Dawki is more known as the place for the Bangladesh border-crossing. The journey from Shillong is very scenic and is a dramatic 10km journey which lies along the lip of the vast green Pamshutia Canyon. The road then mildly descends through mildly picturesque Khasi villages of Pongtung, which is at a distance of 142 kms and Mawsun, which is also at a distance of 146 kms amid the waving betel-nut palms and finally after crossing a suspension bridge over the surreally blue-green Umngot Creek, at this point the water is dotted with flimsy local fishing boats.
A boat race is held every year on the month of February, which is very colorful too. Sumos are the basic mode of transport here and for attending this boat race all Sumos leave for Dawki by 11am and return mostly in the afternoon hours. The journey takes about 2.5 hours and one trip in a Sumo costs Rs 70.
People coming from the Northern Bangladesh, also sleep in Sylhet and start very early. The Sylhet is the only type of accommodation available in Dawki. One cannot stay at the Inspection Bungalow, which generally charges Rs 100, as they don’t allow tourists to reside here.