A Walk in the Clouds – Meghalaya
27 –2 October, 2018 | 6 Days/5 Nights
Meghalaya – 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 have picked the month of September for our holiday as the rains will be petering out by then, and the hills will be lush green.
Spend some time in the capital Shillong, a city that at first glance resembles any untidy and 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. Then, relax and unwind at Langkawet a beautiful hamlet lying at the centre of the East Khasi Hills district that was once renowned as the place where drummers for the annual “Shad” festival would congregate.
In Shillong we shall stay at the Aerodene Cottage, a charming Raj era bungalow and in Sohra we shall stay at the luxurious, well-appointed Polo Orchid Resort. In Langkawet it will be at the appropriately rustic but comfortable Langkawet Retreat.
₹39,900/head on a twin sharing basis
Single supplement – ₹9500 (cannot guarantee the same in Langakwet – as there is very limited availability)