MeghalayaEast Khasi Hills

Dec,2019
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Address: Nongriat, Tyrna, Cherrapunji?, Meghalaya 793111
How to go: From Guwahati you have to take trekker (Shared jeep) upto Shillong which is around 100 km and by car it will take 2.5 hours. From Shillong you have to hire car to make this trip. You can book car for the whole trip or you can take different car for each day. But do not expect local transport.
Pros: This is one of the most beautiful places in India. What else you need?
Cons: You may get mobile network issues in some of the destinations...Also no local transport for most of the tourist places..... Road condition is pathetic in some long journeys...
What to visit ?
  • 1. Elephant Falls
  • 2. Air Force Museum
  • 3. NohKaLikai Falls
  • 4. Kynrem Waterfalls
  • 5. Mawsmai Cave
  • 6. Rainbow Waterfalls
  • 7. Krang Suri Waterfall
  • 8. Double Decker Living Root Bridge
  • 9. Single-decker root bridge
  • 10. Mawlynnong - The cleanest village in Asia
  • 11. Seven Sisters Falls
  • 12. East Khasi Hills
  • 13. Mawphlang Sacred Forest
  • 14. Dawki
  • 15. And many more...
Company: Most preferably adventurous and sporting people, nature lover, family...
Minimum day/time to visit: 5 days full for Cherrapunji only (as a traveller)
Locality: Hilly village
Expenses: Max 8,000 for a group of 5
More Information: Shillong is the District Headquarter of East Khasi Hills District as well as the state Capital. It is a hill stations with unique natural scenic beauty which is an ideal resort throughout the year. The district is well connected with motorable roads throughout the length and breadth .

The reason I said it will take 5 days for a traveler to explore Cherrapunji only, here i explain the schedule:

  • 1. From Shillong first day including Elephant falls, cover Krang Suri then reach Mawlynnong. Night stay.
  • 2. Next day explore Mawlynnong and single route bridge. Both are in the same place. After Having lunch move out for Dawki, explore Dawki in golden hour then come back before it's too late, then reach Cherrapunji and get hotel.
  • 3. Next day from Cherrapunji do trek for Double Decker Living Root Bridge and explore Rainbow falls together. Stay in Double Decker Living Root Bridge area. You will find arrangement for staying.
  • 4. Next day step up to Nongriat (Double Decker Living Root Bridge trekking point) and visit Kynrem Waterfalls, Seven Sisters Falls, Mawsmai Cave back to back and later reach Sohra. You will find homestay in Sohra, relax and stay at night.
  • 5. Next day visit NohKaLikai Falls and have lunch at Orange Roots and comeback to Shillong.


Well I must add, there are many more places and waterfalls to explore in Cherapunji, for that you have to spend more time and reschedule your itinerary.

Elephant Falls

One can easily visit Elephant falls as it is very much nearby to Shillong. The thick rocky built waterfalls will mesmerize you by its black rock and the environment. You will find various flora and fauna here and there around the waterfall. Pick time before it gets too dry.



Mawsmai Cave

A not so big cave but having extraordinary stone pattern. It is nearby Seven sisters falls. Amazingly decorated premises. You will get huge parking slot, many food and other shops inside the campus. Most importantly they did not make any artificial decoration or lighting inside the cave. You can easily spend 1.5 hours to explore this place.



Double Decker Living Root Bridge

This is one of the most beautiful trek i have ever done in my life. The entire trek is based on the arranged staircase. First it will go down, then you will find few plain land and foot bridge then again you will find inclined staircase. One way it takes around 2 hours and while coming back it takes around 2.5 hours. It will not be that hard for you unless you complete the whole journey by a singe day. Take 2 days time to explore the place because it is amazingly beautiful and you will have lot to explore. Once you start journey in the early morning from Nongriat, you will be amazed by beautiful birds and butterflies around the places. On the way you will also find huts and small houses of the local people, truly you will fall in love of the environment, gardens, flowers, yards and the local people. Cute little children's will wave you bye while walking down. Truly you will feel love. In some of the places you will find Orange tree and oranges in season. In the whole journey you will be surrounded by massive hills. Sometimes you will also notice some waterfalls coming down through hilly surface. It will look so tiny from far but again you will remember you might go in front of it and how big it was.

Next when you finally reach in Double Decker Living Root Bridge, You will be mesmerized. You will feel like it had never been happened before to you. You will feel the cool bridge around the place. Shade of the big trees will welcome you and put you into the lap for taking rest. you will forget the hurdle of the whole journey. You will see a small blue natural pool in front of the root bridge and a small waterfall. Fishes are swimming into that pool, you can feed them. You can climb on the bridges both upper and lower. You will be amazed to see how they create this bridge by joining the roots and weaving with each other. Form there another one hour trek will reach you to the Rainbow waterfall. You better stay for a day to this place and next day you come back. I strongly recommend do not miss Double Decker Living Root Bridge once you visit Meghalaya.



NohKaLikai Falls

There are two ways to visit this waterfalls. One is for normal tourists and another for trekkers. Normal tourists will watch it from far or better to say a view point from there one can take perfect picture. Another route is for trekker. They can explore the waterfall from the source of it. It is a bit hard trek but you will always remember once you have done it. There are also a trek route between Rainbow falls to NohKaLikai Falls. Adjust your time to visit the waterfalls in golden hours of November. I bet you will never find this kind of beautiful langscape and weather in all over India. Must try it.



Dawki

You should visit the album Dawki



Mawlynnong - The cleanest village in Asia

I will put description in a separate album...



Best time to go

October - November



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