Help Travel Plan - Meghalaya + Kaziranga (For April 2018)

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#1 Feb 6th, 2018, 14:28
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Dear Friends,

I have read few trip reports couple of years back, since then I have been thinking to visit this beautiful land - Meghalaya and Kaziranga.

Finally my thoughts have been put in place for planning a trip to Meghalaya as well as want to include Kaziranga. Planning my visit after 15-Apr-2018. Dates are not yet finalized, but it will be second half of the April or first week of May. I am looking at help from all of you to finalize my trip.

I will be travelling alongwith my partents - 70+ and kids (16 and 9) so please suggest accordingly.

Here is my tentative plan, which I have come up with after studying few posts on IM.

Day 1 : Fly to Guwahati (Kamakhya temple. Stay Hotel Mawflower, Guwahati)

Day 2 : Travel to Mawphlang - 4 hours. Start early. (Visit Umium Lake, Beadon Bishop Falls, Elephant Falls. Visit Sacred forest and Davit scott trek. Stay at MaplePine farms)

Day 3 : Travel to Sohra (cherapunji) - 1.5 hour drive (Stay Coniferous Resort. Visit Dainthlen Falls, Arwah Caves, Ramkrishna Mission, Nohkalikai Falls, Khoh Ramhah, Thangkharang Park, Kynrem Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Nohsngithiang Falls).

Day 4 : Travel Nongriat (double decker bridge) back to Sohra. Parents can stay and rest for the day or local sightseeing for them.

Day 5 : Travel from Sohra to Shilong 2 hours (Shilong peak, Laitlum Canyons). Local sightseeing.

Day 6 : Travel from Shilong to Kaziranga 5 hours (start early may be 5 AM). Jeep safari in western range in the afternoon. Stay.

Day 7 : Early morning elephant safari in central range. And later jeep safari in eastern range. Stay.

Day 8 : To Guwahati. start at 6 AM - 4 hours drive. Free day at Guwahati.

Day 9 : Return

Thanks in anticipation of all your inputs.
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Bishop & Beadon falls can be given a miss.

In Sohra try to focus on the caves, less water in the waterfalls in April.

No Mawlynnong , Shnongpdeng, Amlarem etc?
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Thanks Karikor for your reply.

I want to get my plan proper, that's why I posted here. I knew I will get the best feedback.

I want to do Kaziranga alongwith Meghalaya. Please suggest how to fit Mawlynnong , Shnongpdeng, Amlarem. I am ok to exclude some destinations to replace much better places for the months of April.
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Things can definitely be tweaked, but need to keep in mind the presence of elders and kids.
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Any suggestions on exclusions (considering April\May month)? And which one to be included among - Mawlynnong , Shnongpdeng, Amlarem.
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All 3 can be covered in one day. Also from Amlarem you can go directly to Kaziranga via Jowai and taking the Shillong Bypass road
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Dear Karikor,

I have made some changes. Removed double decker bridge from my trip, as my parents would not be able to trek. Tried to include locations suggested by you.

However I could not fit them in one day. May be you can suggest changes.

Day 1 : Guwahati (Kamakhya temple. Stay Hotel Mawflower, Guwahati)

Day 2 : Shilong. Stay.

Day 3 : Mawphlang 4 hours. Start early. (Umium Lake, Elephant Falls. Visit Sacred forest and Davit scott trek. Stay at MaplePine farms)

Day 4 : Sohra (cherapunji) - 1.5 hour drive (Stay Coniferous Resort. Visit Arwah Caves, Mawsmai Cave, Ramkrishna Mission, Dainthlen Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Khoh Ramhah, Thangkharang Park, Kynrem Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls (popularly known as Seven Sisters Falls).)

Day 5 : Sohra to Mawlynnong Start 7 AM. (wah-kaba falls, Riwai village, Single root bridge, Balancing rock). After that (may be approx 11 AM) start to Dawki river. Boating in Dawki river. Visit Tamabil village, border of Bangladesh. Reach Shnongpdeng. Stay.

Day 6 : Start early 6 AM to Amlarem. (Syndai Cave and Rupasor Bathing Ghat, Krangshuri falls, Thlu Amwi Falls and Stone Bridge). To Jowai and to Kaziranga 6 hours. Jeep safari in western range.

Day 7 : Early morning elephant safari in central range. And later jeep safari in eastern range. Stay.

Day 8 : To Guwahati. start at 6 AM - 4 hours drive. Free day at Guwahati.

Day 9 : Return
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Looks ok. If you want something closer than Kaziranga, you can think of Pobitora
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Thanks Karikor.

Questions for Day 6 -
1. If we start at 6 AM from Shnongpdeng, when will we reach Amlarem?
2. How much time required to see Syndai Cave and Rupasor Bathing Ghat, Krangshuri falls, Thlu Amwi Falls and Stone Bridge?
3. How much travel time from Amlarem to Kaziranga?
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Answers-

1. 30km or 40mins

2. Around 3hours

3. Around 6-7hours
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Thanks Karikor for your reply. Sharing updated plan, as it is getting into shape now. I have added stay details as well. My budget is 3K-4K for double accommodation.

Also added places to see for each day. Please provide your inputs for any addition/modification.

Day 1 : Reach Guwahati by Noon.
Activities - Visit Kamakhya temple.
Stay - Hotel Mayflower, Guwahati\Any other suggestion
Day 2 : Start at 7 AM to Shilong. 3 hours.
Activities - Visit Umium lake, Elephant Falls, Ever Living Museum, Don Bosco Museum, Golf Course, Lady Hydari Park, Police Bazaar, Ward's Lake, Bara Bazaar (lewduh). In the afternoon before sunset can go to Laitlum Grand Canyon.
Stay - The Habitat\Siloam
Day 3 : Start at 7 AM to Mawphlang 4 hours.
Activities - Lunch Susie's German Restaurant. Visit Sacred forest and Davit scott trek. Garden of Caves at Laitmawsiang and Mawkdok Dympep Valley
Stay - MaplePine farms\Any other suggestion
Day 4 : Start at 8 AM to Sohra (cherapunji) - 2 hours.
Activities - Visit Arwah Caves, Dainthlen Falls, Wei Sawdong falls, Mawkdok Dympep Valley view point, Ramkrishna Mission, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Nohsngithiang Falls (popularly known as Seven Sisters Falls), Khoh Ramhah, Thangkharang Park, Kynrem Falls, ; Eco-park;
Stay - Cherra holiday resort\sa-i-Mika\Coniferous Resort\Jiva Resort
Day 5 : Start at 7 AM to Mawlynnong 3 hours.
Activities - Wah-kaba falls, Mawjngih Lapynshongdor View Point (Dymmiew), Riwai village, Nohwet View Point, Rani Falls, Single root bridge, Balancing rock
After that (may be approx 2 noon - 2 hours) start to Dawki river. Boating in Dawki river. Visit Tamabil village, border of Bangladesh.
Reach Shnongpdeng (1 hour)
Stay - Halatong Tourist Homestay at Shnongpdeng.\ Shatsngi Homestay and Outdoor
Day 6 : Start early 7 AM to Amlarem. 1 hour.
Activities - Krangshuri falls, Syndai Cave and Rupasor Bathing Ghat, Thlu Amwi Falls and Stone Bridge.
1 PM to 8 PM. Jowai to Kaziranga 6 hours.Jeep safari in western range.
Stay - Aranya Lodge\BonHabi\Wild Grass Resort\Any other suggestion
Day 7 : Kaziranga National Park
Activities - Early morning elephant safari in central range. And later jeep safari in eastern range.
Stay - Aranya Lodge\BonHabi\Wild Grass Resort\Any other suggestion
Day 8 : Jeep safari in the morning western range. Start at 10 AM to Guwahati. 5 hours
Activities - Free day at Guwahati
Stay - Hotel Mayflower\Any other suggestion
Day 9 : Return

Few queries as well -
1. For Day 3, is it doable in one day? I am a bit confused about Sacred forest and David scott trail. Can they be done in one stretch? Meaning are they near by?
2. For Day 3, Are both trek easy for elders? Should they skip any one or both?
3. Is my plan for Kaziranga looks OK? I know you mainly comment about Meghalaya, but still asking. Plan meaning elephant safari in central range and about jeep safari also.
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Here goes -

Day 2 : Start at 7 AM to Shilong. 3 hours.
Activities - Visit Umium lake, Elephant Falls, Ever Living Museum, Don Bosco Museum, Golf Course, Lady Hydari Park, Police Bazaar, Ward's Lake, Bara Bazaar (lewduh). In the afternoon before sunset can go to Laitlum Grand Canyon.
Stay - The Habitat\Siloam

Siloam is 20km from Shillong so may be a little inconvenient. If you want to saty at the outskirts of the city, you can think of Annesville.
Elephant Falls, Shillong peak can be done next day. You can also add Rapleng Hill which is next to Laitlum , a peak at a vantage point overseeing the entire plateau.


Day 3 : Start at 7 AM to Mawphlang 4 hours.
Activities - Lunch Susie's German Restaurant. Visit Sacred forest and Davit scott trek. Garden of Caves at Laitmawsiang and Mawkdok Dympep Valley
Stay - MaplePine farms\Any other suggestion

David Scott trek starts where the Sacred groves end. So hope that clears things up. Even the elderly can do both relaxingly. For the Sacred groves take the longer tour.
On this day you should be staying somewhere towards Sohra and not Mawphlang


Day 4 : Start at 8 AM to Sohra (cherapunji) - 2 hours.
Activities - Visit Arwah Caves, Dainthlen Falls, Wei Sawdong falls, Mawkdok Dympep Valley view point, Ramkrishna Mission, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Nohsngithiang Falls (popularly known as Seven Sisters Falls), Khoh Ramhah, Thangkharang Park, Kynrem Falls, ; Eco-park;
Stay - Cherra holiday resort\sa-i-Mika\Coniferous Resort\Jiva Resort

If you are not doing doing the Double Decker the next day, and you are going towards Mawlynnong, I would suggest you consider staying at Cafe Cherrapunjee which is before reaching Sohra and towards Mawlynnong. Will save you a few km and hours for the next day.


Day 5 : Start at 7 AM to Mawlynnong 3 hours.
Activities - Wah-kaba falls, Mawjngih Lapynshongdor View Point (Dymmiew), Riwai village, Nohwet View Point, Rani Falls, Single root bridge, Balancing rock
After that (may be approx 2 noon - 2 hours) start to Dawki river. Boating in Dawki river. Visit Tamabil village, border of Bangladesh.
Reach Shnongpdeng (1 hour)
Stay - Halatong Tourist Homestay at Shnongpdeng.\ Shatsngi Homestay and Outdoor

Dawki is a town not a river. You can do boating and other activities in Shnongpdeng itself.
I don't know Mawjngih Lapynshongdor View Point (Dymmiew) and Rani Falls. But there are too many things to see between Sohra and Shnongpdeng. The list is endless.
Wah Kaba Falls can be clubbed with Sohra sightseeing.


Day 6 : Start early 7 AM to Amlarem. 1 hour.
Activities - Krangshuri falls, Syndai Cave and Rupasor Bathing Ghat, Thlu Amwi Falls and Stone Bridge.
1 PM to 8 PM. Jowai to Kaziranga 6 hours.Jeep safari in western range.
Stay - Aranya Lodge\BonHabi\Wild Grass Resort\Any other suggestion

You can add Tyrchi falls and Thadlaskein Lake as well as they are on the highway. Tyrchi falls go to the bottom. Thluamwi go to the top. Syndai cave and Rupasor Bathing ghat, try to catch hold of a local from Amlarem to take you there.
If you want to see Rhinos, you can consider Pobitora. It currently has the highest density of Rhinos.
If you want to see Tigers, you can think of Nameri. You can google for Nameri Eco Camp
Kaziranga is a little crowded.


I hope this answers a few doubts.
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Thanks Karikor for your valuable inputs. Pobitora seems to be comparable alternate to Kaziranga. I have planned out Pobitora instead of Kaziranga. Below is the updated plan.

1. With Pobitora, I feel we can squeeze one more location to visit. Is it a good idea? Please suggest.
2. Provide suggestion on Day 2 Stay. We would prefer stay near main city.
3. Please suggest stay for Day 3.
4. We were looking forward to stay at MapplePine. Does it fit in any of the day? Not a must, but something we were interested based on details in few blogs.

Day 1 : Reach Guwahati by Noon.
Activities - Visit Kamakhya temple.
Stay - Hotel Mayflower, Guwahati
Day 2 : Start at 7 AM to Shilong.3 hours.
Activities - Visit Umium lake, Ever Living Museum, Don Bosco Museum, Golf Course, Lady Hydari Park, Police Bazaar, Ward's Lake, Bara Bazaar (lewduh). In the afternoon before sunset can go to Laitlum Grand Canyon and Rapleng Hill.
Stay - The Habitat\Siloam
Day 3 : Start at 7 AM to Mawphlang 4 hours.
Activities - Lunch Susie's German Restaurant. Visit Elephant Falls, Shilong peak, Sacred forest (longer route) and Davit Scott trek. Garden of Caves at Laitmawsiang and Mawkdok Dympep Valley
Stay - Somewhere towards Sohra
Day 4 : Start at 8 AM to Sohra (cherapunji) - 2 hours.
Activities - Visit Wah-kaba falls, Arwah Caves, Dainthlen Falls, Wei Sawdong falls, Mawkdok Dympep Valley view point, Ramkrishna Mission, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Nohsngithiang Falls (popularly known as Seven Sisters Falls), Khoh Ramhah, Thangkharang Park, Kynrem Falls, ; Eco-park;
Stay - Cafe Cherrapunjee
Day 5 : Start at 7 AM to Mawlynnong 3 hours.
Activities - Mawjngih Lapynshongdor View Point (Dymmiew), Riwai village, Nohwet View Point, Rani Falls, Single root bridge, Balancing rock
After that (may be approx 2 noon - 2 hours) start to Dawki. Visit river. Visit Tamabil village, border of Bangladesh.
Reach Shnongpdeng (1 hour)
Stay - Halatong Tourist Homestay at Shnongpdeng.\ Shatsngi Homestay and Outdoor
Day 6 : Start early 7 AM to Amlarem. 1 hour.
Activities - Krangshuri falls, Syndai Cave (get someone from Amlarem) and Rupasor Bathing Ghat, Thluamwi Falls (go to top) and Stone Bridge. Tyrchi falls (go to bottom) and Thadlaskein Lake.
1 PM to 8 PM. Jowai to Pobitora 6 hours.
Stay - Any suggestion?
Day 7 : Pobitora Park
Activities - Early morning elephant safari. And later jeep safari.
Move to Guwahati??
Stay - Any Suggestion
Day 8 : Not sure. We can have one more day to be planned.
Day 9 : Return
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@Karikor :
Please assist with :
1) Budget accommodation at : Shillong, Sohra, Shnongpdeng and Pobitora
2) Approx vehicle/transport charges for the entire trip
3) Approx safari charges at Pobitora
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Please have a look at some of the past trip reports you will get all your answers
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