January is particularly a good time to travel to Meghalaya. Winter sun shines bright, cool breeze, lush green forests, calm waterfalls and crystal clear blue pools make it all the more tempting.
Travelling to Meghalaya is about exploring good music (there is a reason it is called the rock capital), going on amusing hikes in deep forests, stopping by fierce waterfalls and root bridges, swimming in natural pools, exploring limestone and sandstone caves with fossils dating back 60+million years. It is about indulging in local cuisines, home-brewed fruit wines and lots of other adventures. It is about learning from a community and its unique conservation methods. This trip is a curated route to explore all of these adventures in the state.
Your city – Guwahati airport – Shillong
Today is about breaking the ice with the new place, and fellow travellers and acclimatising to the new environment.
A curated wine-tasting and home-cooked food with one of the home brewers of Shillong.
Shillong – Shnongpedeng – Riwar
Today we spend a day playing in the crystal clear waters of Umngot river in Dawki. We have a couple of water activities lined up that you can enjoy like canoeing, kayaking, cliff-jumping, snorkelling etc.
Riwar – Rangthillyang – Nohwet – Sohra
Today we explore the bridges that weren’t built but grown. Hear about some local conservation and sustainability methods from local conservationists as we walk in a deep tropical forest and see 5 root bridges.
After that, we swim it out in an infinity pool in Nohwet village.
When in Sohra, start early and move slowly. There are so many great spots to spend the day in. We will go to some of the most spectacular handpicked spots in Cherrapunjee. We will hike up to the top of a waterfall, we will picnic and eat good food. On availability, we will try and invite one of our local musician friends to come and jam with us in old rock classics.
Cherrapunjee – Mawdok
Deep underneath our feet, lies a magnificent ecosystem of millions of years old fossils, the rarest species of life. Mother nature sculpts unique formations when water meets with sandstone and limestone over centuries. Today is about spelunking in some of the accessible caves in Meghalaya.
Mawkdok – Konthong
Today we explore a very unique village where everyone is known to have a unique tune as their name. Tunes are usually composed by their mother or someone from the family. For the adventure spirited, we can on a very beautiful hike to a lesser-known root bridge/natural pool. Explore and interact with villagers and experience life in a remote Khasi village.
Konthong – Guwahati Airport
Today the trip comes to an end. We end the adventure with a scrumptious brunch at an ED recommended cafe.