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Offbeat Meghalaya

This trip is all about exploring the little know gems of Meghalaya, like the bamboo trek and Nongstoin island

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  •   Dates: 18 Sep – 25 Sep 2021
  •   Region: Meghalaya
  •   Duration: 8 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: Rs.32,000/-  (+ 5% GST)
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Did you know that Meghalaya had one of the largest river island in Asia , or that there are many other root bridges than the double decker bridge in Cherrapunji or that in Mawlynnong. And that is exactly what our offbeat Meghalaya trip aims to do. To take you on an exploration of the little know gems  found in “The abode of Clouds”

 

Our offbeat Meghalaya tour takes you on a completely different path; starting with a thrilling bamboo trek, exploring little know root bridges and staying on a river island. If you like to tread off the beaten path, and don’t mind giving up luxury for adventure, then this trip is for you.

  • Trek to Mawryngkhang, a thrilling trek over bamboo bridges
  • Trek to little known and seen root bridges
  • Camp at Nongkhnum, the largest river island in Meghalaya
  • Experience the novelle adventure of canyoning

Day 1: Guwahati to Shillong

Meet and greet at Guwahati airport, from where we commence our offbeat Meghalaya tour. En route take a brief halt at the stunning Umiam lake, enjoying vistas of natural beauty. O/n at a guesthouse in Upper Shillong

Day 2: Mawryngkhang Trek

Today you head out for a very unique and thrilling trek , most part of which is over a bamboo trail. Drive to the village of Wakhen from where you commence the exciting trek to Mawryngkhang; over bamboo trails. The route takes one down to Umrew river , from where a scary bamboo bridge leads further to a stony path . In many parts the route skirts the very edge of the mountain , with only bamboo bridges underneath your feet. The trek culminates on the 100 meter rock offering grand views of the George below , making your efforts worthwhile. The entire trek to and fro will take around 4 hours.

Continue riding to the tiny hamlet of Langkawet where we stay for the night. O/n at Langkawet Village Retreat

Day 3: Root bridge trek

Images of the popular double decker root bridge in Cherrapunji come to mind when most people think of the unique root bridges of Meghalaya. But today you will set out to explore little know root bridges in the Pynursula region, an area having the highest density of root bridges.

Drive to the village of Rangthyllang , from where a rough overgrown ancient trail leads  to the village of Mawkyrnat. For most part you will walk through deep brush , negotiating steep slopes to see three different root bridges , one of which is the highest. By evening drive back to our village retreat in Langkawet.   O/n at Langkawet Village Retreat

Day 4: Langkawet to Mawphanlur

The road less travelled now takes us to the Western part of Khasi hills, to the little know village of Mawphanlur. Set in the lap of nature, this village is spread over several hillocks with numerous small lakes.

On the way we make a small detour to walk through the sacred groves of Mawphlang. The Khasi tribe of Meghalaya were  once animists, who believed in the spirits of the forest. Hence every village maintained a tract of forest called Sacred Grove where they used to worship the elements of nature and perform sacrifices. The groves of Mawphlang are the largest one of their kind , with many trees which are 300 hundred years old. O/n at Travellers Nest

Day 5: Mawphanlur to Nongkhnum

In the morning  set out for a half day hike to explore the scenic lakes around Mawphanlur. The landscape is akin to the English countryside with green rolling hills doting the landscape for miles.

By afternoon drive to Nongkhnum, the largest river island in Meghalaya . O/n at Nongkhnum River Island

Day 6: Nongkhnum Island – Mawsynram

Wear your explorers boots and get ready to explore Nongkhnum , the largest river island in Meghalaya. This  uninhabited island has many scenic trails, leading to gushing waterfalls. You will explore some of these picturesque trails.

By late afternoon  drive to Mawsynram, which has now replaced Cherrapunji as the wettest place on earth . You will stay at a camp set on the banks of a lake. O/n at Weiing Lakefront camp

Day 7: Mawsynram

In the morning head out for canyoning, a novelle adventure involving negotiation of the course of a river . It will be a fun adventure as you will have to slip, slide in the water and walk over boulders to get downstream. In the second half relax and unwind choosing to swim and kayak in the lake. We end our trip with a grand barbeque and bonfire, reliving the memories of our adventures in Meghalaya .  O/n at Weiing Lakefront camp

Day 8: Mawsynram to Guwahati

After breakfast drop to Guwahati airport

 

Cost per person(for Indian nationals): Rs.32,000/- (+ 5% GST)

Included

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
  • Transportation using a Sumo or similar
  • All adventure activities mentioned in the itinerary

Not Included

  • Flights
  • GST
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport
  • Tips, Soft drink charges, table drinks, bottled water, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, and liquor charges
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Included” section above
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