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India’s Tallest Plunge Waterfall – the Nohkalikai Falls at Cherrapunji in Meghalaya

Among one of the most beautiful destinations of North East India, Meghalaya often referred to as the Abode of the Clouds is a land of lush green mountains, magnificent waterfalls, unexplored natural caves, the man made wonders of the living root bridges and home to the simple people like the Khasis, Garos and Jaintias. Separating the State of Assam from the plains of Bangladesh, Meghalaya is a cool, pine fresh State set on the horseshoes of rocky cliffs. Forming a part of Assam earlier, Meghalaya became a full fledged State on January 21, 1972 and is bounded in the North and East by Assam and on the South and West by the country of Bangladesh. Meghalaya has a total area of 22,429 sq. km. covering the districts of East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills, Ri Bhoi, East Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and the South Garo Hills. The total population of the State is around 23,18,822 covering across 5629 villages and towns. Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya and is often referred to as the Scotland of the East.

The State of Meghalaya is a land of pristine waterfalls, virgin forests, crystal clear rivers, lush green cover of mountains, pleasant sunshine, the living root bridges, charming people, the wettest places on planet Earth and unending bounties of Mother nature! Meghalaya Tours and Travels welcomes you to the State of Meghalaya ~ the ‘Abode of the Clouds’! A land where the clouds fill the clear skies and pleasant rains make you fall in love with life all over again!

With an approximate area cover of around 22,430 sq km, Meghalaya has around 70% of this land under forest cover. The forests of Meghalaya have unexplored virgin wilderness giving shelter to a wide biodiversity of mammals, birds and reptiles. The Nokrek National Park in the west garo hills of Meghalaya is home to the highly endangered Red Panda species. Only a few left in the World! And as an important part of their contribution to nature, the Tribes of Meghalaya have marked some of the forest regions as sacred groves which have been preserved from times immemorial and have deep religious and cultural significance to an extent where no tree is allowed to be cut from these sacred groves.

Meghalaya is home to many Legendary tribes of India with the primary dwellers being the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo tribes. Each of these tribes have their own distinct culture and traditions but the primary similarity binding these communities is the matrilineal system in which the family’s lineage is taken from the Mother’s side. The Mother is considered as the head of the family here and this can be noticed across Meghalaya where you see many women folks running the daily business activities in the local markets. It is notable that in Meghalaya, the youngest daughter inherits the property and takes care of her parents and siblings. At times, a daughter in law can also be chosen as the heir to the family inheritance. The State of Meghalaya has one of the World’s largest surviving matrilineal tradition. The people of Meghalaya practice Christianity as their faith and English is the official and widely spoken language of the State of Meghalaya.

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The beautiful city of Shillong – a view from the Shillong Peak in Meghalaya

The State of Meghalaya (Sanskrit: Meaning abode of the clouds) has never failed to thrill its visitor’s. From pleasant weather, beautiful landscapes, majestic waterfalls and breathtaking scenery, a visit to Meghalaya will surely fill your heart with solace. Shillong aka ‘the Scotland of the East’ and ‘India’s Rock Capital’ is the capital of state of Meghalaya where you see a blend of the cultural past and modern civilization. Shillong is also the District Headquarters of East Khasi Hills District and is situated at an altitude of 1,496 metres above sea level. The capital city has a bracing climate throughout the year. This city has been the seat of Government since the consolidation of the British administration in this part of India more than a century ago.

The State of Meghalaya is one of the most favored destination of visitors to North East India. Meghalaya is a land of never ending mountain cover, seamless cover of clouds covering these mountains, pristine unadulterated landscapes, clear water rivers, pleasant climate with rainfall, the Bio Engineering marvels of the Living Root Bridges and unending bounties of Mother Nature. Meghalaya is a place where you get to see a blend of ancient traditions and modern life. The sanskrit meaning of the word ‘Meghalaya’ is ‘Abode of the Clouds’ and very true to this description once you are at Meghalaya you will experience that the cloud cover ceases to clear the skies.

Meghalaya is located at the proximity of the city of Guwahati in Assam with the capital of Meghalaya – Shillong having a distance of approximately 80 km from Guwahati. Shillong city is often referred to as the ‘Scotland of the East’ and ‘India’s Rock Capital’ as every third household in Shillong has a talented musician. Meghalaya is bounded to the south and west by the country of Bangladesh and to the north and east by the State of Assam.

Meghalaya is the wettest region of India, recording an average of 12,000 mm of rain in a year. Mawsynram in Meghalaya is the wettest place on Planet Earth. Alos, around 70% of the State of Meghalaya is under forest cover.

Inhabited by three principal tribes of North East India i.e. the Khasis, the Garos and the Jaintias, one unique culture of the tribes of Meghalaya is the Matrilineal system wherein the family’s lineage is taken from the Mother’s side and the youngest daughter inherits the ancestral property and takes care of her aged parents and unmarried siblings.

Meghalaya is a place where you get to see a blend of ancient traditions and modern life. The sanskrit meaning of the word ‘Meghalaya’ is ‘Abode of the Clouds’ and very true to this description once you are at Meghalaya you will experience that the cloud cover ceases to clear the skies. Meghalaya is located at the proximity of the city of Guwahati in Assam with the capital of Meghalaya – Shillong having a distance of approximately 80 km from Guwahati. Shillong city is often referred to as the ‘Scotland of the East’ and ‘India’s Rock Capital’ as every third household in Shillong has a talented musician. Meghalaya is bounded to the south and west by the country of Bangladesh and to the north and east by the State of Assam.

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The Abode of the Clouds – the beautiful State of Meghalaya

The State of Meghalaya is also home to the ‘Wettest place on Planet Earth – Mawsynram’. Mawsynram records the maximum rainfall anywhere in the world. Very close to this is the record held by the town of Cherrapunji. Cherrapunji’s breathtaking landscapes is sure to leave any visitor here awestruck! The Majestic ‘Nohkalikai’ waterfall at Cherrapunji is the tallest plunge waterfall in India.

Geography of Meghalaya ~

As mentioned earlier, around 70% of Meghalaya is under forest cover. Meghalaya is mountainous with stretches of valley and highland. The State of rich in mineral deposits like coal, limestone, uranium, etc.

Meghalaya also has many rivers like Umiam, Umngot, Simsang, etc.

The highest point of the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya is the Shillong Peak at an altitude of 1961 m and in the Garo Hills it’s the Nokrek Peak at an elevation of 1515 m.

Climate of Meghalaya ~

Being home to the wettest and second wettest places on Planet Earth at Mawsynram and Cherrapunji it can be easy understood that in Meghalaya, the clouds cease to clear the skies. With an average annual rainfall of 12,000 mm, Meghalaya is the wettest place on Earth! Meghalaya’s climate follows a trend as the rest of North East India wherein the summer months range from May to September classified with a mix of hot and humid and cool rainy days. Winters are mostly dry with cold nights.

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The Longest Living Root Bridge in the World at Pynursla in Meghalaya

Flora and Fauna of Meghalaya ~

With around 70% of land under forest cover, Meghalaya boasts of a wide variety of Flora, Fauna and Avifauna species. Two of the most important tree varieties found in Meghalaya are Sal and Teak. In addition, Meghalaya is home to a large variety of fruits, vegetable, spices and medicinal plants. It would be important to state that Meghalaya supplies vegetables across the entire North Eastern region of the Country. The mammal species found in Meghalaya are Elephants, Bears, Red Pandas, Gaurs, Deer, Wild Boars, etc. The Hoolock Gibbon species is found in all the districts of Meghalaya. As per the tradition of the tribes of Meghalaya, certain small pockets of ancient forests have been preserved by these tribal communities for hundreds of years due to religious and cultural beliefs. These forests remain protected from exploitation and are called as Sacred Groves. These Sacred Groves of Meghalaya harbor many rare plants, animal species and a wide variety of Orchids.

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The elusive Red Panda species to be found at the Nokrek National Park in Meghalaya. Image – Wikipedia

Economy of Meghalaya ~

The State of Meghalaya is predominantly an agrarian economy and nearly 80% of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihood. Nearly 10% of the area of Meghalaya is under cultivation. Handicraft is also an occupation prevalent among the tribes of Meghalaya. Weaving in an ancient craft done both on cloth and cane. Cane mats, stools and baskets of Meghalaya are famous across the World. Other items include mouth organs, flute, tobacco pipes, tribal weapons, etc. Tourism as an economy is gradually catching up in Meghalaya with many people depending on it for their livelihood. The Tourism Department Govt. of Meghalaya has come up with many unique initiatives to attract more visitors to the State and Meghalaya Tourism is dedicated on developing infrastructure and public facilities at tourist spots across Meghalaya.

​Considered to be among the wettest places on Earth, Meghalaya is home to Mawsynram and Cherrapunji, the two most rainiest places on the planet. Meghalaya itself records an average annual rainfall of 1200 cm. Meghalaya enjoys a favorable climate around the year generalized as temperate. The climate of Meghalaya is influenced by the South-West monsoons and the North-East winter winds. The four seasons of Meghalaya are Spring – March and April, Summer (Monsoon) – May to September, Autumn – October and November and Winter – December to February.

Known to be hospitable, cheerful and friendly, the people of Meghalaya belong mainly to three principal ethnic communities viz. the Khasis, the Garos and the Jaintias. Majority of these people practice Christianity as their faith which is evident from the many number of Churches to be seen here in Meghalaya. The most common trait binding these communities of Meghalaya is the matrilineal system wherein the family heritage is taken from the mother’s side.

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The Local Khasi people of Meghalaya at the local market in Cherrapunji

The principal languages of Meghalaya are Khasi, Pnar and Garo. However, English is spoken by a majority of the people of the State. The Khasi language of Meghalaya is believed to be on the few surviving dialects of the Mon-Khmer family of languages in India today.

Meghalaya is home to varied flora and fauna. Rich in rare species of flora like the pitcher plant, wild citrus and pygmy lily. Meghalaya is a paradise for botanists with over 300 world’s species to be found here. Meghalaya’s forests are rich with the Rhododendron and pine trees. In addition, various species of fruit trees like plums, peaches, oranges as well as spices like ginger, pepper, turmeric, bay leaf, etc. are found across Meghalaya. The Mawphlang Sacred Groves at Mawphlang is a huge protected area forest and is home to over 200 species of orchids. Flora and Fauna are widely spread across the National Parks and Wildlife Reserves of Meghalaya. The Nokrek National Park near Tura is home to various species of fauna like Wild Elephants, Hoolock Gibbons, rare varieties of birds and orchids, etc. The Balpakram National Park near Tura is home to the highly endangered species of Red Panda. Additional fauna to be sighted here are tigers, bisons, black bear, leopards, sambar deer, etc. The Siju Bird Sanctuary is home to many rare and endangered species of Avi Fauna. The Siberian ducks are spotted here during winters and also the Grey Hornbill and Peacock Pheasant.

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The Double Decker Living Root Bridge at Nongriat Village near Cherrapunji in Meghalaya

Meghalaya is a state of never ending festivals. From modern rock concerts to traditional agrarian based festivals, the ethnic community of Meghalaya viz. the Khasis, Garos and Jaintias celebrate several festivals that are characterized in the form of dance, feast and worship. Some of the prominent festivals celebrated across Meghalaya are Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance, Nongkrem Dance Festival, Behdienkhlam Festival, Laho Dance, Chad Sukra, Wangala Festival, Autumn Festival, Strawberry Festival, Ranikor Festival, etc.

Meghalaya is the wettest region of India, recording an average of 12,000 mm of rain in a year. Mawsynram in Meghalaya is the wettest place on Planet Earth. Alos, around 70% of the State of Meghalaya is under forest cover.

Meghalaya’s main ethnic communities, each having its own distinctive customs and cultural traditions are the Khasis (of Mon-Khmer ancestry), the Garos (of Tibeto-Burman origin) and the Jaintias said to be from South East Asia. The common trait binding all three communities is its Matrilineal system in which the family linage is taken from the mother’s side. The people of Meghalaya are known to be hospitable, cheerful and friendly.

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The Local Khasi tribal people of Meghalaya

Destinations of Meghalaya and places of Interest~

1| Shillong, Meghalaya ~

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The Music Culture of Shillong in Meghalaya – the Rock Capital of India

Shillong aka ‘the Scotland of the East’ and ‘India’s Rock Capital’ is the capital of State of Meghalaya where you see a blend of the cultural past and modern civilization. Shillong is also the District Headquarters of East Khasi Hills District and is situated at an altitude of 1,496 metres above sea level. The capital city has a bracing climate throughout the year. This city has been the seat of Government since the consolidation of the British administration in this part of India more than a century ago.

Places of Interest ~

Wards Lake, Don Bosco Museum, Madina Masjid, Shillong Polo Grounds, Elephant Falls, Indian Air Force Museum, Shillong Peak, Cathedrals of Shillong, Bara Bazaar, Police Bazaar and the numerous Cafes of Shillong.

2| Cherrapunji, Meghalaya ~

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India’s Fourth tallest waterfall – the Seven Sister Falls at Cherrapunji in Meghalaya

The Land of Majestic Waterfalls, Breathtaking Landscape, Unexplored Caves, the Living Root Bridges and the Second Highest Rainfall anywhere in the World. The original name for this town was Sohra, which was pronounced “Churra” by the British. This name eventually evolved into the current name, Cherrapunji. The name “cherrapunji” which means ‘land of oranges’ was first used by tourists from other parts of India.

Places of Interest ~

Nohkalikai Falls, Seven Sister Falls, Dainthlen Falls, Mawsmai Caves, Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Single Decker Living Root Bridge, Beautiful Landscapes and the Rains of Cherrapunji.

3| Mawlynnong, Meghalaya ~

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The Riwai Single Decker Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong in Meghalaya

Declared as the Cleanest Village in Asia, at Mawlynnong there are about 95 households. A striking feature of this small village is that the literacy rate is 100%. Agriculture is the chief occupation of the local population, with betel nut being the main crop. The people residing in the community are mostly Khasi people.

Places of Interest ~

Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong, Bangladesh Border view Sky-walk, Balancing Rocks at Mawlynnong, Asia’s Cleanest Village, Village Walks, Ecotourism Homestay with the Khasi Tribes, Mawlynnong Cathedral, Khasi Cuisine, etc.

4| Dawki, Meghalaya ~

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The Border of India and Bangladesh at Dawki in Meghalaya

Dawki aka Tamabil, is a place at the border of India and Bangladesh near Meghalaya. Dawki is renowned for the Umngot River which has water so clear that you can see the river bed clearly with a naked eye. Visitors are allowed to take a boat ride on the River and one can literally see the boat floating in air as the water is so clear. At Dawki you can cross the border of India and reach the pillar 1273 that marks the border of Bangladesh and India. The suspension bridge at Dawki is also a tourist attraction which was constructed in 1932 by the British.

5| Pynursla, Meghalaya ~

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The World’s Longest Living Root Bridge at Pynursla in Meghalaya

Pynursla is small town in the East Khasi Hills located between the journey from Cherrapunji to Mawlynnong. Covered with a thick rain forests Pynursla is a place of breathtaking beauty. The place remains under a cover of clouds most of the time around. Pynursla is also home to the Longest Living Root Bridge in the World!

6| Mawphlang, Meghalaya ~

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The Khasi Heritage Village at Mawphlang in Meghalaya

The site of the Khasi Hills Sacred Groves, Mawphlang is located at 25 kilometers from the capital city of Shillong. The word maw means “stone”, maw phlang means “grassy stone,” and is one of many settlements in the Khasi hills named after monoliths. The Khasi heritage village is considered to be the hub of Khasi culture and plays host the Monolith Festival of Meghalaya every year in the month of March-April.

Mawphlang is also the starting point of one of the most pristine trekking routes across Meghalaya viz. the ‘David Scott Trail Trek’ which begins at Mawphlang and extends upto Lad Mawphlang covering a total distance of 16 km across the vast virgin wilderness of the East Khasi Hills and the flowing Umiam river.

7| Tura, Meghalaya ~

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Welcome to the West Garo Hills of Meghalaya at Tura

Tura is a hilly town in the West Garo Hills district in the state of Meghalaya. One of the largest towns in Meghalaya, Tura is a valley located at the foothills of the Tura Hills and right below the Tura Peak. The climate in Tura is moderate throughout the year and has a large number of interesting and unexplored areas. The native God ‘Durama’ was believed to reside in the hills.

The Nokrek National Park near Tura is a hotspot of biodiversity in Meghalaya. Nokrek is an important habitat of the Asian elephants. The park had eight species of cats, ranging from Tiger to Marbled cat. But Nokrek is better known to have a remnant population of the Red panda that has generated curiosity across the World.

Places of Interest ~

Tura Peak, Nokrek Biosphere, Pelga Falls, Rongbang Dare, Sasatgre Village, Williamnagar, Sisobibra, Resubelpara, Baghmara Reserve Forest, Nengkong, Imilchang Dare, Simsang River

Important Festival of Meghalaya ~

The three major tribes of Meghalaya viz. the Khasis, Garos and Jaintias celebrate various festivals across the year to mark their agricultural good faith festivities. These festivals of the people of Meghalaya are interconnected with their traditional practices, culture and religion. The people of Meghalaya express their way of happiness in these festivals in the form of worship, feasting, songs and dances. Some of the important festivals of Meghalaya are ~

1| Nongkrem Dance Festival ~ Khasi Hills ~ Meghalaya

The Nongkrem Dance Festival is one of the most important festivals of the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya who inhabit the East Khasi Hills & West Khasi Hills districts of Meghalaya. Celebrated every year during the month of November, this festival promotes the message of peace and prosperity and is a way of saying thanks to the Lord Almighty by the Khasi people of Meghalaya. The Nongkrem Dance Festival is held at a place called Smit near Shillong which is also the capital of the Khyrim Syiemship Society. Smit is located around 15 kilometers from Shillong and is the hub of the Khasi heritage and culture. The Nongkrem dance of this festival is generally held at the King’s courtyard – viz. the Syiem of Hima Khyriem (Chief of Khyriem). In the Nongkrem Dance Festival, the festivities begin by offering the sacrifice of a goat in order to appease the God of Shillong Peak – Lei Shyllong. Later on the festivities and dance rituals begin where in the unmarried Khasi girls start the dance on barefoot and the boys accompany them in the dance holding traditional swords and white yak hair and both dance to the sound of the beating drums. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and vigor across the Khasi people of Meghalaya and people from across the world gather in Meghalaya to be a part of the festivities. The head of the Khasi State – Syiem presides over the rituals of the Nongkrem Dance Festival and the boys and girls dance to the tunes by paying their respects to them.

2| Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance Festival ~ Khasi Hills ~ Meghalaya

Another important festival of the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya is the Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance Festival. This is an annual spring dance festival of Meghalaya celebrated every year in the month of April by the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya. This is an annual thanksgiving festival for the successful harvest of a season and is celebrated on the Weiling grounds in Shillong city and also across other parts of the State of Meghalaya. This festival involves various families, clans and villages an it reflects the various characteristics of the matrilineal society of the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya. The men carry swords and symbolize as the protectors of the womanhood of the society.

3| Behdienkhlam Festival ~ Jaintia Hills ~ Meghalaya

The Jaintia people of Meghalaya inhabit the area around Jowai in the West Jaintia hills and they celebrate one of the most colorful festivals of Meghalaya that is hosted for three days called the Behdienkhlam Festival. The ‘Behdienkhlam’ means driving away of evil spirits by beating with sticks.

During this festival, the Jaintia people of Meghalaya take out a procession on the streets of Jowai accompanied by beating of drums and playing of flutes and pipes. A decorative structure in the form of a tower called as the Rath follows them and this Rath is carried to a lake for immersion. Men mostly take part in this procession while women stay back at home preparing for the sacrificial rituals. The festival culminates when a sacred tree is brought in the center of the locality of the village. A major sport soccer played with a wooden ball is organized between two teams f the Upper and the lower valleys of the Myntdu river. The team that wins will bring good fortune to that particular valley.

4| Laho Dance ~ Jaintia Hills ~ Meghalaya

Another popular festival of the Jaintia people of Meghalaya is the Laho Dance festival. In this festival both men and women participate. Both boys and girls are dressed in their finest attire and they dance together holding each others hands. Instead o the normal drums and pipes a cheerleader recites certain traditional chants for the audience.

5| Chad Sukra ~ Pnar Hills ~ Meghalaya

Celebrated every year in April, the Pnar people of Meghalaya make preparations for hosting the Chad Sukra which is their annual sowing festival. Similar to the likes of the many harvest festivals across North East India, the Pnar people too believe that it is the best time to sow seeds after this festival. This festival is celebrated to appease the God and seed his blessings to protect the crops from any calamities during the year.

6| Wangala Festival ~ Garo Hills ~ Meghalaya

The Wangala Festival is an important festival of the Garo people of Meghalaya who inhabit the East Garo and West Garo Hills of Meghalaya. The Wangala Festival is a post-harvest festival of the Garo tribes that marks the end of the years agricultural season and a time to thank God for a beautiful harvest – the God of Misi-A-Gipla-Saljong-Galapo. Held usually in the month of November, the festival is symbolized with eating, drinking and merrymaking across the festival days in order to celebrate a bountiful harvest. The men and women dress in their best possible attires and come out to the local celebration grounds where 300 dancers and 100 drums gather to highlight the grandeur of the Wangala Festival. To the tunes of the drums the men and women dance gracefully along with the tunes of buffalo horn trumpets and bamboo flutes.

7| Modern Festival ~ Shillong ~ Meghalaya

The Autumn festival of Meghalaya is held every year in October in Shillong which i organized by the Dept. of Tourism to promote tourism across Meghalaya. Various activities like fashion shows, beauty pageants, food and wine festivals, flower shows, music and rock festivals, etc. are organized as a part of the festivities.

The Strawberry festival of Meghalaya is another important festival that is emerging as a tourist attraction of Meghalaya. Organized every year on Valentine’s day, the festival draws huge crowds from across the World that provides various details of the strawberry cultivation across the State.

The Rainikor Festival of Meghalaya is celebrated every year in February which is a sort of a modern sports festival that has a blend of traditional practices of the Khasis, Garos and Hajongs of Meghalaya. Various sports like trekking, beach volleyball, soccer, swimming, traditional archery, boat riding, etc. are held followed by performance of live bands and ethnic cuisines.

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Boats on the clear waters of the Umngot River at Dawki ~ Dawki ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
Meghalaya Tourism welcomes you to the Double Decker Root Bridge at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Mawsynram, Meghalaya Caves, Krem Puri Mawsynram, Kaziranga National Park, Mawsynram
The rock in shape of a Shivling inside the Mawjymbuin Cave at the Mawsynram Village ~ Mawsynram ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
Hanging Bridge Crossings to reach Root Bridge at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Dawki, Shnongpdeng, Dawki border, Kaziranga National Park, Umngot, Shnongpdeng Homestay
Welcome to Meghalaya at the Border at Dawki ~ Dawki ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
Beautiful Butterflies at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
Our visitors from Scotland at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
The beautiful cloud cover over mountains at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
The Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Dawki, Shnongpdeng, Dawki border, Kaziranga National Park, Umngot, Shnongpdeng Homestay
Visitors at the Border of India and Bangladesh at Dawki ~ Dawki ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
Architectural wonders of the Living Root Bridge at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
The Tyrna Village Eco tourism area at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
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The majestic Nohkalikai Falls at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
Single Decker Root Bridges at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
Jingkieng Nongriat Double Decker Root Bridge at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
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Our young visitor enjoys natural fish spa at Cherrapunji ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India
Cherrapunji, Kaziranga National Park, Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji Hotels, Meghalaya
The Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge at Nongriat Village ~ Cherrapunji ~ Meghalaya ~ India

 

Sample Itinerary Detail for your visit to Meghalaya – North East India

Day 1 ~ Guwahati and Cherrapunji

Arrive at Guwahati Airport and transfer to Cherrapunji. On the way sight the Umiam Lake which is the largest artificial water reservoir of NE India. The crystal clear waters to leave you spellbound. Arrive at Cherrapunji for night halt.

Night Stay: Sohra Plaza Homestay at Cherrapunji

Meals Included: NA

Day 2 ~ Cherrapunji ~ Double Decker Living Root Bridge (Trek Duration ~ 5 – 6 HRS)

Today after breakfast, we kick start the Double Decker Living Root Bridge Trek at Nongriat Village near Cherrapunji. Duration of trek is 5 – 6 hours. We will also spot the Single Decker Living Root Bridge at Cherrapunji.

Highlights of the Trek:

  •  These Living Root Bridges (Single and Double Decker) are one of the most unique bridges in the world. They are grown by the ancient tribes of the Khasi hills
  • Cross Hanging Bridge

After the trek we’ll have lunch at the Local Market at Cherrapunji and savor Ethnic Khasi Delicacies and Cuisine. Later visit the Nohkalikai Falls, Seven Sister Falls and Mawsmai Caves and wrap up for the day.

Night Stay: Sohra Plaza Homestay at Cherrapunji

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 ~ Dawki and Mawlynnong

After Breakfast, visit the Dainthlen Falls and Wah Kaba Falls at Cherrapunji. Later travel to Dawki. The International Border of India and Bangladesh click your pictures at no man’s land at pillar 1275. Later visit the Umngot River at Dawki. Take a boat ride on the Umngot River ~ the crystal clear waters to leave you spellbound. Later arrive at Asia’s Cleanest Village of Mawlynnong. At Mawlynnong, visit the Balancing Rocks, the Living Root Bridge and take a walk along Asia’s Cleanest Village.

Night Stay: Comfortable Homestay at Mawlynnong

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 ~ Mawlynnong  and Kaziranga National Park

After Breakfast, enroute to the National Park of Kaziranga. Evening free to visit the nearby Tea Gardens at Kaziranga.

Night Stay: Bonroja Motel/Namdang Guest House at Kaziranga National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 ~ Kaziranga National Park and Kohima/Kigwema

Early morning go for a thrilling Elephant Safari into the interiors of the Kaziranga National Park aboard the ride of the Kings an Elephant Safari to spot the pride of Assam ~ the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros at Kaziranga. After Breakfast, depart to Kohima in Nagaland. The capital of Nagaland, at Kohima visit the World War II Cemetery and the Kohima Cathedral. Night halt at Kohima/Kigwema.

Night Stay: Hotel/Homestay at Kohima/Kigwema

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 ~ Dzukou Valley Trek

Drive to Viswema. Drive to take about an hour’s time. From there embark on your trek to Dzukou Valley. Trek duration 4 – 5 hours. Arrive at the Pristine Dzukou Valley.

Night Stay: Rest House at Dzukou Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 ~ Dzukou Valley and Kohima

Spend the first half of the day at Dzukou Valley and later return back to Kigwema/Kohima.

Night Stay: Hotel/Homestay at Kohima/Kigwema

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 ~ Kohima and Guwahati

After Breakfast, enroute to Guwahati. Arrive at Guwahati for night halt.

Night Stay: Hotel NE Zone/Saraighat Homestay at Guwahati or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 ~ Kamakhya Temple and Depart from LGBI Airport 

After Breakfast, visit the Holy Kamakhya Temple at Guwahati. The Oldest and most revered among the 51 Shakti Peethas across the World, Kamakhya plays host to the Eastern Mahakumbh ~ the Ambubachi Mela Festival and holds special interest for the Tantric cult. Later we will drop you the Guwahati Airport for your onward destination. Tour Ends. Bid Adieu!

Meals Included: Breakfast