterated and hard to find in the usual city market.
I have visited Cherrapunjee, Mawlynnong and other places in Shillong a number of times and have observed that these places are slowly but steadily losing its natural beauty due to uncontrolled tourist foot fall over the years (you may still find them beautiful if you never visited these places). I wrote a blog on Shillong losing its shine few days back. Laitlum, on the other hand is untouched and the natural beauty is intact. The tourist foot-fall is much lesser then other places. You must visit this place before it becomes too commercial.
**Special thanks to all those blog readers who have corrected errors in this post and generously reported it to me. 🙂 🙂