Mawlyngbna Trip (April 2014)

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Superb trip report

Fantastic trip report and excellent photos, Very useful to all the travellers

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Karikor, I need travellers nest Contact detail. Please share. I cannot get from Internet. Pl help
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Mohan,

All contact details will be shared with you once we finalized the itinerary.

Best,
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Sure Karikor. Will share the same in the original thread
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Hi Karikor,

I've been lurking around the Meghalaya threads for quite a while. I checked out your thread on the Mawlyngbna trip, as well as some other posts that you've written. We are a couple travelling from USA & are visiting Meghalaya for 5 N/6D in December.

I wanted your quick thoughts on the following:-

- Is it worth it to go to Mawlyngbna, Dawki & Shnongpdeng? Of course I realize that it's all a matter of individual preferences, but do you have any opinion on which places are skip-pable? I am really excited about Cherrapunji & Mawlynnong, but I'm on the fence for Mawylngbna, Dawki & Shnongpdeng. Would you consider these 3 places to be un-missable ?

Thanks so much in advance !
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Mawlynnong is skipable. You will come across a few thousands of tourist brushing shoulder to shoulder in an over populated clean but overhyped village. Infact all the villages in Khasi hills are clean by default.

Places like Mawlyngbna and Shnongpdeng will be pretty nice in the winters.

What is your present itinerary like?
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Hi Karikor,

Thanks so much for the quick response.

We are arriving directly in Shillong on 20th December.

Currently, a rough itinerary looks like this:

Day 1: Drive straight from Shillong airport to Cherrapunjee. Stay overnight in Cherrapunjee. (Haven't decided the hotels)
Days 2 &3: Cherrapunjee: Mawsmai Caves, Nohkalikai Falls, Seven Sisters Falls, Trek to Nongriat Village for Double Decker Living Root Bridge & Rainbow Falls.
Day 4: A trip to either Mawylnnong Village OR Mawylngbna Village ( I don't know whether we should stay here overnight or not)
Day 5: Dawki or Shnongpdeng ( I honestly am not sure about these places. I saw that Dawki has a lake and its close to the Bangladesh border, apart from that not sure what else there is here).
Day 6: Back to Shillong to catch our flight for Calcutta. We can skip sightseeing in Shillong as we are more enthusiastic about the other places in Meghalaya.


I would also like to ask: How many kms is the trek from Tyrna to Nongriat & Rainbow Falls combined? My husband & I are quite physically active; we do plenty of hiking where we live.

Cheers!
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Well here are a few of my thoughts on the itinerary that you have penned down.

1. What is the time that you will reach Shillong?
2. Based on that you may visit a few places in between Shillong and Sohra.
3. Accommodation needs to be booked as soon as possible, once itinerary has been finalized.
4. Dawki is a border town where the Umngot river flows. There is no lake here. Shnongpdeng is a village upstream of Dawki along the same Umngot river, but is popular with travellers for its transparent waters as well as water sport activities.
5. The only things worth actually seeing in Shillong (well atleast to me) are the Don Bosco museum, the Laitlum gorges, Ever Living Museum, Butterfly museum (if time permits), Iew Duh local market, the local archery betting game, the cathedral and perhaps the Golf Club and Wards Lake. Thats about it.
6. Tyrna to Nongriat is just about 5km hike, but the topography is gruesome for many, but manageable. So will not be much of a problem for you folks.


My only query to you is, can't you add a few more days to Meghalaya? Once that is clear, we can move forward to fixing the itinerary.

Ola !!!
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Hi Karikor

I am really sorry about the late reply ! I was extremely busy the last 1.5 months, and I'm just about revisiting my trip planning for Meghalaya.
We reach Shillong at around 2:30PM. I understand that the sun sets around 4:30 in winters, so I doubt we will be able to see much.

This is what I am thinking right now:

Day 1 / Dec 20: Arrive Shillong 2:30 PM
Drive to Cherrapunjee, O/N at Cherrapunjee

Day 2 / Dec 21 (LIVING ROOT BRIDGE / RAINBOW FALLS)
Cherrapunjee: Leave early morning for Tyrna (around 6AM). Sun sets around 4:30PM, so we need enough time to cover Nongriat Village + Rainbow Falls
O/N at Cherrapunjee

Day 3 / Dec 22
Day Trips to Mawsmai Caves, Eco Park, Nohkalikai Falls, Seven Sisters Falls, Thangkharang Park, Koh Ramhah

Day 4/ Dec 23
From Cherrapunjee to Mawlyngnbna
As you mentioned that Mawyllong isn't that great, I'm thinking of skipping it and heading to Mawylngbna instead. Can you tell me what we can do here apart from seeing the fossils & animal prints ? Are there some long treks (12-15Kms) that we can do here, which will allow us to explore the village area on foot ?

Day 5 / Dec 24
I have no idea ! This day is completely empty !! Please suggest !!
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Neverland,

Let us work out on the skeleton of your itinerary first and I would suggest you have a look at this.

Day 1 - Reach Guwahati . Head out straight to Mawphlang. Halt there
Day 2- Proceed to Mawlyngbna. Return to Mawphlang. Halt
Day 3 - Proceed to Sohra. Sohra Sightseeing. Halt
Day 4- Trek to the Double Decker and Rainbow falls. Proceed to Shnongpdeng. Halt
Day 5- Shnongpdeng - Amlarem - Jowai - Shillong. Cafe hopping in Shillong. Halt/ Or Halt at Jowai
Day 6- Proceed back to Guwahati.


Things to see in Mawlyngbna, Sea urchin fossils and Animal footprints(most likely lava/magma which you have to trek for about 1.5hrs), Rafting at Umkhakoi lake, the Pitcher plant park, Umdingkain waterfall, Pomskei cave, Phantom waterfall, Splitrock, Mihum artesian spring, etc etc.

We need to finalize the itinerary soon as Christmas week is rush season.
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Hi Karikor,

Thanks for your message !

Unfortunately our flight isn't landing in Guwahati. We are reaching directly in Shillong.


So should the revised itinerary look like this:

From Shillong, head out straight to Mawphlang. Halt there
Day 2- Proceed to Mawlyngbna. Return to Mawphlang. Halt
Day 3 - Proceed to Sohra. Sohra Sightseeing. Halt
Day 4- Trek to the Double Decker and Rainbow falls. Proceed to Shnongpdeng. Halt
Day 5- Shnongpdeng - Amlarem - Jowai - Shillong. Cafe hopping in Shillong. Halt at Shillong
Day 6- Proceed back to Kolkata from Shillong.

What is there to do in Mawphlang ? I saw there is a Sacred Forest...anything else apart from that ?
Shnongpdeng has rafting on the Umngot river, what about Amlarem & Jowai ? What can we do there?
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Landing at Umroi is a good thing.
Mawphlang has the David Scott Trail.
Amlarem has Krangshuri falls, Syndai cave, Rupasor Bathing ghat, Thluamwi Falls and Stone bridge.
Jowai has Ialong, Tyrshi falls, Thadlaskein lake and nearby Nartiang has the Monolith park and 500yr old Durga Temple.
And if you want, you can proceed directly from Jowai to Umroi airport.
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OK, I have decided to go with the itinerary suggested by you ! Thanks so much for your help !!

Where do you suggest we book for Shnongpdeng ? I found two places: Shatsngi Homestay & Brighstar Tents.

Any recommendations?
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Here are the list of choices of accommodation-

Mawphlang - MaplePines Farms
Mawlyngbna - Travellers Nest (if somehow you plan on staying)
Sohra - will depend on budget but some decent places are Kutmadan Resort, Cherrapinjee Cafe (ideally suited if your headed to Shnongpdeng the next day), Jiva Resort, La Kupar Inn, Saimika Resort and ByTheWay (if you want dorms)
Shnongpdeng - You may contact either Pioneer Adventure Tours or Shnongpdeng Escapade. They will arrange both activities as well as accommodation for you.
Jowai - Ialong Travellers Nest or Havens Bay (if you plan on halting)
Shillong - I would recommend choosing a hotel/guesthouse in Lachumiere/Dhankheti/Laitumkhrah area. Don't stay in Police Bazaar. Crowded and dirty.
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Hi Karikor,

Thanks for your suggestions. I will try to get bookings for those places.

What should I do if I can't find accommodation in MaplePine Farms ? It would seem that they are fully booked. Where else can we stay ?
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