Adventures on the bridges of Meghalaya of a girl

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21st Jan 2018
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Definition of Meghalaya in my Dictionary: #StateofBridges #SmallSpicyGreenChilli #SweetPeople

Shillong on Christmas Eve:

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is decorated like a bride on the Christmas Eve and you can hear the sound of carolling as groups of young people make the rounds singing traditional Christmas songs.

Police bazaar in Shillong

Photo of Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma
Photo of Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma
Day 2

Root Bridge

There are two root bridges near Cherrapunjee, out of which one can be visited by car and is near Mawlynnong but the other which is quite far and has an angelic view has to be reached by a good trek of 3000 steps.

Photo of Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma
Day 3

Nohwet Village(3-4 km from the Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia):

Equally clean and pristine village like Mawlynnong but not so famous and commercialised.

Photo of Nohwet, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

Nohwet View Point Or "The Bamboo Kingdom" as I call it:

A talented man called Drongwell built this huge Bamboo Kingdom taking around 2 years. He did it alone without any external help just doing his own calculations.

Bamb

Photo of Nohwet, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

Nohwet Village

Photo of Nohwet, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

Sunset from the Nohwet View Point

Photo of Nohwet, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

Dawki:

One of the few relatively clean and transparent river in India, lies between India and Bangladesh.

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma
Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

Elephant or Seven Sister Falls and Nohkalikai Falls in Cherrapunji:

I did not see much water in the falls as the falls only have water in Monsoon.

Photo of Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma
Photo of Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

Major place for Indian Spices:

Mainly Khade masale are transported from North Eastern part of India.

Indian Bay Leaves(Tejpatta)

Photo of Adventures on the bridges of Meghalaya of a girl by Priya Sharma

A girl cleaning Cinnamon(Dalchini)

Photo of Adventures on the bridges of Meghalaya of a girl by Priya Sharma
Day 4

Living Root Double Decker Bridge: Climbed around 3000 steps and crossed some 5-6 scary bridges before reaching the Double Decker Bridge but the view is worth taking this much of an effort.

Random Bridge 1

Photo of Living Root Bridge Trek Start Point, Surok Tyrna, Tyrna, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

Random Bridge 2

Photo of Living Root Bridge Trek Start Point, Surok Tyrna, Tyrna, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma
Photo of Living Root Bridge Trek Start Point, Surok Tyrna, Tyrna, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

The Scary Bridge

Photo of Living Root Bridge Trek Start Point, Surok Tyrna, Tyrna, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

Living Root Double Decker Bridge

Photo of Living Root Bridge Trek Start Point, Surok Tyrna, Tyrna, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

The not so famous Rainbow Falls: Again climbed some 2000 steps to reach this beauty and spotted the Rainbow with a mesmerising view of waterfall surrounded by the guarding Mountains.

Photo of Adventures on the bridges of Meghalaya of a girl by Priya Sharma
Photo of Adventures on the bridges of Meghalaya of a girl by Priya Sharma

Spot the rainbow cutting the water

Photo of Adventures on the bridges of Meghalaya of a girl by Priya Sharma

Feeling the tranquil water from Meghalaya to get some tranquillity inside

Photo of Adventures on the bridges of Meghalaya of a girl by Priya Sharma

Lumsohphoh Village

Day 5

 Lumsohphoh is a small village near the double decker bridge. The double decker trek and rainbow fall trek starts from a point near to this village so, I stayed in this scarcely populated catholic village.

My host aunt making special home made fries

Photo of Lumsohphoh, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

As there was no place so, a nice man hosted me in his house and made this arrangement in his house

Photo of Lumsohphoh, Meghalaya, India by Priya Sharma

How To Go To Shillong:

Take a direct Flight to Bagdogra or take a train till Guwahati. Shared cabs are easily available from the airport or stations.

Getting around the city:

If you are in a group of 3-5 people, book a personal cab or try sharing it with some tourists else buses are also available from main Shillong market to the main touristic places like Mawlynnong, Cherrapunji, Living root bridge etc. but do take the ticket a day before the journey from the ticket counter in the market itself.

Places to Stay:

Book a hotel in advance for Shillong if you are going on Christmas or any main season else there are plenty near the market. For all the other places you can book on the spot. Try staying in homestays, they are relatively cheaper and better to understand the place and local more.

Meghalaya Tour Itinerary For 5-7 days:

Delhi -> Guwahati -> Shillong -> Nohwet-> Cherrapunji -> Lumshohphoh

More places to visit in Meghalaya: Mawlynnong, Umiam Lake

Tips:

Travel light If you are a vegetarian, do carry some ready to eat stuff with you Maps are not always right, keep asking locals for the directions For Double Decker Bridge and Rainbow Falls, go in a company and avoid it in night as the steps are quite scary at times. Have local vegetables and fruits at the villages

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