West Khasi Hills district

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West Khasi Hills district
West Khasi
District of Meghalaya
Location of West Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya
Location of West Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya
Country India
State Meghalaya
Headquarters Nongstoin
Government
 • Assembly seats 7
Area
 • Total 5,247 km2 (2,026 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 294,115
 • Density 56/km2 (150/sq mi)
Demographics
 • Literacy 53%
Website Official website

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

History[edit]

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

Geography[edit]

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

Divisions[edit]

Administrative divisions[edit]

West Khasi Hills district is divided into four blocks:<ref>The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India, New Delhi, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (2011) (in English) (PDF). Meghalaya Administrative Divisions (Map). http://censusindia.gov.in/2011census/maps/administrative_maps/MEGHALAYA.pdf. Retrieved 2011-09-29.</ref>

Name Headquarters Population Location
Mairang Mairang
West Khasi Hills Subdivisions Mairang.png
Mawshynrut Riangdo
West Khasi Hills Subdivisions Mawshynrut.png
Mawthadraishan Nongshillong
West Khasi Hills Subdivisions Mawthadraishan.png
Nongstoin Nongstoin
West Khasi Hills Subdivisions Nongstoin.png

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census West Khasi Hills district has a population of 385,601,<ref name=districtcensus>"District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. </ref> roughly equal to the nation of Maldives.<ref name="cia">US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. "Maldives 394,999 July 2011 est." </ref> This gives it a ranking of 560th in India (out of a total of 640).<ref name=districtcensus/> The district has a population density of 73 inhabitants per square kilometre (190 /sq mi) .<ref name=districtcensus/> Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 30.25%.<ref name=districtcensus/> West Khasi Hills has a sex ratio of 981 females for every 1000 males,<ref name=districtcensus/> and a literacy rate of 79.3%.<ref name=districtcensus/>

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.

Culture[edit]

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 interest[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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