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Adventure Escape to Meghalaya - 3 Days

Why you should visit Meghalaya?

Meghalaya is famed for its roaring high waterfalls and dense forests. Its name literally means “Abode of the Clouds.” As soon as you arrive in Meghalaya, you will quickly realise that describing the entire mood of the state is challenging as it is a land of wonders in terms of travel or tourism. Meghalaya, often known as the “Land of the Clouds,” is a serene and exciting place. You will discover that the magical vistas that Meghalaya has to offer are nothing but maximum charm and peace as you explore this breathtaking splendor. The intriguing tunnels and crystal-clear river water make this a must-see destination. The sight of Meghalaya’s lofty mountains will leave you speechless.

On January 21, 1972, Meghalaya was founded by splitting out two districts from Assam: the United Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills, and the Garo Hills. Meghalaya was once a part of Assam, but on January 21, 1972, the districts of Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia hills were separated from Assam and formed the new state of Meghalaya.

Shillong

Shillong is a hill station and the capital of Meghalaya, as well as the country’s sole hill station with access from all directions. Shillong gets its name from U-Shyllong, a powerful deity, and is located at an elevation of 1,491 metres above sea level. The city is situated in the middle of a flat surrounded by hills. Guwahati is roughly 80-90 kilometres away from this lovely city. Shillong is the educational heart of the entire Northeast, thanks to the presence of numerous well-regarded educational institutions, many of which were founded by various missionary groups. Shillong has a westernized culture and a youthful atmosphere. Shillong is also known as India’s music capital, with several well-known musicians hailing from the city.

Shillong
Photo by- Aenic Visuals

Cherrapunji

Sohra, formerly Cherrapunji, is a sub-division in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills District, located on a plateau on the state’s southern slopes. Waterfalls falling over deep gorges abound at Sohra. The swift-flowing rivers and streams flow to the plains in a southerly direction. It is of the world’s most eco-friendly places, with the distinction of receiving the world’s most rainfall. It’s a great spot to learn about the Indian summer monsoons because it’s set against a beautiful setting. The south west monsoon and the north east winds have a direct influence on this annual meteorological phenomenon. The intense monsoon rains that fall over these mountains generate one of the world’s most bio-diverse vegetation in Sohra. In north-east India, there is a very gorgeous region waiting to be discovered and explored.

cherapunjee
Photo – Rasheda Akter

Dawki

This little settlement in the heart of the Jaintia Hills is located on the India-Bangladesh border. Another stunning natural wonder in Meghalaya, this town is most known for exporting coal to Bangladesh and other parts of India. The Dawki Bridge is the main attraction here, aside from the breathtaking natural beauty and tranquilly. It is a suspension bridge that spans the Umngot River and provides amazing panoramic views for all visitors. The green colour of the Dawki river is one of the main attractions of the area, which has resulted in a boom in Dawki tourism in recent years.

Photo – Local Guide

Meghalaya Trip Summary

You will be picked up from Guwahati in the morning and go to Umiam lake for a splendid viewpoint before reaching Shillong. First day will be followed by sightseeing in the entire city of Shillong.

The next day you are going to spend time in one of the world’s wettest places called Cherrapunji or Sohra and its gorgeous waterfalls.

Last day will be spent in Dawki where you can do boating in the crystal clear river then visit the world’s cleanest village named Mawlynlong before returning to Guwahati through Shillong.

When is the best time to visit Meghalaya?

With its verdant valleys, clean waterfalls, and otherworldly views in the monsoon, Meghalaya is bliss on earth. The choice of when to visit this state is yours, whether it’s for the pleasant summer days or the stunning cherry blossom trees in full bloom in the autumn.

The greatest time to visit Meghalaya, often known as the Land of Clouds, is between October and June. Most tourist spots in the state have temperatures that rarely exceed 30°C, making it an ideal getaway from the country’s summer season, which runs from March to June. It is also popular with tourists from high and moderate temperature zones throughout the autumn and winter seasons, i.e. from October to November and December to February. Meghalaya, the wettest state in the country, is not typically advised to travelers during the rainy season. The state receives an average of 250 cm of rain each year. The season starts in May and lasts through the end of September, or occasionally until the middle of October. However, one may visit the lovely state at the start or end of the monsoon season, when the rains aren’t too intense and the scenery is breathtaking.

Meghalaya in summer (April to June)

The sun kisses this rainy state, making this the ideal time of year for adventurers. The pleasant weather allows you to fulfill your curiosity while exploring the region outside. As a result, the best time to visit Meghalaya is during the summer. Because it is raining in the area, the skies are always dark and dreary throughout the day, making it an ideal time for adventurous activities. At this time of year, there will never be a dull moment in Meghalaya. Most festivals are held in the summer, when the streets are bustling with people and activity. The good weather also makes it an ideal time to go sightseeing and participate in adventure activities.

Meghalaya in Monsoon (July to September)

At this time of year, the state is drenched with rain showers. Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram, two of the world’s rainiest cities, are located in Meghalaya. This makes the monsoons a great opportunity to stay put in the hills with your family and enjoy a hot beverage while snuggled into a blanket. At this time of year, going out and exploring the area is not advised. The landscape compensates for this with misty mornings, dewy and verdant meadows, and cascading waterfalls that pound down furiously on the rocks.

Meghalaya in Autumn (October to November)

The constant rains make the autumn weather in Meghalaya chilly, wet, and humid. At this time of year, the damp state is speckled with cherry blossom trees that are in full bloom. With the arrival of the winter season, the temperatures begin to drop. This is the ideal moment to take in the splendor of the state at its peak. Autumn also heralds the arrival of mesmerising cherry blossoms. This season, it will be adorned with pink and white blossoms, making you feel as if you are in a Japanese garden.

Meghalaya in winter (December to February)

The weather in Meghalaya during the winter is pleasant. Temperatures continue to drop as the days pass. The days, however, are rather warm due to the sun, while the evenings bring with them some cool winds. In comparison to January and February, December is not as cold. The state will be still filled with cherry blossom in most of the parts. The weather, on the other hand, remains clear. This weather also makes it possible to go on hiking adventures and visit nearby places like Shillong, Tura, and Guwahati. Dawki and the Living Route Bridge are also worth visiting.

Itinerary

Day 1
Guwahati to Shillong

• You will be picked up from Khanapara around 6:30 am. Get ready for the blissful drive to abode of clouds.
• We will stop by Nongpoh for breakfast. Driving through the smooth roads with stunning views all around, we will directly stop at Borapani view point. Calm your eyes by glancing over the beautiful pristine blue lake.
• Our next stop will be the one in a kind gorgeous church, Cathedral of Mary help of Christians. Take a walk over the whole area the church covers a lot of area with the beautiful gardens, statues and terracotta figures.
• After that, move to Police Bazaar, explore the market area and have your lunch over there. As you fill your stomach with delicious food, we will move to elephant falls. Trek down to the foot of the fall and enjoy your last time of the day there.
• Drive to homestay by enjoying the evening hours.
• By evening, chill over bonfire, have dinner and call it a day.

Day 2
Shillong to Cherrapunji

• Wake up to a fresh morning. After getting freshen up, have your breakfast and head directly to Cherrapunji.
• Stop at Eco Park first; explore the area with the amazing views and the gorgeous waterfall flowing down.
• Next, explore the naturally made narrow, rugged limestone cave. It’s a wonderful walk through the tough path inside the cave. Head to the Nohkalikai waterfall view point next. It’s the highest plunge waterfall in India and one of the most beautiful among all others in Meghalaya.
• Come back to your homestay, have dinner and call it a day.

Day 3
Dawki- Crystal Clear Waters

• Wake up next morning and after having breakfast drive to Dawki.
• Do boating in the crystal clear river and enjoy your morning time exploring the village.
• Next, we will move to explore the cleanest village of Asia, Mawlynlong. Take a walk around the village, talk to the locals and appreciate their way of living.
• Drive back to Shillong, have lunch and it’s your time to bid goodbye to this trip. Buy some souvenirs to cherish the memories of the trip and drive back to Guwahati.

Include

  • • Camping/Home Stay
  • • Sightseeing
  • • 2 Dinner (Local Way)
  • • 3 Breakfast
  • • Private car and guide.
  • • Pick up drop from Guwahati - Meghalaya -Guwahati
  • • Full safety & precaution

Exclude

  • ● Airfare charges
  • ● All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above
  • ● Trekking shoes and clothing (Any personal equipment)
  • ● Any camera fees
  • ● Hotel & driver tips if any, (since the locals earn low wages, your tips can show your appreciation)
  • ● Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc.
  • ● Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
  • ● Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • ● Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Inclusions”
  • . Lunch.
  • . Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
What will be the temperature in Meghalaya?

The temperature in afternoon will be normal but at night it will go down upto 10 degree Celsius. Carry warm clothes as it will help you to stay warm. Meghalaya’s overall climate is generally mild. Shillong’s average temperature is around 21–23 °C in August, and 8–10 °C in December and January.

What about battery charging ?

You will get battery charging at the the campsite/Homestay.

What about internet access?

You wont get full internet access at every part of Meghalaya as we will be going to some remote places too. Try to enjoy with nature and forget the outer world.

What about the security?

Oddessemania will ensure full safety of you during the whole trip. Moreover Meghalaya is a safe state to travel.

Important Things To Carry

These are the important items you should carry during the trek. Other than this Oddessemania team will provide you the necessary items required during the trek.

CLOTHING
1.  3 Pairs of clothing (t-shirt + trousers)
2.  Sun Cap, Face Mask/Buff
3.  Raincoat/Poncho
4.  Normal Jacket 
5.  Woolen Socks
6.  Thermal wear
7.  Hand gloves
TREKKING
1.  Small Backpack (during trek use)
2.  Trekking shoes/Sport Shoes
3.  Sunglasses
4.  Sunscreen at least 40+SPF
5.  Lunchbox & Spoon
6.  Water bottle & Mug
7.  Energy bars, energy drink
8.  Extra cloth Bags for wet clothes
PERSONAL
1.  Prescribed Medicine
2.  Camera + Charger + Power bank
3.  Cold Cream
4.  Personal sanitization & essential toiletries
5.  Mask, Id card and Medical Certificate

Yes, Meghalaya is a safe place to go on a trip. Prepare yourself and get all the details you want before starting this trek as it will help you to know more about it.

Then also Oddessemania Team has listed some factors for safety.

Altitude & Terrain Wise

Meghalaya is geographically termed as the Shillong Plateau or the Meghalaya Plateau. An important aspect of the geography of Meghalaya is its rock formations-some of which are the oldest. Meghalaya includes the Khasi, the Garo, the Jaintia hills and the Assam ranges at its border. Meghalaya represents the extension of peninsular India towards the Northeast. The height of the dissected Meghalaya Plateau is 150 meters – 1961 meters above sea level.

The height and physical features greatly influence its climate, a major aspect of Meghalaya geography.

” Oddessemania guides are well trained in Mountaineering and Medical Safety in Mountaineering ” 

Hospitals in and around

Jiban Ram Goenka Hospital

Address: HVGC+3HP, Upper Mawprem, Garikhana, Shillong, Meghalaya 793002

Hope Clinic
Address: Pine Mount Ridge, Opp Pine Mount School, Barik, Opp Pine Mount School, Barik, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001
Sohra CHC
Address: 7PCP+X6F, Saitsohpen, Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya 793108

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