RASTA: A road Trip to NE with Family

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#76 Jan 16th, 2018, 20:53
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Hay GURU..... I am confused.....it was Comment or Compliment?
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A very deserving compliment
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150 kms.....No Petrol Pump

Once I left Nongstoin, the car started Guzzling more fuel due to pathetic road condition. On the way till Nonglang, we did not see ant petrol pump. Mawkyrwat being the HQ of south west khasi hills, we were confident of refueling there. BUT......

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We realized that there is no filling station there( A proposed petrol pump will come up soon at Jakrem).

We were told that there is none even in Ranikor.

So for about 150 kms from Nongstoin-Nonglang-Ranikor-Mawsynram there is no petrol pump.

Add to this, the entire 150 kms stretch has bad road.

Luckily our 60 liters tank was full, and we reached Mawsynram after couple of days with 4-5 liters still in the tank. But it was touch and go.


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Please plan accordingly. Also another advise is to always carry cash. Though many gas stations do accept cards but at many places they refuse.
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17th December Nonglang to Ranikor

Yesterday's bad road .....No petrol pumps....and no certain answer from the locals about the road condition to Ranikor. With all these in mind, we started our Journey early.

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I had the following places in mind before starting.

Iawpaw Plateau:30 km from Mawkyrwat, situated on the south west of Nongnah is one of the most beautiful villages of the area. From this plateau one gets a bird's eye view of the surrounding hills and valleys, besides the plain and rivers of Bangladesh and the Himalayas. When one looks from a distance it looks like a bed which legends say is the bed of the legendary greens. On this plateau there is a cave, the longest of all caves found in Khasi Hills.

Ranikor:Situated 45 km from Mawkyrwat, Rani means "Queen" and Ghor means "House". Formerly, it was a winter resort of the queen (Mahadei) of Maharam. Its close to Bangladesh border and located on the bank of the river. Over this river is the Borba Singh Bridge, the second longest suspension bridge in India. It is the best spot for angling Golden Mahasheers and boat rowing is also available here.

Gomaghat:5 km from Ranikor, it was a center of trade and commerce between Bangladesh and India. It is also a place of Muslim pilgrimage where once in a year, the muslim pilgrim from Bangladesh come to perform annual rituals. There is three day annual market in which all types of traditional and modern goods are sold and bought. Locally known as "Iew Banit", the market is very popular among the people of the surrounding areas who flock to it to buy goods.

Keniong Village: A beautiful village BETWEEN Nongnah and Rangthong on the main road


Though we had planned to travel only 45 kms till Ranikor, We were apprehensive. On the way came Tynrong Monoliths, Photjaud and Rangthong.

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Till Rangthong, the road was somewhat manageable. Once you cross the village, then its forest....Hills and bad road. There was no one to even ask for the right path at junctions. Signboard is a distant dream. Google map is the only help but the network was always down.

At a point , we thought of going back, but the road already traveled was so bad, that we hoped it can not get worse.

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The view on the way was the best in our entire trip. Far better than Guwahati-Shillong or for that matter any other place in Meghalaya. Its like hundreds of Mockdok view points within 30 kms.

It took us 2 hours to cover 20 kms. Decided to stop for lunch at a small bridge.

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Lots of TRAX vehicles passed-by loaded with passengers. We spoke to few to find out the road ahead....seems no respite.

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Thinking about the KHARGOSH ki kahani, we moved on, with a determination to win the race.

On the way saw KENIONG, a beautiful village entirely on the slope of a hill touching the road

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We reached Nongbah.....its different. Its beautiful. I can not explain.It was a sunday, so there were no one selling Oranges. Nongbah is known for good quality Orange.

Iawpaw Plateau was mesmerizing. Felt like a dining table with the plates and cups are scattered on the top. At this time of the season, it was a Light brown table with gray utensils. Despite the road condition, I would like to come back here again.

We did not have time to visit the nearby cave but what ever I have heard

"Nongnah Plateau or Iawpaw Plateau.From this plateau one gets a birdís eye view of the surrounding hills and valleys, besides the plain and rivers of Bangladesh and the Himalayas. Mawtynghiang Cave which is the longest of all caves in Khasi Hills is in this village."

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After a while, we crossed DIRANG (Its not the same village before TAWANG). There was nothing important here. Later in the day Karikor informed me "There is a place between nongnah and Ranikor which has Dinosaur Fossils" Megha was extremely mad at Karikor Uncle for not informing in time. We missed an important place.

"Abundant fossil bone fragments of dinosaurs have been found at Dirang village near Ranikor, West Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya. These bone fossils occur within a four to five metre thick coarse-grained purple-coloured sandstone horizon of Mahadek Formation of late Cretaceous (Maestrichtian) period. The bones are poorly preserved and fragmentary in nature, as a result of the prevailing high energy condition in the depositional basin. The size, shape and nature of the bones; palaeohistological studies under microscope as well as continental type of environment for the animals thriving, confirmed dinosaurian origin for these bones."

Finally we reached Ranikor at about 1 pm. Took 7 hours to coplete a 44 kms journey with one breakfast break and 4-5 places phography break.
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Day-17- Ranikor

The District is also blessed with uranium which was discovered at Phudkylleng-Pyndensohiong located in Mawthabah and Nongbah Jynrin village which is about 5 kms trekking from Ranikor or else there is a road from Mawkyrwat side.

A religious festival is celebrated every year around March or April at Nolikata village which is about 5 Kms from Ranikor, in which thousands of people from Bangladesh also take part. However, the same has been stopped by the Government as it involves illegal entry.

Jadukata Bridge is located at Ranikor in West Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya. Built across Kynsi River, it is considered the longest single span cantilever bridge in the country. It's central span measures to about 140 m in length.

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Rankior is one of the last wild fishing spots left in the state of Meghalaya. The place is famous amongst the anglers for fish species like the Golden Mahaseer and Goonch. The most ideal spot for fishing in Ranikor is on the river Kynshi. A regular catch of Golden Mahseer can be around 20-30 lbs.

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Umpung Bridge, about 25 kms away from Ranikor is another beautiful place for Fishing. The crystal clear water in itself is spectacular (JUST LIKE IN DAWKI). Here the water is shallow and one can see the fish from above.

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There are two river beds " River beach" in Ranikor. One where the river crosses into Bangladesh. Bangladesh village and people working near the river on that side is nice to observe. Another beach is near the Ranikor town, where various water sports can be enjoyed.

After reaching Ranikor, We hoped into the vehicle of Travelers Nest. First to Jadukata bridge, then to few view points of Kynsi river. Then the locals suggested us to go to Umpung village for fishing ( it was a wrong decision, as we crossed the same place again very next day). The 20 kms journey in the border road was bumpy but the view of Bangladesh, BSF jawans at various points was a first for Ravi and the kids.

Fishing by kids and cooking by Mrs. and Mr. Pradhan was anyway enjoyable. Had late Lunch. There is a camp site at the river bed run by a local guy from Umpung village. Its worth a stay there.

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Back to the Travelers Nest little late in the evening. No dinner for the night.

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At Nongnah there is a certain species of bird which is international by nature. It makes its nests in the slopes of Nongnah and resides at night, while in the day time, it goes and hunt in the Bangladeshi plains.

Also I noticed a few typing (spelling) errors which I'm sure you will correct.

Can't wait for the next post.
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18th day....Ranikor to Mawlyngbna

Next day early morning we started knowing fully that the first 25 kms road is pathetic. And fearing that the rest of the road till Mawsynram will be no better.Further the risk of running out of fuel is always there in the mind.

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We took a road other than the border road we went the day before. This was longer but no better. Stopped at UMPUNG bridge for few snaps and moved on. Little ahead, saw a man harvesting betel nut (Arecanut). Had our breakfast there, while the kids started collecting the nuts.

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Mawpdai is a must-experience destination for the lovers of nature and good hospitality.

One unique feature about the place is the presence of a strange unusual tree called the Strangler Fig (Ficus Aurea).Known to be the meanest kind of plant, the fig tree simply uses its host plant for support. Eventually the host dies from strangulation, insufficient sunlight and root competition, and the strangler fig stands on its own. A hollow center is all that remains of the host.

All of us did reach the tree, which is at a height. One has to climb about 600 steps to reach it. The steps are very easy. Last 50 meters has no concrete steps and one must be careful.

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Mawphdai is also known for trekking. There are home stays available here. Its one of those solitude place, which can be described as true nature lover's paradise.

Bad road and beautiful landscapes ....never left us since Nongstoin

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After reaching Mawsynram, the first thing was to fill the tank. Then it was Lunch time.

Got the first information the the hotel itself, about Mawjymbuin cave.

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After Lunch, went to nearby Mawjymbuin cave. This cave, due to years of weathering and due to dripping of mineralized solutions and deposition of calcium carbonate, it has thus given rise to some magnificent stalagmites. These stalagmites are not only important and of great interest for geological research but also because of their exquisiteness. The stalagmite of the Mawjymbuin Cave is shaped into a massive Shivalinga. The cave also has a dome shaped rock with a flat top called the Symper Rock.

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After the cave we went straight to the Travelers Nest at Mawlyngbna.

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Road to the place was superb. Kids went for Kayaking. Here kayaking facility is far from the travelers nest(About 4 kms).

While taking a stroll, we met the KITA MANZA guys.They were our hosts at Hornbill festival few days ago. They were making a Assamese folk song album and staying there for shooting at various nearby places.

It was a beautiful evening at a beautiful place.

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Mawlyngbna

The travelers nest

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Hi Bimal,

Have been closely following your trip summary. Eagerly waiting for the rest of the trip report as we are covering similar places on our upcoming trip starting 17th Feb
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extremely sorry for the delay.....was traveling for few weeks...
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I wonder how can I miss this gem all these days? I'm awestruck, wonderful ... Subscribed.
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Ashishda, these are encouraging words, specially when it comes from a Maha Guru like you. Thanks a lot.
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Hi, do you have a contact no. for Tai Resort? How fas is it from Nongkhnum?

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please refer to posting #63 in the 5th page. I have mentioned the numbers of all Travellers nest in that map.

Remember...the road from nongstoin till nonglang via Nongkhnum is extremely bad but excellent view.
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