The International Cherry Blossom Festival is all about nature and its magic that must be witnessed at least once in a lifetime. It lures thousands of people to fly to a land that is seven seas away. With every passing year, the festival is gaining more and more prominence in the United States and Japan pursuit of Sakura, as they’re known in the Asian countries. Sakura is nothing but gorgeous cherry blossoms when the cherry trees bloom charmingly. The cherry blossom season in America and Japan and the craze of seeing the pink and white flowers is arguably the most sought-after times to plan a visit to those countries but a good news for us Indians is that we no longer have to look outward to enjoy the sight of those beautiful flowers. Our country’s very own Meghalaya is prepping up to host its own Cherry Blossom festival in the month of November with people preparing to plan a tour to Meghalaya.
Day 1: 08/11/2018: Arrive at Guwahati and settle into homestay/hotel
Day 2: 09/11/2018: Drive to Shillong and attend the Cherry Blossom Festival
Day 3: 10/11/2018: Drive to Mawlynnong – Dawki – Cherrapunjee
Day 4: 11/11/2018: Cherrapunjee Sightseeing
Day 5: 12/11/2018: Double Decker Roots Bridge Trek
Day 6: 13/11/2018: Drive to Guwahati and departure
- 1N in Guwahati
- 1N in Shillong
- 3N in Cherrapunjee
Room with all meals
Arrival at Guwahati airport and after pick up, settle into a homestay.
The India International Cherry Blossom festival is a popular reason for drawing visitors and tourists to the North-eastern region of India. The festival will be put up around Shillong’s picturesque and beautiful Ward Lake, where Meghalaya’s Khasi Hills will be awash with cherry blossoms.
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.
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”.
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.
Drive from your cosy homestay to Guwahati and return home with memories to last you a lifetime!