The Fabled Land of the Khasi People Cherrapunji - Nongriat - Mawlynnong 7D/ 6N
The Khasi people reside in middle hills and plateaus of the beloved state of Meghalaya. One of the earliest settlers of the Indian subcontinent, a long history connects them to this land; their religion and lore deeply rooted to it and as mysterious. In this rainy clouded land of plentiful clean rivers, rolling hills, dense forests and pristine valleys, the Khasis have for thousands of years flourished as a culture that respects nature and learns from it. Though most are Christians today, the legacy and ways of their ancients are still intertwined to their lives. This can be observed in their sacred forests, in their sustainable lifestyle, in their fables, folklore and traditional beliefs and customs. Perhaps the best example of their mysterious connection with nature are the now famous living root bridges – sustainable eco-structures that are built by the tribe by training roots of growing Fig trees. The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to thirty years to become fully functional, but they’re extraordinarily strong and some can even support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. Because they are alive and still growing, the bridges actually gain strength over time – and some of the ancient root bridges are well over five hundred years old.
Calling themselves Ki Khun U Hynñiewtrep or “the children of the seven huts”, the Khasis believe that their religion is given by God and is based on the belief of one supreme creator U Blei Nongthaw. A Khasi is a deeply religious person with an intense love of life. He believes that life is the creator’s greatest gift and is accounted for in the hereafter. Khasis predominantly follow a matrilineal system where lineage and inheritance are passed through women of a family, where remarkably the youngest daughter inherits all the property and cares for aged parents and unmarried siblings. This can again be metaphorically connected to the tribe’s deep love and respect for ‘mother’ nature.
In this journey you will traverse through a scenic landscape dotted with abundant greenery, caves, waterfalls, rivers and lakes. In the Cherrapunji area, which is the wettest place on earth, you will come across a lifestyle that has been influenced by the hard rain, where houses are built to withstand and forest resources help survive. In the Khasi village of Nongriat only accessible through a beautiful hike, a double-storied root bridge dominates the landscape along with breathtaking turquoise pools and forests filled with fruits, butterflies and wild flowers. Here, the people are exceptionally healthy and have rich traditional knowledge of living alongside nature. A person’s experience once recounted an eighty year old villager hiking till his home with a refrigerator on this back. Lastly, in the village of Mawlynnong, known for its prettiness, the educated Khasi community come together to keep their village exceptionally clean – neat small lanes connect cozy houses with front yards filled with flowers and kitchen plants. A community based tourism ensures that tourism in the village is low-scale, inspirational and reaches directly to the local residents.
Blissfully located in the high plateaus of Cherrapunji with grand vistas of the Bangladesh plains and run by an enthusiastic hospitable family, Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort is a nature based guesthouse more than a resort where visitors can stay in fairly modern rooms and comfort.
The community run village guesthouse is where visitors can stay in Nongriat. Situated close to a giant living root bridge, it has very simple basic rooms which are clean. Food is cooked homely by a village lady or can be had at charming Byron’s diner located next door.
Homestays are part of the responsible tourism process practiced in Mawlynnong, Asia's prettiest village. For visitors, it means close interactions with host Khasi families and lifelong bonds with new friends. Rooms are cozy, fairly standard, providing basic comforts suitable for the village life.
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