West Khasi Hills district

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West Khasi Hills is an administrative district in the state of Meghalaya in India.

West Khasi Hills district

West Khasi
Langshiang Falls Located in Sangriang, Nongstoin.jpg
Location of West Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya
Location of West Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya
 • Vidhan Sabha constituencies5
 • Total5,247 km2 (2,026 sq mi)
 • Total383,461
 • Density73/km2 (190/sq mi)
 • Literacy77.87%
 • Sex ratio980
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)


The West Khasi Hills district was carved out of the Khasi Hills district, which was divided into West and East Khasi Hills districts on 28 October 1976.


The district headquarters is located at Nongstoin. The district occupies an area of 5247 km2


Administrative divisionsEdit

West Khasi Hills district is divided into four blocks:[1]

Name Headquarters Population Location
Mairang Mairang
Mawshynrut Riangdo
Mawthadraishan Nongshillong
Nongstoin Nongstoin


According to the 2011 census West Khasi Hills district has a population of 383,461,[2] roughly equal to the nation of Maldives.[3] This gives it a ranking of 562th in India (out of a total of 640).[2] The district has a population density of 73 inhabitants per square kilometre (190/sq mi).[2] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 30.25%.[2] West Khasi Hills has a sex ratio of 980 females for every 1000 males,[2] and a literacy rate of 77.87%.[2]

The district is predominantly inhabited by Khasi tribe. There is a significance presence of Garo Tribe in the Mawshynrut C n RD Block of West Khasi Hills District.


Khasi society has greatly been transformed by many factors which have arisen in recent times. Adoption of the Western style of life, especially among the literate and educated, have been quite rapid although the matrilineal laws of inheritance and succession and the other cultural traits are still retained.

Places of interestEdit

  • Langshiang Falls, third-highest waterfalls in India
  • Mawthadraishan Peak, second highest peak in Meghalaya
  • Nongkhnum River Island, Langshiang Falls, Weinia Falls, Thums Falls
  • Umyiap Paddy Field, longest paddy field in northeast India
  • Ranikor
  • Kyllang Rock
  • Rambrai
  • Langpih, a village which is the subject of a territorial dispute with neighbouring Kamrup District, Assam[4]


  1. ^ Meghalaya Administrative Divisions (PDF) (Map). The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India, New Delhi, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  3. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Maldives 394,999 July 2011 est.
  4. ^ Meghalaya flexes muscle on Assam boundary, 22 November 2008, retrieved 11 August 2012

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Coordinates: 25°31′00″N 91°16′00″E / 25.5167°N 91.2667°E / 25.5167; 91.2667