Kongthong village, also known as the Whistling Village is one of the most unique places to visit in India. The village is so isolated from the entire world that its existence is still unknown to most of the people.
What’s So Special About Kongthong?
Kongthong is one of the most interesting places I visited in Meghalaya. It is hidden in the Khasi hills and is famously known as the Whistling Village. But why exactly it is known as the Whistling Village? For generations, whenever a child is born here the mother composes a tune or a lullaby for him or her. This tune, along with their name, will become the identity of this child.
There are two tunes composed by the mother. The first one is a full-fledged song and the second is the short version of it. This song is locally known as ‘jingrwai lawbei’, meaning “song of the clan’s first woman”.
But this is not the only interesting part. This village is home to over 600 people living which means there are more than 600 unique tunes to be heard at one time! And while walking along the main road in this village, you will listen to a lot of hoots and whistles. The hoots are mainly used to call children to return home for dinner, or friends calling out each other while playing on the streets.
The origin of such a tradition is not known, however, it is believed that such customs have been in existence since the establishment of this village.
How To Get There, And What To Do In Kongthong
The best way to reach Kongthong is by taking your own vehicle, or to hire a private taxi. There is no public transportation available and roads are quite rough in places. Private taxis are easily available from the main market of Shillong – Police Bazar. In fact, you can also rent cars or scooters here. The nearest airport is Umroi Airport at Shillong and the nearest railway station is at Guwahati.
Kongthong is a laid back place where the villagers lead a very slow and peaceful life. This is exactly what you will experience. Just sit by, relax, have a cup of tea and enjoy the views in the front (you can even see across the border to Bangladesh from up here).
The best way to spend time here is by talking to the kids and locals who can narrate the story of their village. Nearby there are a few waterfalls as well that you can explore.
When Is The Best Time to Visit Kongthong?
The best time to visit Meghalaya is between September to December. However, the weather is Meghalaya is unpredictable. It is hard to know when exactly it will start raining. This is the same with Kongthong as well. It is better to make a week-long plan for Meghalaya and add two days for Kongthong. Although, if you are travelling from nearby states then Kongthong can also serve as the perfect weekend destination.
If you want an everlasting memory, do visit Kongthong. The locals here are so kind and respectful towards each other. You will only experience the best hospitality here along with amazing local food and unique culture. You will also experience bee farms and how rich these people are in their agricultural life which is amazing to see – to know that despite the distance and being so secluded from the world, there are still people who live in harmony and peace, without any worries.