Megahlaya in October 2018

#1 Aug 22nd, 2018, 20:44
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Initially planned to spend the Durga Puja holidays at Lakshadeep and Kerala.
However, considering the situation there we have dropped the idea. SPORTS has not yet declared any voyage for this season till now.

As an alternative, various other places came to mind. But practically no train tickets are available from/to Kolkata during this period.

On an impulse today brought return air tickets for Guwahati. And now made a plan for Meghalaya.


1. 16 Oct, Tuesday: Morning flight to Guwahati. Day kept for Kamakhya Temple and sunset cruise. N/S: Guwahati.

2. 17 Oct, Wednesday: To Shilong. Short break at Barapani. Local site seeing at Shilong as possible. N/S: Shilong

3. 18 Oct, Thursday: To Sohra. Site seeing on the way - Wah Kaba falls, Mawkdok Dympep valley view point, Arwah caves, Ramakrishna mission. N/S: Sohra

4. 19 Oct, Friday: In and around Sohra - Seven sister falls, Mawsami caves, Kohrama (Giant conical rock), Thangkhorang park, Nohkaklikal falls. N/S: Sohra

5. 20 Oct, Saturday: Riwai village for single root bridge, Mawlyngong, Borohill falls, Umngot river. Preferred stay: Shnongpdeng

6. 21 Oct, Sunday: Umngot river at Shnongpdeng, via Amlarem Krangsui falls, Syndai caves, Thluamwai falls, stone bridge. Preferred stay: Ialong park area

7. 22 Oct, Monday: Nartiang, Latilum, Sweet falls, ever living museum and some local spots at Shilong. N/S: Shilong

8. 23 Oct, Tuesday: Some local spots at Shilong. Lunch at Umiam lake. To reach Guwahati Airport by 4:30pm

Will be thankful if IMERs may give some opinion on above.

Considering the constituent of the team, mostly ladies and age of people, could not do off beat travel or trekking.

Hope the facilities at Shnongpdeng and Ialong park area will be adequate. Clean basic facilities are always acceptable.
#2 Aug 22nd, 2018, 22:16
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2 days in Shillong and 2 days in Sohra without treks is a little too long. You can think of other places.

You will find tents and basic homestays in Shnongpdeng, so you can halt at Dawki.

Same way, you can halt in Jowai if Ialong is not acceptible due to ladies and elderlies.
#3 Aug 22nd, 2018, 23:42
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Day 3 - Aug 13: Shillong to (Sohra) Cherrapunjee - Stay overnight at Sohra

Morning was beautiful and no sight of rain. We started for Cherrapunjee in morning drove straight to Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point. Zip line was closed due to weather. We had breakfast at Homely Dhaba. Weather was clear. After spending some time we started for our next place to visit, Garden of Falls.Just few light showers in the way. The villages just after the highway en-route were super beautiful.
Again, road to Garden of Falls, Laitmawsiang is in very bad. I saw a couple of tyre burning mark on down slope. Hope it was not an accident.

Garden of Falls: What a place. There are 5 falls with 3 different kind. Also, bathing is allowed in one of the waterfall. Which is very much private. I enjoyed all my 40 min of private pool with no one around.
There are 3 volunteers who guide you though falls.
Go here in morning especially in weekdays. Weekend attracts many tourists.
More pictures are in flicker gallery


Sum Syiem Falls - Naturally carved orifice through falls
by Anoop Kumar



Arsdad Falls
by Anoop Kumar


When you have Natural pool all for yourself


Stieh Maw - Stieh Falls at Garden of falls
by Anoop Kumar


Riat Umlwai falls - Garden of falls
by Anoop Kumar


From back of Riat Umlwai falls - Garden of falls
by Anoop Kumar, on Flickr

After that we head to our stay place to check-in have some rest. At Sohra View Lodge, just inside the road to Arawah cave .
Verdict: The place at very nice place however. There no electricity so people wonít prefer it. Okeyish for stay with 4-5 friends but for couple and family itís NO. The location is very good. Just few minute walk to Arawah cave. The owner should invest some money to renovate the facilities. It could be top pick homestay.

Sohara View Lodge, Cherrapunji

You see the lodge is at such amazing place but poorly managed. There is also view point with proper stairs just in front of lodge

We headed to Tyrna Village -> Siej Village
Umkar Living Root bridge, under construction Double Decker Root Bridge.
An under construction double decker root bridge. I really like the place. First decker is almost complete and should be usable in 2-3 years. The top bridge is just about to begin with two thin roots across the stream. This place going to shadow old double decker bridge as it offer easy 10 min walk from parking. Also, it offers very close Bangladesh plain view just before the village. Also, magnificent view of Kynrem falls and deep valley.
I didnít find anyone going to this place.
I also have short video. I will add it later.


Umkar Living Root Bridge
by Anoop Kumar
The roots at at top left corner are the foundation of upper decker. How amazing would be when I will come back in future and bridge would be all ready

Selfie to banta hai


Road Condition: The road condition is pretty bad after Laitynsew-Tyrna Junction. After Seij, I thought of going to shortcut to Kynrem Fall and the Severn sisters but after Tyrna junction the road was all just big boulders. It was too bad for any bike and small car. After a kilometer I decided to not go ahead.
We came back to Tyrna junction and went around via Cherrapunjee market to Seven Sisters fall just before the sunset. Seven sisters falls view point is spacious and very touristy. You can also get a binocular for INR. 10 from a jovial guy and enjoy bangladesh plains a long as you want.


Seven Sister Falls, Cherrapunjee
by Anoop Kumar
It was very late evening and I couldnít get better picture of Seven Sisters. However the whole atmosphere was amazing.

We had dinner CORDIAL Lodge & Restaurant. Good place for dinner with nice road along and couple of swings to enjoy the evening.


God's own Painting at Seven Sisters falls, Meghalaya
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#4 Aug 22nd, 2018, 23:44
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Sorry guys posted in wrong thread. I don't have any option to delete the post.
@Moderators Please delete the above post.
#5 Aug 22nd, 2018, 23:57
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Thanks Karikor.
I will give a rethink.
#6 Aug 23rd, 2018, 11:31
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Prodhar,

You have a whole week in hand with you. I am sure you can optimize the plan without being too stressful on your travel partners.
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#7 Aug 23rd, 2018, 14:00
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Thank you for your encouragement.
I will try to finalse the plan by end of this month.
Please be prepared to be disturbed a couple of times !
#8 Aug 23rd, 2018, 21:06
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All set and ready. But accommodations will have to be booked soon as Durga Pujo season is rush season.

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