Day 1: Guwahati to Shillong 117 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Shillong. O/n at Lachaumiere House or similar
Day 2: Shillong Sightseeing
Most part of the day will be spent exploring areas around Shillong. We start our day with a walk in the ancient forests of Mawphlang. The Khasi people of Meghalaya were once animists who believed in the spirits of the forest, maintaining a close relationship with them. In those days every village demarcated a large tract of forest for their sacred rituals, but today Mawphlang is one of the last few villages to maintain this heritage. On our way back we take a brief halt at Shillong peak from where we get panoramic views of entire Shillong.
After lunch we proceed to watch ‘Siat Khnam’ , a local form of archery on which locals gamble. O/n stay at Lachaumiere House or similar
Day 3: Shillong – Mawlynnong – Dawki 90 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
After breakfast we drive to the picturesque village of Mawlynnong, acclaimed to be the cleanest one in all of Asia. Walk through this flower laden village, interacting with the locals to understand what motivates them to keep their village spick and span. Crank up the excitement with a walk to your first ever Root bridge in the neighboring village of Riwai.
After enjoying our local meal in Mawlynnong, continue to Dawki where we stay at a scenic campsite besides a river. O/n in tents
Day 4: Dawki to Cherrapunji 86 kms; Drive time: 3 hours
Today is our day of adventure. In the morning we head down the crystal clear Umgot river for kayaking . And if you break a sweat then jump into its emerald waters for a refreshing swim. We also zip line across the river .
Post lunch drive to Cherrapunji . O/n at Sa-I-Mika Park or similar
Day 5: Caving – Krem Mawmluh
Today head out for an exciting excursion into the unknown world of caves. You will be exploring a cave named Krem Mawmluh. With a total length of over 7kms of cave passages, Krem Mawmluh is situated approximately half a kilometer west of Cherrapunji adjacent to the small hamlet of Mawmluh from which the cave takes its name. The cave’s 7kms contain of passages much of which are fine river passages of impressive proportions, calcite formations of various kinds, waist deep pools, few meters of belly crawl and few climbs.
From the road head you would trek for around 45 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Here you would change into caving gear -a wet suit, caving suit, helmet and headlamp. Under the supervision of an expert caver you would walk, crawl, squeeze and wade through water for 3 hours in the various cave passages. O/n at Sa-I-Mika Park or similar
Day 6: Trek to Double Decker Root bridges
Living Root Bridges are unique live 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 53 feet, 70 feet, 100 feet long. The Double Decker Root Bridge has two levels. They are very strong, can carry many people at a time and can, perhaps,last 500 years.
The trek passes through some verdant slopes, criss-crossed by streams. At some places the stream has made some natural pondswith emerald blue waters 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 Sa-I-Mika Park or similar
Day 7: Cherapunjee to Guwahati airport 165 kms; Drive time: 5.5 hours
Start early in the morning for our final drop to Guwahati airport. Participants are advised to book their flights departing after 2.30 pm.
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