Meghalaya Backpacking with Plan The Unplanned

About The Trip

Meghalaya, the abode of clouds is a state in North-East India. This state is the wettest region of India and 70% of the state is forested. Naturally, the state has mesmerizing waterfalls, pitch dark caves, sacred jungles, several lakes, high hills, and valleys. Three main tribes namely the Khasi, Pnar, and Garo for the inhabitants of Meghalaya and are known to be friendly people who speak good English as it is their official language. It is a famous tourist destination among couples who want a romantic getaway or adventure seekers for seductive and dangerous trails.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Guwahati | Road to Shillong (98 Kilometers, 4 Hours)

Day 2: Drive from Shillong to Shnongpdeng via Laitlum (88 Kilometers, 3 Hours)

Day 3: Adventure Activities & Drive towards Cherrapunji (90 Kilometers, 3 Hours)

Day 4: Trek to Double Decker Bridge | Overnight stay in Cherrapunji

Day 5: Drive to Shillong (54 Kilometers, 1 Hour)

Day 6: Drive to Guwahati via Umiam (98 Kilometers, 4 Hours) | Trip Ends

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Pickup and dropoff at fixed times.
  • Local sightseeing transportation with Tempo Traveler from Guwahati to Guwahati.
  • Bike Rental and Gasoline from Guwahati.
  • Knee protectors, elbow protectors, and a helmet are required riding gear.
  • Due to comfort and safety concerns, we urge that all riders bring their own helmets. Due to the fact that the helmets we provide are of a common size, there may be size variations.
  • Hotel accommodations for two nights in Shillong and Cherrapunji, respectively. One night's camping accommodations in Shnongpdeng.
  • Dietary plan: CP (Only served for breakfast in Shillong and Cherrapunji) (Dinner and Breakfast in Shnongpdeng.)
  • Medical and Mechanical Assistance
  • Backup Vehicle
  • Cliff Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Boating
  • Bonfire
  • The captain will be there during the duration of the excursion.
  • Parking and Admission Tickets
  • Local Information regarding the Double Decker Bridge
  • First Aid kits.
  • Driver Compensations

Exclusions

  • 5% GST
  • Check in early at the hotel.
  • Any additional personal expenditures.
  • Additional lodging and meal expenses were incurred owing to a flight delay.
  • Cost Of Any Replacement Part Needed Due To Accidental Damage To The Motorcycle While In Rider's Possession.
  • Cost Incurred To Transport Or Tow The Motorcycle If It Is Lost Along The Route.
  • Cost Of Vehicle Service Or Maintenance.
  • Any lunch and additional meals not included in the inclusions section.
  • Any transportation from Guwahati to Guwahati, other than what is included in "Inclusions."
  • Parking and monument entrance costs are incurred during sightseeing.
  • Expenses incurred as a result of flight cancellations, landslides, roadblocks, and other natural disasters.
  • Cost of vehicle servicing or maintenance and security deposit of Rs. 5,000 per motorcycle. According to the deposit policy (This is refundable at the end of the trip if there is no damage or spare parts used.)
  • Other services not covered in the inclusions

Detail Itinerary



Details

There will be a brief introduction by the trip captain at the designated meeting spot in Guwahati at 10:30 a.m
Our next stop is the picturesque hill station of Shillong, located in the middle of Meghalaya. Because of its unparalleled beauty, it is often referred to as the “Scotland of the East.
When we get to Shillong, we’ll settle into our lodgings and take it easy for a while. We’ll spend the evening cafe hopping and perusing the wares at Shillong’s local market. Staying in Shillong for the night

In Guwahati, bikes would be distributed to the riders.




Details

We will depart for Dawki after an early breakfast; this town is well-known for the gorgeous turquoise Dawki River, which flows as smooth as glass
Along the way, we’d stop at the stunning Krang Shuri waterfall, one of the most stunning natural sights in all of Meghalaya. We’ll also check the Laitlum Canyons, an excellent viewpoint across the Meghalayan valleys
We will set our tent beside the Dawki River in the tranquil village of Shnongpdeng, which is just outside Dawki proper. There will be a bonfire later on tonight
After dinner, we set up camp at Shnongpdeng for the night.




Details

After a hearty breakfast, we plan on spending the day indulging in a variety of water-based thrills, including cliff-jumping, boating, and snorkelling in the glistening river
We’ll then continue on to Cherrapunji, a town famous for its live root bridges and the torrential rains it receives annually
We’ll be crossing the Indo-Bangla border en route to Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in India, which looks like a large orchard with green canopies stretching across the landscape. Incredible panoramas of the Bangladeshi plains may be seen from the village as well
When we get to Cherrapunji, we’ll head to our accommodation for the night.




Details

The Seven Sisters Falls is a stunning waterfall with seven distinct drops that cascades over a rocky precipice. After that, we’ll go see the Mawsmai Caves, which are a major attraction in Cherrapunji. The limestone caves are adorned with breathtaking stalactites, adding to their otherworldly allure
We’ll start our journey to the famous Double Decker Living Roots Bridge by heading towards the village of Nongriat. There’s a rushing river, a swarm of beautiful butterflies, and some beautiful woodlands along the way
After that, we’ll return to the inn. Staying at Cherrapunji for the night.




Details

We’ll be leaving our accommodation in the morning after a quick breakfast and making our way to Shillong
hour first stop along the way will be at the Nohkalikai waterfall, which at 1,115 feet is the highest plunge waterfall in all of Meghalaya. Wei Swadong, one of the most stunning waterfalls in all of Meghalaya, with three distinct drops
We will be spending the night at a hotel after we arrive in Shillong.




Details

Soon after breakfast, we’ll be leaving the hotel and returning to Guwahati. On the way, we’d stop by Umiam Lake, one of the largest man-made lakes in Meghalaya and a famous tourist destination
After arriving in Guwahati, the group members will disperse and return to their home towns at their own predetermined times
The tour has come to an end
Consult with your handler and schedule your return flight for today.


Things To Carry

Day backpack (20 – 30 Ltrs): When you are on a local sightseeing tour, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one at your designated stay. 

Outdoor Shoes: A comfortable shoe is required when traveling outdoors. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.

Sun Screen (SPF 40+): To avoid sunburns, you need to put on sunscreen.

Floaters or Sandals: When you are spending your day at leisure, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.

Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses): Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.

3 Quick Dry Tees: You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees.

1 Poncho: A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from rain. 

Mobile charger / Power bank: Although you'll get electricity at most places, it is always advisable to carry a charged power bank in case of emergencies.

Quick-dry towel: A quick-dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.

Sanitizer: Prevent the risk of infections and maintain proper hand hygiene by making sure you carry a hand sanitizer.

Sun Cap: A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on sunny days.

Water Bottle 1 Lt.: Hydration is extremely important when it comes to traveling To carry a water bottle that you can refill is a must.

Bag for all your Toiletries: A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag. 

Personal Basic Medical Kit: Carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, and medication for headaches, nausea, etc is necessary.

Documents: Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, and driver's License.

Travel Laundry Bag: In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in the bag and keep them separate from your dry clothes. 

Camera: This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trip. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.

Policy and Terms

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.
  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
  • Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. 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

FAQ's

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.

The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers 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 are our priority at all times. Hence it is 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 accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.

We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same

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

Meghalaya, often known as the Abode of Clouds, is a state in northeastern India that is home to some of the world's finest biodiversity. Numerous features of this state are renowned, including the renowned monsoons, the rich traditional festivities, and the stunning topography.

The ideal time to travel to Meghalaya is from November through February during the winter. This is the best time to go sightseeing because the rain won't ruin your plans and the hot sun won't exhaust you.

Only the BSNL, Jio or MTNL mobile network is functional.

By Air Guwahati (Assam), 159 miles from Meghalaya, is home to a major airport (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport). The airport has excellent connections to Indian cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Calcutta as well as the foreign destinations of Tura and Bangkok. Flight travel to Meghalaya is an adventure all its own. Although there is no direct bus route connecting the Guwahati Airport with Meghalaya, you can use a taxi to go there. By Rail The closest train station to Meghalaya, if you want to go there by train, is at Guwahati (Assam). It is 180 kilometres away. Bangalore, Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi, Amritsar, and Guwahati Junction are all connected. You have two options for getting to Meghalaya from Guwahati: buses or cab service. By Road Major cities are well-connected to Meghalaya by roadways. The majority of the roads are smooth and well-travelled. Due to their love of nonstop rain, many tourists consider the monsoon the greatest month to visit Meghalaya. However, it would be wonderful if you could drive safely throughout the active monsoon season. Due to the severe rain, certain roadways experience delays.

Rice with spicy meat and fish dishes is the main cuisine of the population. They raise cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, and goats and enjoy the meat they produce. Jadot, Ki Kpu, tung Mumbai, and pickled bamboo shoots are typical foods from the Khasis and Jaintia; bamboo shoots are also a Garo favourite.

The three main dialects spoken in Meghalaya are Khasi, Pnar, and Garo, with English serving as the official state language. The development of the Khasi, Pnar, and Garo languages and literature, as well as their inclusion in the list of Modern Indian Languages, was spurred on by Christian missionaries.

Meghalaya's climate is typically highly humid. The southwest monsoon and the northeast winter winds have a direct impact on it. Meghalaya has four distinct seasons: spring (March to April), monsoon (May to September), autumn (October to November), and winter (December to February) (December to February).

Additional Information

How is the Trip /Trek Organised?
For the proper organization of Backpacking Trips and Himalayan treks, Plan the Unplanned team is associated with a local experienced team that’s registered with ATOAI (Adventure Tour Operators Association of India)

Moreover, we have been working with them for 10 years. Their highly skilled staff with 20+ years of experience, professional local guides and BMC certified trek leaders are the reasons for our continuing partnership with them. The team shall manage all operations, medical and mechanical backup starting from the base location.

Only when we have over 8 bookings from Bangalore, do we send our leaders from Bangalore.

Note: To properly utilize resources, a batch from PTU is clubbed with trekkers who originally book with the local team. This is how all trekking organizations manage their treks. An exclusive PTU batch is only formed when we have a majority of bookings ( over 8 and above ) from PTU

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