I was vacationing in Meghalaya and have visited the splendid Umngot river and Double Decker bridge, so I decided to explore the scared groves of Mawphlang along with my friend from Meghalaya whom I had known from my college. She wanted joined ,me on this wonderful journey to Mawphlang.
We shared a taxi from Shillong to Mawphlang, the scenery is mesmerizing with undulating hills, lush meadows, crisp air infused with moisture from nearby waterfalls, brooding wildflowers alongside the road, sporadic roadside farms selling fruits to travellers and passersby, and scattered woods that seem to be the remains of a much larger forest that once covered the entire area.
The cab dropped us off to the Mawphlang settlement in approximately an hour. After few minutes of walking we reached the ticket counter from where we got out entry ticket and a guide. Every facet of life here has a rich cultural and spiritual heritage, and the sacred forests of Mawphlang are no exception. The local deity is prayed to for blessings in bad times, . The locals think that the Lord appears to them as a leopard to save them.
The forest appears to have a rich diversity from the outside, including a sizable canopy of naturally raised trees and the unmistakable presence of alluring creepers. Tall trees as high as you can imagine greeted us as we arrived. The presence of algae on stones and trees indicated that the forest floor is constantly wet. We moved slowly because of the slick ground, which gave us more time to take in the woodlands.