The administrative headquarters of the South Garo Hills District is situated in the town of Baghmara. It is a rapid developing town as well as it is also considered to be one of the most important business centre of the Indian state of Meghalaya. The town is located on the river named Simsang’s bed. It is located almost on the international boundary between India and Bangladesh. A beautiful tourist bungalow is situated a little bit below the spectacular Dilsa Hill.
Konagittim is the initial name of this town. Later, the name got changed to Baghmara. The Bengali people, who resided in this town, converted the name. This name has been derived from the name of the founder of the place named Pa Balman A Sangma. The distance between Baghmara and Tura is 122 Kms and the distance between this town and Shillong is 445 Kms.
One of the most unique characteristics of Baghmara is that, although the place has witnessed partition and lost all the spectacular locations to the country Bangladesh, but the magic of the town has not vanished. Numerous modern facilities such as hospitals, veterinary hospitals, middle schools, colleges, post office and high schools are present in the town and that makes this town is the only town of the state that has all these facilities.
Tourists can enjoy the beauty of the nature, the panoramic summits of the hills, the thick blanket of plush trees and vegetations, sparkling waterfall, meandering rivers and lakes. One can also observe the lifestyle of the Garos.
TOURIST PLACES IN BAGHMARA
Baghmara Reserve Forest: The distance between the town of Baghmara and the Baghmara Tiger Reserve Forest is a mere 4 Kms. One can observe animals of different kinds such as langurs, numerous types of birds, elephants and many more. Another amazing thing to observe is the journey of the herds of elephants between the two places namely Baghmara and Balpakram National Park through the Baghmara Reserve Forest.
Chimonganli: It is the commercial hub of Baghmara. This place is also called by another name which is Bong Bazaar. Basically the most important feature of Baghmara is its trade. However, during the time period following the partition, the business activities of the trade center has been disturbed. But, recently, on each and every Tuesdays, a tiny market is held here. One of the unique features of the market is the fishes from the river named Simsang.