But let's start at the beginning. I was 24 years old, living in Bangalore and working there as a designer. After 3 years of working at an outdoor brand, I got this taste of nature and travel, a desire which has been spreading like wildfire amongst millennials. And I took a few days off before starting work again to travel to north-east India, a place which was as exotic to me as any other country would be.
Now I think about it, I feel it takes some serious balls and a little bit of foolishness to execute that. I am not sure if I could do that again. But Meghalaya is worth it. If you get a company, it's fantastic and if you don't, there is not a better place to go by yourself. I think I lost my mind a little
Let me tell you a little about Meghalaya if you don't know this already. Meghalaya is one of the 'seven sisters' states in the North-east part of India. Its literal meaning is 'abode of the clouds' (Megh = Clouds, Alay = Home) and metaphorically it looks like the woods from 'Lord of the Rings'. Meghalaya is also famous for the place 'Mawsynram' which is the place that receives the most rainfall in the country. And yes, it rains like cats and dogs in July. Add icing to the cake, to take the trip in the rainy season. You will cry before you dry!
Apart from rains, water, mud, and leeches, there are quite a lot of other things to do in Meghalaya as well. Let's start with Shillong. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and there is absolutely no way to reach Shillong directly. You will have to take a flight to Guwahati first and then a cab to Shillong. I did not stop at Guwahati. As soon as you get out of the airport you can take a sharing cab to Shillong which will charge you less than INR 500/- per person to drop you to the heart of the city in Shillong.
This is one of the most stunning road trips you can take in India. You know what they say about roads in India? Then this is not India. The roads are smooth as butter and the people are jolly. I shared my cab with a tourist, a soldier posted in Shillong base and a merchant. It was good 3 hours.