Khasi hills, where the man, the beast, the tree and the stones live in unison as equals – is the belief of the seven tribes who inhabit the hills that run through Meghalaya. The seven chosen tribes who were sent to earth from heaven by the god himself to look after beautiful abode in North East India. Blessed with immense natural bounty, the tribes lived like one with the nature and followed the concept of Animism. Followers of animism believe that every element including man, animal, trees and the stones have life in them and that they are part of a whole. In fact even though many of the locals have converted to other religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, animism still remains an integral part of their cultural fabric.
This prelude to Meghalaya and Khasi hills would have hopefully given you a glimpse of what is on offer in this small state which I fondly call as “God’s favourite hangout”. I visited Meghalaya last week with the team called "One in the orange jacket" who is fast becoming my favorite tour guide. The trip true to its build-up was off beat on all terms. The best part of it all being my first spelunking experience!
It was an impromptu decision to take this trip on a Thursday evening and the very next day I was on a flight to Guwahati. From there, I joined Vyshakh Nair from the Organge Jacket and his group of a dozen like minded crazy travelers. Guwahati to Shillong and further to Cherapunjee can be covered in four hours these days, thanks to the smooth highway. We stopped at the Umiam lake on the way to soak in a breath taking sunset.