Meghalaya, as the name itself explains is also known as 'The abode of clouds. Contrary to the popular belief, this state doesn't just offer mountains and waterfalls, but it is also home to beautiful rivers, crystal clear streams, camping on the river-bed and water-sports, like kayaking and cliff jumping.
This trip summary will only cover the West Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya which houses, these three treasures - Dawki, Shnongpedong and Krangsuri. The trip will start from Shillong with a hired taxi which will cost approx Rs 5-6k (roundtrip to Shillong). If you have your own vehicle, the cost of the trip will come down quite a bit, and additionally, the drive is beautiful. You can also go for a bus or a shared taxi which will be the cheapest option but again, it will be a bit of a hassle as you are not going to stay just at one place, and finding one at every destination would eat up a lot of your time. So, comparing all the modes of transportation, I will totally recommend driving down on your own, if you are comfortable with hill driving.
You won't find any big stores the way, so stock up on some snacks and ready to eat food, just to be safe. Also, carry your own Beer from the city if you want to enjoy a little bit more (wink-wink). Some other things that are needed before you start your trip will be a wind-cheater or raincoat (to save yourself from getting drenched, incase it rains), mosquito repellant, torch, power bank and basic first aid kit which is handy incase you get hurt (I always recommend keeping one during travelling).
1. Dawki (Day 1)
Start from Shillong as early as possible as it will take about 4 Hours to reach Dawki. The initial drive is beautiful, and do not hesitate to stop at a few places to take photographs. You can have your breakfast at a small view-point, Mawjngih Lapynshongdor View Point. Do not miss this place, because it has one of the most breath-taking views ever.