These huge buildings we live and around, in between millions of people caught up in some or the other thing, everybody needs a break from such routine to a place where they can feel happy and calm from inside. The majestic Meghalaya will offer you everything you need to relax. Nature always finds a way to bring peace to our soul. The sound of the rivers in Meghalaya, the mountains covered in the green blanket of wild unique plants is heaven on earth. This trip to Meghalaya is going to be fun and beautiful in an offbeat way.
- Day 1: Cherrapunjee: Today we arrive at Guwahati and reception – Cherrapunjee (180 kms/6 hrs).
- Day 2: Cherrapunjee: Today we do a trek to Double Decker Root Bridge.
- Day 3: Cherrapunjee: Local Cherrapunjee sightseeing.
- Day 4: Shillong: Today we drive from Cherrapunjee To Shillong via Mawlynnong (180 km/ 7 hrs).
- Day 5: Shillong: Local Shillong sightseeing.
- Day 6: Guwahati: Today we drive to Guwahati and depart from there.
- 3 nights in Cherrapunjee
- 2 nights in Shillong
Room with Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
Sedan class vehicle for a couple
Day 01: Arrival at Guwahati and reception- Cherrapunjee (180 kms/6 hrs)
Start your trip by flying into Guwahati. After a warm welcome at Guwahati, you will be transferred to Cherrapunjee.
Upon arrival, check into a welcoming family run homestay.
Cherrapunjee, locally and officially known as Sohra, is a “must see” destination for all tourists. Apart from being the record holder for the heaviest rainfall, it was the headquarters of the Khasi/Jaintia province during British rule which was however shifted to Shillong in 1864, due to the inconvenience caused by excessive rain during the monsoon months. The average rainfall is 12,000 mm a year and the record for a single day was 2455 mm recorded in 1974 confirming it as the “Wettest place on Earth”.
Day 02: Cherrapunjee– Trek to Double Decker Root Bridge
After a filling breakfast, embark on what must be one of the most spectacular hikes in the world. Walk along the meandering edge of the cliff face and then start the descent downwards, trekking through the lushest green vegetation. Passing small villages on the way, you will be awestruck by the phenomenal Double Decker Living Root Bridge.
The root bridges some of which are over a hundred feet long take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional but they’re extraordinarily strong – strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. Because they are alive and still growing the bridges actually gain strength over time – and some of the ancient root bridges used daily by the people of the villages around Cherrapunjee are well over five hundred years old.
What better setting for your picnic lunch. Start the climb back up, stopping off at one of the natural pools for a swim.
Wander back through the villages dotted along the hillside back to the Cherrapunjee Resort. Rest your weary limbs and tuck into a well-earned meal.
*NOTE: This trek requires a high level of fitness. An alternative, less arduous trek can be arranged to other living root bridges.
Day 03: Cherrapunjee Sightseeing
Spend the whole day in Cherrapunjee. Morning, go for a walk to the nearby villages of Laitkynsew and Non-Gwar village followed by a drive to Nohkalikai fall, the Mawsmai caves- the illuminated cave provide tourist an experience of caving. Myriads of stalagmites and stalactites can be seen all over the caves and then Thangkharang Park (from where one can see the plains of Bangladesh). Return to the resort by late afternoon.
Day 04: Cherrapunjee – Mawlynnong – Shillong (180 km/ 7 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Mawlynnong village, considered to be the cleanest village of India. The route to the village is through the winding roads and panoramic views travelling amidst the clouds in the Shillong plateau. On arrival, we will set off on a small trek to see the living root bridge found here (about 400 meters from the roadside). After the trek ends, we will take a walk around the village and explore the lifestyle of the people of the village.
From here, we will drive on back to the capital – Shillong, also called; Scotland of the East. On arrival check into a heritage property.
The city of Shillong derives its name from Lei Shyllong – the Superpower or God who is believed to be residing on the Shillong Peak overlooking the Shillong City.
Day 05: Shillong Sightseeing
Wake up and after a leisurely breakfast. We will visit Shillong Peak, one of the highest points in the whole of Meghalaya plateau then drive to Elephant falls, the Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Culture.
After lunch, visit the archery ground. Later, visit Barra Bazaar- Shillong’s prime location where the wares on sale range from electronics to traditional handicraft, modern clothing to handloom items, vegetables and traditional spices etc. walk around the local market.
Explore the nightlife of the city in the multiple pubs that dot the landscape.
Day 06: Drive to Guwahati
Drive to Guwahati and depart with memories for a lifetime!