MEGHALAYA

Day 1 : Guwahati-Shillong

Arrive Guwahati Airport / Railway station (104 km). Pickup and transfer to Shillong. On the way visit Umium Lake. On arrival check into your hotel. Rest of the day leisure.

The capital of Meghalaya, Shillong is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Situated at an altitude of 1,496 meters above sea level, Shillong is perhaps the only hill station with motorable roads leading to every corner. Shillong derives its name from the peak of the same name and there are many legends surrounding this name. Overnight stay at Shillong.’

Day 2 : Shillong

Visit places in and around Shillong. Elephant Falls / Shillong View Point / Lady Hydari Park –

Wards Lake / State Museum / The Anglican Cemetery & Church / Butterfly Museum etc. Overnight stay at Shillong.

Day 3 : Shillong – Mawllynnong - Dawki - Cherrapunjee

Day visit to Mawlynnong 90 km from Shillong. Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state, India. Mawlynnong is famous for its matrilineal society as well as having been dubbed Asia's cleanest village. Here you can also visit Living Root Bridge.

Also visit to Dawki, a small border town in the Jaintia Hills, Dawki and its famed river Umngot is a must visit if in Meghalaya. Sandwiched between India and Bangladesh, Dawki is a major center of trade between India and Bangladesh. The small city, besides being a trade hub is also famous for its tourism scene, with many people flocking to the city in order experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds.

Later transfer to Cherrapunjee. Overnight stay at Cherrapunjee.

Day 4 : Cherrapunjee

Cherrapunjee, locally and officially known as Sohra, is 56 kms from Shillong, and a “must see” destination for all tourists. Apart from being the record holder for the heaviest rainfall, it was the headquarters of the Khasi/Jaintia province during British rule which was however shifted to Shillong in 1864, due to the inconvenience caused by excessive rain during the monsoon months.
The average rainfall is 12,000 mm a year and the record for a single day was 2455 mm recorded in 1974 confirming it as the “Wettest place on Earth”.

Visit places in and around Cherrapunjee. Dain-Thlen Falls – Just before reaching Cherrapunjee a road to the right leads one to the falls which is 5 kms. away. Daiñ Thlen means cutting of the Thlen (a serpent monster) / Noh-Kalikai Falls – One of the most striking waterfalls and undoubtedly the highest in Meghalaya./ Mawsmai Cave: The illuminated cave provide tourist an experience of caving. Thangkharang Park – It offers a panoramic view of the sleep cliffs and the Kynrem falls. Khoh Ramhah – The “Giants Basket” also known as “Motrop” is an imposing single formation in a shape of a giant cone.

 

Living root Bridge – Located at the Laitkynsew and Nongriat villages.

Extract to describe the living root bridge from Journal of Asiatic society of Bengal – 1844 By Lieut. H. Yule. “On top of a huge boulder, by the river side, grows a large rubber tree, clasping the stone with its multitude of roots. Two or three of the long fibres, whilst still easily pliable, have been stretched across the stream and their free ends fastened on the other bank. Two great roots run directly one over the other, and the secondary shoots from the upper have been bound round and grow into the lower, so that the former affords at once a hand-rail and suspending chain, the latter a footway. The length of the bridge is above eighty feet, and its height about twenty above the water in dry season”.

Overnight stay at Cherrapunjee.

Day 5 : Cherrapunjee – Guwahati

Drive back to Guwahati. It’s a 6 hrs journey.

On arrival check into hotel. Evening free for leisure or one can go for optional Brahmaputra Cruise in the evening.

Guwahati, the gateway of North-East region is the largest city of entire North-Eastern India. Guwahati, formerly known as Pragjyotishpura, was the capital of ancient state of Kamrup. The city is situated between the southern bank of the Brahmaputra river and the foothills of the Shillong Plateau. Brahmaputra is lifeline of Guwahati and plays a important role for the city’s day to day activities. Guwahati is known for its old temples and Kamakhya temple is the most famous of them. Umananda temple built in 1664 is another attraction of Guwahati situated in the peacock island in the middle of Brahmaputra river.

Overnight stay at Guwahati.

Day 6 : Guwahati Local – Airport/ Railway Station drop

Whole day sightseeing in Guwahati. You can visit to Sualkuchi Asia’s largest Silk weaving village famous for its Muga and Edi silk.

Also visit Kamakhya Temple, Umananda Temple, State Museum, Guwahati Zoo etc.

Evening drop at Guwahati Railway Station / Airport.

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