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Meghalaya - Heavenly Abode!

November 09 - 15, 2019 |  INR 19500 per person 

Trip Details

Overview

Meghalaya, known for its clouds and rainfall is a tiny state in the North East India sandwiched between Assam and Bangladesh. Also known as the “Abode of Clouds”, the state has plenty to offer to an avid traveler. 


The undulating mountains, living root bridges, spectacular crystal-clear lakes, meandering rivers, dense verdant forests, gorgeous waterfalls, quaint caves, exotic flora and fauna - all of these makes Meghalaya look like straight out of a fairy tale.


We take you to some of the untouched, less-explored and seriously fascinating territories that will take your breath away. 

Itinerary

Day 00 | Arrive in Guwahati (-/-/-)


On arrival at Guwahati, check-in to your hotel near the airport. The rest of the day is free to relax. (Not part of the package)


Day 01 | Guwahati – Cherrapunji (-/-/D)


Today, we leave Guwahati by 10:00AM & head to Cherrapunji aka. Sohra. En-route, we stop at Umiam Lake for boating & also at Mawkdok Dympep Valley Viewpoint. On arrival, we check-in to our home-stay / hotel and relax. Get to know the group in the evening. 


Day 02 | Trek to Double Decker Living Root Bridge (B/-/D)


After Breakfast, we start our hike to Nongriat village, home to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge. A climb down of about 3000 steps, approx. 3 km walk, descend of about 2500 feet into the valley takes to reach the village. A sight to behold, the Living Root Bridges are tangles of the roots of the Ficus Elastica tree which are knit to form a bridge between the streams/rivers. In the earlier days, when the rivers / streams were flooded during monsoon, the tribal's of Meghalaya created this bio-engineering marvel to commute between the villages. It takes about 15-20 years for the living root bridge to get thick and can support even 50 people at a time. It keeps gaining strength as it keeps growing thicker and thicker. 


The end of the day is a tough ascend from the valley to make our way to Cherrapunji.


Note: You have an option to stay back in the village overnight and return the next day morning to Cherrapunji, at cost.


If you are not used to trekking and not sure of making it to Nongriat, you can remain in Cherrapunji, take a local sightseeing tour to the waterfalls, museum, etc. or just relax in the room.


Day 03 | Cherrapunji – Nohwet (B/-/D)


This morning, we visit Noh-Ka-Likai falls – the World’s fourth tallest waterfalls, Noh-Sngithiang Waterfalls, also known as Seven Sisters Waterfalls & Wei Sawdong Waterfalls.


We then head to a limestone cave surrounded by the dense forest. The staircase to the caves leads to a mystical world of stalactites and sea fossil formations and possesses large passage making it easy to walk through. 


Post lunch, we proceed to Nohwet, a tiny hamlet where we spend the rest of the day in leisure. 


Day 04 | Mawlynnong – Riwai – Nohwet (B/-/D)


Today is the day to explore the interior territories around Nohwet. We head to some of the interior villages, remote root bridges & also a lesser-known cave in this area. We visit Mawlynnong, supposedly “the Cleanest Village in Asia”. We walk through the pathways of the village, admiring the beauty of the village and its maintenance. We would be ascending the Sky Walk to have a glimpse of the plains of Bangladesh. 

 

Day 05 | Jaintia Hills – Dawki (B/-/D)


After early breakfast, we drive to a tiny village in Jaintia Hills which is home to War Jaintia Tribe close to the Bangladesh Border. We spend time exploring the village which is surrounded by dense forests. We take a boat ride here at Umngot River which is much clearer than what we see in Dawki. We spend time walking around the village and also make a quick visit to the Indo-Bangla Border, if time permits.


Day 06 | Mawphlang – Shillong (B/-/D)


Today, we drive to the Mawphlang Sacred Forest. We take a walk through the dense Sacred Forest which is believed to be over 1000 years old. An ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, the forest has many medicinal plants and trees, orchids, ferns and butterflies.  We visit Elephant Falls on the way back.


We then visit Laitlum Canyons where we are greeted with the 180 degree majestic view of the grassy valleys and tiny hamlet called Rasong, which lies deep below the sheer gorge amidst nature’s lust greenery grandeur in all its beauty. You also find a river flowing through it. A hike down to the village is arduous but rewarding. 


We also visit the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (a 7 storied complex – a place for knowledge-sharing on the cultures of the North-East), and then to the Polo Grounds to witness the traditional archery known as Teer, which is popular among the locals. At the end of the day if you are still left with some energy, take a stroll in the Bara Bazaar, the bustling market in Shillong.


Day 07 | Shillong – Guwahati (B/-/-)


Depart early to Guwahati. We bid good bye to each other & head home with sweet memories!!! Trip ends.



The itinerary is loosely drafted, and allows you to do as little or as much as you like.


This itinerary is just to give you an idea on the tour structure but in no means final and is subject to change.

Trip Dates

Start Date: Saturday, 9th November 2019 

End Date: Friday, 15th November 2019 


Pick-up / drop-off at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport, Guwahati.


Pls book your return ticket for your train / flight after 4:00 pm on the End Date.


You can extend your stay by a day or two and explore the city of Guwahati. It is home to the famous Kamakhya Temple (one of the 51 Shakti Peethas), Umananda Island Temple, and many other attractions.


There’s nothing like a boat cruise to set the tone for an amazing night in the Brahmaputra River. There are many other interesting things to do around Guwahati.

Trip Cost

INR 19500 per person (including the Booking Fee) 


  • These rates are for Indian Nationals only.
  • The trip will have a maximum of 16 participants only. Please invite your family & friends to join.
  • Minimum of 6 participants required to conduct the trip.  Please do check with us before booking your air / train tickets. 
  • A facilitator / group lead will accompany if 8 or more participants sign-up.
  • Suitable for singles / solo travelers / small group of friends / couples
  • Suitable for members between the age group of 16-55 years. We do take members above 55 years too based on their physical fitness.

Inclusions & Exclusions

INCLUSIONS


  • Accommodation on double / triple sharing basis depending on the room size for 6 nights in comfy Home-stays / Hotels  / Guesthouses. Married couples get a separate room.
  • Meal starts with Dinner on 1st Day and ends with the Breakfast on the 7th Day, as mentioned in the Itinerary. 
  • Group airport transfer for arrival and departure in Guwahati airport. If your flight arrival is at a different time from the others, extra charges will be applicable
  • Sightseeing by a Toyota Innova or Tempo Traveler or a similar vehicle depending on the number of participants. Exclusive vehicle for the entire trip from Day 1 to Day 7, but not at disposal.
  • Entry tickets to the places of interest
  • Permits, Toll Taxes, Parking Charges
  • Guide charges, wherever required.
  • All applicable taxes & service charges


EXCLUSIONS


  • Train, Air, Bus fare from your home town to Guwahati & return
  • Food / Snacks other than mentioned above. We’ll be having lunch at roadside restaurants which are generally inexpensive.
  • Camera charges
  • Activity charges i.e, zip-lining, boating, cliff jumping, kayaking, etc.
  • Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, medicines, etc.
  • Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’.

Booking Procedure

Please confirm your participation by paying INR 5000 (Non-Refundable) to book your seat. Rest to be paid 30 days before the trip start date. 


Pls write to us at unusualescapes@gmail.com for our Bank Account Details to transfer the Booking Fee (or) pay via Google Pay at 9052220466. Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we receive your Booking Fee.


**If you can find anyone else to replace you, there’ll be NO cancellation charges. We will then refund your money in full including the non-refundable booking fee. 


Pls write to us for cancellation conditions & other queries.

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