Meghalaya – Assam Explorer
Meghalaya and Assam tour offering a balanced family holiday - Kaziranga safari, Cherrapunji Root Bridges trek and cultural insights in Shillong
- Best Season: November – April
- Region: Assam – Meghalaya
- Duration: 8 days
- Activity: Family
- Grade: Easy
The Meghalaya Assam tour celebrates the legacy the British left behind, for future generations to enjoy. Thanks to their foresight we can today see hundreds of one horned rhinos roaming freely in Kaziranga National Park. Having had your fill of the abundant wildlife found in Kaziranga , drive up to Shillong – The Scotland of the East. In Shillong explore some of the interesting road side markets, as also a game of local archery. Cherrapunji , your final destination is infamous as being the wettest place on earth. Dotted with splendorous waterfalls, unique limestone caves and unique living root bridges it is an ideal place for families to frolic.
- Walk in the Sacred forests of Mawphlang
- Visit Mawlynnong, the Cleanest village in Asia
- Trek to the Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunji
- Half day exploration in a surreal limestone Cave
- Visit Nohkalikai and other waterfalls
- Jeep and Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park
Day 1: Guwahati to Kaziranga
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Kaziranga. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga
Day 2: Kaziranga
Kaziranga has three main ranges where one can undertake jeep safari – The Central Range (Kohra), the Western Range (Baghori) and the Eastern Range (Agratoli).
Post breakfast go for a jeep safari in the Central range of the park with a good chance of seeing may herbivores. In the evening head out for a second jeep safari to the Western range which has a high density of Wild Buffalos, Rhinos and Swamp Deer. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga
Day 3: Kaziranga to Shillong
Early in the morning go for a safari on Elephant back, to get up close to the Rhinos. It will also present a good opportunity to be close to the grassland birds and raptors. After breakfast drive to Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya . O/n at a hotel in Shillong
Day 4: 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 5: Shillong – Mawlynnong – Cherrapunji
Post breakfast drive to Cherrapunji. On the way take a detour towards Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia. Stroll through the flower laden paths of the village, which overlooks Bangladesh. One can also take a short walk to the neighbouring village of Riwai where there is a small root bridge. Post lunch drive to Cherrapunji. O/n at a hotel in Cherrapunji
Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: Cherrapunjee to Guwahati
Drop to Guwahati airport.
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Awesome trip with family. Beautifully arranged with respect to accomodation, travel and guide. Thanks to kipepeo team for making our first north east trip memorable