Khasi hills in March for 9 days with two kids

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#1 Jan 9th, 2018, 11:02
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Hi,

My family (husband, two kids and two of my siblings) is travelling to Meghalaya from 17th to 25th March, which is our first visit to the magical state. Among the NE, we have earlier visited Sikkim and consider it as the most beautiful place we have visited so far. Hope to have fresh competition by March

Based on lot of inputs from threads and from Karikor specifically, we have finalized the following trip (we would hire a SUV for the entire trip);

day 1: Reach Guwahati airport by 12, and leave for Mawphlang by 1/2. Have lunch enroute (3:45 minutes, 125 km). Night stay at Maple pine farms

day 2: early morning head out for david scott trail (a 14 km trek which ends just 2 km away on road), kids and me might do 2-3 kms and return, while others would finish the trek to Lad Mawphlang. finish it by afternoon and onwards to sohra /cherrapunji (2 hours, 60 km). Night stay at cherrpunji

day 3: double decker trek to nongriat, Stay in sohra

day 4: local sight seeing in cherrapunji in first half, onwards to mawlynnong. stay in Mawlynnong and spend a night in the village homestay. (3.5 hours, 110 km)

day 5: Leave early morning to Dawki and the campsite stay on dawki river, all activities (scuba, jump and boating can be done here through pioneer tours) (1.5 hours, 40 km). Campsite / homestay options available here

day 6: leave early morning, visit Jowai pitcher plant, Thadlaskein lake, reach shillong (3.5 hours, 125 km). Shillong has different hotels, one in main town or in outskirts. Prefer to take an outskirt hotel with good view and do up and down in vehicle to police bazaar, which is the main area

day 7: local sight-seeing (shilling peak, umiam lake, elephant waterfalls etc), if not done on day 1. Relax in town, shopping

day 8: leave early morning and reach Guwahati (3 hours, 100 km). My onward flight is at 2:50 Pm and i plan to leave Shillong by 8 and reach Guwahati with some time to spare

I have one day extra and i want to make this itinerary a bit relaxed and am confused where to allot and how to alter the trip. Couple of options i had in mind
  1. Stay one night at Mawphlang after the trek and relax. Leave next day to Cherrapunji and do local sight seeing, so the day after the double root bridge we have nothing to do and hence start later in the day to mawlynnong
  2. Other option is to stay one more day in Cherrapunji and take it easy.
  3. One more option is to just break the journey at Thadlaskein lake or jowai for a night stay

Stay options (budget would be 3-5k range for one room, we would need 2):
Maple pine farm Mawphlang
Cherrapunji holiday resort (would need options in case this is booked)
Would be great if you could provide Options in Shillong, Dawki, Mawlynnong. In shillong, we would like to take a hotel near the main market (ladybird looked ok @4.2k), for easy commute.


Key queries:
1. Itinerary changes, if any
2. Stay at various places
3. For double root bridge, i guess kids will find it difficult to finish. we all would be able to carry my 3 year old kiddo, but are there any options available for the 7 year old, in case he is unable to complete. If not, then one of us will sit out at resort that day with the kids
4. What would be the vehicle hire cost for the 9 day trip for qualis / other SUVs
5. Weather / temperatures and should we expect rain and carry woolens?
#2 Jan 9th, 2018, 18:11
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Have you considered visitng places like Mawlyngbna and Mawphanlur?
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Hi Karikor,

Had seen your trip reports, was interested in Mawlyngbna, especially the fossils part, which would have interested my elder son, but my travel sickness (inability to travel too long on winding roads without feeling sick) and 2 small kids (3 and 8) make it difficult for us to extend the locations. So choice had boiled down to Mawphlang v Mawlyngbna, and I was more inclined for Mawphlang (plus it means lesser travel).

I was more inclined to relax in one of the places (sohra/mawphlang), but if you have a better suggestion, with not too much of a detour, would be very interested

Our primary interest for the trip is obviously the natural beauty, some adventure (trek, water activities) for my sister and my husband, some learning (sacred grove, monoliths, pitcher plant root bridges, limestone caves etc) for kids and just to relax in the lap of nature (if possible, with active youngsters)

Also, i had two week offs, one in March and the other one in first week of May and was wondering, which one would be better for this trip
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Firstly,

To make it a little clearer for you, the roads are not very winding, like in Darjeeling and Gangtok or for that matter of fact, Shimla. Once you cross a certain elevation, the place is more of a plateau.

I would suggest you to think about Mawlyngbna carefully since you have an extra day. Its just 40km or 1-1.5 hours from Mawphlang. And its a full day of activities sort of place, not a 2 hours drive see one spot and return back kind of thing. So you will not be left disappointed.

Also why stay in Mawlynnong as well as Shnongpdeng?
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By the way, March is a better time to come as it would be spring out here. But then again if you wish to escape the 40 degrees temperatures in May and spend Summer in 27-28 deg celcius temperatures, then May ain't a bad option either. Just that March - May isn't the best time for waterfalls.
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I just completed my journey to Meghalaya with my family.Karikor helped me a lot. I strongly feel, you must go to Mawphanlur. The road to Mawphanlur has improved considerably.
Road to Mawlyngbna is in excellent condition and also quite straightforward. I don't feel, your travel sickness will come on the way.
Mawlynnong is a place you can avoid (I went there, and suggesting you from my experience) and opt for some other place.
Also I feel, after doing David Scott, very next day doing Nongriat and back needs reconsideration.
You should add Arwah and Mawsmai cave in your list.
Jowai pitcher plant and thadlaskein has nothing more to offer than any other amusement lake. You should consider other places on the route. There are few excellent falls there.
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Thanks.

Since we would reach late in evening in Mawlynnong after sight seeing in Cherrapunji, thought it would be better to stay and enjoy rather than rush through and reach Dawki same day. Could easily stay for 2 days at the campside as well, if that is better. What would you suggest?

Also, wanted to check that if we reach guwahati by 2 PM, is it possible to reach Mawphlang same day, as the 2PM flight is cheaper vis-a-vis direct flight
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If you are hiring a vehicle, you should not have any issues of reaching any place any time. Gets complicated when you depend on public transport
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Thanks. Mawlynnong seems overrated as per my interaction with quite a few travellers and we were doing it primarily as it was a short detour from Dawki. Jowai, same way since we did not want to repeat the same route from dawki (via sohra to shillong), decided to go via the jowai and visit monoliths, thadlaskein and pitcher plant on the way. Would alter if there is a better way to cover the state. The only thing which we definitely want to do are shillong, double decker and the Arwah and Mawsmai (i think the lighted one and not the adventurous one) cave (for kids). Rest would be flexible and would be thankful for the suggestions

Alternatively, if we can do Guwahati-Cherrapunji-Mawphlang-Mawphanlur-Mawlyngbna-shillong-Guwahati as well, if that is better than my original plan..
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There are many beautiful places via the Jowai route that does not include thadlaskein or pitcher plant lake.

I would still opt the original plan with the inclusion of either Mawlyngbna or Mawphanlur and also reduce the Mawlynnong visit to a couple of hours.
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Thanks karikor

Have a better understanding now. Will add one night at mawphlang and do a day trip to mawlygbna. The walk there must be good. Will return to mawphlang for stay.

Will skip full 14 km of day 1 of David Scott trail and will do initial 2-3 kms and move to cherrapunji for local sightseeing there. That way we preserve ourselves for the double decker.


Will skip mawlynnong stay and instead stay 2 days on dawki campstay. Hope that should now be doable.

What is your sense of evening driving. Generally most other hilly states drivers avoid that, but I get a sense is that some bit of evening drive is ok for meghalaya?

Also one thing, my seven year wants to do the double decker trek but I doubt he will be able to come up on his own. Are there any options or I would have to stay back with him. 3 year one, my brother and his dad will pick and be able to manage
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Have a better understanding now. Will add one night at mawphlang and do a day trip to mawlygbna. The walk there must be good. Will return to mawphlang for stay.

Its not just the walk, but the entire place and what it offers.

Will skip full 14 km of day 1 of David Scott trail and will do initial 2-3 kms and move to cherrapunji for local sightseeing there. That way we preserve ourselves for the double decker.
If you are skipping 14km of David Scot trail, then its better to skip it and spend more time in Mawphlang.

What is your sense of evening driving. Generally most other hilly states drivers avoid that, but I get a sense is that some bit of evening drive is ok for meghalaya?
No issues with evening drive at all as in any case evening starts at 5pm out here.

Also one thing, my seven year wants to do the double decker trek but I doubt he will be able to come up on his own. Are there any options or I would have to stay back with him. 3 year one, my brother and his dad will pick and be able to manage
You can always hire a guide at Tyrna who can also help your kid come back up. My guest is that your kid must be about 30kgs? Around the same weight that the locals carry cement bags up and down to Nongriat.
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Thanks a lot. Regarding mawlygbna, the place looks pretty interesting, and will have an entire day to spend there at leisure.

That should do for the itinerary. The updated one would be:

Day 1; land in guwahati and reach mawphlang
Day2: mawlygbna for the day and return in evening to mawphlang
Day 3: sacred forest, onwards to cherrapunji, local sight seeing
Day 4: double decker trek
Day 5: drive to shnongpdeng visit balancing rock, mawlynnong on the way
Day 6: activities around the river
Day 7; leave to shillong, visit falls, monolith, lake on the way
Day 8: shillong sight seeing
Day 9: return
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on Day -4, do you want to stay back at Nongriat or do the trek up the same day?
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Originally Posted by BIMAL PRADHAN View Post on Day -4, do you want to stay back at Nongriat or do the trek up the same day?
What do you suggest? Should we stay at nongriat and take it more leisurely and visit rainbow falls+ spend some time there.

I think that might be easier for everybody, and might be able to move to shnongpdeng post coming up.
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