MONSOONS IN MEGHALAYA,
THE ABODE OF CLOUDS
7 Nights/8 Days
Shillong, Cherrapunji and Mawlynnong, Meghalaya.
From May to September every year, the plateau of Meghalaya plays host to a massive amount of rainfall, brought by giant clouds that rise from the Bay of Bengal. It is a meteorological condition unlike any other, of the extremities of nature and of the magic and mystery brought by the monsoons. This phenomenon of unending rainfall has made Meghalaya the rainiest place of the planet and has carved unique natural formations in the landscape of the state, such as waterfalls, caves and rich mineral deposits. Naturally, even the people of the state have unique cultures and dresses which have in some way been influenced by the exceptional climatic conditions. It can be correctly said that during the monsoon season, Meghalaya stands up to its name of being ‘the abode of clouds’. It is the time of the year when the air is filled with mist, the forests are virgin green in color, caves become even deeper, and numerous waterfalls come alive with massive falls and a thunderous sound.
Better news is that the rain doesn’t fall continuously, but takes a break every few hours during the daytime. This means, apart from experiencing the coziness of the rains, you might also be getting a chance to hit the outdoors to enjoy the pretty landscape and the cultures of Meghalaya. Also, as there will be much rain, we have handpicked unique accommodations for this tour where you will find the perfect luxuries, coziness and comfort to sit back and enjoy the experience of being in the rainiest place of the planet during the rainiest season of the year.
The tour will begin in Shillong, a charming hill station with a rich colonial history and the bustling capital of the state of Meghalaya. Unless chosen otherwise, your stay here will be in a boutique 4 star resort located picturesquely beside the serene Umiam Lake. The resort has a very pleasant and authentic ambience, along with great staff, ethnic food and facilities. While in Shillong, you will be visiting some of the delightful waterfalls, the Shillong Peak from where you can see panoramic views of the bustling town, and the Don Bosco Museum which showcases detailed information about the many tribes of Northeast India. From Shillong, you will cross scenic hills to arrive at Mawlynnong, the cleanest village of Asia. Located in forested foothills overlooking the plains of Bangladesh, the village has the perfect coziness for a rainy day and a very easy going lifestyle. Your stay in the village will be basic but comfortable - either in a tree house or a homestay with the local tribe. Mawlynnong and around places have a very authentic culture where you will get a chance to live and interact with the Khasi Tribe; who are not only charming but also quite educated. Amongst the things to do around the village, you will be hiking to nearby villages and to the living root bridge; which is a manmade structure made from living roots which display remarkable sustainability. You can also spend time swimming in the local natural pool or observing sunsets, cloud formations and lightning at the village view point. Lastly, after a brief visit to some of the secret waterfalls around, you will love to the West Khasi Hills to arrive at Cherrapunji (Sohra), which is officially the wettest place in the entire planet. Your stay here will be in a 3 star resort located picturesquely near a cliff; providing front row seats to the monsoon clouds which arrive northward from the Bangladesh plains. Being tucked away cozily in the resort, time will be at leisure to enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Cherrapunji – the mist, rain, clouds, thunders and lightning bolts. And when it will be raining little, you’ll go outdoors to visit some of the caves and waterfalls that enchant the landscape of this faraway tropical paradise..
To end with, we would like to mention that you bring a good raincoat along, so as to enjoy the outdoors without getting all wet.
For: Couples, families, explorers, culture enthusiasts, nature lovers and cloud watchers.
- Experience extreme natural phenomenon of being in the rainiest place of the planet during the rainiest season (monsoons) of the year.
- Stay in hand-picked boutique resorts and in a homestay/treehouse.
- Visit splendid lakes, caves and waterfalls which are all a result of extreme climatic conditions.
- Visit the popular hill station of Shillong, a bustling town midst scenic hills.
- Visit Mawlynnong village, the cleanest village of Asia, to experience authentic culture of the War-Khasi Tribe.
- Visit Cherrapunji, officially the wettest place on earth.
From June to September which are the monsoon months in India. Note that July and August are the peak rainy months.
Upon arrival at Guwahati Airport, you’ll leave for a drive to Shillong (4 hours), a splendid hill station and the capital of Meghalaya. Evening will be at leisure where you may explore the local markets on your own. Your stay in Shillong will be Ri-Kynjai Resort, a delightful boutique 4 star property located midst the serenity of Umiam Lake. Alternatively, you may also choose a more standard accommodation if preferred.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will leave for a sightseeing tour of Shillong where you will the indigenous tribes museum, lakes, waterfalls and the scenic Shillong Peak. For lunch, you will visit a ethnic restaurant which serves exotic and tasty local cuisine. Later in the afternoon, visit the gaming grounds to observe the daily event of Siat Khnam, a local way of gambling where archers shoot arrows in a haystack. Evening will be at leisure.
Day 3, 4
After a leisurely breakfast on day 3, leave for a scenic drive to Mawlynnong (3 hours), the cleanest village of Asia and very beautiful. The village offers just the perfect coziness to observe the monsoons while immersing in the laidback lifestyle of the village. Spend the days in leisurely walks around the pretty lanes of the village, learn about the Khasi tribe and interact with the Khasi locals all of whom speak English and are educated, smart and charming. Hike to the nearby living root bridge observe the remarkable sustainability of the bridges and to be surrounded by raw nature. You may also choose to spend the afternoons in the village natural pool which has a pretty neat waterfall along with cold freshwater perfect to beat the summer heat. To view sunsets, the village has a skywalk which is a platform built on top of a tall tree from where one can see incredible sunsets, panoramic views of the Bangladesh plains and some crazy cloud formations. Your stay in the village will be in basic tree houses or homestays which are comfortable and cozy.
After breakfast, leave for a scenic drive to Cherrapunji (5-6 hours), which along with nearby Mawsynram village is the wettest and rainiest place of the planet. En route you will visit three secretive waterfalls around Mawlynnong where due to the monsoons the water will be gushing, creating an almost ethereal experience. In Cherrapunji, your stay will be in a delightful minimalistic resort which provides a magnificent view of landscape, incoming monsoon clouds and lightning in the sky. Rest of the day will be at leisure to get used to watery lifestyle of Cherrapunji during the rainy season, an extreme phenomenon unlike any other.
Day 6, 7
For the next two days you will find yourself at the front seat of the Indian monsoons. Experience the magic and mystery of being in the planet’s rainiest place during the rainiest season of the year. Spend the days at leisure going on easy walks and observing the eerie cloud formations, the mist, the lush green monsoon landscape and the frequent lightning bolts across the sky. When the rain is less, you will be visiting the natural sights of Cherrapunji such as breathtaking waterfalls and caves. Evenings will be at leisure.
After breakfast, leave for Guwahati Airport (6-7 hours) to catch a departure flight late in the afternoon. Tour ends.
Ri-Kynjai Resort, Shillong.
A guesthouse in Mawlynnong.
Holiday Resort, Cherrapunji.
* The above accommodations are subject to availability. If unavailable, a suitable alternative will be provided for, without any compromise on the quality of your stay.
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Living root bridges - BBC Human Planet.
A 48 hour time lapse video shot in and around Shillong.
An arena of rain - Mawsynram and Cherapunji
- Living Root Bridges (humanplanet.com)
- Monsoon: A season of transformation (sandeshkadur.com)
- The monsoon season in India (about.com)
- 5 Offbeat things to do in Meghalaya (blog)
- Cherrapunji: The wettest place on earth? (twoidiotsabroad.net)
- Monsoons in Shillong and Assam (bcmtouring.com)
- Monsoons: A season in transition (sandeshkadur.com)