Meghalaya Has An Enchanting Village Known For Its Musical Heritage; 8 Things To Do In Wahkhen

by Tejashee Kashyap
Meghalaya Has An Enchanting Village Known For Its Musical Heritage; 8 Things To Do In Wahkhen

Nestled in Meghalaya, the picturesque village of Wahkhen is a hidden gem that offers a glimpse into the rich culture. As one of the lesser-known destinations, Wahkhen Village remains unspoiled by mass tourism. So, what makes it even more unique is its rich musical heritage.

Musical Roots In Wahkhen

Perched on the slopes of the Khasi Hills, the village offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Its strategic location allows visitors to access a multitude of natural attractions.

Wahkhen is the Meghalayan place where the custom of calling people by their whistles rather than their names first emerged. It can hence be referred as Whistling Village. Wahkhen boasts a strong musical heritage as well as its own Siengriti Wahkhen School of Traditional Music. It is fascinating to visit on Sundays when residents’ singing lessons are held, and various musical styles are practised. The Sangeet Natak Academy in Delhi has given several of the practitioners national awards, which makes the villagers feel proud. From traditional instruments to talented musicians like Komik Khongjirem and Rojet Buhphang, this village is a sanctuary of Khasi culture.

The people of Wahkhen Village belong to the Khasi community, an indigenous group with a distinct culture and language. The Khasi culture is deeply rooted in their connection to the land and nature. And this is evident in their rituals and traditions. Visitors to Wahkhen can witness various cultural practices, including traditional dances, music, and festivals that celebrate the bounties of nature.

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Exploring Nature Here

Wahkhen Village offers a gateway to explore the pristine nature of Meghalaya.  You can find a diverse range of flora and fauna.

  • Trekkers and nature enthusiasts will find an abundance of opportunities to explore these lush forests and spot various wildlife species.
  • Wahkhen Village has some of these stunning natural wonders, making it an ideal base for waterfall enthusiasts.
  • Some of the must-visit waterfalls near the village include Wei Sawdong Waterfall, Mawkdok Dympep Valley, and the beautiful Rainbow Falls.
  • One of the primary attractions that draw visitors to Wahkhen Village is the Living Root Bridges. These remarkable structures are made from aerial roots of rubber trees (Ficus elastica) across rivers and streams over several decades.
  • The natural beauty of Wahkhen Village is a photographer’s paradise. From the verdant hills and dense forests to the living root bridges and cascading waterfalls, every corner of the village offers a captivating scene.
  • For an authentic experience of the great outdoors, consider camping in the lush meadows or near the serene rivers of Wahkhen Village.
  • Moreover, Wahkhen Village is a destination that values eco-tourism. Support the community’s initiatives to protect their natural resources and preserve their culture.
  • Find a quiet spot by a river, take in the serene atmosphere, and let the gentle sounds of nature soothe your soul.

Hence, from the living root bridges to trekking in the pristine forests to discovering hidden waterfalls, Wahkhen Village is a destination that beckons travellers.

So, when are you heading to Wahkhen village in Meghalaya?

Cover image credits: X/Meghalaya Tourism

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