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246 Kms from Imphal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,August,September,October,November,December
Meghalaya’s capital, Shillong is quaint hill-station flanked by pine forests and a few hundred waterfalls scattered ac...
After breakfast today we will visit the famous Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak - to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Shillong later visit Don Bosco Monument, Ward’s Lake where you can enjoy boating, Botanical Garden and Lady Hydri Park. Evening you is free for your personal activities. Overnight stay at Shillong.
After breakfast drive to Jowai 64 kms. from Shillong is the administrative headquarters of Jaintia Hills as well as the commercial centre. Arrive Jowai,check in hotel visit Nartiang Monoliths biggest collection of monoliths or Megalithic stones in one single area is to be found north of the Nartiang market, Durga Temple at Nartiang, Thadlaskein Lake, Stone Bridge at Thlumuwi etc.
I have already seen Shillong. So this time I had breakfast at Madras Cafe (great filter coffee !!), and took 12 pm bus from Meghalaya Transport Corporation bus stand to Guwahati.Nominal price and good connectivity, I reached Guwahati by evening. Took a hotel at Paltan bazaar. Lot of options available. Approx INR 1000/ day.
Picture perfect overcast skies, dramatically green valleys and a hundred or so silvery waterfalls make Shillong a destination beyond definition. This one city will make you realise how you can find beauty at every corner! Whether it is the awe and wonder that captivates you as you enjoy the panoramic views of the city from Shillong hill, or the charm of isolation that draws you in the surrounding groves of tall, evergreen trees of Upper Shillong, every nook, every street, every lane here has a story that is waiting to be unraveled. But if there is one thing in Shillong that is even more attractive than its natural beauty, it is the eclectic mix of cafes and their unwavering bond with music. Is it any surprise, that while the world was enjoying the trance of parties in Goa, or the taste of Israeli food in Dharamshala, Shillong created a niche for itself amongst people looking for unique music and delicious food! Here's a list of the best cafes in town for some delectable bites and soaking in the local vibe.
Next morning we got up and got ready to head back up those 3000 steps. We started walking by 10 and made it to the top by 12. We then tried to find a taxi to take us to Mawlinlong but as it was a Sunday we soon realized none of the share taxis was running.So we went back to Shillong ( share taxis were available for this) and the next morning leave for the village. We made it to Shillong by 7 in the evening all tired and wet. Got into a restaurant, ate dinner after what felt like ages and then decided to start looking for a hotel.MAWLINGLONG VILLAGE
Start early the next morning as there are many attractions in Shillong that you'll not want to miss. First visit the Cathedral Catholic Church, which is built in Gothic architectural style and lies amidst expansive lush lawns. This cathedral was made a shrine in the year 1980. It was constructed atop an emerald-colored hill and has stunning stained glass installations and tall arches.Timing: 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Hotel Recommendation: Nalgre Guest House
Had we set alarms to wake up, we would have been late! The first light of dawn hit our room at 4:45 am in the morning and the view outside was enough to make us leap from our beds and get ready to begin an early first day of our trip.
ShillongShillong, called as 'Scotland of The East', the capital of Meghalaya, is the only hill station in the country that is accessible from all sides. With beautiful roads, crystal clear lakes, mesmerizing waterfalls and impressive mountains, there are several picturesque places to visit in Shillong.
317 Kms from Imphal
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
The capital of Tripura doesn't serve much more than an en-route destination for those travelling to Bangladesh. But even...
257 Kms from Imphal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,October,November,December
More than the land of oranges as its original name Sohra connotes, this 'wettest place on the planet' is a land of water...
We then left to the main taxi stand to get ourselves a share taxi to Cherapunji (It would make life easier if you could rent a bike from here and do the entire journey on it but we couldn't get our hands on any bikes).The taxi cost us around 80 rps only and in about 2 to 3 hours we were in between the clouds. We couldn't see what was 10 meters ahead either.It really was the wettest place on earth and we were there during the wettest season.CHERAPUNJI:Now that we were in Cherapunji our next step was to find a place to stay which turned out to be not too easy as the first place we went to- hostel By the way, we got kicked out as the owner did not like us!Finally, we found one place which agreed to give us a room for 1000 rps a night and we decided to spend the night there.
On the way there are many amazing views and waterfalls. All you have to do is enjoy the ride and do not get tempted for every scenic beauty on the way. We reached cherrapunji around 6 again. Damn, it was dark. As it was wet all around we wanted to take cheap room or camp this time within a compound. Luckily, we met a rider who offered us place with tent. We offered him some drinks in return ;) Now this is where we made nearly 4 very good friends.. sharing their life experiences driving Sumo around meghalaya. Its so good, how few drinks can get you such an amazing conversation with strangers. All you have to do is smile, and there are many stories waiting to be told.
After breakfast, set off for Cherrapunji, well known for receiving one of the highest rainfall in the world. Cherrapunjee is localy known as Sohra and is situated at a distance of 56 kms from Shillong. On the way is the Mawkdok Valley which is a very prominent sighseeing for tourists. Then on the way we visit the Nohsngithiang falls (Seven sisters falls) which is known to be the symbol of the Unity of the Seven States of North East India. After that we head for Thangkharang park, located just besides the Khoh Ramhah rock and offers a 180 degree view of the Bangladesh plains. Later than we visit the Mawsmai cave, a major crowd puller that leaves tourists spellbound. After trekking in the majestic cave we move for Eco Park, which hosts several hybrid and indigenous orchids. It also offers a breathtaking view of distant Sylhet Plains of neighbouring Banladesh.Attractions: Mawkdok Valley, Nohsngithiang (Seven sisters), Thangkharang, Mawsmai Cave, Eco Park.Part 4:
The next morning Ban took me to the tree house of Mawlynnong, managed by Lajong guest house, where one can get a get a glimpse of Bangladesh. After the morning tea, I bid goodbye to the Don Bok family and as arranged by Ban we set out for Nohwet View point, in his friend’s Ambrose’s taxi. The mountains of Sohra are right in front at this viewpoint. I was longing for the waterfalls that lied ahead, their thundering plunge calling out. Ambrose dropped me at the Pongtung cross roads (400rs) from where I got another cab till Pynrsula (50rs) from where another cab helped me reach Shillong (70rs). Reaching Shillong, I went straight to the Police bazaar and had a heavy Chinese cuisine for lunch. I made a mental note, avoid Chinese food before traveling. It made me gastric and sleepy. But then hunger pangs and the foodie in me goes berserk. Even before I reached Sohra (70rs) it started pouring. How wet can God be. From Sohra it was ~13 kms till Nongriat. Being a Sunday, no cabs were available further (in general even). (3pm) I started walking and was prepared mentally to cover the distance in 4 hours; by 7pm I should reach Nongriat. To keep track of distance left, I asked every occasional face I spotted, "Nongriat kitna door hai". People gave such frowning doubtful looks. An old lady deemed it impossible, her voice mocking my spirit. Above that I did two wrong things already, I could have managed to reach early, daylight recedes quickly in such a rainy weather and I was wearing floaters; floaters maybe convenient for short distances, beaches but never for long distance walking, especially if it’s raining. It was only after I crossed the cement factory at Mawmluh, did I encounter civilization and cars started making appearances. I tried my luck asking for lift but nobody seemed to care about a stupid guy getting himself wet walking in the rain. After walking certain stretch, a car stopped and windows rolled; perhaps my luck is back again. Two men with their driver were going towards a border area. They were Bengalis and owned a mining area near the Bangladesh border. Being Bengali helped. After hearing what I embarked upon, they put sense into me that it would had been a futile effort trying to reach Nongriat at this hour. I had my return train from Guwahati next day at 12.30pm. Somewhere, I might have miscalculated my timings. Even somehow if I had been able to reach Nongriat, there was possibly no way I would have been able to enjoy the place per se and make it back to Guwahati station on time. So I tagged along with my newfound saviors. Throughout they took care of me as their own, provided me with dinner on our return way where we stopped somewhere, at a road side eatery. By that time, it was pitch dark, car tail lights glowed devil red. It was still raining heavily, sprayed by winds blowing in full gust; I was trembling. I wished how soon would I return to a warm bed. It was 11pm when we hit Shillong. They wished me luck and I thanked them a lot. I got into the first hotel I could find a room (600rs), as loitering alone at night might not be a good idea; they tend to trouble outsiders. That night sleeping in the hotel room, I could only dream, had I continued on my path how things would have been different. But things not going my way were perhaps a blessing in disguise; another reason for me to come back again and explore the picturesque beauty that lies in Sohra, Nongriat and many such places hidden in Meghalaya's chest.Khublei . Kynduhpat !(Bye, See you again)
If you love the rain, this is the place. A place far from all the hustle of the city and close to the clouds. Carry an umbrella , the weather is unpredictable but you will definitely love this place. Best place for the nature lovers.Norkhalika falls , one of the best scenic beauty.Double Decker Living Root Bridge, a must visit for adventurers.
Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Single Decker Living Root Bridge, Nohsngithiang Falls, Mawsmai Cave
Tourism department conduct one day trip to Cherrapunji which includes waterfalls (Nohkalikai is more famous), a cave, Ramkrishna Mission school and a garden. The high attractions are the waterfalls (during some seasons these get dry, one can avoid then) and the cave. The cave is quite big with some small openings for one to pass through. One should also visit double decker roots bridge for which transport would be through either local taxis or a reserved taxi. One has to walk up and down almost 3000 stairs to get to the place (almost 1.5-2hrs). I also liked spending a night in homestay nearby and visiting the bridge early in the morning again when there was no crowd and the environment was calm.
99 Kms from Imphal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,October,November,December
The recently 'smoke-free' declared city has a lot to offer in terms of its rich history and culture. Nestled in the foot...
I flew from Hyderabad to Dimapur, the only airport and railhead in Nagaland. From the airport, I took an auto to Dimapur railway station, from where you will easily find shared Jeeps to Kohima. Now brace yourselves for a 3 hour long, tiring, bumpy ride on bad roads that will test your fitness and agility, after which you will reach Kohima, the capital city. It was almost sundown by the time I reached there, so I stayed there that night and headed towards a nearby village called Kigwema, the next day. If you are looking for luxurious hotels, Kohima is where you should stay put, because beyond it, in the villages, you will mostly find only basic homestays. I would suggest you to not spend too much time in Kohima and instead explore more of the villages because they are a lot more serene and peaceful.
By train: Numerous express trains go to Guwahati. From Guwahati, you get a local train to Dimapur which is a 5 hour journey. From Dimapur, you get a government bus or a shared taxi or a private vehicle to Kohima.By car: From Kohima main bus stand, you can get a private vehicle to Porba.
Contrary to the common belief, the festival of Hornbill does not happen in Kohima but around 12 km away from it (and a couple of hours long traffic, during the festival) in a village called Kisama Heritage Village.So for those visiting Hornbill for only a few days, it’s anyway not a very smart idea to be staying in Kohima and losing a few hours in the traffic everyday. Rather, consider staying in the village of Kigwema, located at only a walking distance from Kisama.Kigwema: A Peaceful Alternative Near Kohima
My plans change often. But this time was a bit different.I stayed in Kohima for two days, using the time to explore the town, walk through fascinating markets and taste some interesting Naga cuisine. I then loaded up the bike and set off for Imphal (Manipur). But, the bike had other plans.
a) De Oriental Grand: It is the most luxurious option available in this rustic hill townwww.deorientalgrand.comb) Hotel Vivor: It is another fine hotel replete with all basic amenities. It is known for its impeccable hospitalitywww.niathugroup.com/hotel-vivor-home
I was in Tawang, in deep dilemma. I didn't want to leave there and did not want to miss Nagaland either. But then again you have to leave one place to reach another. I left there on 25th and after long, restless, sleepless, and leg breaking journey of 27 hours straight, including a sumo ride, bus ride, and an alto ride, I reached Kohima. I did not have an ILP that is required to enter Nagaland, but somehow managed to get in with the help of some guys I met in alto. I stayed in dorm in The Blue Bayou, though it was costly (500 rs. per night), it was the best dorm I have stayed by far on my trip. From my dorm balcony I could get the panoramic view of Kohima, also there was some band downstairs, practicing for some gig and their music was beautiful. I roamed around the city, and it was such an experience with music and graffiti everywhere, street vendors selling all sort of crazy food (frogs, insects, and what not), and the best part was the coffee cafes with live music. Being a digital nomad it is important for me to get good wifi, and all the cafes there has good wi-fi. Do visit Dream Cafe, food there is ok but coffee was really good, and it has very good working environment with a panoramic view of Kohima.
Although, the road from Dimapur to Kohima was rocky and tiresome, yet the excitement of being at the coveted festival eliminated all the exhaustion. Moreover, the picturesque surrounding and the affable behaviour of the people of Kohima gave me an inexplicable feeling. Organised by the State Directorate of Tourism of Nagaland, the festival greets and embraces everyone to this beautiful place called Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. I was shocked to see that despite the rumors of being a disturbed state, people from all around the country flock to this city to get an overwhelming experience. Adorned with lights and several events happening simultaneously, the city becomes nothing lesser than a paradise on earth during the festival. You cannot deny the fact that December is considered to be the most happening month of the year and if you are in Kohima during this time, you are at the right place to have some wonderful moments to cherish.Regarded as the biggest festival in the North Eastern part of the country, it stood upright to prove its significance ever since its inception and has always been a pride for the people of the region. Though, our motive was to shoot the Rock Concert, which is a part of the festival, but could not restrain ourselves to indulge in the Naga way of blissful and happy life. It was a proud moment for the people of the region as the state of Nagaland was celebrating its fifty years of statehood and thus the festival was celebrated for ten days instead of the normal seven day schedule.Kisama, the Naga Heritage Village, which hosts the main festival, is well maintained and the scenic beauty around the area is breathtaking. With different stalls offering "Zothu” and "Thutse" (local alcoholic beverages made of rice) and the authentic food of the all the sixteen major tribes of Nagaland, Kisama offers a plethora of options for foodies and of course to bibulous like us. I visited all the stalls in Kisama to pleasure my taste buds with various delectable authentic food items and also to keep my spirits high, “Zothu” was always there. The stalls in Kisama closed their affair by 6 in the evening; however the night did not get over so soon. The Rock Contest, the Music Festival, the Hornbill Night Bazaar and many other activities kept the nights alive and young.The last day of the festival was more eventful as we all participated in the community dance where all the different tribes of the state unite and dance together. Since, we were there for the documentary shoot, after the celebration at Kisama, we had to rush to the Rock Contest Finale where ten bands got shortlisted from numerous bands, which came for audition from all across the country. That was the only time we were actually working apart from our extracurricular activities. It was fun, but to be frank, the result of the contest was unsatisfactory (*at least for me). Though the Rock Contest got over by 10 P.M., yet the night was still young and rocking. It was our last day in Kohima and we didn’t want to waste it at all. During our stay, we met some local guys and became friends, who took us to a party after the rock show. That place was meant for party freaks like us and we had the best of times, enjoying the party till the wee hours of the night. Dance to the tunes of the DJ or sit by the fire and enjoy some “Zothu”, it’s up to you. But I’m sure that if you were there, you would have had some amazing moments.With so many events and activities, I was gearing myself up for the festive season to follow. It was my first experience and with my fingers crossed, I am looking forward to have some more enthralling moments in the years to come at the Hornbill Festival.
11. Experience the thrill of mountain biking in KohimaA biking group called Native Station has pioneered the trend of mountain biking in Nagaland. The group has already organised several mountain biking events such as the Kohima Downhill and Thuwu-ni Enduro for professional riders. These biking trails present an adrenaline-filled experience that will take you through Naga villages such as Sangtam, Angami and the border villages of Assam.Visit Native Station for more information.
231 Kms from Imphal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,September,October,November,December
The road towards Mawlynnong passes through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Meghalaya. You'll see forests, cliff...
After spending 2-3 hours at Dawki, I decided to go to Mawlynnong. I couldn't find any bus to Mawlynnong from Dawki, so hitchhiked with a nice couple from Hyderabad as they were going to the same place. You can book a taxi for approx INR 1000-1500.There are a lot of homestays available at Mawlynnong village. I stayed at Ha la tyngkong Home Stay and found the people there really hospitable and down to earth. In my overnight stay there, I enjoyed home-cooked food and their lovely company. The room cost is INR 500-700 pp.
By afternoon we reached the Asia’s cleanest village which bragged this title in 2013 by Discover India. As the name suggests God’s own garden is truly a heavens places as we witnessed. The lush green and clean road of village was simply mesmerizing. The village looked so beautiful and well disciplined. All the houses have dustbins made of bamboo which they decompose and make their own manure out of which organic vegetables are being produced. One can book homestay within the village and get the experience of locales of the village life of khasi tribe.
Next morning a friends mom arranged a bus to Mawlinlong and Dawki which we thought was a public bus but it was an arranged tour. After our adventures until last night, this was a very dull day.
Mawlynnong is roughly 80 Kms south towards the Bangladesh border from Shillong and very well connected by road. You can take a cab from Shillong or Guwahati to enjoy the beautiful scenic ride.
In 'Yarrow Unvisited', William Wordsworth wrote about his fear of visiting Yarrow; thinking of how devastated he would be if the real Yarrow river and it's valley do not match up to his imaginative one. Believe me, it is quite easy to feel like Wordsworth too when you're about visit a place like Mawlynnong . Rated by Discover India, then again, by BBC Travel as 'The cleanest village in Asia', a quick Google search will make you excited enough and your heart will set off racing in anticipation as you drive through fog to head to the famous village.A fellow traveller on the next seat and this writer were talking about our 'Yarrow Unvisited' situation as the Meghalaya State Transport bus we were on climbed down East Khasi Hills with fog-lights on, courtesy our late start from Shillong. On hindsight, we were being over dramatic because a couple of hours later we were setting foot there. But since it was already dark, I couldn't form any impression. And that was left for the next morning, as I slithered into the camping tent set up for the younger and more adventurous among us.The weather was damp, humid and boy, it was hot. Bah Risot, our host for the stay at Mawlynnong poured us a strong brew of local red tea as we try to familiarise ourselves with the environment. He speaks impeccable English and for my first impression of this famous village, this was quite good. He, like most Khasi men, have moved here since his marriage to a local woman. For the uninitiated, Khasi society is a matrilineal one. Unlike the rest of world (mind you, there are only a handful of matrilineal society), men move into their women's house in marriage and inheritance are given to the daughters. Probably, one of the deciding factors in making Mawlynnong the cleanest village in Asia, considering the fact that women are by nature much more particular about cleanliness. Skyview, a treetop view of Bangladesh or rather the swampy upper plains of Syllhet district of Bangladesh, came free (much like complimentary breakfast with hotels). He would charge 20 bucks for others who would like the opportunity to climb the bamboo walkway. The view is nothing to write home about but the sky does look good in the early hours as the sun rises up. Maybe that's why Bah Risot had named it Skyview, instead of Bangladesh view.So, how does this village manage to bring in over 200 tourists everyday? We're about to find out. The roads are properly tarred; with flowers of every kind lining its streets, complemented of course by trash bins made out of split bamboo. One can't call it dustbin because it's more of a basket. You'll find the womenfolk pulling weeds from their garden and if you ask around enough they'll tell you that the village has been like this, way before it was discovered. It wasn't like one day they decided to compete for the title of the cleanest village by overhauling themselves or as one might assume adopted by an NGO to be a model village. They say it's a traditional thing. Bijoya Sawian, also wrote in a book I picked up from Shillong, that cleanliness is an inherent Khasi trait. I'll take his words for it.Mawlynnong with all the modernisation around it, is still a village. And this place carries the charm of a virgin bride. It was ages ago since I last saw so many crabs in a brook. One morning, we managed to find about enough crabs for lunch in under 20 minutes. Mind you, crabs come out at night and we were only picking up the ones who stayed out late in the morning. Living Root Bridge, a bridge formed out of tree roots is a spectacle. It is perhaps the only living and breathing bridge.Sukher, a young local lad who also speaks decent English walked me through the history of Mawlynnong. He organise trekking trips to the outer part of the village and with all his enthusiasm told me of a place reminiscent of James Cameron's Avatar. To my regret, I couldn't club the foray in the schedule of my short stay. He also told me of how unfortunate it is that tourists who visit the place litters. It's ironic because one will have to assume that you go to a village famous for cleanliness to learn something about it. Unfortunately, in India it's the photo ops that matters. The photos of you standing near a monument/statue/bridge with which you can brag about to friends and relatives that matters.Mawlynnong is not just another tourist spot. It is not even a hill station. The village essentially remains a village. The only bit of commercialisation you see here in a tea-shop. And that, I believe is the most endearing part here.Having left Mawlynnong and then Shillong, I sat down at my hotel in Guwahati and thought about Wordsworth's fear. Was I disappointed? Far from it! "The things of reality are far more beautiful than things of imagination.", he wrote in Yarrow Visited. Forgive me if I sound like a parrot but I feel that way too.P. S: 'Bah' is a Khasi honorific used to address older male members. Much like 'Da' in Bengali and Abung in Rongmei.Looking for crabs in the early hour at Mawlynnong reminds me of the many fishing trips with my old man when I was younger. The experience made me miss him. Even more so, on a day like today. Happy Fathers Day.
The morning brought a fresh dose of enthusiasm with the hen’s clucking at sunrise and localites starting for their jobs early. It’s aptly declared the cleanest Asian village as we could see every native conscious of keeping the place squeaky clean, not allowing even fallen leaves to be left scattered on the roads. The village dustbins are made from jute instead of plastic and there’s no sign of dump/waste in the open anywhere in the village. We walked through the village and took a path which was leading inside forest for an early morning walk:
Mawlynnong:Mawlynnong village is known as the cleanest village in Asia. We could see there were bamboo dustbins all over the village, plastic bags are banned, and smoking is also prohibited. Also, do try to have the lunch there as it was mouth watering.
On our way to Dawki, we came accross a village at Mawlynnong. This is truly the cleanest village. The artifacts and hand crafts are made of wood and bamboo, the homes are constructed with Bamboo, even the dust bins are made with Bamboo. I couldn't even see a paper piece in the streets, let alone the plastic!
Nongriat to Mawlynnong via Tyrna (4.5 kilometers trek and 100 kilometers ride)Yet again, the day started with a trek. The walk back to Tyrna comprised of ascending 3000 steps but we reached there early in the afternoon. We loaded our bike and bid adieu to the beautiful kids of Tyrna village. Our route to Mawlynnong was via the same road to Shillong but the weather was totally different this time. There was dense fog all around and we finally got a sense why the state is called “Megh-Alaya”. We unfortunately missed the turn to the famous Nohkalikai falls in the fog and realized it only after going a long distance so we continued forward. A few kms before Mawlynnong the road became really narrow with dense banana trees on all sides making it difficult to anticipate the oncoming vehicles. We found it very difficult to find accommodation at Mawlynnong as even basic hotels were priced upwards of 2K for a night. Finally after wasting a lot of time we found a room in the attic of an under-renovation hotel which fit our budget. We then decided to explore “Asia’s cleanest village” and found it to be as clean as all the other villages of Meghalaya. By 7 pm everything was shut and we had a basic dinner at the only restaurant of the village. Overall we were a little disappointed with Mawlynnong and we would not recommend a night halt there.