South Garo Hills District,Meghalaya

South Garo Hills is an administrative district in the state of Meghalaya in India. As of 2011 it is the least populous district of Meghalaya (out of 7). The district was established in 1992.

History of South Garo Hills District,Meghalaya

The name “Baghmara” derived from the fight that took place between Bong Lasker and a wild Bengal tiger where he killed the tiger by crushing the jaws. Hence, the name Baghmara, where, bagh means “tiger” and mara means “died”. To remember Bong Lasker, a tomb was built in the heart of Baghmara town. This place was previously known as “Barokar”, which means 12 streams.


The district headquarters are located at Baghmara. The district occupies an area of 1850 km2. South Garo Hills has only 5 assembly constituency at that time but presently it has 3.

Economy of South Garo Hills District,Meghalaya

In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named South Garo Hills one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).It is one of the three districts in Meghalaya currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme.

Places of interest

  1. Balphakram National Park
  2. Siju Cave
  3. Pitcher Plant
  4. Simsang River
  5. Chitmang Peak
  6. Pitcher Plant Sanctuary
  7. Bangladesh View
  8. Butterfly Spot
  9. Baghmara-Balpakram forest Reserve
  10. Nengkong cave