The last leg of our travel now remains with our last day today in Shillong. Our flight was at 9pm and we wanted to make the optimal use of our time. There was a bamboo trek which we heard about so we thought we will give it a shot and this trek actually became the highlight and best part of our trip.
The Bamboo Trek or Mawryngkhang trek is the awesomest trek we have done so far. It is a 3 hour trek and it will utilise half day of yours. It falls in the Dawki route but is 1.5 hour drive from Shillong. The beauty of this trek can't be defined in words.
The legend says, U Mawryngkhang, the King of Stones who fell in love with a girl from another kingdom, Mawpator. A battle ensued between the two, U Mawpator injured Mawryngkhang. However, Mawryngkhang succeeded in beheading Mawpator. His head fell down in the river gorge, which can be seen from the view point (symbolically). And Mawryngkhang, today stands as the famous rock.
The trek to U Mawryngkhang starts with a bamboo trail leading to a rough stony path till you reach the cleanest river in the region ‘Umrew River’. The adventurous journey starts with crossing the river on a C shaped bended bamboo bridge further leading to stony path. The Umrew river follows the trail all the way through. The trail leads you through some scary bamboo bridges for rest of the trek. It scares you off as you look down and find out that the bridge is the only life support between you and the valley. It gives you the goosebumps while you trust the bamboo bridge to hold on and it is on faith your journey to 'the end' relies 🤩
At 2 pm we started back from Mawryngkhang for our 4.5 hour journey to Guwahati airport. We did a stopover at Jiva restaurant to have supper meal.
The trip to Shillong was full of memories to cherish and a promise to visit Meghalaya again as there is still so much left to explore.