I love nature. In its pristine perfectness, nature brings me utmost happiness. That is why I love to travel. Nothing beats a sojourn in the lap of nature to bring me peace and clear my head. So I try to travel to places of natural beauty as frequently as I can.
One of the most memorable trips I have taken is to Nongriat, Meghalaya.
Meghalaya means the abode of the clouds in Sanskrit, and it lives up to its name. It’s the state which receives the most rainfall in the country and has a large number of water bodies including rivers, streams, waterfalls and lakes. The fog, the clouds and the flora pitch in to give the state a mystical appeal. If you have read The Lord of the Rings or have watched the movie, Meghalaya’s forests would seem very similar to the mystical forests of the Elves.
The highlands of Meghalaya seem to have jumped right out of a fantasy novel. Although each mountainous state will have its own unique beauty, Meghalaya stands apart from other states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and even Sikkim. These states border the Tibetan Plateau; their mountains are at very high altitudes and have a mostly coniferous forest cover along with bare mountainous regions where the growth of any plant is difficult. While on the other, the country in Meghalaya is of a sub tropical nature. The mountains are not as high, the forests are denser and the environment is conducive to support a greater variety of flora and fauna.
The experience will be much different from any hill station you will visit.
The Beginning/ Guwahati
It was during my college break on 22nd June 2014 that I left for Guwahati from Kolkata (where my parents were staying at the time). My friend with whom I had planned the whole trip had already reached Guwahati the night before.