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.
Day 01 | Guwahati – Shillong (-/-/D)
Today, we meet at Guwahati Airport at 11:00AM and head to Shillong. En-route, we stop for lunch, Umiam Lake for boating & Umiam Viewpoint. On arrival, we check-in to our home-stay / hotel and relax. Get to know the group in the evening. The rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight stay at Shillong.
Day 02 | Shillong & Around (B/-/D)
This morning, we start with our visit to the infamous Don Bosco Museum. There's no better place than a museum to start our trip. Don Bosco Museum known as Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, hailed as Asia's largest museum of indigenous & tribal cultures is a seven-storied hexagonal shaped complex – a place for knowledge-sharing on the cultures of the North-East India. Its seven floors represents seven sister states of the North-east India. We also take the Skywalk here to get the views of Shillong city.
From here, we head to Mawphlang Sacred Grove, a 192 acres forest perched in the East Khasi Hills. The local Khasi tribes have been preserving this forest for thousands of years, and believe it to be the abode of the local deity, Labasa. An ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, the forest has many medicinal plants and trees, orchids, ferns and butterflies. We take a walk through the dense forest which takes anywhere between 2-3 hours. We visit the Elephant Falls on the way back.
We then visit 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 (also known as Lewduh Market), the bustling market in Shillong. Overnight stay at Shillong.
Day 03 | Dawki – Jaintia Hills (B/-/D)
Today, we drive to a tiny village in Jaintia Hills which is home to War Jaintia Tribe close to the Bangladesh Border. We check into our homestay / camp by the Umngot River and the rest of the day is for relaxation.
We have the option to take a boat ride here at the crystal clear waters of Umngot River. Take a walk through the dense forests, or plunge into the natural pool by the river. Options of zip-lining, kayaking, cliff jumping are also available here (at cost). End the day with a simple dinner by the river. Indulge in star gazing before hitting the bed. We stay overnight a simple homestay or camping tent by the river.
Day 04 | Jaintia Hills – Mawlynnong – Cherrapunji (B/-/D)
After breakfast, we depart to Cherrapunji locally known as Sohra. En-route, we visit the village of 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.
We complete our lunch and continue the journey to Cherrapunji. We stop at Mawkdok Dympep Valley Viewpoint from where we can have the beautiful views
of the mountains. If you are a daredevil, you can do zip-lining here between the mountain which is definitely not for the weak-hearted. Even if you have done zip-lining innumerable times in the past, you will still be excited to do here. Definitely beyond words! Overnight stay at Cherrapunji or Tyrna.
Day 05 | Trek to Double Decker Living Root Bridge (B/-/D)
Today after early Breakfast, we start the trek from the village of Tyrna where the road ends. This is the starting point of the trek to the famous Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge located in the pretty village of Nongriat. A climb down of about 3000 steps, approx. 3 km walk, descend of about 2500 feet into the valley takes us to this root bridge. (It takes approximately 2-3 hours to hike down the well-laid concrete pathway).
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 tribes 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.
Halfway through this trek is the village of Nongthymmai where another root bridge – Ritymmen Root Bridge is located. This supposedly is the longest living root bridge. Those who are uncomfortable trekking beyond this point can return back to Tyrna (though we wouldn’t advice it). After Nongthymmai, there are a couple of suspension bridges that are required to be crossed to reach the double decker root bridge. There are natural pools below these suspension bridges where we can plunge and take a swim before continuing our trek further.
Reach the Double Decker Root Bridge, immerse in the beauty, and take some pictures! Here we can soak in the small but pretty waterfall or swim in the pool below the root bridge. You can have a natural fish spa here for free. Half-hour from here is another root bridge, Mawsaw Living Root Bridge. You hike further for about 1½-2 hours to reach the picture-perfect Rainbow Falls. The end of the day is a tough ascend from the valley to make our way to Tyrna and then to Cherrapunji. Overnight stay at Cherrapunji or Tyrna.
Note: You have an option to stay back in the village overnight and return the next day morning to Cherrapunji, at cost. Nongriat has a few basic home-stay options.
Day 06 | Cherrapunji (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. Overnight stay at Cherrapunji or Shillong.
Day 07 | Cherrapunji – Guwahati (B/-/-)
After early Breakfast, we depart to reach Guwahati by lunch time. 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.
Start Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
End Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Pick-up / drop-off at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport, Guwahati.
Pls arrive by 10:00AM on the Start Date (Airport Pick-up @ 11:00AM) and book your return flight after 5:00PM (Airport Pick-up @ 3:00PM) 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.
INR 19500 per person (including the Booking Fee)
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