Your journey begins at Guwahati. You’ll travel by car to Shillong, which is a journey of approximately 2 hours & 45 minutes. You drive past Umiam Lake (locally called Barapani) to enter the city. Shillong is also called as the Scotland of the East. It has a laid-back small town vibe, but development is rapid with traffic jams being common-place during peak hours. Spend the early evening to explore the Golf course and witness the locals indulging in an archery contest (teer), followed by a visit to Police and Bara Bazaar. Eat: Try Trattoria Jadoh stall for a quick introduction to the local food. Spend the evening at Cloud 9 – if you’re lucky, you’ll get to witness Meghalaya’s famous music scene and Lou Majaw crooning Bob Dylam numbers.
After breakfast, we’ll depart for a day of sight-seeing around Shillong. We’ll visit the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, drive to Laitlum Canyon (featured in the Bollywood movie Rock On 2) via Smit village, for unhindered sights of lush valleys, snaking rivers & verdant gorges. A hike down to the village of Rasong is arduous but rewarding. You can witness there residents of Rasong use an old rope & pulley to transport food grains and essential commodities down to their village and up to the hilltop. (Trek to Rasong is Not suitable for kids) Drive back into town and Enjoy a relaxing meal at Café Shillong.
Today we’ll drive up to Upper Shillong for stunning views of Shillong city & the surrounding mountains. After breakfast at ML05, we make our way to Mawphlang, with a short stop at Elephant Falls. Mawphlang, about 26 kilometres south of Shillong and is known for its sacred forests. A walk in the sacred grove and a short walk along the David Scott Trail can be the plan for the day. Car picks up the guests at the end of the David Scott Trail and takes one to Cherrapunjee. Stay overnight at Cherrapunjee (Sohra)
Start the day with adventure. You have the option of multiple adventure activities in Sohra, but we’ll start the day with zip lining at the Mawdok Valley. We’ll then drive up to Nohkalikai falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in India and most definitely, one of the most beautiful sights in India. Depending on your comfort, we could also visit the Nohsngithiang Falls (popularly known as the Seven Sisters Waterfalls). A short visit to the Mawsmai Caves to see limestone stalactites and stalagmites is an optional addition to the day. Stay overnight in Cherrapunjee (Sohra).
Make an early start today to reach Tyrna, for a hike to the double decker Living root bridges and then, to the Rainbow falls. The 6km trek to the Roots Bridges could take upto 8 hours (return). The sight of the living root bridges will immediately transport you to the fantasy lands of Tolkein and Rowling. Learn about how these roots are made and go from one end to the other to get a feel of how the locals traverse these areas. Return the same day to stay in Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort with Mr. Dennis P Rayen, who gave the root bridges their name and steered tourism in this region.
Reserve this day for Shnongpdeng in Jaintia Hills. Visit the sights on Umngot River that crosses through Dawki and Schnonpdgeng. the with its crystal clear water (so clear, you can see the river bed 12 feet down), take a boat ride or indulge in some adventure activities. Overnight camping on the beach. Spend the evening around a bonfire and a story telling session with a local Khasi. (recommended activity).
Return to Shillong via Krang Suri waterfall, Bophill waterfall and Nartiang monoliths (dating back to 16th & 18th centuries). Note to GIO: This might be a long day.
After breakfast today, we drive back to Guwahati to catch your return flight home or if time permits, extend your stay to explore Assam.
October - March Best time to visit Meghalaya. All adventure activities are doable and the crystal clear waters at Dawki is visible in all it’s glory.
April – May Warm days, with chances of monsoon showers.
June-September While this is the rainy season and Meghalaya can get very wet, this is also the best time to see the waterfalls & glowing greenery of Meghalaya.
Duration : 08 Days | Season: Oct-Mar |
Day 1 : Travel from Guwahati to Shillong experiencing lakes & the scenery enroute (Drive: 2 hrs 45 mins approx)
Day 2 : Sightseeing around Shillong, Laitlum Canyon & Rasong Village
Day 3 : Sightseeing around Shillong - Sacred forest of Mawphlang, David Scott Trail. Drive to Cherrapunjee.
Day 4 : Adventure & Sight-seeing at Cherrapunjee - Ziplining, Mawdok Valley, Nohkalikai falls. Time permitting we wil also visit the Seven Sisters Falls & / or Mawsmai Caves
Day 5 : Living Root Bridges & Rainbow Falls (6 kms / 8 hours return)
Day 6 : Travel to Shnongpdeng in Jaintia Hills. Visit the crystal clear lake at Dawki & Shnongpdeng
Day 7 : Drive back to Shillong via Krang Suri Waterfalls
Day 8 : Drive back to Guwahati or extend your stay in Meghalaya
Meghalaya has enough sights & scenes to keep one occupied for long enough, that 7-8 days may seem too little. But given the small size of the state & a tighter concentration of the major sites, we’ve crafted an itinerary that should allow you to orient yourself with Meghalaya’s highlights, both in terms of sights & experiences. You’ll travel along the well-trod route from Shillong to Sohra (Cherrapunjee), in the Khasi Hills, with a small detour to cover a part of Jaintia Hills. Spend your days experiencing the famed cascading waterfalls, scenic treks of Meghalaya, with a healthy side of adventure. You’ll also spend a quiet evening by the fire listening to Khasi tales and taste local food from jadohs and famous cafes. There’s enough leeway in the itinerary to help you create your ideal version of an adventure tour.