Unlike the hustle bustle in the other cities, this city wakes up by 8 and our friends were all geared up to take us to Dawki. Yes, the second day of our trip had a semi-trip to Dawki and Mawlynnong. We had carried our clothes for the next day as we had a plan to stay in Dawki itself. We began our journey and had breakfast at a local roadside restaurant, they offered pancakes and tea. On our way, we found beautiful landscapes, clouds valleys, greenery all around, meadows and what not.
Destinations we covered :
Living Roots Bridges – This place will make you go WOW! You will find a bridge of living roots across the river. These bridges are not built, they are grown and it takes almost a decade to grow and make a root bridge. Don’t you find it way interesting? You will also find man-made huts, beautiful butterflies loitering, kids selling jhaal-mudi (famous delicacy, so don’t miss it). There is a tree house in this area which provides a mesmerizing view of Bangladesh.
Asia’s cleanest Village – Almost 100 km from Shillong there is a magical paradise Mawlynnong, a small village which won the status of being the cleanest village of Asia. You will be enthralled to see the beauty of this place. My words are not enough but pictures will definitely do the justice to it. So see it in order to feel it!
Dawki – After having our evening tea, we left for Dawki which is 1 hour away from Mawlynnong. We had booked our stay in a guesthouse just next to the Umngot River in Shnongpdeng. The journey to our destination was a thrilling experience (jungle safari, quite literally). Our driver, Shankar da took us from the jungle or I guess that was the only way to reach our hotel. The night we spent staying in a bamboo house while playing games, singing and dancing around the bonfire.
Another beautiful morning was waiting for us, we went to the river and sat there for hours. Next we explored the bridges and went for kayaking. One can also try out various adventure activities like snorkeling, rappelling, rock climbing, cliff jumping and zip-lining. Kayaking on crystal clear water was a mind-blowing experience.
On our way back we went to Byrdaw Falls, it’s a most gigantic waterfall I had seen so far. We had to walk for almost 2 km through the long grasses on a steep path. You could hear the sound of water falling from the start of your adventurous walk. We finally reached our spot and it felt like we had landed on the heaven. It was breezy and we could feel the water spray. You will find the most beautiful butterflies flying all around you. What else do you expect from nature? So reaching there all drenched in sweat was worth it. With this we ended our semi-trip and left for Shillong.