.......as expected, the nervousness kicked in.
It had to after all this was the first flight experience and the first solo backpacking trip of my life.....
The fear of the unknown and the excitement of getting known to new places was hovering all on my mind. The day before the trip has always been this exciting, but this time it was something different.
So finally after thinking a lot about I finally got my rucksack up and had to pack and unpack several times before finally carrying all the things set for coming 8 days. The date was set (17th November) and the day had arrived to depart for the most awaited roadtrip of the year....
MEGHALAYA - Here I Come !!!
Being a solo traveller from Mumbai as young as 22 yrs and being a Travel Professional graduate, it was mandatory for me to have a complete research about the destination before I land in there. So after studying the destination in advance from various websites and travel brochures, I finally decided to give it a go for this much awaited trip….
I had booked the return flights (My first flight) well in advance to save on the cost as air fares go higher if you book the flights last moment.
Guwahti is well connected by Railroad and Airways, from Guwahti you can head to Meghalaya where I had planned my entire trip.
So finally after a flight of 3 hrs I reached Guwahti around 10:00 AM. It was a beautiful city nestled between the Brahmaputra river flowing by it side and the mountains kissing it on the other side.
I got a local share cab from the airport along with 2 foreigners who had come to visit the city and the driver dropped me in Guwahti city after a drive of almost 1 hr from the Guwahti Airport. The local drivers usually charge somewhere between 250- 300 INR , but you have plenty of options like local buses which regularly ply from Guwahti airport to Guwahti city (Check at Guwahti airport once you land down for latest updated fares)
So it was time to get this trip started...
(Guwahti- Shillong- Cherrapunji- Dawki- Mawlynnog- Shillong- Guwahti)
Day 1: (Mumbai to Guwahti)
After a drive of 1 hr from Guwahti airport, I reached my hotel in Guwahti (Hotel Prince B). Since my only concern was to have a bed to sleep for the night and a washroom to freshen up, I got this hotel room for a great deal (I will dissect the costing of my trip in in the final phase to help better understand how I managed my expenses). As I arrived in Guwahti, I felt the drop in temperature as being in Mumbai I was used to hot & humid climate and switching to a city where the average temperature in the month of November ranges from 12 degrees to 16 degrees I needed sometime to get acclimatized to the cold climate. My further concern was the meals that I had to manage but it was no big deal as this is the city where you can get meal options for an Indian Thali for as cheap as INR 60 -70 and you can have the most of it. As I had an entire day at leisure I decided to take a walk on the streets after taking some rest and then I headed to pickup my rental bike which I had hired from AWE RIDES . I had rented a Royal Enfield 350 Classic for the entire duration of my trip for 8 days.
Day 2: (Guwahti to Shillong – 99kms)
The day began and it did began very early as I was excited to travel for this much awaited roadtrip. After freshening up at the hotel I tied my rucksack on the pillion seat of my Royal Enfield with Bungee ropes that I had specially bought in for this use as I did not wanted to ride carrying the whole rucksack on my back and leave it soared for the next upcoming days. So after setting it well I embarked on my journey to Shillong…