Meghalaya is famously known as “The Abode of Clouds”, which translates to “The Land of Clouds” in the Sanskrit language. Authentic in its essence, this hilly Indian state is home to foggy hills, immense flora and fauna, orchids and mosses, root bridges, Himalayas, terraced slopes, caves, valleys, lakes, waterfall, forest, and dark-thrilling caves. Because of its cold weather and beautiful scenery, Meghalaya has attracted people from all around the world. It was crowned as “Scotland of the East” when early European settled here to take refuge from the Assam and Bengal plains’ sultry summer heat.
Inhabited by Khasi, Jaintia, Garo tribes, the state is awash with tartan in the form of traditional handloom shawls. Unlike all of India, this is the only state that operates the matrilineal system, which means that women are property and wealth owners. Moreover, all wealth is transferred from mother to daughter rather than from father to son.
It is indeed a pleasure to experience the unrivaled culture, taste the best of local cuisine, and get lost in the beautiful nature of Meghalaya. Plan the Unplanned brings to you a 5 Nights 6 Days Meghalaya Backpacking trip which will cover all the essential features of Meghalaya:
Day 1: Reach Guwahati and Transfer to Shillong via Umiam Lake
Day 2: Shillong to Cherrapunji via Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, and Mawsmai Caves
3rd Day: Trek to Double Decker Bridge
4th Day: Cherrapunji sightseeing ( Nohkalkai waterfall and the seven sister falls) drive to Mawlynnong ( Asia’s Cleanest Village ) and Camping at Dawki
5th Day: Dawki to Shillong
6th Day : Shillong to Guwahati
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The Meghalaya Backpacking trip starts from Guwahati Airport/Railway Station. After the initial meeting, we travel to the ‘Scotland of the East’ – Shillong, which is at an altitude of 4908 feet above sea level. Here, we scout cafes and local markets in the evening. After the entire day’s travel and exploration, we rest overnight at Shillong to reinvigorate for the next day.
After a refreshing breakfast in the morning, the group will head towards Cherrapunji, which was earlier deemed the world’s wettest place. En route, we will stop for a short sightseeing tour at Elephanta Falls and Shillong Peak. We will spend the rest of the day visiting waterfalls between Shillong and Cherapunjee followed by exploring Mawsmai cave in the evening. After this, we soak in the nature of Cherrapunji and stay here for a night.
Day 3 of the Meghalaya Backpacking trip starts with Breakfast, post which we will head for trekking towards the famous UNESCO World Heritage sites – Double Decker Living Roots Bridge. If time permits, we shall enthusiastically go to explore and trek heavenly Rainbow Falls. We will return to Cherrapunji by evening and stay here for the night.
We will begin Day 4 as early as we can. After breakfast, we’ll explore the various places in Cherrapunji, including two cave sites, the Nohkalkai waterfall, and the seven sister falls.
Further, we will go to Mawlynnong, also known as Asia’s Cleanest Village. Then, continuing our journey on the road, we will drive to Dawki. For curious minds, the India-Bangladesh Border is just 2 hours away. Here, you can roam around the area, which is conveniently an unbarbed area with comparatively lesser army vigilance, unlike most border areas. Finally, we will head to our exuberant riverside camps. Post-check-in, make your tummy happy with dinner, and indulge in meaningful conversation with barbeque and bonfire. Stay here for the night.
Day 5 begins with a delicious and sumptuous breakfast to prepare you for the adventure activities. These activities include cliff jumping, kayaking, and more. Except for these three activities, anything else would be at personal expense.
Later, we will drive back to Shillong for a leisure evening. Guests are free to explore the city as this will be the last evening of the Meghalaya Backpacking trip. After which, all of us will stay at Shillong to spend the night.
This is the concluding day of our trip. Breakfast will be served in the morning. Post this, the group will drive from Shillong to Guwahati. On reaching Guwahati, we bid each other goodbyes with heavy hearts. From here, you can exchange contacts, wish each other luck and head back home according to your convenience.
*You are advised to book flights for Day 6 as the group will be reaching Guwahati at around 5 PM.
We will do everything in our reach to make this journey to Meghalaya a memorable one for you, and we hope that you will love every second of this Meghalaya Backpacking. We love the fact that we meet people as strangers who finally become a part of Plan the Unplanned family with every trip we organize. But sadly, it is in the nature of travelling to meet and part on our journeys due to different commitments. But this world is undoubtedly a small place – and we will meet soon.
The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
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1. Where is Meghalaya?
Meghalaya also known as Scotland of the East, is one of the Seven Northeastern states of India. It is bounded by the Indian state of Assam to the north and northeast and by Bangladesh to the south and southwest.
2. What is Meghalaya famous for?
Meghalaya is a state defining nature’s beauty with a 70% forested area and famous for biodiversity of animals, waterfalls, wide variety of orchids, caves, exotic fruits and vegetables. This remains as one of the most popular tourist locations in the north eastern part of India.
3. What is the best time to visit Meghalaya?
Meghalaya, often called the abode of clouds can be seen at its best between the months of October and June. This state after the monsoon, will be pleasant with lesser rainfall and mesmerising terrains.
4. Why Shillong is called Scotland of the East?
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is called as the Scotland of the East, as the rolling hills of Shillong reminded the Eurpoean settlers of Scoland.
5. Top places to visit in Meghalaya?
Meghalaya, the state has a lot to offer to the tourists from trekking to mountaineering, hiking, rock climbing, encountering wildlife and beautiful scenery. A few of the top places you can’t miss on your way to Meghalaya are:
6. How to reach Meghalaya?
By Air: The nearest airport to Meghalaya is located at Guwahati, Assam. It is located about 128 km from Shillong. From here you can hire a taxi to reach Shillong.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Meghalaya is located at Guwahati, Assam. It is located at a distance of 103 km from Shillong.
By Road: You will have plenty of buses available from Guwahati to Meghalaya. You can also hire taxis to travel around Meghalaya.
7. How to reach Cherrapunji?
Cherrapunji is the high altitude town of Meghalaya. You can reach Cherrapunji from Shillong by taking a train. It is around 181 km from Shillong, and you can hire taxis and travel by road.
8. What to shop in Meghalaya?
Meghalaya is most popular for its Handlooms and Handicraft. While you are there you can purchase Artifacts, products made out of cotton and silk.
9. What to pack for a Meghalaya trip?
You can pack:
10. What are the trekking and camping spots in Meghalaya?
The trekking spots of shillong leaves you spell bound. Here are the famous trails, are David Scott trail, Living Root Bridge Trail, Smit trek, Mawlyngot, Weiloi village trail, Krem Mawsmai, Krem Mawmluh, and Krem Umshyrpi.
11. What type of food can one expect in Meghalaya?
Alike other Indian cuisines, Meghalaya food comprises of rice, vegetables, fish and meat. Rice being the staple food of Meghalaya, is consumed in many different forms. Pumaloi is one such favourite rice dish.
12. What is the language in Meghalaya?
The state language of Meghalaya is English. However, Khasi is spoken widely in Shillong. The other languages spoken are English, Hindi, Assamese and Nepali.