Meghalaya - just as I had read in my school GK books , is truly the wettest region of India. When I started planning my trip to this North East State, the google images of it’s enchanting natural beauty did allure me and I would not deny that all I was expecting were visual marvels (I have this strange yearning for a little adventure everywhere I visit).
The “living root bridge”, pristine valleys ,waterfalls, spectacular views, the enriching tribal culture – a traveler couldn't have asked for more. But as I read more and more, I came to know of the lesser known hidden jewels of this place. After a lot of research and brainstorming I carved out an itinerary to make the best of our time, money and of course, Meghalaya.
Who Should follow this itinerary:
You are a budget traveler – you sure can take a flight to save time but that doesn’t mean you need luxury throughout. You prefer to stay in a home-stay and enjoy homemade local food.
Your earned leaves are valuable - You are a working professional and had to slog for days to get a few days leave from your boss and want to make the best use of it.
You like offbeat places – A little less crowded, a little disconnected from civilization and a little closer to Mother nature is your thing.
You are an adventure seeker – Doesn’t mean it has to be something extremely risky but you do like challenging yourself and breaking out of your comfort zone. (I challenged my fear of heights when I did paragliding for the first time.)
You are moderately fit –My itinerary includes activities like trekking, caving and cliff jumping which although doesn’t require you to be superbly athletic, but a minimal level of physical fitness would keep you from limping around for the rest of the trip. (Having said that, more than your body, it is the mind that keeps you going.)
So here’s my detailed itinerary of 5 Nights/6 Days to the “abode of clouds” – a trip where we had it all from soothing natural beauty to thrilling adventures.
Places covered: Umiam Lake,Double Decker Living Root Bridge,Rainbow Falls,Mawlynnong,Single Living Root Bridge,Umgkot River,Elephant Falls,Mawmluh Caves,Mawkdok View Point,Don Bosco Museum
Activities: Trekking,Zip Lining, Kayaking, Snorkeling,Cliff Jumping, Caving.
Day 1 :- We flew to Guwahati from Hyderabad and reached around 11 a.m. We quickly started for Cherrapunjee because we had planned to spend some time at the famous Umiam Lake (Barapani).We had lunch at a roadside dhaba and were pretty on schedule to spend a good hour at this beautiful Lake, that too during sunset!