Tucked away in the hills of eastern sub-Himalayas is Meghalaya, one of the most beautiful State in the country. Meghalaya also known as ‘the abode of clouds’ is a cool, pine-fresh mountain state set on dramatic horseshoes of rocky cliffs. One of the world’s wettest regions on earth are found here.
So, this year explore this beautiful land surrounded by tribal culture, folklore & great scenic beauty.
Highlights of the trip
- Beautiful accommodations
- Double Decker Living Root Bridges
- Experience a rich culture
- Boating in the Crystal clear Umngot River
- Bathe in Secret lagoons
- Visit and swim in numerous beautiful waterfalls
- A visit to the cleanest village in Asia
- Camping and bonfire by river
- Experience nightlife at “rock” capital Shillong
- Panoramic Laitlum Canyon
- Forest trail though sacred grove
- Airport Transfers
- All transport in a Tempo traveller or a Innova/similar
- Accommodation on Twin Sharing Basis in Hotels (5N) & Camps(1N)
- Breakfast - Day 2 to Day 7, Dinner - Day 1 to Day 4
- Entrance fees to all places listed in the itinerary
- Boat ride at Umngot River
- Bonfire at Shnongpdeng
- Company of a fun & experienced Trip Lead
- All permits
- Wandering Souls Merchandise
- Post & Pre Trip Support
- Memories of a lifetime
- Train/ Air fare
- Lunch on all days & Dinners in Shillong
- Any shopping or personal expense
- Tips to hotel/camp staff and driver
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Day 1 - Guwahati Airport to Cherrapunji | Overnight at Cherrapunji
Reach Guwahati airport latest by 12.00 pm. After a brief introduction, we will catch a cab to Guwahati. It is a 4-hour drive from Guwahati to Cherrapunji. Along the way, the sights are spectacular, with the lush green mountains of Meghalaya forming the perfect backdrop. We will stop at Umiam Lake on the way and soak in the beauty of this man-made lake that was created by damming the Umiam River. We then head towards Cherrapunji and spend the night there. Overnight at a Hotel
Day 2 - Waterfalls & Caving | Overnight at Cherrapunji
Early morning we head for a bath in Wei Sawdong Waterfall, you will fall in love at first sight of this three step waterfall. We then visit the Dainthlen Waterfall, gushing waterfall that cuts through the hard rocks and the high plateau of Sohra before it cascades down into lush forests.
Then we head to Mawsmai Caves for some caving, you do not have to be a professional spelunker to get a taste of Meghalaya’s cave systems. You do have to squeeze around and crawl which adds to the fun of cave exploration.
We will also visit the 7 Sisters waterfall – it comprises of seven different waterfalls amicably arranged side by side on a wide rugged cliff & Nohkalikai Falls – the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Overnight at a Hotel
Day 3 - Double Decker Root Bridge, Rainbow Falls | Overnight at Cherrapunji
Wake up early in the morning and start our trek to the Double Decker Root Bridge & Rainbow falls. We will carry packed breakfast today.
The hike from Tyrna to Nongriat is a bit steep with around 3500 steps to reach the Double Decker Living Root Bridge, the walk is refreshingly green, once you reach you will forget all your fatigue. The living root bridge is a sight to behold. It takes generations to build these bridges.
For those who can ,we head towards Rainbow falls; it got its name because you see a small rainbow near the waterfall due to sun rays. It’s a 2 hour hike to reach the falls.
There are small secluded water bodies on the way to Rainbow falls which are perfect for a refreshing dip.
Hike back to the start point and back to our accommodation at Cherrapunji to the comfort of our beds and some much needed rest.
Day 4 - Cleanest Village & Camping by the River | Overnight at Shnongpdeng
Early morning we checkout and move towards Mawlynnong
Mawlynnong – it won the award for cleanest village in Asia in 2003. On the outskirts of the village you can see the balancing rock – another of nature’s wonder.
Afterwards we visit Dawki to see the India – Bangladesh Border.
We then head towards Shnongpdeng to camp besides the Umngot River. The day ends with bonfire besides the River. Overnight Camping
Day 5 - Boating, & Krang Suri Waterfall, Night life | Overnight at Shillong
You all would have seen the images of the crystal-clear waters of Umngot River. The water is clear, you can peer into the bottom and count the stones – that is how the Umngot River can be described during the peak pre-monsoon, autumn, and winter seasons. Now it’s our time to go for a boat ride on this river. You can also opt for other adventure activities like for cliff jumping, snorkelling, kayaking etc.
There is also a bridge that spans the Umngot River and allows for fantastic pictures and perspectives
We then visit Krang Suri Waterfall on our way to Shillong. Krang Suri Waterfall is one of the most scenic waterfalls in Meghalaya. The cobbled path leading to the waterfalls are made from naturally coloured stones found in the region. On reaching the waterfall, we dive into the cold waters for a rejuvenating bath.
We reach Shillong by evening, freshen up and head out to enjoy Shillong’s nightlife. Shillong is also known as “Rock” Capital of India
Overnight at Hotel
Day 6 - Laitlum Canyon, Cafe, Sacred Grove Forest, Shopping & Night life | Overnight at Shillong
After breakfast, we head towards Laitlum Canyon. The name ‘Laitlum Canyons’ literally means “end of hills”. It offers panoramic views of the region embraced by the majestic hills and valleys.
We will have lunch at one of the many famous cafes of Shillong.
We then visit the Mawphlang Sacred Groves, visitors are not allowed to take anything away from this hallowed forest, not even a pebble or a twig. The forest will take you back to the primeval age.
We head back towards Shillong and go for shopping at Police Bazaar and explore some more of Shillong’s nightlife on our last night. Overnight at a Hotel
Day 7 - Back to Home
Like all the good things this trip must also come to an end. After breakfast, check out from the hotel, we will visit wards lake in morning if time permits. Leave for Guwahati Airport. Say your goodbyes, this brings us to the end of an EPIC adventure and beginning of an era of travel stories with Wandering souls. Come back for more and more.
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- Cherrapunji: Sa-I-Mika Resort/ Abode of Clouds Resort /Similar – 3 Nights
- Shnongpdeng: Riverside Camping – 1 Night
- Shillong – Eee Cee Hotel/Similar – 2 Nights