Meghalaya, a place unimaginably close to the nature that it incessantly keeps enchanting its visitors with the roaring waterfalls, clouds like a rubber ball, dark mysterious caves, milky white water streams, crystal clear rivers, dense jungles, and intoxicating fresh air. We will definitely be ticking some of the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ to do’s during this trip as we hike to the Double Decker Living Root Bridges, skip a few heartbeats while crossing suspension bridges over rocky waters, witness some of the highest waterfalls in the country and do boating in the cleanest river in India.
It’s a rare place in India which is so close to nature yet so developed and modern. Meghalaya, especially Khasi tribal areas, is often compared with Europe because of its sustainable practices, clean wide roads, progressive culture, and no patriarchal communities. Environment-friendly practices are so valued that even trash bins are made from bamboo. You’ll be astonished to know that some villages have banned the use of plastic within their boundary line and have their own waste management systems. No wonder that Meghalaya is the home to the Asia’s cleanest village! In fact, some of the rarest flora are also found here including insect-eating Pitcher plant and …
Let’s join our hands and embark on a nature trail to Meghalaya which is unquestionably going to be one of the most memorable journeys of our lives. Not to mention that fruits such as Pineapple, jackfruit, and melons grow in abundance and hence, we all are in for some fresh juicy treats.
Umaim Lake: Dotted by a few islands, surrounded by coniferous forests, and enveloped by East Khasi Hills, Umaim Lake is breathtakingly beautiful and serene. It’s a man-made wonder located just a few miles away from Shillong and covering an area of 221 sq. km.
Don Bosco Museum: Don Bosco Museum is arguably one of the best museums in India. Visiting this museum is the best start to learning the culture of indigenous tribes of North East India. The various galleries here such as ornaments, food, basketry, housing, culture, religion, and agriculture are quite intriguing.
Cathedral Church: Graciously perched over a small hill, Cathedral Church is a big blue beauty which is definitely worth a visit in Shillong. Stunning stained glass windows behind the idols of Jesus and Mother Mary add a lot of charm to the church.
Police Bazaar: Located in the heart of Shillong, Police Bazaar is an unavoidable landmark for any tourist. It’s a one-stop shopping solution for any guest to Shillong. The night stalls selling local food are worth a visit.
Bada Bazaar: Bada Bazaar is like a confusing maze of alleys, nooks, and corners, and narrow streets where getting lost would be fun. Primarily, it’s a grocery market where vendors come to sell their fresh produce. A great place to taste local fruits and also a preferable place for street photography.
Elephant Waterfalls: Elephant Waterfalls are the three-tier cascading falls which are named after an elephant-shaped rock near the falls. The milky white water sheets flow thunderously on the dark rocks and falling into a waterbed with plenty of rocks, making it a paradise for tourists.
Sacred Grove Forest: Sacred Grove Forest is named so because it is protected by a local deity. The entrance to the forest feels like a green tunnel formed by the branches of the trees. Rare medicinal herbs, flowers, beautiful trees, and monoliths make the forest no less than a heavenly green place to visit.
Khasi Heritage Village: Quaint looking thatched houses and rustic surroundings immediately give an impression of being a picture perfect model village. Khasi Heritage Village showcases the lifestyle of traditional Khasi tribes by using the replicas of their houses equipped with bedroom, kitchen, living room and livestock rearing area.
Seven Sisters Waterfalls: The waterfall is called Seven Sisters because it’s a seven segmented waterfall. Located in Cherrapunjee, it’s a cascading fall, falling from a height of 1033 feet. The magnificence of Seven Sisters Waterfalls is indescribable in words.
Nohkalikai Waterfalls: Falling from a height of 1115 feet, Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Beautifully nestled between the evergreen rainforest of Khasi Hill, it falls into a crystal clear lagoon.
Mawsmai Cave: The wondrous result of natural abrasion, Mawsmai Caves is the spellbinding limestone caves with some rare fossils, flora, and fauna on cave walls. The caves have just enough light to enable visitors to intricately enjoy the natural formations including stalactites and stalagmites.
Laitmawsiang: Laitmawsiang, also known as the garden of caves, is a natural wonder which is a combination of caves, waterfalls and rock formations. It offers one of the unique sights including waterfall plunging into a cave, a naturally carved heart-shaped rock, and bamboo bridges.
Living Root Bridges: Living Root Bridges, also known as Breathing Bridges, are a flabbergasting natural cum man-made wonders. They are formed by folding the pliable roots of the ancient rubber trees in the form of the bridges, over a river or stream. It takes more than a decade for the roots to be strong enough to bear the weight of human beings. We’ll also visit the Double Decker Living Root Bridges in Nongriat Village near Cherrapunjee.
Mawlynnong: Mawlynnong, also known as Asia’s cleanest village, is more than a model village. Super clean wide roads, bamboo dustbins, functional toilets in every household, a matriarchal society, strict ban on plastic and smoking and own waste management system definitely make it ‘God’s own garden’. Not to mention that it has some breathtaking viewpoints to visit. Unfold more gobsmacking secrets when we visit this mystic heaven!
Umngot River: Words are not enough to describe the beauty of this crystal clear blue water river. The water is so clear that when seen from little far, it appears as if the boat is floating in mid-air.
We will start our trip in Guwahati around noon and start driving towards Shillong in a traveler van. The initial awkward silence of the group will be taken over by heartwarming introductions and fun activities as we drive past awe-inspiring landscapes. Almost 2.5 hours later, we will be possessed by the beauty of Umaim Lake and will spend an hour there. We will check-in hotel room in early evening and post that; we will proceed to visit Police Bazaar to get lost in the vitality of Shillong.
Overnight stay in a hotel in Shillong
Today, we will start our day after breakfast at around 9 am. Though, Interested people can go outside for a walk early in the morning and experience the vigor of morning hawkers in the city. Seeing people having quick bites of poori-bhaaji and kadak chai from roadside stalls is quite an intriguing scenario. Mind you, that roadside food is mouthwatering.
We will visit Don Bosco Museum which will give us insightful information about the culture and landscapes of Meghalaya through its three-dimensional galleries, artifacts and original objects on display. A good visit to this museum takes nothing less than 3 hours. We will have authentic lunch in museum’s food gallery which has beautiful bamboo furniture to give a sense of local tradition.
Afterwards, we will spend some peaceful time in big blue Cathedral Church followed by some chaotic time in Bada Bazaar.
Overnight stay in a hotel in Shillong
We will depart from Shillong with our packed luggage after an early breakfast followed by a stopover at Elephant Falls. We will unwind ourselves in the beauty of the nature by dipping our feet in waterbed and gazing at the waterfall. An hour later, we will leave for Sacred Grove Forest in Mawlphang which has some maneuvering mythological stories associated. The forest has one lethal rule which is to respect the forest. No one is allowed to take anything out from this place. Here, anything means ‘anything’ be it a simple piece of rock or a leaf. It is believed that traitors have always been punished by sickness by protecting deities. Respect the rules and this place is heaven! Afterwards, we will proceed to Khasi Heritage Village, located quite close to the Sacred Forest. The village will give us a sneak peek into the culture and lifestyle of Khasis. It’s almost like an open air museum in the form of a model village. We will leave for Cherrapunjee after spending some time in the heritage village.
Overnight stay in a hotel in Cherrapunjee
Today, we get to spend our whole day leisurely romancing with some beautiful gifts of nature in Cherrapunjee. We’ll visit Seven Sisters Waterfalls after breakfast. We may have our heart racing at the very first sight of this waterfall because of its grandeur and the roaring sounds. The water droplets from the fall kissing our cheeks and the cold breeze touching our heart are spellbinding. We can actually observe one huge fall getting divided into seven which is quite a rare sight. From here, we proceed to the Nohkalikai Waterfalls which is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. These falls are secretly tucked in a rainforest making it a paradise. It will be followed by a visit to Mawsmai caves which is the longest cave in Cherrapunjee. Don’t worry; it’s not going to be scary as some guides will be inside to lead us with torches in their hands. The rocks will be a tad slippery and hence, we recommend you to wear footwear with good grip.
We will have lunch before we head to Laitmawsiang, which is a good to relax and spend some peaceful time with nature as very people visit this place. Laitmawsiang can be summed up as a place which is equivalent to a couple of other individual attractions in Cherrapunjee – caves, waterfalls and gardens. We’ll drive back to Cherrapunjee and retire to our beds after an early dinner.
Overnight stay in a hotel in Cherrapunjee
This day is going to be one of the most exciting days of our Meghalaya trip as today we are going to visit Nongriat, which is the home to the India’s oldest living root bridge (a Double Decker Bridge).
We will leave pretty early in the morning (preferably around 4 am) from Cherrapunjee to Tyrna. From Tyrna to Nongriat, we have to cover 3500 steps up and down to make it to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge. It won’t be as tiring as it sounds. Anyone with a good walking stamina can easily make it to Nongriat’s living Root Bridges. The trail goes through a breathtakingly beautiful jungle and small villages having rustic houses, cute kids, and adorable dogs. There are enough water streams on the way to keep us fresh. If we observe closely, we will also encounter some rare flowers such as Heida. Don’t blame us if you would not want to come back from Double Decker Living Root Bridge as it’s going to cast a spell on you at the very first sight. The place is too beautiful to be real. We will spend a few hours there to absorb its beauty before we head back to Tyrna followed by Cherrapunjee.
If you don’t wish to visit Nongriat or feel that you are not physically fit to walk down the steps, please convey to us during booking time so that we can make alternate sightseeing arrangements for you for this day.
Overnight stay in a hotel in Cherrapunjee
Today, we will leave for Dawki early in the morning which is a hidden paradise and a friendly international border between India and Bangladesh. We proceed to Umngot River once we reach Dawki. Umngot River, flowing from India to Bangladesh, offers a quintessential boating experience. The emerald green waters of the river are so clear that they look like a glass and one can clear see the river bed which is 12 feet below the surface.
After Dawki, we will leave for Mawlyonnong while taking a halt at Riwai’s living root bridges. Mawlynnong which is also known as the Asia’s cleanest village or God’s own garden. It unquestionably stands true to the both of its titles. Dare you find any single piece of waste lying anywhere on the road in Mawlynnong. The environment friendly practices are followed very religiously in the village, which are a result of the dedication and perseverance of the local communities. It’s a small village and can be explored while strolling on foot. We get to see some of the rarest flora such as pitcher plants. Be ready to be fascinated by rustic bamboo huts which are everywhere in the village. We can also visit some landmarks in the village such as Bamboo Tree House, Balancing Rock and do the Sky walk which is climbing up a bamboo structure that overlooks India and Bangladesh Border.
Overnight stay in a homestay in Mawlynnong
After doing an early morning walk once again in the cleanest village of Asia, we will start driving towards Guwahati and reach there by 3 PM. Participants will be dropped to airport/railway station and that’s when this epic journey will come to an end and we’ll part our ways after bidding adieu to each other.
Ex – Guwahati: 32500 INR
We are giving away first five seats at 31000 INR
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2. Please don’t book a flight that lands at Guwahati airport after 12 noon on Sep 30 and a flight that departs before 4 pm on Oct 6.
3. We don’t distribute any packed water during this trip. Water is very clean in Uttarakhand and hence we recommend everyone to get water bottles which can be refilled. You can keep refilling them from local sources throughout the journey. Why to add non-biodegradable waste to environment if we can easily manage without doing so?
4. Please be ready to face mobile network turbulence in the region. BSNL works best at all the places we are visiting. Airtel and Vodafone would also work fine except Nongriat, Mawlynnong, and Dawki.
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