As my first day of solo trip had exceeded my expectations, I decided to push my boundaries even further and ditch the safety amd comfort of a private taxi on the second day. What came handy for me was the great tourism packages offered by Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). With per person tarrif of as low as Rs. 450/-, MTDC provides day packages from Shillong to various places like Cherrapunji, Nartiang, Mawsynrum, Krang suri falls, etc. The package includes most of the Tourist places in the selected destination and a group of people are given to share a non-ac bus. One can book the desired package 1 or 2 days prior or even on the same day (subiect to availability) by visiting the office. Details of packages is available on the official website - http://megtourism.gov.in/packagetours.html.
I decided to visit Cherrapunji. There were 8-10 co-travellers with me on the bus, though for almost half of the journey through Cherrapunji, we were joined by a group of ladies (who became my source of inspiration towards writing this article and graciously featured in the opening lines of the same😝).
The bus took us to Mawsmai Caves, Eco Park, Seven sisters falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Thangkarang Park among others, though my most favourite places was Ramakrishna mission Museum. The upper floor of this museum had life-like Miniatures of the 7 states of North East India plus Sikkim. 8 glass frame boxes contained little men-figures cutting the crops, procuring waters from rivers, making bamboo sculptures, while little lady-figures danced to the tunes of local music, and went about doing other chores. These were adorned little version of either the Himalayas or the Khasi/Garo/Jaintia hills in the background. Sadly, pictures were not allowed here. So I had to content myself with the vivid pictures of these in my head.
Another sight to behold was of the Nohkalikai Falls, which get swallowed by thick clouds at one moment while the very next moment satisfy you with a glimpse of themselves.
After covering all the spots in the package, the bus took us back to Shillong and once again I walked to my hotel while cherishing another mesmerizing day that I was lucky enough to obtain.