Meghalaya is surrounded by Assam and Bangladesh. The natural prettiness of Meghalaya’s organic spots attracts nature lovers. Meghalayas’ capital Shillong was the former capital of entire north-eastern region. Shillong Peak, the highest point on the Khasi hills, offers a panoramic view of the town. The stones of the cascades in the majestic Elephant Falls resemble large elephants. Don Bosco Musuem, the largest cultural museum in India, is worthy for those interested in learning about the indigenous cultures of the Northeastern tribes. Mawphlang David Scott Trail It is a heritage trail named after David Scott, one of the earliest.
British explorers of the region who tried to find a route from Bangladesh to Assam through the Khasi hills. Considered to be Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong became ‘Clean Village’ due to the collective efforts of the local community. Renowned as one of the wettest place in the world, and well known for serene landscape, Cherrapunji is the focal point of attraction of Meghalaya. It was historically known as Sohra, the land of oranges in native Khasi dialect.
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Breath taking Seven Sisters Falls, Dainthlen Falls and Nokhalikai Falls, the intriguing Mawsmai caves, Ka Khoh Ramrah monolith are the places in Meghalaya that thrill the traveller to utmost level of feeling.
Famous Double-Decker root bridge of Nongriat village is regarded as the most brilliant of all the living bridges found in the world. The root bridges are constructed by the native tribesmen using natural resources available in their surroundings.
After arriving at Guwahati airport, drive to Shillong (3 hours), the capital of Meghalaya. It is a historic hill station established by British and is also referred to as ‘Scotland of the east’. Shillong was also the former administrative capital of entire north-eastern region, then known as Assam during British rule and still has an old charm. On the way, we stopover at the scenic Umiam Lake, also locally known as Barapani. One can enjoy boating in the pristine lake surrounded by beautiful pine forests of the Khasi hills. The panoramic vista of the lake is spectacular from the viewpoints on the highway. Reach Shillong and check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Shillong.
Explore the charming town and enjoy local sightseeing, visit places such as Lady Hydari Park, Ward’s Lake and old churches. Don Bosco Musuem, the largest cultural museum in India, is also worth a visit for those interested in learning about the indigenous cultures of the tribes of Northeast India. Later, visit Shillong Peak, the highest point on the Khasi hills which offers a panoramic view of the town. Also visit the majestic Elephant Falls nearby, the stones of the cascades resemble like large elephants. Evening will be free at leisure. Overnight in Shillong.
Go on a day trip to Mawphlang (1 hour) for hiking in the David Scott Trail. It is a heritage trail named after David Scott, one of the earliest British explorers of the region who tried to find a route from Bangladesh to Assam through the Khasi hills. The 14km long trek is suitable for travellers of all age groups. One can also explore the Sacred Grove Forest which is protected by the villagers and has many myths associated with Khasi culture. The age old forest also has many historic monoliths which mark important events in local history.
Drive to Mawsynram (2 hours), the rainiest place is the world. Perched atop a ridge on the Khasi Hills, it offers a beautiful view of the surrounding valleys which are green due to abundant rainfall. The word Maw in native Khasi language refers to rocks, this place is also well known for the unique rock formations nearby. Visit the Mawjymbuin cave which has a natural structure that resembles Shivalinga. The cave also has a dome shaped rock with a flat top called the Symper Rock. Dwarksuid is another site to enjoy nature, the rocks formations here are referred by the locals the devil’s doorway. Return to Shillong by evening. Overnight in Shillong.
Leave early to the beautiful picnic spot of Dawki (3 hours) near Bangladesh border. Enjoy a ride in country boats in the clear turquoise waters of the Umgnot River which is surrounded by steep gorges. Then, drive to Mawlynnong (1 hour), considered to be Asia’s cleanest village. Mawlynnong is a little hamlet which became famous as the ‘Clean Village’ due to the collective efforts of its local community. The villagers have beautifully maintained their village, which attracts numerous visitors and is also known as the Garden of God. Later, leisurely explore the village and interact with the Khasi villagers, one can also experience their Khasi cuisine in the little food stalls. Also, visit the Balancing Rock of Mawlynnong and the Living Root Bridge at Riwai village nearby. Enjoy the panoramic view of Bangladesh plains below from the Skywalk viewpoint. Overnight in Mawlynnong.
Proceed to Cherrapunji (2 hours), renowned as one of the wettest place in the world and is well known for its serene landscape. It was historically known as Sohra, the land of oranges in native Khasi dialect and was once the capital of the region during the British era. Later, explore the beautiful waterfalls and caves, which are the main attractions of Cherrapunjee. Visit the Seven Sisters Falls, Dainthlen Falls and Nokhalikai Falls. Also walk through the stalagmites of the intriguing Mawsmai caves, visit Ka Khoh Ramrah monolith, landscape viewpoints and Eco Park. Overnight in Cherrapunji.
After breakfast, drive to Tyrna village, the last motorable point. Then, go on a long guided trek (approx 3 hours) down three thousand steps to see the famous Double-Decker root bridge of Nongriat village, the most brilliant of all the living bridges found in the world. The root bridges are constructed by the native tribesmen using natural resources available in their surroundings. They guide the roots of large trees with the help of bamboos and intertwine them over the years to form into strong bridges. The trek passes through numerous streams, hanging bridges, remote villages, lush green forests and spots of scenic beauty of the Khasi Hills. Afternoon can be spent relaxing amidst the greenery of the forest. One can also hike further to the spectacular Rainbow Falls. Overnight in Nongriat.
In the morning, trek back to Cherrapunjee (3 hours) and rest in your lodge after a long uphill climb. Afternoon will be free at leisure to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Meghalaya Plateau. Overnight in Cherrapunji.
After breakfast, transfer to Guwahati airport (5 hours) for departure. End of tour.