Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong

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28th Dec 2018
Day 1

Wanted to welcome new year 2019 away from the crowd, in a quiet, scenic place. Had been new year long weekend, decided to travel to Cheerapunji from Pune.

Boarded the flight from Pune to Guwahati on 29th early morning and picked up window seat with expectation to watch aerial view of Kanchemgunga peak.

Kachanjunga

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Himalayan ranges

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Colorful Guwahati airport welcomes you with glimpses of culture and heritage of the place.

Guwahati Airport

Photo of Guwahati Airport (GAU), Borjhar, Guwahati, Assam, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Photo of Guwahati Airport (GAU), Borjhar, Guwahati, Assam, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Roads from Guwahati to Shillong is very good and scenic. Come across so many organic fruit shops, specially filled with yummy pineapple.. One should not miss it. I really enjoyed those yummy, tasty pineapple on d way.

Roadsie organic food shop

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

All smile for yummy pineaaple

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

you can't miss amazingly beautiful Umiam Lake while driving down from Guwahati to Shillong. You can enjoy water sports there if time permits.

Happy clicking.. It's beautiful

Photo of Umiam Lake, Meghalaya by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Umiam lake

Photo of Umiam Lake, Meghalaya by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Before reaching to Cherrapunji, we halted at Dylan's Cafe in Shillong.. Its quiet place with tasty food, good music, Bob Dylan' s portrat, graffiti, nice interior to unwind.

View from Cafe

Photo of Dylan's Café, Dhankheti, Malki, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Bob Dylan's portrait

Photo of Dylan's Café, Dhankheti, Malki, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Graffiti

Photo of Dylan's Café, Dhankheti, Malki, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Interior

Photo of Dylan's Café, Dhankheti, Malki, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Late evening, reached to Hiraba Home stay at Cheerapunji to take a rest and begin next day early morning.

Day 2

Next day got up early morning 5 am to begin eventful day to visit-

Longest living root bridge,

Double Decker root bridge,

Blue Lagoon

Rainbow waterfall

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Quite a list of to do things.. It really checks on your endurance. One need to really into fitness to climb up and climb down approximately 13 k steps round trip.

We started by 7 am from Cherrapunji and reached to Tyrna village to start our trekking.

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While trekking you will be astonished by mesmerizing landscapes, variety of fl aura fauna, variety of butterflies.

Nestled among mountain

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

On d way to Tyrna

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Starting place to trek to Double Decker living root bridge

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Stairway

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

On endurance check

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Hanging bridges on the way

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

On the way trekking to living root bridge you will come across, breathtaking crystal blue lagoons.. Worth all the efforts.

Blue Lagoon

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Tranquillity

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Clear transperant water

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Not from Hollywood movies, it's incredible India

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Single Living root bridge-

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Roots of Rubber trees are so strong,

Single Living Root Bridge

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Strong roots - eco bridges

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Longest Living Single Root Bridge, only one or two person can walk at a time..

Longest single Living root bridge

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Double Decker Living Root Bridge -one of its kind in the world????

It's an experience walk on root bridge

Photo of Jingkieng Nongriat Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

One of its kind in d world-Double Decker Living Root Bridge

Photo of Jingkieng Nongriat Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Photo of Jingkieng Nongriat Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

On the way to ???? Rainbow Waterfall....

Steps to heaven

Photo of Double Decker, Brigade Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Root entrance

Photo of Double Decker, Brigade Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Climb through web of root bridges

Photo of Double Decker, Brigade Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Photo of Double Decker, Brigade Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Here comes breathtaking Rainbow waterfall.. White gushing waterfall with backdrop of huge mountain clashes with sun rays, part of it transforms into mesmerizing ???? rainbow, falling into crystal blue lagoon..

It's peace, tranquility..

Sit quietly and experience extravaganza of nature.

Breathtaking Rainbow

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Another shade

Photo of Rainbow Falls, Nohkalikai Road, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Day 1

Being strenuous climb, it's less crowded.

Photo of Rainbow Falls, Nohkalikai Road, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Day 2

Back to Cheerapunji by 6pm, post enjoying unexceptional beauty of the nature, completeing marathon of 13k steps climbing up and down, jammed knees to take rest and up in the morning for next day travel.

Super excited to visit most talked about places

Seven Sisters Waterfall

Mawsmai Caves

Crystal clear Umngot river,

Boating in Umngot River

Visiting Bangladesh -India Maitree gate/Border

Asia's Cleanest Village- Mawlynnong Village

Started again 7am, had breakfast at wherein some rooms and swimming pools was facing to Seven

Sister Waterfall and plateu of Bangladesh behind the mountain

Swimming pool with view of seven sister waterfall, Bangladesh plateau, moutians

Photo of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Seven Sister waterfall in winters

Photo of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Bangladesh from Seven Sister waterfall

Photo of Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Day 3

Mawsmai Caves- Limestone fomrations as if you are in Jurrasic Park era..

Limestone formations

Photo of Mawsmai, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Awestruck fomrations

Photo of Mawsmai, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Photo of Mawsmai, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Photo of Mawsmai, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

it's easily accessible. Tourism department has lit up the caves.

Boating at Dawki-Happy Floating

Up in the air

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Happy boating

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Crystal Clear Umngot River: it took 3 hours to reach to Dawki from Cheerapunji

Transperant cleant Unmont River

Photo of Umngot Camp's & Water Activities, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

White sand, crystal green water

Photo of Umngot Camp's & Water Activities, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Hanging bridge on the Umngot river

Hanging bridge

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Bangladesh India border which separates Umngot river

Umngot River -Divided between India and Bangladesh

Photo of Tamabila 0 points., Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Tambil border... Most friendly border

Photo of Tamabila 0 points., Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Asia's Cleanest Village -Mawlynnong Village, one and half hour journey from Dawki.

It's learning for every fellow citizens, if everyone of us decide to keep our city clean and hygenic, its become heaven on an earth.. kudos to people of Mawlynnong.

You can' t find single leaf on the road, houses are decorated with colorful floral plants. Friendly people.

Colorful surroundings

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Souvenir Shop

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Local Khasi attire

Local khasi attire

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Drainage is also covered with plantation and maintained it so well, hardly you will find any garbage.. Really impressed with local

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

After spending an hour at Mawlynnong, driving back to Shillong to end 2018 at quiet, cosy place #Heritage Club - Tripura Castle.

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While driving back, witnessed silhouette of sunset.. Awestruck by its beauty.. Sky turned into red.. Spreading across the mountain range.. And sun engulfed himself in those mountains giving the hope of better tomorrow.

Sunset

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Silhouette

Photo of Short trip to Cheerapunji, Dawki, Shillong by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Had a pleasant stay at Heritage Club - Tripura Castle and welcome 2019 with new hopes and aspirations.

Day 4

Next day morning, had to catch up flight for Pune in the evening . So post breakfast, decided to driving back to Gauwahati, visiting few places in Shillong.

Laitlum Canyon

Elephant waterfall

Way to Laitlum Canyon is very scenic..

Step Farming

Photo of Laitlum Canyon Ridge, Laitlum, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Football and North EastInseperable

Photo of Laitlum Canyon Ridge, Laitlum, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Heritage Club

Photo of Laitlum Canyon Ridge, Laitlum, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Laitlum Canyon

Laitum Canyons

Photo of Laitlum Grand Canyon, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Chilly winter morning Hot tea

Photo of Laitlum Grand Canyon, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar
Photo of Laitlum Grand Canyon, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Elephant Waterfall

Photo of Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Bhagyashree Masurkar

Adieu good bye with promise to explore another part of North East

It's always safe to travel this part of India.

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