Khasi Hills

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The Khasi Hills /ˈkɑːsi/ are part of the Garo-Khasi range in the Indian state of Meghalaya (before 1970 part of Assam), and is part of the Patkai range and of the Meghalaya subtropical forests ecoregion. In older sources in particular, the alternative transcription Khasia Hills is seen.[1]

The region is inhabited mainly by tribal Khasi dwellers, which are traditionally in various chieftainships, states known as the Khasi Hill States. One of its capitals, Cherrapunji, is considered one of the wettest places in the world.[2]

The region came under the Khasi Hills district, which was divided into West Khasi Hills and East Khasi Hills districts on 28 October 1976.[3]

The highest peak is Lum Shyllong which is 1,968 metres (6,457 ft) high.[4] It is situated a few kilometers south of Shillong town.[5]


Administratively, the Khasi Hills used to be a part of the Khasil Hills district.[6] The district was divided into East Khasi Hills district[7] and West Khasi Hills district on 28 October 1976. On 4 June 1992, the Ri-Bhoi District was carved out of the East Khasi Hills District.

See also


  1. ^ Sarkar, A.B. Chaudhuri & D.D. (2003). Megadiversity conservation : flora, fauna, and medicinal plants of India's hot spots. Delhi: Daya Publishing House. ISBN 8170353017. 
  2. ^ Bhaumik, Subir (2003-04-28). "World's wettest area dries up" (stm). South Asia News. Calcutta: BBC. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  3. ^ Bhattacharjya, Umasaday (1980). Local government in Khasi Hills. Vivek, 1980. p. 263. 
  4. ^ Karlsson, Bengt G. (2010). Unruly hills : a political ecology of India's northeast. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 0857451049. 
  5. ^ Riggins, ed. by Stephen Harold (1990). Beyond Goffman : studies on communication, institution, and social interaction. Berlin [u.a.]: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 3110122081. 
  6. ^ Shangpliang, Rekha M. (2010). Forest in the life of the Khasis. New Delhi: Concept Pub. Co. ISBN 8180696677. 
  7. ^ "East Khasi hills". Government of India. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 

Further reading

  • Yule, Henry (1844). "Notes on the Khasia Hills, and people". Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 14 Part 2, Jul-Dec (152): 612–631. 

Coordinates: 25°35′N 91°38′E / 25.583°N 91.633°E / 25.583; 91.633

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