While I was searching for some information for my trip, I rarely found any descriptive blogs about it.
Since I have explored it now , sharing my experience with everyone.
Days needed= 5 days (long weekend+2days leave). This was one of my short trips.
One can reach shillong from Delhi by taking a flight to Guwahati and then a 2.5hr drive by cab. If you book a cab it costs Rs 2000 and if taking a shared cab it costs 500 each for 4 people sharing one vehicle.
The drive is smooth, it was warm in Guwahati and I was just waiting for the ascend to get some pleasant breeze.
I was a privileged as this time I had somebody known at the destination. And fortunate to have two, my aunt and a college freind. I just had to book my flights and the rest was taken care of. This trip was the most convenient and the safest. The iternerary was pre-arranged by my uncle and home cooked food was an added perk.
Let me show you where was I staying, it is a holiday retreat in itself.
Day 1 was at leisure enjoying the surroundings of the “Assam rifles” cantonemnt area. The weather is beautiful, as the name suggests ‘Meghalaya’ it is bright and sunny in the morning and starts raining by 3pm. It gets cold at night that a sweater in necessary to go out, may be because this area was 7 km from the main city.
Day 2 was a trip to Cherapunji. About which I read in my Geography or General knowledge classes. “Which place in India recieves the maximum rainfall”. However it is no more topping the list.
The attractions were:
Seven sisters– A place where 7 waterfalls, signifying the 7 states of North East. (A sight to be visited in monsoon, else a waste, since they are dependent on rain water)
Mawsmai caves – Calcium caves, USP of meghalaya. They are only found in the North East. (These can’t be visited as they are flooded)
So one needs to make a choice between the two or visit twice😉
It’s important to note that there are not many public transport in Meghalaya and it’s always better to hire a cab.
In the evening I went to visit my freind, we met at the ‘5th mile’ cafe, located in Upper shillong. From there we walked to her place. I stayed overnight, met her family, got to know the traditions and ate Khasi food.
Day 3- it was Easter, my freinds family was all dressed to ho to church but I had to go back to my aunts place, to push off to Mawlynnong.
It was a 3hr drive, also because the roads were busy with celebrations. But it was a sight, I was getting familiar with a new culture.
Living root bridge – one needs to climb down about 150 steps to reach the bridge. There is a double decker bridge in Cherapunji which is 300 steps. These were created by the natives by entangling the roots of the trees and later settling mud over to make a pathway.
The cleanest village of Asia– It deserves the title, nobody can say that these people are not horticulture and landscaping experts. The food is available in one or two restaurants. It is bit expensive as the resources are limited and it is one of the means for the locals to earn.