SHILLONG, Feb 24: Aimed, in part, at promoting healthy lifestyles amongst the residents of Shillong and those from outside, the Department of Forests and Environment opened up Rhododendron trek route in Shillong on Friday.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Meghalaya, C. Budnah while inaugurating the Rhododendron trekking route at 2 ½ Mile, Upper Shillong said that the trekking route was an old horse road used by the British to travel 2 ½ mile to Sangmein.
School children from various schools participated in a trek that was organized on the day. The trekking route which has many beautiful Rhododendron flowering trees attracts nature lovers and children to feel tranquility and serenity in pristine nature.
The 6 km long route starts from 2 ½ mile and ends at Sangmein.
The Department has opened this trekking route to create awareness among the public about the importance of forests and their role in providing water and also to encourage school children to develop interest in trekking for mental health and physical fitness.
The trek route remains open from October to April on every Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays, but no trekking is allowed after sunset.
Littering along the trek route is strictly prohibited and trekkers are instructed not to throw lighted materials like cigarettes in the forest and not to kill wild animals and birds, which is a punishable offence under the Forest Act.