But nature had some other plans as we decided to stay overnight in Nongriat to get the authentic experience and be more close to the nature. Nongriat is a tribal village in the midst of the jungle and in order to get isolated from the outer world, we had to climb down 3500 stairs. This was going to test our limits but we were ready to give everything because nature never fails to disappoint you.
The next day we had to leave for the famous double decker living root Bridge, in Nongriat. It takes around 3 hours from Dawki to reach the starting point of Nongriat trek.
Now comes the challenging trek to Nongriat. I had already researched this place and knew that if I wanted to cover Rainbow Falls and the double-decker bridge, you are supposed to stay down. This trek is extreme and needs a good fitness level. 7500 steps (total) to the root bridge and thereon an optional 3000 steps for Rainbow falls.I took a shared Tempo traveller from Shillong early morning to reach Cherrapunjee. The view on the way to Cherrapunjee was simply breathtaking. After enjoying the beautiful view on the way, I reached Cherrapunjee and checked in to my homestay around 10 am. I left for the trek as I had planned to cover the double-decker bridge in a single day. I booked a cab from the taxi stand to Tyrna which is the starting point of the trek and the ride cost me ₹300. I was very well prepared for the trek as it is 100% stairs and no trail. You need to go 2 km downwards and then climb up while returning. While going down I met a lot of travellers from different parts of the world and had short conversations with them which kept me going on the one and a half-hour trek. Just 100m ahead of the double-decker bridge was a natural pool full of blue water just below a hanging bridge. It is one of the places I'll never forget from this trip. I wanted to go inside the water there but I decided to do that on my way back. So after completing my trek halfway, I explored the place for a few minutes and then sat on a small rock to get a natural fish spa which was funny because the fishes start tickling your legs. I spent some 40 minutes near the bridge and then headed to the pool I had mentioned earlier. It is a blue lagoon and a treat for any nature lover. I took a dip in the water and tied my shoelaces for the upcoming hike back to Tyrna village. I knew this was not going to be easy but motivation kept me going. Finally, I finished the trek around 4:30 pm. I met a few guys on bikes who dropped me at the town and insisted that I join them for dinner. We had a delicious meal at Golden Spoon Hotel in Cherrapunjee and I left for my homestay for the night.Later in the night around 11 pm, the power went off and it was completely silent as usual in Cherrapunjee. It was a little scary but I was too tired to feel it.
All too soon, we hastened our steps to Cherrapunjee's 7000-stepped Nongriat trek with its famous double-decker root bridges. It was a hard climb for us city dwellers but we stopped at a wooden shack to boost our sagging energy levels with a drink and a couple of KitKats.