Living Root Bridge:This is one of the best creation by the people of Meghalaya. I bet you have never seen anything like this before. One needs to go down around 200 steps to visit this magnificent, artistic bridge which is made by holding the living roots of a tree. After witnessing this remarkable creation and climbing back more than 200 stairs, we moved towards Mawlynnong.
A self-confessed ‘pluviophile’—a person who finds joy and peace of mind during the rains—I always wondered what it would be like to experience the monsoon in all its glory and sometimes wrath in the mountains, my second most intense love after the rains. So, when I decided to take some time off work in August this year and take a long trip, I could not look further than Meghalaya. The name of the state literally translates to the abode of clouds and it is also home to the wettest place on Earth. Need I any more convincing? To many, it did not seem like a good idea. There will be too much fog for you to see any scenery. It rains for days at a time, so you won’t be doing much apart from sitting in your hotel room. Too many landslides and possibility of floods can make the roads quite treacherous. The deterring reasons were numerous and each more plausible than the other. But I had made up my mind. Spending monsoons in the wettest place on Earth had been on my bucket list for long, and nothing could convince me otherwise.And right I was! My eight days in Meghalaya were nothing short of surreal, magical and fantastic, enriched with natural beauty that I will forever be in awe of. No amount of pictures and writing can do justice to experiencing monsoon first hand in Meghalaya, but here are some highlights from my lovely vacation that I hope can convince you to bookmark the state as your next year’s monsoon getaway.
In the wide scheme of things, the greatest attractions in Meghalaya are the countless number of waterfalls, caves, engaging hiker routes and the wondrous ‘living root bridges’; however, there’s more hidden just under the surface. The beautiful Khasi tribe that inhabits these plateaus are an ancient, intelligent and friendly people – ones that have engineered a great lifestyle to live in harmony with this precious ecosystem. If you have some time off – please grab the opportunity to live with these amazing people for a little while and let them initiate you to the treasures overlooked by the regular travelers.