Meghalaya (translated in English as ‘the abode of clouds’) is a state in North East India known for receiving the highest of rainfall compared to any other place in the world. The geography of the state consists of plateaus and hills, and an abundance of streams that become alive with tormenting rapids during the monsoons. The state is bound by Assam in north and east and by Bangladesh in the south. Meghalaya is home to three major and very intriguing tribal communities - the Khasis, Garos and Jaintias.
What we offer to you in this tour is an affair with the monsoons, in a place that turns into a mysterious tale of magic when the rains arrive. Your journey will start in the hill station of Shillong which is known as the ‘Scotland of the east’ due to its similarity with the Scottish Highlands. Here, rock music fans and connoisseurs are aplenty. You will get to visit many pretty looking lakes and waterfalls around Shillong and indulge in the local flavors. The market area of Shillong has a nice buzz and is a great place to hangout. The British-Raj legacy is still visible in architecture and food habits of the locals. Shillong has a majority of Khasi tribe, who are predominantly Christian. An interesting aspect of Khasis are that they are a matrilineal society - the mother is head of family, and the youngest daughter owns all the property and mothers surname is passed on to children.
From Shillong, you will visit the areas around Mawlynnong, which is considered as the cleanest village of Asia. The village is very beautifully laid out and very neat. The people of the village are the War Khasis and they are very passionate about flowers, as a variety of floras can be seen all around the village. Your stay here will be in the village tree house. Since Mawlynnong lies in the foothills of the South Khasi Hills, the village provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the plains of Bangladesh. During monsoons, one can observe that almost half of Bangladesh remains flooded, bringing much sorrow to the densely populated country. There are many delightful waterfalls around Mawlynnong which you will get to visit, and you’ll be free to swim in some of them.
From Mawlynnong, you will depart to a magical place called Cherrapunjee. The whole area is known to receive the highest rainfall in the whole wide world. During monsoons, the whole landscape becomes mystified by clouds, and countless water streams and waterfalls become alive with gushing rapids. You will also get to visit the caves around Cherrapunjee which are wonders of nature and of life without sunlight. The highlight of this whole tour will be a hike to the living root bridges of Meghalaya, which are manmade structures that are made by connecting and networking the roots of two living fig trees. The whole structure takes more than a century to be complete, and is used by future generations to cross tormenting streams during the monsoon season. It is fascinating to see such a sustainable piece of architecture, which is entirely connected to nature in all aspects of things.
P.S – This tour has been specially designed to offer you a memorable experience hard to forget.
- Visit the charming hill-station of Shillong.
- Visit Mawlynnong, the cleanest village of Asia.
- Stay in a tree house.
- Explore Cherrapunji, the wettest place on planet earth.
- Witness the incredible living root bridges of Meghalaya.
- See numerous pretty waterfalls.
- Explore the world of caves.
All round the year. From May to September, it rains a lot resulting in lush greenery and thunderous waterfalls, while winters are calm with clear skies.
Minimum persons required - 1
Arrive at Guwhati Airport and then drive to Shillong (4 hours). Stay at a luxurious resort situated serenely beside a lake. Rest of the day will be free.
After breakfast, leave for a sightseeing tour of Shillong. Visit waterfalls, lakes, museum, cultural center, and Shillong Peak, which is the highest peak in all of Meghalaya and from where one can get a majestic view of the landscape. Evening will be free to explore the market area which is an upbeat and casual place to hang-out and do a bit of shopping.
After a late breakfast, leave for the village of Mawlynnong (3 hours), considered to be Asia’s cleanest village. Your stay here will be in the village tree house with basic amenities. Spend the afternoon swimming in the local stream or by going on a short hike. Visit the skywalk, which is built on the top of a tall tree, from where one gets a breathtaking view of Bangladesh.
After a leisurely breakfast, go for a drive to explore the areas around Mawlynnong. You will visit many beautiful waterfalls and the drive in itself is very scenic and parallel to the plains of Bangladesh. Return to the village by evening. Rest of the evening you will be free to strike up a conversation with the friendly and very literate villagers.
After breakfast, leave for a drive to Cherrapunjee (5 hours), which is the rainiest place in the whole wide world. Your stay will be in a 3 star hotel. Go for a small sightseeing trip in the afternoon. Evening will be free to unwind.
Go for a 4 hour trek to see the double-decker living root bridge, the most incredible of all living root bridges found in the world. The hike will pass through forested hills and breathtaking sceneries. Return to resort by evening.
Go for a sightseeing tour of Cherrapunjee. Visit many waterfalls (including India’s 3rd highest waterfall), caves and eco park. Also, visit the cultural center. Rest of the day will be free.
Depart for Guwahati (5 hours) for a flight back home. Tour ends.
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