Day 1 | Guwahati - Shillong
After arriving at Guwahati airport, drive to Shillong (3 hours), the capital of Meghalaya. It is a historic hill station established by the British and is also referred to as 'Scotland of the east'. Shillong was also the former administrative capital of the entire north-eastern region, then known as Assam during British rule, and still has an old charm. On the way, halt at the scenic Umiam Lake, also locally known as Barapani. One can enjoy boating in the pristine lake surrounded by beautiful pine forests of the Khasi hills. The panoramic vista of the lake is spectacular from the viewpoints on the highway. Reach Shillong and check-in at a boutique colonial-style bungalow or a luxurious heritage property of the former royal family of Tripura.
Day 2 | Shillong
Explore the charming town and enjoy local sightseeing, visit places such as Lady Hydari Park, Ward's Lake, and old churches. The Don Bosco Museum, the largest cultural museum in India is also worth a visit for those interested in learning about the indigenous cultures of Northeast India. Later, visit Shillong Peak, the highest point in the Khasi hills which offers a panoramic view of the town. Also visit the majestic Elephant Falls nearby, whose cascades resemble large elephants. If time permits, witness the Siat Khnam archery, which is a unique way of local gambling where Khasi men shoot arrows in a haystack. The evening will be at leisure to explore the upbeat Police Bazar market where you can buy handicrafts and souvenirs from the handloom emporiums.
Day 3 | Mawphlang/Mawsynram
Go on a day trip to Mawphlang (1 hour) to hike on the David Scott Trail. It is a heritage trail named after David Scott, one of the earliest British explorers of the region who tried to find a route from Bangladesh to Assam through the Khasi hills. The 14km long trek is suitable for travelers of all age groups. One can also explore the Sacred Grove Forest which is protected by the villagers and has many myths associated with Khasi culture. The age-old forest also has many historic monoliths which mark important events in local history. On Sundays, visitors can witness Siat Khnam archery in the Khasi Heritage Village. It is a traditional form of betting which is enjoyed by the locals in the afternoon.
Drive to Mawsynram (2 hours), the rainiest place in the world. Perched atop a ridge on the Khasi Hills, it offers a beautiful view of the surrounding valleys which are green due to the abundant rainfall. The word Maw in the native Khasi language refers to rocks as this place is also well known for its unique rock formations. Visit the Mawjymbuin cave which has a natural structure that resembles a Shivalinga. The cave also has a dome-shaped rock with a flat top called the Symper Rock. Dwarksuid is another site to enjoy nature. The rock formations here are referred to by the locals as the Devil's Doorway. Return to Shillong by evening.
Day 4 | Shillong - Dawki - Mawlynnong
Leave early to the beautiful picnic spot of Dawki (3 hours) near the Bangladesh border. Enjoy a ride in country boats in the clear turquoise waters of the Umgnot River which is surrounded by steep gorges. Then, drive to Mawlynnong (1 hour), considered to be Asia’s cleanest village. Mawlynnong is a little hamlet that became famous as the 'Clean Village' due to the collective efforts of its local community. The villagers have beautifully maintained their village, which attracts numerous visitors and is also known as the Garden of God. Later, leisurely explore the village and interact with the Khasi villagers. One can also experience their Khasi cuisine in the little food stalls. Also, visit the Balancing Rock of Mawlynnong and the Living Root Bridge at Riwai village nearby. Enjoy the panoramic view of Bangladesh plains from the Skywalk viewpoint. Your stay will be in a family-run guest house with basic amenities.
Day 5 | Mawlynnong - Cherrapunji
Proceed to Cherrapunji (2 hours), renowned as one of the wettest places in the world and is well known for its serene landscape. It was historically known as Sohra, the land of oranges in the native Khasi dialect, and was once the capital of the region during the British era. Later, explore the beautiful waterfalls and caves, which are the main attractions of Cherrapunjee. Visit the Seven Sisters Falls, Dainthlen Falls, and Nokhalikai Falls. Also, visit the stalagmites of the intriguing Mawsmai caves, visit Ka Khoh Ramrah monolith, landscape viewpoints, and the Eco Park. Bonfires can be arranged in the evening. Your stay will be at a hillside lodge with small cottages offering standard amenities.
Day 6 | Cherrapunji - Nongriat
After breakfast, drive to Tyrna village, the last motorable point. Then, go on a long guided trek (approx 3 hours) down three thousand steps to see the famous Double-Decker root bridge of Nongriat village, the most brilliant of all the living bridges found in Meghalaya. The root bridges are constructed by the native tribesmen using natural resources available in their surroundings. They guide the roots of large fig trees with the help of bamboos and intertwine them over the years to form strong bridges. The trek passes through numerous streams, hanging bridges, remote villages, lush green forests, and spots of extreme scenic beauty. The afternoon can be spent relaxing amidst the greenery of the forest or refreshing by swimming in the natural pools. One can also hike further to the spectacular Rainbow Falls. Your stay will be in a basic Rest House run by the local village community.
Day 7 | Nongriat - Cherrapunji
In the morning, trek back to Cherrapunjee (3 hours) and rest in your lodge after a long uphill climb. The afternoon will be free at leisure to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Meghalaya Plateau.
Day 8 | Cherrapunji - Guwahati
After breakfast, transfer to Guwahati airport (5 hours) for departure. End of tour.