Meghalaya – Yoga and a Walk in the Clouds
Awe-inspiring bio-engineering of living roots bridges and machans, stunning vistas and waterfalls, alluring bio-diversity, adventure, warm people and their unique culture and more. Mehgalaya, the land of superlatives, beckons - you can find in this tiny north-eastern state, the tallest single-drop waterfall in India, the two rainiest places in the world, the cleanest village in Asia, the longest cave system in India and so on.
In this meticulously curated trip one gets to see a few popular sights, trek through quaint, off-beat locations and also indulge in some adventure activities. Our trip starts with a visit to the Pynursla region which is home to Mawlynnong which is purportedly the cleanest village in Asia. During the 2 days we spend in this region, we shall trek through idyllic villages including Mawlynnong, cross several living roots bridges and trek to Shnongpdeng, a picture-postcard village by the cyrstal clear waters of river Umgnot.
The next region that we cover is Cherrapunjee. We spend some time in the Nongriat area which is home to one of the two double-decker living roots bridge in Meghalaya (and the world!). We trek through lovely tropical evergreen rainforests of this area to visit a couple of amazing waterfalls.
Lastly we shall visit a village called Mawlongbna, a village near Mawsynram which is considered the rainiest place on the planet. A short trek from Mawlongbna takes us to an area where fossils of marine creatures were discovered quite recently. While in Mawlongbna, we shall indulge in some adventure sports such as canyoning and caving.
Difficulty Level: TYL!
Season: mid-September to April
Trip Duration: 8 days/7 nights (Guwahati to Guwahati)
Trip Duration: 6 days
Max Elevation: 1300 m
Region: Khasi Hills, Meghalaya
Costing: Rs. 22000 per person including tax (for a group of 8 to 15)
Children below 12 yrs: Rs. 19000
|Day 1||Your city||Guwahati-Langkawet||Reach Guwahati before noon. Drive to Langkawet (5 hours).|
|Day 2||Langkawet||Shnongpdeng– Langkawet||After breakfast leave drive to a place called Shnongpdeng. Enjoy swimming or boating in the fabulous waters of Umgnot river there.
After lunch at Shnongpdeng set off for Pomshutia to trek to Byrdaw and explore the environs of a gorgeous waterfall (2.5 hours). A relaxing yoga session follows tea, back at Langkawet
|Day 3||Langkawet||Mawkyrnot –Mawlynnong– Langkawet||After an early breakfast drive to Mawkyrnot. Explore a few amazing root bridges that are some distance away from the village.
After the hike, drive down to Mawylnnong. Have lunch and then explore the place and understand why it is the cleanest place in Asia. Start at 4 pm and drive back to Langkawet.
|Day 4||Langkawet||Cherrapunjee - Nongriat||After breakfast set off for Tyrna, a place near Cherrapunjee. Take the seemingly endless staircase to the village of Nongriat from there. On reaching Nongriat (3 to 4 hour trek) at around noon, visit the famous double-decker living roots bridge there.|
|Day 5||Nongriat||Cherrapunjee||After an early breakfast, tough 4 to 5 hour steep climb to Nohkhalikai through a beautiful, diverse evergreen tropical rainforest. Those who prefer a simpler climb can retrace their way back to Tyrna, taking the staircase. After lunch at Cherrapunjee, check into a comfortable resort in Cherrapunjee. If time permits, visit Mawsmai cave to get an idea of the caving opportunities that Meghalaya offers
A relaxing yoga session before dinner should take care of those aching muscles.
|Day 6||Cherrapunjee||Guwahati||After an early breakfast, set off to Guwahati and reach in time to catch a late evening flight back to your respective destinations.|