Meghalaya - Arunachal - Assam

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Bangalore Ė Guwahati Ė Mawphlang (Day 1)

From Bangalore we started our journey to Guwahati by the JetKonnect flight and reached Guwahati around 12:15 and met with the other couple who came from Chennai. We had booked a driver and all our stays before the trip itself and luckily the driver was there outside the airport on time to pick us up. From Guwahati to Mawphlang itís a bit of distance and will need 5-6 hours to cover. But our driver made a mistake here by taking us through the traffic congested Guwahati town because he had to pick up some stuff.



Mawphlang is on the way from Shillong to Mawsynram and it was a bit late in the evening we reached at James place. We had lost a bit of time stopping over at Orchid Inn at the of Umiam lake shore for evening snacks. James is basically a Canadian who is settled in Meghalya and who speaks the local language. He runs a place Cultural Pursuits and has deep knowledge about the north east region not just limited to Meghlaya. Itís such a beautiful valley in which the stay is and I would not mind staying there for a week or two ;-).



We had some nice homely food and went to bed. Itís a very cold valley with overnight temperature possibly below zero during the winter months. But the rooms are warm enough to sleep especially under the thick and clean blankets even though there are no room heaters.

Mawplang Ė David Scott Trail Ė Cherrapunji (Day 2)

We got up very early and got the sight of the beautiful valley where we were staying. Since we reached when there was no light it was a pleasant surprise in the morning to see the beauty of the place where we spent the night. Early morning entire valley was filled up with snow and it was such a beauty. The heat of the sun hit the valley around 7:30 and all the frost melted.
After finishing breakfast by 8 we started our trek on David Scott trail. This route is basically an old mule track used by people to travel between Mawphlang and present Bangladesh. Itís a scenic trek with amazing views of the valley and the hills.



The sun was too bright and hard to click well exposed photos. I would have preferred to start this trek at 6:30 in the morning rather than at 8. But overall it was so good and we had a lovely time walking thru the old mule track with was scenic.

We finished the trek in about 6 hours since we spent some time at a home in the village and on taking many photos. Luckily the driver managed to find the place Lad Mawphlang and waited there by the time we finished the trek. We bid adieu to the guide who helped us do the David Scott trail and went to Sa I Mika in Sohra(Cherrapunji). Sa I mika is a hotel which is actually a lovely park. The view of sunset from the park was really beautiful and I managed to click a few photos from one corner of the park.



Sohra Ė Trek to the double decker bridge Ė Mawalynnong(Day 3)

Sa I Mika is a good one hour from the place to start your trek to the living root-bridges at Sohra. My initial plan was to start from Sa I Mika around 6 in the morning and start the trek around 7. But the manager in the hotel told itís a 6 hours climb and asked us to start around 8. Unfortunately with the amount of time we spent on photos the trek took a lot more time than expected. But this is something that you shouldnít miss in Meghalaya even though you need to be a bit fit to climb down and up so many steps.

It was always a dream to walk on the root-bridges from the day I saw the documentary in NGC about them a couple of years back. Itís an unbelievable feeling to walk on those strong root bridges. The double decker root bridge has a majestic beauty and sometime you feel itís something impossible in front of you.



The route to the double decker bridge has some amazing natural pools and lots of butterflies. The water was too cold since it was the winter time and I was too lazy to bear that cold and have a swim in the lovely clear water.



The time just went off so fast when I started chasing a few butterflies to get some photos. There was this colorful somewhere very close to the village near the root bridges.

There were many scary metal hanging bridges across the streams on the way to the double decker bridge. It is so much of adrenalin when those long bridges start swinging when you start walking on it.



After climbing back up we started the drive to Mawalynnong village. It was a very long drive and we reached late. Here we stayed at a guest house ran by Rishot and it was a pathetic place to stay. The food was served cold, there was no water in the toilets in the night and I would recommend avoiding this stay.

Mawalynnong Ė Exploring the clean and landscaped village Ė Thadlaskein (Day 4)

Mawalynnong is a very beautiful village and itís very nicely landscaped with lovely foot paths and lots of plants and trees. We spent a good amount of time walking through the village and clicking photos. Since it was December 25th there was service going on the the church and everyone was dressed up in new cloths.



The kids were all lovely dressed up for the Christmas function but most of them were very shy. And they ran away from us the moment they saw the camera.

They have built a few tree houses in Mawalynnong to climb up and have a look at the village. It will be all green and beautiful view from these tree houses. We managed to climb up two of those tree houses to have a look at the landscape of the beautiful village Mawalynnong.

This village must be a heaven to visit during the spring with the blossom. They have so many orchids everywhere and I canít just imagine how beautiful it will be during the spring. I wish to go back there during the spring time and enjoy the beauty of the lovely village with flowers everywhere.
There is also a root bridge near the village which is very beautiful and wide. We went there on the way back from Mawalynnong. Since we were worried about the coal trucks traffic on the Shillong-Dawki-Almarem route we took another shortcut to the Thadlaskein village. But we didnít know that the trucks were banned due to Christmas. Meghalaya is rich in coal and there will be a lot of coal truck movement towards Bangladesh which is on the Shillong-Dawki-Almarem route. The shortcut to the Thadlaskein is through the place Laitlyngkot and Smit. Laitlyngkot means shortcut in their local language.

We reached Thadlaskein by the evening and stayed over at Orchid Inn on the route to Jowai. It is a nice hotel with a good restaurant. After having some good food we went to be early to start the next morning to visit Ialong park, Syntu Ksiar, Tyrshi falls and Nartian monoliths.

Thadlaskein-Jowai-Shillong (Day 5)

Early morning we started our drive to Ialong park which around 6-7Kms from Jowai. It took us around 45 minutes to reach Ioalang park from the hotel at Thadlaskein. The view of the plains and the river from the Ialong park is very beautiful. We spend around 45 minutes there and took some photos before we left to Syntu Ksiar.



We had to ask for the direction to Syntu Ksiar many times because the Jowai market is very crowded with heavy traffic and there are no direction boards. But the people over there were very helpful in giving us directions and it took 45 minutes for us to reach Syntu Ksiar. The vehicle goes all the way down to the valley and the view of the river is quite amazing even though the river is a bit polluted.



There was a beautiful house on the way down to the valley with a lot of orchids. We were so thrilled with the beauty of the house and the owner was a gentleman who allowed us inside the compound to click some photos of the orchids.



After spending half an hour near the river we started our journey to Tyrshi falls. Even in the month of December there was a bit of water in the falls and itís quite a view. I was imagining the amount of water and the beauty of the falls during the rainy season. You can drive around half a kilometer close to the falls and then climb down the stairs to the go beneath the falls to enjoy the spray and sound of water.



The sound of water and the cold spray it generated while falling on the rocks was quite a bit refreshing. We sat there for a while and then proceeded to our next destination Nartiang Monoliths. Nartiang monoliths is the biggest collection of megalithic stones in one single area and is a place of historical importance which was erected in memory of the Janta Kings.



This place is more of historical importance than anything else. The road to Nartiang was in a quite bad shape and we lost a lot of time going there. You would love this place if you love to see things that are maintained by the archeological survey of India due to its historical value.
The plan to visit the Shillong peak and any other places in Shillong had to be dropped because it got a bit late by the time we reached Shillong. And the road nearing to Shillong was stuck with traffic and the road jam cost us around and hour and a half. By late evening we reached hotel Rainbow in Police bazar. Hotel rainbow is a good place to stay in the middle of Shillong market. My friend Karikor without whom the Meghalaya leg would have been impossible came to meet us and took us to a nice hotel for dinner.

Since we have a very long drive to Bhalukpong next day we slept early. And this was the final night in Meghalaya during this trip since we are going to start the Arunachal leg of our journey from tomorrow.

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Last edited by amalp; Apr 30th, 2013 at 14:05.. Reason: Image updates.
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Amal,

I am so happy that you have finally found time to do this. And it has come out pretty well. I hope you are doing great. By the way, when are you sending me the snap we took together.
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Hi Karikor,

For the entire Meghalaya leg and that awesome dinner I'm so very thankful to you. That photo is in Peter's cam I think. Will find it tomorrow. I am good but had to cancel my August travel plan to Spiti valley because of leave issues. How have you been ? Hope the dam issue over there get in favor of nature and Meghalaya!

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I am good. Busy at work as usual. We are coming out with a detailed water mission for the state to address the important issues, like dams,etc so pretty much tied up. Too bad about the Spiti Valley trip. Im sure you will not stop till you reach there, and I hope that is soon.
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Hi Amalp,

Nice sharing indeed and very beautiful photos. As we are back from Meghalaya (and Kaziranga, Majuli too ), I find yours as very interesting ... and I'm envious too


For this :

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........ The double decker root bridge has a majestic beauty and sometime you feel itís something impossible in front of you ....
and :
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....We reached Thadlaskein by the evening and stayed over at Orchid Inn ...
and this too
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... we started our journey to Tyrshi falls. ...
We missed all those. So we didn't say good-bye to Meghalaya.


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...we started the drive to Mawalynnong village. It was a very long drive and we reached late. Here we stayed at a guest house ran by Rishot and it was a pathetic place to stay. The food was served cold, there was no water in the toilets in the night and I would recommend avoiding this stay.
Well, I disagreed on this point only. We stayed at Bania's place in Mawlynnong and it was good - neat and clean, plenty of water and hot tea were served. What else you said of Mawlynnong are right, amalp.

We may like to see this : http://www.indiamike.com/india/megha...-most-t194240/




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... My friend Karikor without whom the Meghalaya leg would have been impossible ....
Right you are.
aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)

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