Meghalaya in April

#1 Jan 10th, 2015, 20:24
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Hi guys,

We're thinking about a trip to Meghalaya in mid-April this year and I was just hoping to get a little advice. Specifically I was wondering about whether or not April is a good time to visit. We don't have any flexibility on this occasion but don't want to go if the weather means it's not worthwhile at this time of year.

I was wondering what the waterfalls and rivers are like in terms of the water levels? I was also wondering about how easy it is to get to different root bridges? I've seen that some (from what I've seen the most impressive) are quite challenging to trek to but was hoping there may be others which are worth visiting which are more accessible (we don't mind some walking but would not, from what I've read, be able to trek to the "double decker" bridge for example).

Also, we're going to be fairly limited for time (probably about a week) and I was wondering what the most accessible park with a good chance of seeing a selection of wildlife would be in the region (including Assam)?

Any help and advice will be much appreciated
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Hello jtc,

April is springtime in Meghalaya and the weather will be pretty pleasant. However that time of the year the waterfalls will be at their leanest flow. However there is more to meghalaya than just the waterfalls. As for the root bridges, I would recommend you to do the double Decker relaxingly, spend the night there, then again relaxingly come back up the next day.

Do give me more info on your tour plans, and we can plan something good.

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Hi Karikor,

Thanks for your response. We've only really just started thinking about Meghalaya so don't have any firm plans as yet but are thinking that we'll probably have about a week to be able to spend in the North East and would get a train to Guwahati (we'd most likely be coming from Varanasi - do you know how easy this would be?) and then travel to Shillong. We'd like to spend a couple of days around Cherrapunjee and would also be interested in visiting a national park to see some wildlife - have read a little about Kaziranga which looks interesting but also open to other suggestions. As I say our plans are pretty vague at the minute but we do know that we'd need to get to Chennai after our time in the north east so are thinking that we'll get a flight there from Guwahati. We're very much interested in seeing the natural beauty and wildlife of the region and also learning about the local culture so any recommendations along these lines would be gratefully received.

Thanks
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Also, I forgot to ask more about the double decker bridge - how long is it likely to take each way and would you describe it as a particularly difficult trek? It looks great but I'm just a little concerned that we'd be taking on more than we can manage! What accommodation is there if we were to stay overnight?

Thanks again for your help.
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Hi jtc,

There are quite a few trains that run between mughal sarai (near varanasi) and guwahati but should you get tickets, I would recommend you to take the New Delhi - Guwahati Rajdhani express. It will take less than 20hours. From Guwahati, you can take a cab to shillong and you should reach shillong in 3hrs.

As for parks, Kaziranga will take 2-3 days of your trip, so should you feel that you are running short of time, you can always Google out Pobitora, which is just 40km from Guwahati.

5 days should would be a minimum basic requirement for Meghalaya. The double Decker trek will take you 1.5-2 hours downhill and 2-2.5 hrs coming back up. You will find basic but clean homestays and guest houses near the double Decker at Nongriat. It is a must if you are in an around Sohra. The other places worth visiting are Mawphlang, Mawlynnong, Mawphanlur, Mawlongbna, Shillong, Laitlum, Dawki, etc. You will still find a lot of hidden gems in these neck of the woods. However based on your convenience and interest, we can scale down the number of places to visit.

Kindly have a look at my signatures and the links below, to have an idea on what is on offer, then you can get back to me for more queries -

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End of April

Hi karikor,

I am planning a trip towards end of April and am checking on the weather to expect. Am I right in assuming that the chances of rain (even in Sohra) are very slim towards end of April. When do the monsoons set in?

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Originally Posted by karikor View Post Hello jtc,

April is springtime in Meghalaya and the weather will be pretty pleasant. However that time of the year the waterfalls will be at their leanest flow. However there is more to meghalaya than just the waterfalls. As for the root bridges, I would recommend you to do the double Decker relaxingly, spend the night there, then again relaxingly come back up the next day.

Do give me more info on your tour plans, and we can plan something good.

Regards,

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Hi whoami,

You can expect short spells of spring showers in April. But definitely not the monsoon showers.
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Hi from old friend

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Originally Posted by karikor View Post Hello jtc,

April is springtime in Meghalaya and the weather will be pretty pleasant. However that time of the year the waterfalls will be at their leanest flow. However there is more to meghalaya than just the waterfalls. As for the root bridges, I would recommend you to do the double Decker relaxingly, spend the night there, then again relaxingly come back up the next day.

Do give me more info on your tour plans, and we can plan something good.

Regards,

Karikor
Hey Kari.. Good to see you here
I was thinking of meghalaya trip in April (it will be first trip for my better half) but you are right. Probably not the best time..
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NoNo... Climate Change... April is now great
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Kindly suggest me about whether in april

Hi,

I'm planning for Meghalaya and kaziranga in 3rd week of april. Not sure about the whether at that time. Is it worth a visit at that time all the way from Bengaluru?

Can I expect a cloudy whether with occasional rains in chirapunjee.

Thanks,
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You may get cloudy weather and occassional rainfall due to pre-monsoon showers but nothing is guaranteed, Max temp will be 25 and min 15 in Shillong
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Itinerary suggestion

Thanks Karikor. Upon discussing with my agent below is the itinerary. Could you suggest any changes?

Day 01: Guwahati Kaziranga (200 Kms./5 Hrs.)
Pick up from Guwahati Airport and transfer to Kaziranga. Rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 02: In Kaziranga
Early in the morning, proceed for an elephant safari at 5.30 AM to 6.30 AM in the western
range of the national park. The main attraction of this wildlife park include One-horned
Rhinoceros, tiger, wild buffalo, elephant, variety of deer , python and variety of migratory birds among others. Return for refreshment and after lunch again proceed to the park for yet another round of wildlife safari by jeep.

Day 03: Kaziranga Shillong ( 270 Kms./6 Hrs.)
Leave for Shillong. local sightseeing

Day 04: Shillong Cherapunjee - Shillong
Leave for Cherrapunjee. Visit Noh-ka-Likai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Don Bosco Shrine, Wah Kaba Falls, Kynrem Falls, Arwah Cave and other caves in and around Cherapunjee. Later, return back to Shillong enroute visit Elephant Falls & Shillong Peak.

Day 05: Shillong Mawlynong - Shillong
Day excursion to Mawlynnong the cleanest village in Asia. Visit Jingmaham Living Root Bridge, Mawlynong Village and waterfalls. After that visit Dawki. After that leave for Shillong.

Day 06: Shillong Guwahati (100 Kms./3 Hrs.)
Drive to Guwahati. On arrival check in to the hotel. After freshen up proceed for visiting Kamakhya Temple and after then visit Kalakshetra. Afternoon enjoy river cruise on mighty Bramhaputra.

Day 07: Leave Guwahati
Transfer to Airport to connect the flight for onward destination.

Are we covering too much on day 5 and 6? Your suggestion please?
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Sorry Karikor for jumping in....

Naanu....

1- On reaching Guwahati, you can visit Kamakhya Temple (if you like going to a temple) and then proceed for the Rhino place. As such you have nothing to do after reaching at Kaziranga on day-1

1-You should consider Pobitora instead of Kaziranga. (ITS FROM MY EXPERIENCE).Its only 50 kms from Guwahati and much better for sighting Rhinos in natural environment. Elephant safari is available here also.

2- Still if you decide to go for Kaziranga, in my view jeep safari is of no use. so you will be spending almost 2 days for Kaziranga only. I feel you should proceed for Shillong after Elephant safari on the second day itself. If you are traveling by car, then you can visit Umiam lake on the way to Shillong on day-2.

This way you will save 1 day

After that Karikor can guide you better.
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What time is your flight reaching on DAY-1 and leaving on Day-7?
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Naanu,

First question . Why do you need the agent in the first place?
Second question. Why are you doing day trips?

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