An enjoyable family trip to the 'Abode of Clouds' with varied activities like forest walks, trek to living root bridges, caving, and visiting museums
- Best Season: September – June
- Region: Meghalaya
- Duration: 7 days
- Activity: Family
- Grade: Easy
A land of incessant rainfall and thunderous waterfalls, Meghalaya stands true to its Sanskrit meaning ‘The Abode of Clouds’. During the monsoon fluffy clouds engulf the gentle green hills, giving the entire landscape a very surreal effect.
Your journey commences from the capital city of Shillong set amongst undulating pine-covered hills. Bustling markets, lively music gigs, open gardens characterises this city which even today maintains much of its British Era charm. Further down, the road less travelled takes you to the tiny village of Mawlynnong on the Indo Bangla border. This picturesque Khasi hamlet has earned the distinction of being the cleanest village in Asia. Your last destination Cherrapunji is legendry for being the rainiest place on earth, resulting in numerous waterfalls dotting the area.
- Visit Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia
- Trek to the Living Root bridges in Cherrapunji
- Half day exploration inside a surreal limestone cave
- Walk in the sacred forests of Mawphlang
- Experience the grandeur of Nohkalikai and other waterfalls
Day 1: Guwahati to Shillong
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Shillong. O/n at a hotel in Shillong.
Day 2: Shillong
There are numerous things to do and places to visit depending on your interest.
If you are interested in walking and nature you can start your day with a visit to the sacred forests of Mawphlang village. The Khasi tribe of Meghalaya were once animists, who believed in the spirits of the forest with every village maintaining a tract of forest called Sacred Groves . The forests of Mawphlang are one of the last surviving sacred groves in Meghalaya. On the way back stop at Shillong Peak from where you can enjoy grand panoramas of the city.
In the second half visit the Don Bosco Museum of Culture, considered one of the best ethnographic museum in the country. This seven storied museum showcases the culture of all the eight North Eastern states. Later in the afternoon you can head out to Polo grounds for a game of ‘Teer’, a local form of archery on which local gamble and is the post popular sport in Meghalaya. O/n at a hotel in Shillong.
Day 3: Shillong to Mawlynnong.
The drive from Shillong to Mawlynnong itself is quite a scenic one, skirting on top of the Meghalaya plateau and passing through small villages. On reaching Mawlynnong stroll through its flower laden paths to get a feel of the village. Walk to the living root bridge in the neighbouring village of Riwai. In the evening enjoy a magnificent sunset over the plains of Bangladesh. O/n at a guesthouse in the village.
Day 4: Mawlynnong to Cherrapunji .
Post breakfast drive to Cherrapunji, on the way visit the Rama Krishna Mission museum and Nohkalikai falls. O/n at a hotel in Cherrapunji.
Day 5: Cherrapunji – Root bridge trek
Root Bridges are unique living bridges found only in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The secondary roots of a species of Indian Rubber Tree Ficus Elastica- are trained over 20-25 years to form these living bridges to cross fast flowing rivers and streams. Some of these bio-engineering wonders are 50 to 70 feet long. They are very strong, can carry many people at a time and perhaps can last 500 years.
The trek passes through some verdant slopes, criss crossed by streams. At some places the stream has made some natural ponds, containing emerald blue water where you can take a dip. The trek is moderately difficult since one needs to descend 2500 feet into the valley and then climb up the same altitude again. O/n at Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort
Day 6: Cherrapunji
For those interested in exploring the unknown world of caves, can undertake a half day caving excursion to Krem Mawmluh, one of the many limestone caves in the area. Else you can trek or relax around your hotel. O/n at a hotel in Cherrapunjee
Day 7: Cherrapunjee to Guwahati
Drop to Guwahati airport.
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