Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon

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Not all travel breaks are the same. Some journeys promise a sunny side with easy-breezy walks along beautiful locations and some take you on a downright adventurous ride. Meghalaya means 'abode of clouds' and fortunately, this journey was taken just when the play of clouds was at its beautiful best during the early monsoon season.

Driving through the seamless roads of Meghalaya, I was hoping it would rain. I had heard of the incredible transformation that seasonal showers bring to Meghalaya. Travellers must know that nothing can prepare you for the rains here. After a short and powerful downpour for ten minutes, the roads are engulfed in clouds and even before it can clear a little, fresh showers surprise you again. Although what you discover after these low visibility long drives is an experience worth embracing.

Check out this journey through my photographs when early monsoon turns the foliage into a deeper hue of green and land turns into a darker shade of chocolate. Follow my trip as I travel to Rainbow Falls near Nongriat and take beautiful detours to Mawlynnong, Dawki and Sohra. I say, devour it with your eyes.

The flora here will leave you awestruck. Walking through the jungles I saw plenty of jack fruits, pineapples and endless rows of the betel nut trees. There are occasional rhododendrons in the wild that refresh you. I also hold a special fondness of the Khasi people's love for gardening and the beautiful flowers in their home.

Flowers at a homestay in Shillong

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

Wild flowers seen on the hike to Nongriat

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

Jackfruits growing in the wild seen during the hike to Rainbow falls from Nongriat

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

Wildflowers seen during the hike to Rainbow falls

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The betel nut fruit sold at Mawlynnong

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Endless rows of betel nut trees near Dawki

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

April was also a time of the year when wild berries grew in abundance. You can see it all on the streets of Shillong too. Women vendors light up the busy roads of Shillong all day and they pursuaded me to try some.

Seasonal berries sold on the streets of Shillong

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

The forests are dense and the hikes are meditative. My hike to the Nongriat and Rainbow Fall introduced me to the wilderness like never before. More than 3000 steps from Tyrna to Nongriat take you on an adventurous journey through multiple root bridges made out of a special kind of Indian Rubber tree called Ficus Elastica.

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Single root bridge on the way to Nongriat from Tyrna.

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

Suspension bridge on the way to Nongriat

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Anotherr single root bridge near Nongriat

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

The endless 3000 steps taking you to Nongriat from Tyrna

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

Owing to the indigenous knowledge of the Khasi people, these bridges have sustained for over 500 years. The most famous among these is the Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge in Nongriat which is one of its kind in the wild.

The famous double decker root bridge at Nongriat

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Disha Kapkoti

Blues pools of water in and around the Rainbow Falls are forever etched in my memory.

First view of Rainbow waterfall after the hike

Photo of Rainbow Falls, Nohkalikai Road, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Disha Kapkoti

Believe me when I say that the people here are as beautiful as the places. There's a certain traditional ingenuity and sophistication about them. They have traditionally focused on cleanliness more than other other part of India. The little village of Mawlynnong is now better known as 'the cleanest village of Asia' among travellers who arrive here.

Clean roads of Mawlynnong after the rain

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So clean that it's surreal.

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

At the end of each day, the locals come out to clean the roads

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A beautiful treehouse in Mawlynnong

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A surprising treat to the eyes on this journey was the occasional views of the plains of Bangladesh. At Dawki, you can even see the Bangladeshi tourists on the other side and spend the day watching their tourist boats and the fishermen spend the day on this rather peaceful and porous border.

Bangladeshi motorboats in Dawki

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A fisherwoman in Dawki

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Indian tourists enjoying a boat ride

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At the India-Bangladesh border.

Photo of Take a Break to See the Gorgeous Meghalaya Slide into Monsoon by Disha Kapkoti

Life is waiting for you to have a break and look at the beautiful world around you. My journey to Meghalaya has indeed introduced me to a side of India where the wilderness is enchanting and has left me with a craving to return soon.

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