Trip Report : Solo Bike trip to Meghalaya

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I just completed my trip to Meghalaya yesterday. It was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had. Guwahati - Shillong - Mawphlang - Sohra - Nongriat - Mawlynnong - Dawki - Shnongpdeng - Shillong - Guwahati
I did the whole trip on Himalayan (Royal Enfield Motorbike). Thanks to Mr. Karikor, Wrijoo and the entire community. Your posts have been very helpful in finding jewels. Here's the itinerary (8th August - 16th August):
Day 0: 8/8/17 - Tuesday: Land at Guwahati Airport by 2 pm; raining heavily. I take a shared cab directly to the bike rental office - (AweRides, RGB Road). Cost me Rs. 200. Due to the crazy traffic, I only reached there by 3:15 pm. I submitted my documents and collected the bike from there. Went to Kamakhya temple (popular temple in Guwahati) and checked out the New Brahmaputra bridge there - The river in its full flow, is nothing less than gigantic! - the experience to drive over that bridge was great. Post that, I was annoyed with the traffic of the city (Himalayan heats up unusually high in city traffics - so pls avoid this bike if you're going to crowded places). I had some food and settled myself in a non-ac local room for Rs. 850 (it was difficult to find a decent room at 8 pm for less than 1000) - you should probably plan this before hand.!

Day 1: 9/8/17 - Wednesday: In the morning at 7 AM, I leave for Shillong on the bike. No rains en route, There's a very good food place on the way (Jiva's restaurant) in case you're looking for a pit stop in this 85-90kms ride. The highway is superb and so is the scenery all across. Post that, my next stop came near the Umiam Lake - it's a huge lake and I thought of taking a detour here. I took the road inside, checked out Ri-Kynjai (It's a luxury resort on the edge of Umiam lake - one of the best resort in Meghalaya - rooms in Rs. 10,000-14,000 range though). Post that, I continued to Shillong. On reaching to Shillong, I was annoyed with the traffic scenes and directly continued to my first destination: Mawphlang. Crossing the Eastern Airforce headquarters, I took the right towards Elephant falls and continued for about 25-30kms to reach the village of Mawphlang. Right from here, I was covered in the clouds through most part of the journey. It was raining too much and visibility of less than 10m. I had planned on staying at MaplePine but they strongly denied any unplanned requests. Hence, I was in a fix. Also, you can't find that place without assistance - so if you wish to stay at MaplePine, book beforehand. I went to the Sacred Grove and had a tea / Maggi at the tea stall there. Also found a guide Bibushan Warjri (Surely the first name is wrongly written here). He charged the fixed INR 400 for the full sacred grove visit - this took 1.5hours and was completely worth it if you want to really understand the Khasi tribes and how their rituals/traditions/lifestyle was and are. Next, these guys proactively helped me look for a place to stay (since there are not commercial homestays/hotels in the region). I ended up staying at Kenean Guest House in the village - they charged INR 1000 for a room - great room and good caretaker.

Day 2: 10/8/17 - Thursday: It rained all night! And was still raining at 7 am when I left for the David Scott trail with another guide (John). The trail has its history and its width talks for itself. It's wide enough for a horse cart to go (For most length). Since it was raining so heavily, we had to return halfway through as the force in the river crossing was too much to risk lives for. On-&-off, the sky keeps clearing - the view is wonderful! And in this monsoon, the entire trail was so full of energy and hustle. The experience was wonderful.
From here, I got done quick (around 10ish) then I had another Maggi and directly left for Sohra (Cheerapunji). This was by far the toughest ride I did through the entire length of my trip. It was technically just about 50kms but it took me around 3 -3.5 hours to do this journey. It was windy, raining hard and completely cloud covered through the route. None of your waterproof stuff work here - even my waterproof/windproof jacket couldn't help me stay dry. My charger in a zip pouch in Quechua waterproof bag, within a waterproof Quechua bag cover - got wet and stopped working. The winds are crazy too. I was soaked in enough water to increase my weight by 3-4kgs atleast. Driving very carefully and taking regular water/nature breaks was critical here. By the time I reached Sohra, it was ~3 pm. There's a great highway dhaba right after Mylliem (next to petrol pump). After this, it was a dry stretch for about an hour so you should have food here before going ahead. I didn't want to stay in Sohra market (it was not market day either - so no point in visiting that place) so I stayed in Lower Sohra in a homestay (5 pearl homestay). They charged me about INR 600 for 1 bed in a good room on sharing basis. By 4, I left for Mawsmai caves - about 5kms from Lower Sohra (this was a great place to go to, especially if you have never really been to REAL caves before. It's completely natural, yet there are lightings and railings which help you navigate - first timer in caves) There are a couple of other falls and parks in the surrounding but due to the cloud cover, falls were as only as good as the sound of it so I skipped them. Coming back, I took rest in the room - the journey was very tiring!.

Day 3: 11/8/17 - Friday: I left around 8 for Tyrna. Today's plan was to go to Nongriat village and stay there overnight. The route to Tyrna village is easy - just keep following the "Cheerapunji holiday resort" directions. Just 5kms before the place, you have to take a sharp V turn at a crossing and from there, you'll be crossing a school to reach parking place at Tyrna Village. (Entry point to Nongriat village). Up to here, it took me about an hour through the dense clouds and the curvy hills to reach this place. I was the first traveler for the day and I did not want to pay alone for the guide (which is almost necessarily recommended by the people at this parking place). Directions through the trek are not too many, but if you're going in a tourist season, it should be easy to travel. Within 10-15mins group of girls came along and I tagged along with them to share a guide (total fee up to double decker is Rs. 600 for a guide). My guide - Minot was from Tyrna village and was very sweet. The journey down to the village is easy with spectacular views throughout. I didn't take a porter and wore my backpack. Didn't feel much though. Crossing the streams over iron railings are a one-of-a-kind experience and the greenery all through the trek is mind-boggling. It took less than 90 minutes to reach to the double decker living root bridge. It is a marvel - a creation like nothing else - a must experience - to see how people living in nature, bind with it - and not destroy/damage it. I was staying right next to the double decker in a homestay (Serene Homestay, Biron). With the confusion and uncertainties that I faced in Guwahati / Mawphlang, I chose to call him beforehand and block a bed there. There are many options in Nongriat though. The host has 5 kids and they are wonderful - it was a fun experience knowing them. Right under the double decker is a stream flowing and there's a swimming pool kind of a thing there where you can chill for some time and relax your muscles in the cold water. With the heavy rains, the flow was strong so had to be careful.
I was done and dusted by around 2 pm and had some food made by Biron. There's a rainbow fall about 1-1.5hours ahead from the double-decker and since I was bored, I thought of taking that trail. Biron suggested I could take a guide or do it alone. I wanted to do it alone - he instructed me that I will cross two bridges and then have to take left and keep going to reach the waterfall. I did cross the two bridges about 45-50 mins later and then was facing a stream in front of me with a small waterfall kind of a thing in front of me - I was confused and since the flow was strong & I was alone, didn't want to take the risk to cross it - I thought maybe that's the falls and started walking back. On the way back, found a group of 10 Spanish people going to the falls - so I thought no harm in accompanying them. I did that and realized that the real water fall is about 30mins from there - but the stream was strong today due to the heavy rains since 4-5 days and it was a good choice to not cross it along. When I joined the group and about 30-40 mins later, I did reach the falls. Although there was no rainbow (obviously) because of no sun / clear sky, the waterfalls were in great force and I was a great trail - journey >> destination. Returned by around 5, played with the kids and then had a great meal - food prepared by Biron is just superb.

Day 4: 12/8/17 - Saturday: I started back in the morning around 9:30 from the bottom of the hills up towards Tyrna. With my backpack (around 9-10kgs), it was a difficult journey to climb the steps (around 3500 steps) and was slightly tired. If you don't trek regularly / are not that fit, prefer to take a porter-cum-guide to help you with this. I reached up by 11:30 and planned to go to Mawlynnong today - the "cleanest village in Asia" thing. I left at about 12ish, the route to Mawlynnong was way-back, going towards Shillong and take a turn about 15-20kms before the city. I had lunch at orange roots (near Sohra) - great food and then left from there around 1:30 pm!! It took me another 2.5 hours to reach Mawlynnong village - it's 18kms from the main road on an average built road. By the time I reach, it was 4-4:30 and most homestays and guest houses were all sold out. Luckily, there was this one person: Mbor (from Shillong) - a guide for almost all places in NorthEast, his number I had found and was in constant touch for any tips/help. Since he is originally from Mawlynnong, he helped me find accommodation in one of his cousin's place (Nongroi) next to the central market in the village. Good room and extremely hospitable people. She told me stories of how they have relatives in Bangladesh, about the cow smuggling, about how the village has been getting commercialized, what practices they follow (to keep place clean) and why (preventive measures after a cholera outbreak in the village couple of centuries ago), what they eat, etc. etc. I slept at around midnight.

Day 5: 13/8/17 - Sunday: Left around 9 in the morning for Dawki and Shnongpdeng - these are places near Bangladesh Border. Rather than taking the national highway route from Mawlynnong to Dawki, I took an alternate route which follows the India-Bangladesh border and has few waterfalls en route (Borhill waterfalls) - For this route, you take right after about 8-9 km from Mawlynnong towards highway (remember I told you that the total length is about 18kms). Visited Dawki river, interacted with so many BSF officers, saw lots of cows that were caught at the border, saw how Bangladesh boats turned around at the check post. From there, I went to India-Bangladesh border (all along the border, there is no fencing). Then, I went to Shnongpdeng - the village where you can stay on an island which is covered by Dawki river from all sides. I didn't stay in the camp because that's better in the winters - I stayed in another homestay (Halatong Homestay, Manbha Kongwang). In winters, you can chill at the beach, do scuba/ water sports, take snaps in crystal clear water. I got free around 2 and went towards KrangShuri waterfalls which are en route to Jowai (right turn after Amlyrem market). It was a great ride and showed how big a part the construction material business is in India-Bangladesh trades. The waterfalls were good, there's a great cave-kind-of a thing behind the waterfalls where you can sit and feel the force of the water. Apart from that, this place was very crowded (maybe due to the 4lane highway from Guwahati to Jowai) and somehow I didn't feel greatly attracted to it. Had a good night in Shnongpdeng homestay.

Day 6: 14/8/17 - Monday: I left from Shnongpdeng for Shillong. Took the same route back to Shillong - luckily there was relatively less cloud and rains today. Left around 10ish and reached Shillong outskirts by 1ish. Took a guest house to stay (Matshatsngi Holiday Home) in Laban area - do not take a hotel in Police Bazaar as it will be very noisy/crowded and eventually annoying. Met Mbor and he took me around the city. Then we went towards Smit - to try freshly brewed local rice beer and rice wine. it was cold in that area - apparently, that's the only place in Meghalaya where it SNOWS in the winters. The chief of this town also had a special home - checked out that place as well. All other villages where I visited, the chief/king's house was just ordinary, here it wasn't - it had a fancy gate and some good architecture.
Had dinner at De-Ja Vu: Really kick-ass food and atmosphere. Must go.. (only food, ~500 per head). Walked the lanes of Shillong on return - it felt safe at night 11 pm and didn't really scare me in the dark.

Day 7: 15/8/17 - Tuesday: It was independence day and I had planned to go to Mawlynbna or Mawphanlur but it would have been very very hectic if I was going to. So I skipped it and just decided to enjoy 15th August in the city. Attended the parade (great cultural performances), then visited the park where there was a dog show and then the Police Bazaar center point where there was DJ / music / foodstalls. It was not extremely different from other places though.
Returned before lunch and rested for a while. Around 3 pm, I went with Mbor and his friends for a short picnic kind of a thing. A small hilly patch beside a small water stream where only locales sit and enjoy food on holidays. Felt very local. Then packed my luggage.

Day 8: 16/8/17 - Wednesday: Left for Guwahati around 8:30 AM. Clear weather, took short breaks and had a great ride back. Picked some wild pineapples from the highway for family and returned bike by around 11:30-12pm. Post that, left for the airport. Would like to point out that from the flight, I could see the flooded plains for 10-15mins. It felt like most of these plain had been submerged in water and then the impact of the floods in Assam was clear to the eye.



Mobile networks: I had 1 airtel sim, 1 Jio sim. At least one of the two had network almost always - Jio more than Airtel. Airtel started acting weird from Mawlynnong onwards. It was fetching Bangladesh tower network, not India's!!

Live there, don't just stay: Most of the places - Mawphlang, Mawlnnong, Nongriat, Shnongpdeng are villages with less than 500-1000 people (~100 households). Respect their surroundings and their lifestyle, don't ask for more facilities and more comfort - although you might get most of your demands if you are ready to pay, you are going to hurt the place's natural feel in the long run - Don't look for a luxury meal or a heater or lots of fast food snacks at all places - try to get into their shoes and live life similar to how they live - experience the place and the people - don't just become the stereotyped ignorant Indian tourist - Meghalaya is not the place for that.

Bike Riding: Himalayan needs a good height/long legs - 5'10" would be a good minimum height if you'd like to drive it comfortably. There are manufacturing defects in this vehicle - about which you can read online / know from experienced people. Be aware of its fallbacks before you take it up. Monsoon is a big challenge and you should not drive in such heavy rains/cloud covers unless you have prior biking experience in mountains, especially around Sohra. Also, I rode about 740kms in these 8 days - but I only honked about 5-6 times in the entire journey. It helped me be more patient and make less disturbance in the surrounding. I think everyone should be conscious to minimize honking.

Another observation: At most of these villages, if you negotiate, you can reduce the price you're paying. But try to consciously give them things that you use. I gave one of the guides a laser/torch. Another person, I gave my shades. At another homestay, I gave away 3 shorts and 2 t-shirts - all in such condition that I personally loved to use them too. The tip you pay them might not be remembered, but giving away something close to yourself will make them cherish your stay and they'd use it more carefully than you'd ever use that item.

Backpack - Carried minimum since I only had a 20Litre backpack.

I wore this windproof/waterproof jacket ( https://www.ghbass.com/product/breat...dOption=206398 ) along with this cargo ( https://www.newchic.com/casual-pants...language-in-pc ) for all 7 days - with t-shirts being swapped every other day based on which one is drier the other. Carry a pen/notebook/odomos/deodorant/good water bottle/extra polythenes (don't forget to take them back with you).

Contact numbers:
Mbor: 8974269132 - This man is really one-stop shop. He knows all places, knows most local people, can arrange acco anywhere. He's a scuba/ caving expert with all kind of custom packages - he's taking a couple of people on a 15-day backpacking trip across Meghalaya (with public transport only), takes groups of 10-15 days on exploratory treks, etc.
Awerides: 9854005002
Mawphlang: John - 9856455948; Warjri - 9856943249; MaplePine / Kenean Homestay - you can find number online
Sohra - 5 pearls homestay - you can find number online
Tyrna: Minot / Cleven - 7422082355 / 8787780546; Serene Homestay in Nongriat - number you can find online
Mawlynnong: Nongroi - 8014950233
Shnongpdeng: Halatong Tourist Homestay - 8731096536
Shillong, Matshatsngi Holiday Home, Laban: You can find number online

Once I upload pictures, I shall share the link here .
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Wonderful TR. Read every word of it. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Looking forward to the pics.

Only thing is that the ride from Amlarem to Shillong via Jowai is pretty good. Would have made the entire journey into a loop.

Krangsuri is mostly crowded with scores of tourists driving up from Guwahati on weekends.
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as we are going meghalaya soon it's really very helpful post for us.. read thoroughly & enjoyed! waiting for the pics
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Contact numbers:
Mbor: 8974269132 - This man is really one-stop shop. He knows all places, knows most local people, can arrange acco anywhere. He's a scuba/ caving expert with all kind of custom packages - he's taking a couple of people on a 15-day backpacking trip across Meghalaya (with public transport only), takes groups of 10-15 days on exploratory treks, etc.
Awerides: 9854005002
Mawphlang: John - 9856455948; Warjri - 9856943249; MaplePine / Kenean Homestay - you can find number online
Sohra - 5 pearls homestay - you can find number online
Tyrna: Minot / Cleven - 7422082355 / 8787780546; Serene Homestay in Nongriat - number you can find online
Mawlynnong: Nongroi - 8014950233
Shnongpdeng: Halatong Tourist Homestay - 8731096536
Shillong, Matshatsngi Holiday Home, Laban: You can find number online

Once I upload pictures, I shall share the link here .
I have a same type plan for Nov 2017 (18 to 23rd).
Rent bike from guwahati and process to Meghalaya.
So, can you update the price details.
Is there any budget home stay at shillong. my budget is 400/500 per day.
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Very unlikely to get a decent room in that price in Shillong. Hit up on airbnb/here to see if anyone will let you couchsurf in their place for this price. .
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I have booked all the places
Day1- travelers bed and breakfast dormitory room @ 300/bed
Day2- Serene Home stay Nongriat @ 500/bed, 2 double bed room
Day3- Cordial Lodge, Cherrapunjee @ 2500 for 4 bedded room
Day4- Bright Star Camp Dwaki @ 500/bed for 4 bedded Cottage @ riverside
Day5- Hilltop Chateau Home Stay Shillong @ 3000 for 4 bedded room

So it is 535/head/day
Thanks for your reply
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Wow very nice report. Where are the pics?
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It always helps to optimize costs and get the best bargain when you are in a group. Serene homestay is wonderful. Please give my greetings to Franky and team.
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Sovon,

Why Dawki? Why not Shnongpdeng or atleast Darrang?
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Why Dawki? Why not Shnongpdeng or atleast Darrang?

Actually Bright Star Camp situated @ Shnongpdeng. Dwaki is most known place, so i mentioned that.
One more help needed... I'm little bit of confused about Nartiang Monoliths and Wahrashi Falls, Syntung. The last day of my trip i've to choose 1 of this place during return back from Shnongpdeng to Shillong. Where as i shall visit Mawphlang forest @ Day 2. Please help
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What does your final itinerary like?
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1. Guwahati to Shillong en route Umiam Lake. N/S Shillong
2. Shillong to Nongriat en route Elephant Falls and Mawphlang Forest. N/S Nongriat
3. Nongriat, Sohra, Cherrapunjee. N/S Cherrapunjee
4. Cherrapunjee to Shnongpdeng en route Mawlynnong. N/S Shnongpdeng
5. Shnongpdeng to Shillong. N/S Shillong
6. Shillong to Guwahati and back to Kolkata

Now my question is on day 5 Wahrashi Falls or Nartiang monoliths (Via Jowai), what is better option. I know one option has almost 180km and another is 140km. As per nature's beauty which one is better?

One more information!
Is mid November the right time for cherry blossom at Meghalaya? Where i can find maximum number of this flower?
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1. Guwahati to Shillong en route Umiam Lake. N/S Shillong

Why don't you stay in Mawphlang itself. Saves travel time next day

2. Shillong to Nongriat en route Elephant Falls and Mawphlang Forest. N/S Nongriat

3. Nongriat, Sohra, Cherrapunjee. N/S Cherrapunjee

Sohra and Cherrapunjee is the same place. After Nongriat you can go straight to Mawlynnong. Saves travel time next day.

4. Cherrapunjee to Shnongpdeng en route Mawlynnong. N/S Shnongpdeng

5. Shnongpdeng to Shillong. N/S Shillong

You can halt at Jowai and then next day proceed directly to Guwahati via Shillong Bypass

6. Shillong to Guwahati and back to Kolkata

Shnongpdeng - Syntung - Shillong = 220+km

Shnongpdeng - Nartiang - Shillong = 150km


Nature beauty wise, Syntung takes the cake. Only factor is water in November will not be the same as in Monsoons.

Cherry Blossom festival usually happens around November every year. Mostly found in and around Shillong and Umiam Lake.
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1. Guwahati to Shillong en route Umiam Lake. N/S Shillong

Why don't you stay in Mawphlang itself. Saves travel time next day

Actually i have a plan to visit the golf club @ morning by waking. Is there any Cherry Blossom tree present?

2. Shillong to Nongriat en route Elephant Falls and Mawphlang Forest. N/S Nongriat

3. Nongriat, Sohra, Cherrapunjee. N/S Cherrapunjee

Sohra and Cherrapunjee is the same place. After Nongriat you can go straight to Mawlynnong. Saves travel time next day.

My plan is to reach Nongriat @ 4/5 PM after Mawphlang. So the next day is reserved for waterfalls and Mawsmai Caves.

4. Cherrapunjee to Shnongpdeng en route Mawlynnong. N/S Shnongpdeng

5. Shnongpdeng to Shillong. N/S Shillong

You can halt at Jowai and then next day proceed directly to Guwahati via Shillong Bypass

This day is reserved for a long bike ride around 150/200 Km. My plan to start @6AM and reach Syntung by 11AM. 2 hours for the waterfall and start 1.30 PM and reach Shillong by 5 PM.

6. Shillong to Guwahati and back to Kolkata

Day 6 detail plan... Visit around Shillong City like View Point, Sweet falls, Lady Hydari Park, Ward's Lake and Butterfly Museum. Then processed towards Guwahati at 2/3 PM. My flight @ 8.30PM.

Shnongpdeng - Syntung - Shillong = 220+km

Shnongpdeng - Nartiang - Shillong = 150km

I've checked this google map. Is this route not ride-able by bikes? Difference with your information is almost 40+ Km.

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Nature beauty wise, Syntung takes the cake. Only factor is water in November will not be the same as in Monsoons.

Cherry Blossom festival usually happens around November every year. Mostly found in and around Shillong and Umiam Lake.
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1. Guwahati to Shillong en route Umiam Lake. N/S Shillong

Why don't you stay in Mawphlang itself. Saves travel time next day

Actually i have a plan to visit the golf club @ morning by waking. Is there any Cherry Blossom tree present?

Ok. You will find a few Cherry Blossoms as you travel down from Governor's House to the Golf Club.

2. Shillong to Nongriat en route Elephant Falls and Mawphlang Forest. N/S Nongriat

3. Nongriat, Sohra, Cherrapunjee. N/S Cherrapunjee

Sohra and Cherrapunjee is the same place. After Nongriat you can go straight to Mawlynnong. Saves travel time next day.

My plan is to reach Nongriat @ 4/5 PM after Mawphlang. So the next day is reserved for waterfalls and Mawsmai Caves.

Mawsmai cave will take hardly 25 mins. You should not miss Arwah cave, Nohkalikai falls and Garden of Caves. Then after whatever Sohra sightseeing is done for the day, you can proceed ahead to Mawlynnong

4. Cherrapunjee to Shnongpdeng en route Mawlynnong. N/S Shnongpdeng

5. Shnongpdeng to Shillong. N/S Shillong

You can halt at Jowai and then next day proceed directly to Guwahati via Shillong Bypass

This day is reserved for a long bike ride around 150/200 Km. My plan to start @6AM and reach Syntung by 11AM. 2 hours for the waterfall and start 1.30 PM and reach Shillong by 5 PM.

Why travel the same route when plenty of options to see via Jowai

6. Shillong to Guwahati and back to Kolkata

Day 6 detail plan... Visit around Shillong City like View Point, Sweet falls, Lady Hydari Park, Ward's Lake and Butterfly Museum. Then processed towards Guwahati at 2/3 PM. My flight @ 8.30PM.

Not many places in Shillong are actually worth spending time, if time is an issue.

Shnongpdeng - Syntung - Shillong = 220+km

Shnongpdeng - Nartiang - Shillong = 150km

I've checked this google map. Is this route not ride-able by bikes? Difference with your information is almost 40+ Km.

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My calculations were for Shnongpdeng - Jowai - Syntung - Shillong and Shnongpdeng - Jowai - Nartiang - Shillong


Even then Shnongpdeng - Shillong - Syntung - Shillong will take you atleast 220km. Shnongpdeng - Shillong = 100km; Shillong - Syntung = 60km; Syntung - Shillong = 60km.

Also the 25-30km road from Mawkynrew to Syntung will be a biker's challenge



Nature beauty wise, Syntung takes the cake. Only factor is water in November will not be the same as in Monsoons.

Cherry Blossom festival usually happens around November every year. Mostly found in and around Shillong and Umiam Lake.

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