7 days in one of 7 Sister states - Meghalaya #bestof2018

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27th May 2018
Photo of 7 days in one of 7 Sister states - Meghalaya #bestof2018 by Siva Ilankumaran

Meghalaya, literally means abode of clouds, is the wettest place on Earth. It is fondly called as "Scotland of the East". Meghalaya sandwiched between Assam and Bangladesh has numerous things to offer. Broccoli-like mountains, surreal plateau, breathtaking falls, mysterious caves, glassy lake, insulated villages and their nature, marvelous root bridges so forth and so on.

Northeast is relatively unopened, unexplored resultantly unadulterated. It provides clean air, organic foods, vast yet uncrowded space and what else the people are living thug life. The balance between tradition and modernity is impressive. They live in their village, walk their way yet look stylish. The most of the people even in village knows latest trend, in a way to put even few metropolitan people to shame. My mouth dropped in astonishment when I saw a kid, on his mother's hip and not yet out of thumb sucking habit, in 'Undercut' in Nongrait village. It felt nothing missing in there and lot missing back home. It is a blessing in disguise that the whole region didn't attract corporate's interest. The trip completely changed my image on Northeast and created a burning desire to settle there some day.

Day 1

My memorable trip Itinerary of 2018:

Guwhathi - Shillong - Cherrapunji

Best way to reach Meghalaya is getting to Guwahati Airport. I self drove Zoom Car from Guwahati to Shillong first. The drive between Guwahati to Shillong is one of the pleasing road trip routes in India. It will take approximately 3 hours to reach Shillong from Guwahati in Car.

Shillong Peak on the way to Cherrapujee.

A look down at Shillong City

Photo of Shillong Peak, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

ML 05 is a popular cafe in Shillong. Pit stopped there before continuing to Cherrapunjee. Location, ambiance and food are just spellbound. It will take approximately 2 hours to reach Cherrapunjee from Shillong.

Love the feel!

Photo of ML 05 Cafe, Mawsynram-Shillong Road, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Day 2

A Day in a Haven of Rain

Cherrapunjee was dark when I reached there a night before and it dawned half past 4 in the morning. I woke up with an unsurprising sound of drizzle.

A day trip started by admiring its beauty.

'Braccoli' Meghalaya!

Photo of View Point Of Cherrapunjee, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Walkway snakes yonder

Photo of View Point Of Cherrapunjee, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Mawsmai Cave is less risky trekking place, and it is the only cave in Meghalaya lighted fully. Water runs below your legs and water drips in few openings is a special sight.

Bend Down, walk straight and squeeze in

Photo of Mawsmai Cave, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Cozy place!

Photo of Mawsmai Cave, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Splendid view of water plunge from 335 meter cliff surrounded by dense lush green hill. Noh Ka Likai fall is the fourth highest waterfalls in the world. The view is spectacular and completely engross you with the view.

Ka Likai jumped from right there!

Photo of NohKaLikai Falls, Meghalaya by Siva Ilankumaran

Green spreads across on the way to Noh Ka Likai

Photo of NohKaLikai Falls, Meghalaya by Siva Ilankumaran

The seven sisters fall is a kind of waterfall which symbolizes the seven states in northeast namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya. The fall is separated with seven parts over the cliff of the hills.

Majestic Seven Sister at Off-Season

Photo of Seven Sisters Falls, Cherrapunjee, Nongkalikhai, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

A surprise spot opposite Seven Sister falls

Photo of Seven Sisters Falls, Cherrapunjee, Nongkalikhai, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Day 3

Trekking Spree

Nongriat village hid underneath Tyrna Village's green forest. Nongriat village owns a boastful double decker root bridge. It requires 3 hours of trekking to reach double decker bridge and a pool via single decker bridge. The trek is 3 km long with in-numerous picturesque places.

Pass through the way to reach Tyrna

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Iron Suspension Bridge on the way to Nongriat

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Rocky bed

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Double-decker

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Single decker living root bridge

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Miles to go to reach atop

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

The drive back from Tyrna to Cherrapunjee will take 1.5 hours considering the road condition. So considering the drive and tiring trekking, it is best not to plan anything else for the day.

Day 4

A Sojourn to tend tired legs

Next day started early from Cherrapunjee to Mawlynnong Village. The village has another famous living root bridge which serves an alternative to those who couldn't undergo tiring Nongriat trekking. Also the village provides Pit stop or lay over for Dawki if you planned not to run against time. Maylynnong village is Asia's cleanest village and a famous tourist spot, read further about village here

Asia's Cleanest Village

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Day 5

Surreal beauty

Dawki borders India-Bangladesh has an unreal glassy river. Umngot river is one of the cleanest river and provides boat-floating-midair image. The suspension bridge, build by English, connect Jaintia Hills and East Khasi Hills is a sight to watch.

Only fire was missing!

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Pleasing to all the senses!

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Pebble balance:P

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Irresistible place

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Way back to Shillong

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

The same day returned to Shillong. The drive from Dawki to Shillong will take 3 or 3.5 hours. The police bazaar is a famous shopping place in Shillong. It is the busiest place in Shillong.

Invisible Window shopping

Photo of Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Day 6

Eastern Air base

The rain played spoil sport on the last day. I visited only Elephant falls out of the places I planned. The other places to visit in Shilliong are, Umiam Lake, Ward's Lake, Lady Hydari Park, Air force Museum.

Elephant structured waterfalls

Elephant Truck

Photo of Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Sweeping all the mud with him

Photo of Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Another famous and beautiful cafe in Shillong. Both ML05 and Dylan are owned by the same person.

Tribute to Love for Dylan?

Photo of Dylan's Café, Dhankheti, Malki, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Beautifully decorated from floor to ceiling

Photo of Dylan's Café, Dhankheti, Malki, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Umiam Lake on way back to Guwahati

Photo of Umiam Lake, Meghalaya by Siva Ilankumaran
Day 7

One way journey to home

Handed over Zoom car back and checked in a hotel nearby airport the night before. Signed off the trip early in the morning to one way back to home.

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