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Explore Meghalaya – The Abode of Clouds

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Vast stretches of valleys and plateaus infused with the scenic beauty of lush forests, time-honored caves, and splendid waterfalls – this is Meghalaya. Doesn’t it sound dream-like? See for yourself!  Take a one-of-a-kind trek through the wondrous locales of Mawphlang, Cherrapunjee and many more magical spots in Meghalaya with Plan The Unplanned and unleash the wanderer within you.

Check out a few highlights of Meghalaya Trip to know why you should surely join us in this adventure!

  1. Explore the hidden trails of Meghalaya and find the bliss while getting lost amidst nature.
  2. Travel to Mawphanlur, a picturesque hamlet in West Khasi Hills.
  3. Live in local homestays, go for kayaking and day hike to Nongsynrih Rock while in Mawphanlur.
  4. Explore Mawlyngbna, a hidden gem in Meghalaya.
  5. Go for a Nature walk, Canyoning, kayaking, zip-lining at Um Khakoi Reservoir.
  6. Visit the striking natural Mawsmai cave, which is full of stalactites and stalagmites – and it’s one of the gorgeous things that you’ll ever see!
  7. Wander in Nongriat village, which is home to the much-anticipated 200-year-old, Double Decker Root Bridge.
  8. Travel to Wahkhen Village and get drenched at Rainbow Falls.
  9. Trek to Mawryngkhang, which is called as ‘the scariest trek in Meghalaya’!
  10. Soak in the beauty of Dawki.
  11. Explore Krangsuri waterfall and get some perfect Instagram-worthy pictures!

Meghalaya Trip – A 8-day Overview

Schedule Route
Day 1 Reach Guwahati and travel to Shillong
Day 2 Travel to Mawphanlur
Day 3 Travel from Mawphanlur to Mawlyngbna
Day 4 Exploring Mawlyngbna
Day 5 Travel to Nongriat
Day 6 Exploring the Rainbow Falls and travel to Wahkhen Village
Day 7 Trek to Mawryngkhang and Travel to Riwai
Day 8 Travel to explore the beauty of Dawki
Day 9 Explore Krangsuri waterfall and travel to Shillong
Day 10 Depart from Shillong & Travel to Guwahati

Note: Just in case you are a group of 5 or more, we can offer you customized trips on your preferable dates. For more details, contact us!

Trek Details

  • Trek Level
  • Trail Type
  • Trek Distance
  • Pick Up & DropPick Up - & Drop -
  • Region
  • Trek Start Point
  • Duration
  • Max Altitude

Price

  • Triple Sharing - ₹
  • Twin Sharing - ₹

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Homestays/ lodge/ Guesthouse (Day 1 – Day 8 )
  • Transportation pick up and drop and sightseeing (Guwahati to Guwahati) – NON – AC Innova
  • Guide charges/Entry Permits
  • Breakfast (Day 1 – Day 9 )

Price Exclusions

  • Cost for Kayaking, Canyoning, Ziplining or any other activities not mentioned
  • Beverage (drinks)
  • Lunch and dinner on all days
  • Accommodation for Day 0
  • Personal Expenses (snacks, mineral water etc)
  • Anything not included in the inclusions above
  • Transportation from and to Guwahati Airport

Things to Carry

We request you to kindly carry the following. It’s better to be prepared rather than not prepared.

  • Rucksack (Just stuff your things in!)
  • Small Back Pack(20-30 ltr)
  • 2 water bottle – 1 litre each (Hydration is much needed.)
  • Torch/Headlamp (It’ll be really dark at night.)
  • Portable charger (You might just want to keep your phone aside, but then, selfies toh banta hai!)
  • Deodorant (You shouldn’t stink!)
  • Energy Food ( Chocolate bars, Electrolyte drinks – Glucon-D, etc ) (You can carry some extra – we don’t mind to share!)
  • Raincoat / Bag cover (Of course, you don’t want your rucksack to get all wet!)
  • Flip-flops (Just to laze around.)
  • First Aid Kit (along with personal medicine as per your requirement)
  • Toilet kit
  • Towel (Oh! We believe in saving water.)

OPTIONAL: AUX CABLE, UNO, BLUETOOTH SPEAKER,  GUITAR/ANY MUSIC INSTRUMENT, or any other games.

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Meghalaya Trip - A Detailed Itinerary

Day 0

Arrive before 12 PM in the morning  on 22nd Nov 2019 or 21st Nov 2019 night

Day 1 - Reach Guwahati and travel to Shillong

Book your train/ flight to Guwahati as the trip will begin from here. (Plan and make advanced bookings to avail lower ticket prices.) The trek leads from Plan The Unplanned will meet you there once you arrive. Try to reach early, as we shall have to travel to Shillong that day itself. We’ll stop somewhere midway for lunch. Reaching Shillong, we’ll check-in the hotel and later in the evening, we can hop around the market, visit the golf course, etc.

Get to know your fellow travelers over dinner, and later, sleep comfortably!

Day 2 - Travel to Mawphanlur

Day 2 – Travel to Mawphanlur

After breakfast, we’ll depart from Shillong to Mawphanlur, which is a picturesque hamlet in West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya located at a distance of around 90KM. On the way, we shall stop for a quick visit to see Kyllang Rock. Once we reach and check-in at the hotel in Mawphanlur, we shall go out to explore the hills & valleys, soaking in the serenity of the place. 

Day 3 - Travel from Mawphanlur to Mawlyngbna

Day 3 – Travel from Mawphanlur to Mawlyngbna

In the morning, we’ll go for kayaking in Mawphanlur and later, we’ll depart for our next destination. On the way, we can either visit Hot spring or Nongsynrih Rock. We’ll stop for lunch on the way and reach our destination by evening. Check-in at Mawlyngbna guest house followed by evening tea. There will be arrangements for a bonfire, and you can enjoy it with your fellow travelers. Dinner will be served by 8:30 PM.

Day 4 - Exploring Mawlyngbna

Today, we’ll be staying at Mawlyngbna and exploring this pristine village. This is a hidden gem in the state of Meghalaya. It is famous for its rich fossils and natural geysers. After breakfast, we shall head out for a trek to see the fossils of starfish, the ‘iew lu ri lu ra’ (a Khasi folklore), and the ‘um di kain’ waterfall. The place offers a variety of tourist activities such as trekking through the forest, kayaking, fishing and more! After lunch, we can go for a Nature walk, Canyoning, kayaking, zip-lining at Um Khakoi Reservoir and visit the split rock.

We’ll be back by the evening, and unwind at the stay!

Day 5 - Travel to Nongriat

After breakfast, we shall depart from Mawlyngbna and continue our journey to Nongriat. On the way, we shall stop at the Nohkalikai Falls, which is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet. We can also explore the striking natural Mawsmai cave, which is full of stalactites and stalagmites – and it’s one of the gorgeous things that you’ll ever see!

The Nongriat village is home to the much-anticipated 200-year-old, Double Decker Root Bridge. On reaching this natural bridge, you are bound to be awestruck by its sheer beauty and size. It was built patiently by the villagers over generations by guiding the roots across the river with support. It is named Double Decker because it comprises of 2 bridges stacked one over the other and can hold up to 50 people at once!

Once we reach the destination, you’ll have to hike down more than 3000 steps to reach Nongriat village, and seek rest in the homestay after an adventurous day!

Overnight stay at Nongriat village.

Day 6 - Exploring the Rainbow Falls and travel to Wahkhen Village

After breakfast, we set off from Nongriat Village climbing for 1.5 hours to reach the Rainbow Falls. This trek takes immense grit and endurance as the path is made up of broken, uneven rocks and very dense forest. You will only have the sound of water and of insects as a source of comfort as you push yourself to trek towards the waterfall. When you catch the first glimpse of torrents of water falling at momentous speed and pounding a gigantic rock below, the tiresome trek will feel worth it. You know why? Because this fall is a true gift from nature – the sun’s rays hit the rock to reflect a miraculous rainbow on both sides and you will think your eyes are deceiving you!

We’ll continue our journey to Wahkhen village, where we’ll have our lunch and then, go for an evening walk around the village and interact with the villagers and hear the “Jingrwai iaw bei” which is a traditional practice of the villagers of having their name called in the form of tunes or a song. This is also one of the whistling villages on Meghalaya.

Dinner and stay at Wahkhen Village.

Day 7 - Trek to Mawryngkhang and Travel to Riwai

This morning, after breakfast, we shall start our trek to Mawryngkhang Which some people have called the scariest trek in Meghalaya! Soak in the beauty of nature as you explore these hidden trails. We’ll head off to take a dip in the clear river which is on the way back! After lunch, we shall depart from Wahkhen to Mawlynnong and explore the living roots bridge before reaching Riwai, where we’re going to spend the night. There will be arrangements for bonfire & dinner at Riwai as well.

Day 8 - Travel to explore the beauty of Dawki

We’ll set out for the next destination, and on the way, we’ll make a quick stop at Borhill waterfall! This quaint little village located on the India-Bangladesh border is home to the ravishing Umngot River. Being one of the cleanest rivers in India, when looked at from a distance the emerald waters fo the river looks transparent allowing you to see the river bed several feet below the surface. We’ve all seen pictures of a boat floating on transparent water on social media, now it’s time to see it for yourself! The other major attraction here apart from the extreme natural beauty and peace is the Dawki Bridge which is a suspension bridge over the Umngot River and that offers some spectacular panoramic views.

 

We’re gonna camp by the river – sounds fun, right?

Day 9 - Explore Krangsuri waterfall and travel to Shillong

This is the last leg of our journey! After breakfast, we’ll set out and stop at the Krangsuri waterfall. Once you reach the waterfall, you have a viewpoint for amazing Instagramable photos! With waterfalls as blue as the sky itself, the Krang Suri falls are one of the most appealing waterfalls of Meghalaya. We’ll have lunch on the way and carry on with our journey to Shillong.

Tonight, we’ll get to party at a club in Shillong & enjoy the nightlife of this Far-East town!

Day 10 - Depart from Shillong & Travel to Guwahati

It’s time for goodbye! After a whirlwind week of trekking through the majestic hills of Meghalaya, it’s time to pack up and embark on the return journey to Guwahati. As we make our own ways back to the reality of our lives, we will never forget the experiences we shared together in the depths of the forest.

After breakfast, we’ll depart from Shillong. 

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

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/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

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.

 

What will be the group size?

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.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

For all the above points you can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).

Notes

  • Min number of travelers required for the event to happen is 5. Plan The Unplanned would be not responsible for any flight cancellation charges/any other cost.
  • You could subscribe for free Domestic Flight Cancellations via Make My Trip Double Black Membership
  • As most destinations in the itinerary are remote and isolated, the food options available to you (especially veg options) will be limited to the very basics. We expect your understanding regarding the same.
  • The itinerary is subject to change during the course of the trip owing to severe weather conditions keeping in mind your safety and accessibility to locations.
  • Arrive before 12 PM in the morning  on 22nd Nov 2019 (DAY 0) or 21st Nov 2019 night
  • Personal expenses are to be borne by you.
  • You can check the cancellation policy by clicking on the cancellation tab.
  • You may book your return ticket for 1st Dec 2019  (DAY 9) post 5:00 PM or next day which is Dec 2.
  • The sightseeing inside Guwahati is not included.
  • Camera entry fee to tourist spots is not included.

Meghalaya Travel FAQs

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:

  • Mawlynnong Village 
  • Laitlum CanyonDouble Decker Living Root Bridge 
  • Ialong Park
  • Balpakram National Park
  • Umiam Lake Mawsmai Cave 
  • Mawthadraishan Peak
  • Elephant Falls
  • Siju Cave

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:

  • Poncho
  • Medicine kit
  • Water bottle
  • Powerbank/phone charger/point and shoot camera
  • Trekking shoes
  • Clothes and jacket
  • Toiletries
  • Torch
  • Slippers
  • Travel journal
  • Travel Neck Pillow

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.

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