A Walk in the Clouds: Meghalaya

5 –10 April, 2021 | 6 Days/5 Nights

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Meghalaya – the aptly named “abode of the clouds” – is a series of hill ranges running east to west that are named after the tribes that live there; the Jaintia Hills, the Khasi Hills and the Garo Hills. These forest covered ranges (tropical jungle in the lower reaches yielding to pine higher up) separate Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley from the plains of Bangladesh. Atop the Khasi Hills sits the Shillong Plateau, a cool, wet, pine-fresh, undulating tableland that ends in dramatic limestone cliffs towering above the plains of Sylhet in modern day Bangladesh.

We spend some time in the capital Shillong, a city that at first glance resembles any untidy & unplanned Indian hill station – however one that still retains its colonial era charm in pockets, and one with a vibe & ambience that is unlike any of its peers in the rest of India.

Visit one of the wettest places on earth Sohra (formerly Cherrapunjee) and trek to nearby villages connected only by bridges fashioned from the living, aerial roots of the banyan tree.

In Shillong, we shall stay at the Rockcliffe, a charming homestay and in Sohra we shall stay at the well appointed Jiva Resort

For this trip, our travel is based on 3 people to an Innova, so it’s comfortable and safe

Have a look at the detailed itinerary below

Note: While we request for twin bedded rooms in the North East, at times in some hotels we are only able to get double beds

We need 5 people to conduct this tour

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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a double / twin sharing basis
  • All transport from pick up at Guwahati Airport and drop back to Guwahati airport.
  • We will travel in Innovas and plan only 3 people to a car
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • GST at 5%
  • Camera fees at sites
  • Any meals not included above
  • Tips and portages
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (including mineral water)
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Airfare / train fare

ITINERARY

Monday, 5th April; Guwahati – Shillong (No Meals included)
  • Arrive at Guwahati airport
(Please discuss with us the flight timings before booking)
  • Drive to Shillong that is about 140 km and takes around 4 hours to reach.
  • Enroute visit Umiam Lake.
Overnight at Rockcliff
Tuesday, 6th April; Shillong (Includes breakfast)
  • In the morning go for a walk in the sacred forest of Mawphlang.
The Khasi tribe of Meghalaya were once animists, who believed in the spirits of the forest. Hence every village maintained a tract of forest called Sacred Grove where they used to worship the elements of nature and perform sacrifices. The forests of Mawphlang are one of the last surviving sacred groves in Meghalaya.
  • From here continue on the David Scott trail to Ladmawphlang.
The trail gets it’ name from David Scott who was the Political Officer in Khasi Hills for more than 20 years during which period he built a cart trail from Sohra to Sylhet in Bangladesh.  This scenic trail takes around 5 to 6 hours and is moderately tough. It is an optional trek, so those who may not be able to do it will be taken for separate sightseeing.
  • By evening drive back to Shillong.
Overnight at Rockcliff
Click here for detailed itinerary