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- Vacation Style Holiday TypeChildren, Culture, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, Jungle
- Activity Level Leisurely
- Group Size Small Group
Meghalaya - literally meaning ‘the abode of clouds!’. The hills predominantly inhabited by Garo, Khasi and Jaintia tribes is so green and beautiful that it was called by the name ‘Scotland of the East’ by the British. Some say ‘It’s always raining in Meghalaya! That’s why it’s so beautiful’. The natural geography of the hills, soft limestone, and millions of years of rainfall has made way for the hidden gorges, wormhole caverns and plunging cliffs. Second to no other place on Earth, the hills are full of deep culture and traditions. One such tradition is weaving ‘living bridges’ from the aerial roots giant jungle fig trees.
Have you ever heard of Nongkhnum River Island? Well, it’s the second largest river island of Asia with mesmerising landscapes and waterfalls. Khasi community from the Nonglwai village has opened up their houses for us. We will be spending some quality time with them, eating, singing, dancing and learning the Khasi way of living. There are over 180 different varieties of wild Orchids here. Mawlyngbna is a village whose exact location you won’t be able to find on Google. The locals believe the village has emerged out of water as one can see fossils embedded in the rocks around the village.
We will be driving through some of the remotest parts of Meghalaya of which many of us are oblivious of, learning and living the Khasi way of life. Let’s deep dive into a culture that follows the matrilineal tradition, with wealth and names passed from mother to daughter, and men live with their maternal in-laws after marriage.
Let’s learn together from this beautiful place and people!
Mawphanlur Village – Nestled on a hilltop, the village has as many as more than 15 naturally occurring Lakes on it. It won’t be wrong to call it a heaven on earth. One can kayak, SUP, swim, angle and just enjoy the calm of forests. There is something for everyone here!
Nonkhnum River Island –is the largest river island in Meghalaya and second largest in Asia, after Majuli. One can have a leisure time with nature in this Island, guarded by two water falls- Thum Falls on the right and Weinia Falls on the left. One can visit Strawberry farms and have the luxury of plucking it with one’s own hand.
Nonglwai Village – A village with all the potential to become a model village in the near future in all its sense. A village where Nonglwai Orchid Preservation Society, which received the Plant Genome Saviour Community from the Government of India for the tireless effort to preserve as many as 180 plus varieties of Orchids from the wild. The women in this village also run a successful SHG providing fresh vegetables to Nongstoin town.
Mawlyngbna Village – A village that seems to emerge out of Bangladesh stands tall with bountiful nature. One can explore caves, water falls, Umkhakoi water Reservoir for kayaking and angling, natural springs and community owned forest, and a trek on a rocks that seem to have been trotted by animals and hence the appearance of numerous footprints of animals on the rocks. One can see fossils embedded on rocks too, as it is believed that this place was once under the water.
Nongriat Village / Living root bridges – Nongriat need no description. It is famous for its double root bridges, natural beauty and pristine natural aqua colored pools.
Shnongpdeng Village – is situated close to the India-Bangladesh border on the banks of Dawki river. The village is rarely explored as most travellers throng to Dawki. It is far better version of Dawki with river being more crystal clear here.
- Day 1 Guwahati to Mawphanlur, 5 hours
• Arrival at Guwahati airport before 11:59 AM • Lunch in Guwahati • Guwahati to Mawphanlur o The day will be nearing an end by the time we reach Mawphanlur. After reaching there we will have a small introductory session among the group with dinner and then head to beds. • Overnight stay in a guest-house
- Day 2 Exploring Mawphanlur
• Walk around Mawphanlur exploring the surreal landscape and water bodies. o Those who are interested can indulge in cooking lunch, swimming or taking up kayaking (additional charges applicable). • Overnight stay in a guest house
- Day 3 Mawphanlur to Nongkhnum River Island, 2 hours
• Today post breakfast, we will head to Asia’s second largest river island i.e. Nongkhnum • Depending on our day and group’s interest, we will take a flexible route to Nongkhnum Island. Either drive directly to the stay via Thum falls or driving from the other end and then hiking for 30-45 minutes via Weinia falls to reach our stay. • Explore the island – short treks, boat rides to water falls etc. • Overnight stay in a guest house
- Day 4 Nongkhnum River Island to Nonglwai, 1 hour
• In the morning, walk around the island, go for a swim, pick the strawberries, trek to the other waterfall or just chill at the beach. • Post lunch, we will head to the village Nonglwai. En-route, we shall visit a strawberry farm and taste the world’s best organically grown strawberries • At Nonglwai, we will split and find accommodation with different families. The village elders and chief have agreed to open up their houses for us! • Post dinner with respective families, all of us will gather with the village community to talk about their life and culture. Maybe learn a few Khasi folksongs and dance together the Khasi way. • Overnight stay in a homestay.
- Day 5 Nonglwai to Mawlyngbna, 5 hours
• In the morning, we will visit the Orchid Conservation Initiative of the village that has over 180 different varieties of wild Orchids. • Later, we will head to village Mawlynbna (close to India-Bangladesh border) visiting Rilang valley and Mawkyrwat Monolith enroute. • En-route, we will visit Rilang valley and Mawkyrwat monoliths. • Mawlyngbna is a very remote and completely off the tourist map. The village can’t be located even on Google Maps. ☺ • Accommodation tonight will be on triple-sharing basis as there is shortage of decent accommodation in the village. o We can pitch tents if the group vouch for it and if it’s not raining.
- Day 6 Exploring Mawlyngbna
• After breakfast, we will head out to explore Mawlyngbna • Some of the places we will be doing today would be Caving, explore hidden waterfalls, go for a fossil trek (Luri Lura), visit split rock and listen to its folks tales, kayaking (in Umkha Koi) etc. • Overnight stay in the guest house/camps.
- Day 7 Mawlyngbna to Nongriat, 3.5hrs
• Post breakfast we will head to Tyrna, starting point for an easy trek to Nongriat. • Trek to Nongriat, 1 hour, and double decker root bridge. • Overnights stay in a homestay in Nongriat
- Day 8 Nongriat to Cherrapunji, 2 hours trek and 45 minutes drive
• Post breakfast, we will start our trek back to Tyrna. • Before we start climbing the steps to Tyrna, we will trek to Rainbow falls and some secret and usually safe secret swimming pools. • Visit Nokhalikai falls • Overnights stay in Cherrapunji/Sohra
- Day 9 Cherrapunji to Guwahati, 4-5 hours
• Early morning around 8 am, we will drive back to Guwahati via Shillong. o Expected arrival in Guwhati before 1 PM. • Tour ends at Guwahati
INR 40,000 per person from Guwahati to Guwahati.
10% off (INR 4,000) till March 30.
Please note the group size is limited to 6 people only.
Following fee will be deducted upon cancellation –
Before 60 days trip departure date: 10% of the trip cost
Between 60-46 days before trip departure date: 30% of the trip cost
Between 45-30 days before trip departure date: 50% of the trip cost
Between 30-15 days before trip departure date: 75% of the trip cost
Less than 15 days before the trip departure date: No refund
- All travel from Guwahati to Guwahati
- Lifestraw Go water bottles fitted with inbuilt filtration capsules capable of removing 99.99% of bacteria and protozoan parasites. We strictly avoid purchasing plastic water bottles on the tour. Lifestraw water bottle is all yours to take back home after the tour.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis except for village Mawlyngbna where it’ll be triple sharing.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) except for the lunch on last day
- Highly professional and friendly tour leader and a local guide
- Permits or entrance costs required if any
- Kayaking fee (< INR 500) at Mawphanlur or Mawlyngbna or boating fee
- Any items/service which are personal in nature like toiletries, sun protection, creams, laundry, phone calls, booze etc.
- Any extra expenses due to delays arising from bad weather or any other unforeseen reasons.
- Any medical expenses
- Any other expenses of any nature not mentioned in the Inclusions section