After making peace with our stomachs, we again started walking uphill for Nokalikhai Falls around 2:30 pm. It’s was a 2-3 hours uphill trek, mostly with stone cut uneven steps at a very steep slope. In last 24 hours we had already trekked 6KM and even though we were a little tired, it still was somehow rejuvenating.
All of a sudden, it started to rain for which we were not prepared. We neither had raincoats, nor torch and within 15-20 minutes it became dark. We were all wet, couldn’t use our phones, so climbing up using the small light of our power bank was the only option.
As we moved further, the situation became worse. The steps became slippery, we were wet and sweating because of high humidity and our legs also started wobbling. There was no one except us, and we could hear the voices of animals and insects in the jungle which was quite scary.
It was really hard to find our way in the dark and at every 5 meters we had to stop and look for steps, so we had to pace slow while taking breaks. And after two and a half hour of tedious walk, we reached a flat hill top around 6 pm, which was supposed to be the Nokalikhai Falls. We knew that the trek ends at Nokalikhai falls and there’s a motorable road nearby from where one can get a taxi, but because of darkness and dense clouds, we couldn’t make out the way. We literally couldn’t see anything. We didn't know which direction to go, we were at the hill top and only one direction has the way to cherrapunji, to our guest house, to our beds, to a warm cup of the, to And the dry clothes, to warmer place, which we needed very badly. So we literally crawled the area in circular movement searching a cow path with that tiny light of power bank. luckily within 10 minutes we found a tar road. We didn't know where it was going to take us but it was our only hope. After walking for some distance, we saw a vehicle coming and with all the energy left in us, my friend shouted “hello”and the reply felt like coming from God Himself, “Hello”. That was the first human sound we heard in the last 4 hours other than ours and that too when we desperately needed it. As per his instructions we reached a village after a walk of 15 minutes. A family helped us out by lighting us a fire to warm ourselves, and arranged a carrier van for us. We went straight to a restaurant in Cherrapunji, had a hot cup of tea and some food to keep our bodies warm. We got dropped at our guest house and after a hot water bath and a good dinner, we revisited the picturesque rainbow waterfall in our dreams.
Since we were really tired after two days of trekking, we woke up late andleft our guest house at 12 noon. We planned to do site seeing in Cherrapunji and were particularly excited to go back to Nokalikhai falls to see how the place looks like in daylight.
We started with Seven Sisters falls, followed by Mosmai Caves and then to Eco park. Due to bad weather it was all cloudy and visibility was not that good so, we took the advice of the locals and decided to stay back for one more day and visit Nokalikhai falls the next day.