West Garo Hills is an administrative district in Garo Hills of the state of Meghalaya in India. Tura town is the administrative headquarters of the district. The district occupies an area of 3714 km² and has a population of 515,813 (as of 2001). As of 2011 it is the second most populous district of Meghalaya (out of 7), after East Khasi Hills.
West Garo Hills district is located at the westernmost part of Meghalaya. The district is bounded by East Garo Hills district on the east, by South Garo Hills district on the south-east, Goalpara district of Assam state on the north and north-west and Bangladesh on the south.
In 22nd October, 1976 the erstwhile Garo Hills district was bifurcated into two districts: West Garo Hills district and East Garo Hills district The ersthwile West Garo Hills district was further divided into two districts: the present day West Garo Hills district and South Garo Hills district in June, 1992.
Economy of West Garo Hills district,Meghalaya
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named West 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.
Languages in West Garo include A’Tong, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by 10,000 people in Bangladesh and India.
Culture in West Garo Hills district,Meghalaya
Places of Interest
Some places of interest in Garo Hills are Siju Cave, Nokrek Peak, Siju Bird Sanctuary, Imilsang Dare falls, Sosibibra and Rongdong falls.
Some places worth visiting in West Garo Hills are 1. Bhaitbari / Wadagokgre Excavation Site, 2. Pelga Waterfalls, 3. Tura Peak Range, 4. Nokrek Peak, 5. Nokpante Institution, 6. Typical Garo Villages and many others.
Flora and fauna in West Garo Hills district,Meghalaya
In 1986 West Garo Hills district, along with its sister districts South and East Garo Hills, became home to Nokrek National Park. The park has an area of 47 km2 (18.1 sq mi).