Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds

Tripoto
7th Mar 2018
Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Meghalya means " The Abode of Clouds, " and it is an absolutely beautiful place. Last year, my friends and I decided to explore Meghalaya. We started our journey from Loharu Junction, Haryana to Kamakhya Junction, Assam. The train ride was 47 hours long, but being with friends, reading novels, playing cards, dum charades, and antakshri made the journey seem short. Durjoy Dutta did help making the journey easy! We finally reached Kamakhya junction at 3 in the morning of the 2nd day.

Day 1

Train Fare: INR 730 ( Sleeper Class)

Playing Dum

Photo of Loharu, Haryana, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Loharu, Haryana, India by Vibha Vaidya

After reaching Kamakhya, we transferred to Shillong, Meghalaya. On our way to Shillong, we first went to see Umiam Lake which was on our way to the hotel. It is one of the favorite tourist spots in Shillong. Then we checked into our hotel; Red Pine Guest House.

After resting for some bit, in the evening we went to take a stroll to Police Bazaar, and bought some souvenirs for family & friends. The place is a must visit.

Shillong

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Red Pine Guest House

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Umian Lake

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Police Bazaar

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Umiam Lake

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Momos at Police Bazaar

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Shillong At Night

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya
Day 4

The next day, we decided to visit Cherrapunji. The place is about 2 hours drive from Shillong. On our way, we visited Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point and Nohkalikai Falls in Sohra.

After visiting Nohkalikai Falls, we went to see Mawsmai Caves. They are one of the best caves in Meghalaya. We also went to zip lining, and what fun it was!

Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Way to Nohkalikai Falls

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Way to Nohkalikai Falls

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Enroute Nohkalikai Falls

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Nohkalikai Falls

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Mawsmai Caves

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Mawsmai Caves

Photo of Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

The next day, we started trekking to Nongriat, which is a small village in East Khasi Hills. The place is famous for its root bridges and rainbow falls. We started trekking at 8 in the morning and reached the double decker bridge at around 11:30 am. We relaxed a bit there, and had delicious maggi.

Day 5

After a while, we started trekking to Rainbow falls. The scenic beauty of the place, just cannot be described. The place is a heaven. We trekked back to the started point and reached there at around 8 in the evening.

On the way to Starting Point of Trek

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Enroute Nongriat

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Enroute Nongriat

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Enroute Nongriat

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Delicious Maggi

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Double Decker Bridge

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Double Decker Bridge

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Relaxing Before starting the trek to Rainbow Falls

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Rainbow Falls

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Rainbow Falls

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Day 6

Since we had a long trek the day before, we started a bit late the next day. We just took rest as we were very tired and left for Laitlum Canyons around 1 in the afternoon. We checked out of the hotel too as we were going to Dawki after visiting Laitlum.

We shifted to camps in Dawki in the evening.

Laitlum Canyons

Photo of Laitlum, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Laitlum Canyons

Photo of Laitlum, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

Dawki Camps

Photo of Laitlum, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

The view the next morning, we woke up was too breathtaking. The voice of river flowing, and birds chirping was all I could hear. It was such a peaceful morning. We spent the entire day at Dawki River doing water sports and leisuring around.

Morning at Dawki

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Day 8

We started the second last day of our trip by visiting Mawlynnong, God's Own Garden. The view on the journey was amazing. The speciality - Khasi Thali is a must try.

After that, we went on to see another living root bridge. We also went to see Bangladesh - India Border.

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Living Root Bridge

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Mawlynnong

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Khasi Thali

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Bangladesh India Border

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Mawlynong

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

On our last day in Meghalaya, we decided to relax and live a peaceful one day at Dawki. We spent our time playing games, and singing songs sitting by the river. We also did cliff jumping, which is an absolute thrilling and adventurous thing to do.

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya
Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Vibha Vaidya

On day 10th, we headed back to Kamakhya for our train. Before boarding the train, we went to visit the famous Kamakhya Temple. We boarded our train, and after a long journey, we finally reached back.

Kamakhya Temple

Photo of Meghalaya - The Abode of Clouds by Vibha Vaidya

Not known to many, but Meghalaya is an absolute delight to visit. The place is breathtakingly and incredibly beautiful and alluring!

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