Adventure and Hiking in the Khasi Hills Cherrapunji - Nongriat - Shnongpdeng - Shillong - Mawphlang 8D/ 7N
Available from mid October to April
A weeklong adventure designed that takes the offbeat travel enthusiasts to the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya; to a myriad of natural wonders. These hills are not only renowned for being the wettest region on planet but is also well known for its serene landscape and pristine nature. Enjoy moderate treks though the hills, valleys and crossing beautiful rivers that remain abundant with lush green forests, waterfalls, living root brides and remote villages. One of the highlights of this trip will be your visit to the living root bridges that are found across the hills and are known for their sustainable architecture. Made from the roots of the Ficus Elastica tree, the Khasis of Meghalaya long ago saw this tree’s powerful roots as an opportunity to easily cross the area’s numerous steams. They started connecting the areal roots of these trees with the help of bamboos and these grew into strong natural bridges over decades. Its like, whenever and wherever the need arises, the Khasis simply grow their bridges.
The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional and are almost centuries old are extraordinarily strong – strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. Because the trees are alive and still growing, the bridges actually gain strength over time. Some of the ancient root bridges used daily by the people of the remote villages around Cherrapunji may be well over five hundred years old. In this trip you will get a chance to trek to these bridges and meet the local tribesmen who have built these incredible structures. Adding to the charm is Cherrapunji, which is credited as being the rainiest place on earth. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Cherrapunjee which boasts of numerous waterfalls and spectacular caves.
You also get to visit Mawlynnong situated in scenic foothills overlooking the plains of Bangladesh, that is regarded as the cleanest village of Asia. Here, living with the local community you will be part of their inspiring story in making their village a clean paradise. Interact with the friendly villagers and leisurely explore the Mawlynnong through its narrow lanes, cozy houses and secret waterfalls. Another highlight of the tour will be camping beside the breathtaking banks of that strikingly turquoise Umgnot River and indulging in adventure activities such as scuba diving, hiking, boating, zip-lining and climbing. Finally, a hike through the old British era David Scott Trail in the hills of Mawphlang is worth remembering for its pristine nature.
Surely a way out from all that hectic and artificial that bothers us so much, this delightful weeklong adventure in the hills and plateaus of Meghalaya remains a silent call of charming climate, culture and nature. Escape to pristine places off the beaten track and discover a world that seem as fantasy pages of a Tolkien novel.
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.
Cafe Shillong Bed & Breakfast is a standard boutique property housed in a typical old British India bungalow, offering a charming stay to visitors who come to the ‘Scotland of the east’. Belonging once to the Kharpuri family, the place has colorful character and rooms and facilities are updated to the comforts of modern hospitality. There’s a front-yard garden, a quiet spot for a morning tea or an evening drink.
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