Monsoons in the Abode of Clouds Shillong - Mawlynnong - Cherrapunji 8D/ 7N
Available from mid June to October
From around June to September every year, the plateau of Meghalaya plays host to a massive amount of rainfall, brought by giant clouds that rise from the Bay of Bengal. It is a meteorological condition unlike any other, of the extremities of nature and of the magic and mystery brought by the monsoons. This phenomenon of unending rainfall has made Meghalaya the rainiest and wettest place of the planet and has carved unique natural formations in the landscape of the state, such as waterfalls, caves, lakes, rivers and rich mineral deposits. Naturally, even the people of the state have unique cultures and dresses which have in some way been influenced by the climatic conditions. It can be correctly said that during the monsoon season, Meghalaya stands true to its name of being ‘the abode of clouds’. It is the time of the year when the air is filled with mist, the forests are virgin green in color, caves become even deeper, and numerous waterfalls come alive with massive rapids and thunderous sounds.
Better news is that the rain doesn’t fall continuously, but takes a break every few hours during the daytime. Though this is mostly due to the changing global climate as elders tell stories when the sun never showed up for months. Apart from experiencing the coziness of the rains, you might also be getting a chance to hit the outdoors to enjoy the pretty landscape and the cultures of Meghalaya. Also, as there will be much rain, we have handpicked unique accommodations for this tour where you will find the perfect luxuries, coziness and comfort to sit back and enjoy the experience of being in the rainiest place of the planet during the rainiest season of the year.
The tour will begin in Shillong, a charming hill station with a rich colonial history and the bustling capital of the state of Meghalaya. Unless chosen otherwise, your stay here will be in a boutique 4 star resort located picturesquely beside the serene Umiam Lake. The resort has a very pleasant and authentic ambience, along with great staff, ethnic food and facilities. While in Shillong, you will be visiting some of the delightful waterfalls, the Shillong Peak from where you can see panoramic views of the bustling town and the Don Bosco Museum which showcases detailed information about the many tribes of Northeast India. From Shillong, you will cross scenic hills to arrive at Mawlynnong, the cleanest village of Asia. Located in forested foothills overlooking the plains of Bangladesh, the village has the perfect coziness for a rainy day and a very easy going lifestyle. Your stay in the village will be basic but comfortable – in a homestay with the local tribe. Mawlynnong and nearby places have a very authentic culture where you will get a chance to live and interact with the Khasis; who are not only charming but also well educated. Amongst the things to do around the village, you will be hiking to nearby villages and to the living root bridge; which is a manmade structure made from living roots which display remarkable sustainability. You can also spend time swimming in the local natural pool or observing sunsets, cloud formations and lightnings at the village view point. Lastly, after a brief visit to some of the secret waterfalls around, you will leave to the West Khasi Hills to arrive at Cherrapunji (Sohra), which is officially the wettest place in the entire planet. Your stay here will be in a standard property located picturesquely near a cliff; providing front row seats to the monsoon clouds which arrive northward from the Bangladesh plains. Being tucked away cozily, time will be at leisure to enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Cherrapunji – the mist, rain, clouds and lightning bolts. And when it will be raining little, you’ll go outdoors to visit some of the caves and waterfalls that enchant the landscape of this faraway tropical paradise.
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.
Homestays are part of the responsible tourism process practiced in Mawlynnong, one of Asia’s prettiest village. For visitors, it means close interactions with host Khasi families and maybe 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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