"Laitlum Canyons" is an upcoming tourist destination at Shillong in Meghalaya. This place is remarkable due to its natural environmental formation.
Perched at great heights, it is in fact the edge of a hill which is surrounded by green hills and valleys. The view of grassy plus rocky hills all around and tiny villages far below is really magnificent. Walking down to the valley via an uneven rocky path is rather easy; however the climb uphill is a bit tedious and there is only one shop in the vicinity which offers simple snacks.
Laitlum Canyons is not at all crowded and commercialized like other tourist places and is best suited for a secluded and peaceful break from the usual hustle bustle of city life. It is absolutely a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers.
Travelers come here via Smit village which is 6 kilometers away. It is advisable to reach the place early during the day as the whole region will be enveloped by dense fog by noon.
Once atop Laitlum Canyon, one is greeted with a view of the valleys and the small hamlet Rasong, a village of Meghalaya near Shillong city, deep below the gorge. Rasong nestled amidst nature’s cradle in all its beauty on the lush green ridges of the Laitlum gorge. The hamlet has about 300 residents, a church, a playground and a school. The people of Rasong village rely on a rope way pulley to transport their goods down to the valley and vice versa. In this much developed and fast paced era, this part of the world seems to have been forgotten. In fact, this is the only place in the state or even in the country where a ropeway is used for transportation of food grains and essential commodities. One can barely imagine what would be the fate of the residents of Rasong village if the ropeway pulley is out of order. Unfortunately, this happens and sometimes it takes days to be repaired. On such days, sights of men, women, children and elders carrying traditional bamboo baskets filled with all sorts of stuff walking up the 600-foot plus steep slope are common. The main cash crop of this hamlet is broom plant which they use to make the traditional brooms and sell it in the market all the way in Shillong!
Incidentally, there is also a small rivulet that passes along the outer edge of the village. This is the only water source in the village. The place is nothing less than an enticing playground for those with a passion for trekking. Trekkers visit the place often. During summer, afternoon can be hot and humid and in winter, after 2 pm, thick fog blurs the vision and during monsoon, the place is perfectly romantic with the weather changing in a matter of minutes, from bright and clear to suddenly getting engulfed in mist, reducing visibility to almost nil.
While reaching the place itself is hard enough, many tourists would be disappointed to learn that there aren’t any places to rest or eat or even quench thirst. Visitors need to carry their own food and drinking water if they have any plans to spend the whole day in the valley. For those who do forget to pack their lunch, help is provided by a lone shop at the entrance to the vast plain that suddenly disappears, giving way to the magnificent view of the valley. The shopkeeper there, at best, may provide one with the ever delicious Maggi! Well, the shop also has some biscuits and a few snacks