Let me clear your basics first, the journey starts from Tyrna Village, located around 20kms from Sohra. Umsophie village, thousands of steps, Living root bridge, 3-4 snack shops, again thousands of steps, two cable bridges to cross the river, the Double Decker bridge, a trek to Rainbow falls and then tracing the same route backwards.
Here are trivias and tips that would help you have a wonderful day at exploring Nongriat:
1. Get Here By Cab Or Bus And Spend A Day At Homestay In Nongriat
Non-sharing cabs at Rs. 200 and buses(less frequent) are available from Cherrapunjee(Sohra) bus stop to Tyrna which is a 3 km trek away from Nongriat. All the tourists park their car at little Tynra and then start their exploration. You can either stay at Umsophie village which is very close to the Tyrna village at Rs. 300 per night(scroll down for phone number) or post trekking, choose Nongriat as your basecamp(Room rates start from Rs. 500 and above).
2. Travel Light
If you’re staying at Umsophie then you can keep your luggage at the homestay itself else if you’re staying at Nongriat, carry only important stuff and keep the rest in the dorm downside as you’ve to cross cable bridges. Hence, avoid carrying a lot of luggage on the smallest cable ramp. Pack lightweight material in decent quantity – camera, food and water bottles.
3. Earn Benefits By Starting Early
The early you start, the more you can relax on the tiring journey and also get enough time to spend at bridges and the fall. Do this to avoid rushing from one place to another in the limited time frame and kill all the fun. Moreover, the entry is restricted after 6 PM.
4. Strong Boots And No Heels
Wear sport shoes that are good for hiking. Do not wear slippers or heels – as you have to cross the cable bridges along with lot of stairs, so why make the journey painful.
5. Carry Plenty Of Food And Water
You never know when you will fall short of food and water, hence, carry whatever that gives you energy in a light backpack.
6. Carry Cash
The technology has not taken over the place, so prepare yourself to carry liquid cash.
7. Pump Yourselves For 10,000 Steps
Keep your mind prepared to climb thousands of steps up and down in your excursion. The serene view will act as motivation here, so breathe in, breathe out and keep exploring.