A Walk in the Clouds: Meghalaya

16 –21 April, 2019 | 6 Days/5 Nights

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Meghalaya, aptly named the ‘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 jungles 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 table land that ends in dramatic limestone cliffs towering above the plains of Sylhet in modern-day Bangladesh.

Spend some time in the capital city of 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 and ambience that is unlike any of its peers in the rest of India.

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

In Shillong we shall stay at the Aerodene Cottage, a charming Raj-era bungalow, and in Sohra we shall stay at the well-appointed Jiva Resort.

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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a double/twin-sharing basis
  • All transport from pick up at Guwahati airport to drop back to Guwahati airport
  • Travel by a tempo traveller for the duration of the trip (4 people to a vehicle)
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guide in Meghalaya
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
  • GST at 5%
  • Any air fare/train fare
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, including mineral water
  • Any personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, etc.
  • Camera fees at sites
  • Tips and portages
  • Any other item not mentioned in Inclusions above
  • Any services not mentioned in Inclusions above
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather, etc.

ITINERARY

Day1
Day 1 – Tuesday, 16th April (includes no meals) Guwahati – Shillong
  • Arrive at Guwahati airport.
(Please check flight/train timings with us before booking.)
  • Then drive to Shillong. The drive will take about 4 hours (a distance of 140 kilometres will be covered).
  • En route visit Umiam Lake view point.
  • Proceed to reach Shillong and check-in to the hotel.
  • Evening at leisure.
  • Overnight at Aerodene Cottage
Day2
Day 2 – Wednesday, 17th April (includes breakfast) Shillong
  • Today, post breakfast we will do sightseeing in Shillong.
  • In the morning go for a walk in the sacred forest of Mawphlang. The Khasi tribes of Meghalaya were once animists, who believed in the spirits of the forest. Hence, every village maintained a tract of forest called the 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 its 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 but moderately tough trek takes around 5 to 6 hours.    Please note that this trek is an optional activity. Since this is a moderately  tough trek, some of you may not be able to do it. In which case we will do some   sightseeing – we can discuss this later.
  • By evening drive back to Shillong.
  • Overnight at Aerodene Cottage
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