Clouds Adobe, Meghalaya

Tripoto
25th Jun 2016
Photo of by Kripa
Photo of Meghalaya, India by Kripa

It was the most impromptu we have taken ever. It was Thursday we thought to going somewhere from Calcutta and Shillong some how came to our mind. We started looking for a to stay 3 nights and whole of Shillong was booked!! We had called each and every property we saw on apps. Then finally just when we were canceling our plan we got a call back from Orchid Lake Resort and they had a room, eight in the evening we were certain that we have place to stay. Next we got tickets to Guwahati since Shillong was expensive and arranged a car to take us around. Here we go to explore Meghalaya at all touristy places.

It takes about 3 hours to reach Orchid Lake Resort from Guwahati airport.

Lake facing room

Photo of Orchid Lake Resort, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Rooms are have beautiful location however they aren't well maintained. Staff isn't too friendly we had check in at 12 noon but we reached by 10.30 so we were made to wait. We were fine to wait till 12 but they made us sit till 1.30 where we wasted time on our short scheduled trip.

Shillong has major traffic issues. It takes about 45 minutes from Umiam lake to proper Shillong.

First we got late cause of the property staff. Then there was this traffic. We went to the Don Bosco museum. We ate at the cafe there. Then the roof provides bird view of the city.

Shillong View

Photo of Don Bosco Museum, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

We searched things to do in Shillong from internet. So we moved to Wards Lake. It is like a local Park most of the cities have. It also has option of boating.

Day 1

Wards Lake

Photo of Ward's Lake, Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Next we were to go to Laitlum, but since sun was about to set we were advised it would not be fruitful. So we tried famous cafe of shillong. Cafe Shillong is must visit on weekends. You would be able to experience wonderful live music with good food.

Cafe Shillong

Photo of Cafe Shillong, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Day 2, time to experience waterfalls of Meghalaya. We headed to a city known for getting highest amount of waterfall.

Day 2

Our first stop is Elephant Falls, which is on the way to Cherrapunji. There are 3 levels as you go down to the final level of waterfalls.

Level 1 Elephant Falls

Photo of Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Level 2

Photo of Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Level 3

Photo of Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Next on the way to Cherrapunji you can experience Zip lining. Must try. It is beautiful journey as you travel through clouds on your way.

Photo of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Enroute Cherrapunji

Photo of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

We reached Mawsmai Caves, here you can experience caving. It was rainy day and it was continuously drizzling. There is a nominal entrance fee to the caves. Caves had almost ankle to knee deep water. Some place you need to crawl in the cave and waterfall due to rain. It was fun and exciting. Wear good shoes and mind your head. There are photo available as it was raining. 

Next was Nohsngithiang Falls. Since it was a cloudy day we could not see the falls initially. So we thought just to wait for while hoping to get a glimpse. And suddenly we could see the clouds floating away and the Nohsngithiang Falls were visible.

Seven Sister Falls

Photo of Nohsngithiang View, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

There were one more falls which you experience very closely. But I can't recall the name.

I can't recall the name.

Photo of Clouds Adobe, Meghalaya by Kripa

Then we headed to next famous waterfalls, Nohkalikai Falls. Our way was again completely covered in clouds. Again, we thought of trying our luck, but this time clouds didn't budge and we could only hear the falls.

Almost zero visibility

Photo of NohKaLikai Falls, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Kripa
Day 3

Day 3, Living root bridge, Mawlynnong Village and river Dawki. There are two living root bridges. One where we went, is single bridge which is quite easily accessible. You need to climb down few 100 steps only. Whereas the famous living root bridge which is on websites is double decker bridge and was not advisable to climb down there because rains had made it slippery and it could cause accidents. Locals said you need to climb approx 3000 steps and they could be too slippery. 

Way to the bridge

Photo of Living Root Bridge, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Living root Bridge

Photo of Living Root Bridge, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Next we headed to Mawlynnong Village, cleanest village in India. You roam around this small village with is self sufficient in keeping itself clean. Villagers must bit tire with all the tourists so close to their homes. Kids here are too shy of tourists and won't accept any bribe you give to click them.

Mawlynnong

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Now we headed to Dawki, it shares border with Bangladesh. You can see their army post from our end. It is cleanest river, you can see the water bed. If it is not raining then you can see the river bed. In rainy season mud is displaces and it doesn't make it that clear.

Banks of Dawki

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Dawki on Sunset

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Waterfalls on the way to Dawki

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

It was a long day to cover so many places in a day. We must thank our guide cum driver who willingly took us all these places. As we were staying far from Shillong, we had to reach travel to our resort which was 45 minutes from Shillong. He drove so much.

Day 4

Lake Umiam, we stayed at the resort on its bank. Last day we decided to take a boat ride on the lake. There are fixed rates for the rides. 

Photo of Umiam Lake, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Kripa
Photo of Umiam Lake, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Kripa

Back to Guwahati Airport.