Here’s a quick snapshot of our itinerary.
Day 1: Land in Guwahati at 7 pm. Stay night here
Day 2: 6 am cab from Guwahati to Mawlynnong (170km — 5 hrs). Explore Mawlynnong and Living root bridge. At 2 PM, leave for Dawki and then reach Shnongpdeng by 5 PM. Stay in the riverside camp
Day 3: 7:30 am cab to Cherapunjee. Visit Mawsmai Caves, Nohkalikai falls and street shopping at Police Bazaar, Shillong. Night in Shillong
Day 4: Early morning cab to Laitlum Canyon. Enroute Guwahati, visit Umiam lake. Kamakhya temple, Navagraha temple in Guwahati. Sunset cruise on Brahmaputra river which we missed due to bad weather. Flight back home
How to reach Meghalaya?
Guwahati is the nearest airport to Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya which is almsost 100 km away. One can get shared cabs, private cabs, buses for Shillong from Guwahati and also for visiting different locations. We had booked a private cab as we were short on time and didn’t want to waste our looking for cabs around.
Our driver – Raju, was really helpful and assisted us with our itinerary and recommendations. Amazing guy, I would say. You may connect with him @8474023425 and he can pick you up from Guwahati airport itself.
Other than flight, there are trains from all over India to Guwahati but you may need a lot of time travelling. So, the flight would be the best option.
Total Cost incurred – INR 26,000
Return Flights for two – INR 7,500 (from Kolkata)
Hotel in Guwahati – OYO Hotel Parnil Palace 1 – INR 720
Camping in Shnongpdeng (booked there itself) – INR 700
Hotel in Shillong – Pumpkin Rooms Shillong – INR 2,500
Taxi (includes toll and parking charges) – INR 9,000 for 3 days
Food – Approx INR 2,000
Shopping at Police Bazaar – INR 1,500
Other expenses (boating, entry tickets etc.) – INR 2,000