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Weekend Gateway To Meghalaya

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 realize 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.

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

One of its most admired wonders is the Sohra Double Decker Living Root Bridge. The famed Double Decker Living Root Bridge, nestled in the deep green forests of Meghalaya, is blessed with rain for the most of the year. It is one of Meghalaya’s most beautiful partially man-made structures, erected in part by the Khasi tribe. The term “double-decker bridge” refers to a structure with two decks or tiers generated by root entanglement. If you are not physically healthy enough to climb to the summit, the upper bridge is 20 metres long and tough to access.

The bridge begins in the village of Tyrna and travels along the Umshiang River. The hike down to the bridge from the base village of Tyrna, which is 20 kilometres away from Sohra City, is a massive 3500 steps each way to the bridge and back. On the approach to the actual bridge, there are other smaller bridges that are not entirely supported by nature and are supported by metal wire because the tree roots utilized for these bridges are not as strong as those used for other trees.

Meghlaya
Photo By-Local Guide

Nohkalikai waterfall

The most dramatic and highest plunge waterfall in India is Nohkalikai Falls, which is located around 7.5 kilometres from Cherrapunji (Sohra) in the East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. Nohkalikai Falls should and must be included in your Meghalaya itinerary. Nohkalikai literally means “Jump of Ka Likai,” where “Noh” means “jump,” “Ka” is a feminine prefix, and “Likai” is the name of the Khasi woman who inspired the terrifying legend. Nohkalikai is one of the world’s highest waterfalls, with a plunge of around 340 metres. The sight of falls plunging into a stunning blue lake from red-rock cliffs surrounded by lush greenery makes visitors’ jaws drop. With time and season, the pool at the base of the falls changes colour from blue to green to aqua.

Wei Sawdong waterfall

This waterfall is around 7 kilometres from Sohra, about a 2-hour trip from Shillong. The word ‘Wei Sawdong’ conjures up images of a circular lagoon. The crystal blue water flows into a lovely three-step lagoon. This waterfall is surrounded by a tangle of lush vegetation. The road that leads to the falls is somewhat small, with mountains on either side, creating for a very stunning sight. You will be treated to a spectacular glimpse of the falls below. The descent to the bottom of the falls will take another 20 minutes. However, keep in mind that treks and trails in Meghalaya needs a decent level of fitness.

WEI SHAWDONG WATEFALL Meghalaya
Photo Taken by- Dhruva

Daithlen waterfall

If you don’t want to go to the usual tourist traps in Cherrapunji, the Daithlen Falls in Cherrapunji is a great place to go. The area surrounding the Daithlen Falls is unspoiled and offers a pleasant serenity that is suitable for spending the day at leisure. A road to the right, just before reaching Cherrapunji, goes to the Daithlen Falls, which is 5 kilometres away. According to legend, this waterfall was named after a Thlen, a massive snake that lived in a cave.

Overview

You will b picked up from Guwahati early in the morning and will be heading towards the iconic Double Decker living root bridge, Tyrna village, Nongriat.

The next day will be dedicated to waterfalls, namely the Wei Sawdong falls which is a gorgeous three tier waterfall and stop by Daithlen waterfall before ending the trip.

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 splendour 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
Doube Decker Living Root Bridge

• You will be picked up from Khanapara at around 6:30 am. Get ready for the blissful drive to abode of clouds.
• We will stop by Nongpoh for breakfast. After that, we will directly head to Tyrna village, Nongriat for Doube decker living root bridge trek. Trek down about 3000 stairs to witness the gorgeously nature born root bridge.
• After that, trek further to one of the most beautiful waterfall of Meghalaya, The rainbow waterfall. Take a bath in the natural pool and enjoy your day to the fullest sitting beside the waterfall.
• Trek back to the homestay located down itself, just beside the root bridge and call it a day.

Day 2
Waterfalls

• Wake up to a fresh morning. After getting freshen up, have your breakfast and head to witness the tallest plunge of India, Nohkalikai waterfall.
• After spending time there and clicking pictures, drive through the pleasant roads of Cherrapunji to Wei Sawdong waterfall. You have to trek downhill for about 20 mins to witness this gorgeous three tier waterfall. Enjoy you time around this fall and of course don’t miss your chance to take enough pictures because you are not getting to see any other waterfall like this.
• At the time of returning, stop by Daithlen waterfall and enjoy the sunset there.
• Have your lunch on the way back and then bid goodbye to Meghalaya. Sayonara!

Include

  • • Camping/Home Stay
  • • Sightseeing
  • • 1 Dinner (Local Way)
  • • 2 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 up to 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.

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.  2 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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Weekend Gateway To Meghalaya
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From ₹6,299.00 ₹5,500.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • Professional
  • 1430m
  • Sumo or car
  • Tour
  • Camping/Homestay
  • Guwahati
  • Meghalaya
  • You can join our fixed group departure
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