Itinerary

THE LIVING ROOT BRIDGES, WATERFALLS AND SACRED FORESTS
OF MEGHALAYA

Day 1: Arrive in Guwahati, to be met by your driver and guide. Time permitting, visit Kamakhya temple, Kalakshetra museum, plus the state emporium. Otherwise, we drive from Guwahati to Shillong, breaking the journey to stroll through fresh pine trees down to the edge of the waters of Umiam (Bara Pani) Lake. We reach Shillong, a former British hill station, chosen as their headquarters for the Khasi administration and nicknamed the “Scotland of the East” on account of the green mountain scenery surrounding it. In the evening, we begin to explore the city. Overnight at Shillong

Day 2: Today we have a full day of sightseeing in and around Shillong, beginning with the Dan Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures. We also visit the Catholic Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians and the traditional Bara Market. Overnight at Shillong.

Day 3: We drive to the Nartiang monoliths and visit the nearby 600-year old Durga Temple, before heading to Dawki, pausing at the beautiful Krang Suri Waterfalls. Overnight at Dawki.

Day 4: A full day of recreational activities to suit you, including swimming, diving, canoeing, kayaking and hiking, or just exploring the neighbourhood on foot. Overnight at Dawki.

Day 5: We drive to Tamabil to visit the border crossing between Meghalaya and Bangladesh before driving to Mawlynnong, known as “the cleanest village in India”. We cross its single decker living root bridge and enjoy stunning views over into Bangladesh. Finally, we visit the natural Balancing Stone. Overnight at Mawlynnong.

Day 6: Once more, we drive through stunning mountain scenery, pausing at the spectacular Noh Ka Likai Falls, the sacred Hindu site of Kah Ramrah, afterwards taking a stroll through the gardens of Thangkharang Park. Finally, we arrive at Sohra, still often known by the colonial name of Cherrapunji, claimed to be the wettest place on earth. Overnight at Sohra.

Day 7: We trek along a trail that descends to the unique double decker living root bridge, created by the local War Khasi tribe. If we have enough energy, we venture further along the trail to the spectacular Rainbow Waterfall. Overnight at Sohra in a hotel or homestay.

Day 8: We take a beautiful drive to Konthong, the “Whistling Village”, where traditionally at birth all children are given by their mothers a unique whistled melody rather than a spoken name. We also visit Mawsmai Cave and Arwah Lumshyna Cave. Overnight at Sohra.

Day 9: Today we drive to Ladmawphlang, the starting point for the delightful 16 km David Scott Trail.  We finish our walk at Mawphlang Sacred Forest, still revered today by Khasi tribes people, containing much unique flora and fauna. Overnight at Mawphlang.

Day 10: Today we drive from Sohra back to Guwahati, breaking our journey at the popular Elephant Falls, continuing to our final destination via Shillong. Overnight at Guwahati.

Day 11: Transfer to the airport and depart.