Choosing which set of Root Bridges

#1 Feb 15th, 2018, 03:11
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Dec 2014
  • ckay352 is offline
Dear all,
It's West Jaintia Hills - East Khasi Hills - Garo Hills. I want to spend my time in 1 of these (need to get Majuli, Kaziranga and Nagaland done as well in this 2 week timeframe)

Which of these three areas would you suggest for people who want:
-the most photogenic beautiful x2 x3 bridges
-a managable trekking route
-want to stay in a homestay in one/two of the villages for one/two nights with basic amenities (bucket, western toilet preferable and dal rice food.) i dont want a tourist village (with the dances at night in local costume whole deal) - i just want to be able to give my mother rest somewhere to read her book, chill, before we trek onwards.

I keep thinking Cherapunji (East Khasi) is the best area but I saw some youtube videos of some villages around the Garo Hills area .. just simplicity at its finest and I fell in love for the feeling of authenticity, it reminded me of the villages of North Laos. Are there some villages like that around Nongriat or is it too touristy?

#2 Feb 15th, 2018, 04:07
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cannot edit a post on indiamike so adding here:

I'm travelling with my 60yr old mother. Whilst she does her yoga and I trust she'll be fine with walking 3 hours, I need to make sure she has rest. So staying at a homestay in Nongriat seems vital.
We'll land at Shillong airport, drive to Cherapunjee and get to Tyrna and stay the night. Then set off for Nongriat. Stay there the night. Walk bridges in the morning and get back to Tyrna.
Now reading about Pynursla and Shnongpdeng, how would I get to those places from Tyrna? Where do I stay, Pynursla or Shnongpdeng. Anyone got any website/itinerary I can have a look at?

Now my question is..mother and I will be carrying 1 large backpacking bag and her a small baby suitcase (the carry on style) so was hoping that the hotel in Tyrna will allow us to keep our suitcase there while we go off to Nongriat. And collect it back on the way back. I don't mind giving them some tips to keep it. Or if there's a reallllly cheap homestay, I will pay this to keep the suitcase there.
This means I can now walk to Nongriat carrying my backpacking bag filled only with one change of clothes/towel/soap/toiletpaper/pyjamas. For two people. Hope I'll be fine carrying those and walking along bridges.
Is this reasonable? What do people do with their luggages usually? (I don't want to rent a car/innova/drive, that's for Nagaland)

Thanks and sorry to "add" this onto my original question.
#3 Feb 16th, 2018, 09:42
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May 2012
Mon-Khmer Land (Shillong)
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How many days do you have in mind and when are you travelling?

Have a look at these Trip Reports for some idea and then perhaps we can take it forward from there.

There still a lot more, but I think these will be sufficient enough.

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