Meghalaya diaries: A trip report

#1 Aug 18th, 2018, 17:22
Join Date:
Oct 2012
Location:
delhi
Posts:
72
  • Kavita Gupta is offline
#1
We have been to Meghalaya for 6 days during Mid of augustí18. Though we have been to mountains in Himanchal and Uttarakhand many times but these mountains in North east are something else. The mountains, Land scapes, lakes, rivers, falls, forest ..infinite beauty is there. As before our trip I was searching for guidance, for itinerary, for places to visit as it was completely a black box for me, here is a trip report of our first journey to North-East, if it can be of any help to anyone.

Day 1: 10th August 2018 : DELHI-GUWAHATI-SHILLONG

We have taken flight to Guwahati from Delhi and reached there around 1:00 PM. Our driver Mr. Atul Boro was waiting outside the airport. From there we headed towards Shillong by Car. We had taken lunch in Guwahati itself at a restaurant suggested by Atul. As per our plan we had to visit umiam Lake in our route to Shillong but as it was raining heavily and my 4 year old son was sleeping, we could not see umiam lake that day. It was raining in Shillong and it took around 1 hour to reach our hotel in shillong as there was some traffic jam on entering Shillong. It took around 5 hours from Guwahati to Hotel in Shillong including the time for Lunch and Taffic jam, else it would be a 3 hour journey from Guwahati. After Check-in in Hotel which was in Police Bazar , we decided to roam around Police bazar market in the evening. Though itís a nice market , it doesnít offer much to Delhi/ Noida people who have been to Sarojini and Lajpat nagar market. It was raining then also. We bought a Rain Coat and a pair of crocks for our son and returned to hotel.

Lunch: FOOD.COM, Guwahati
My Rating :3.5/5



Stay:
EEE CEE HOTEL, Police Bazar, Shillong
Plan: MAP
Service: Good
FOOD: very Good
Room: Good
Location: Good
My Rating :3.5/5


Day 2: 11th August 2018: SHILLONG-CHERAPUNJI

On Day 2, After Breakfast , we headed towards Cherapunji at around 8:00 AM. We have covered Shillong peak and Elephant falls on the day itself. We saw so many kawariyas going to Mawsynram enroute. To my surprise for the first time I saw Lady Kawariyas also, which we can not even imagine in north. We saw mokdok village enroute. One of our attractions to see was Mokdok valley so we asked Atul about it. He said while returning we will see that. He took us to Ram Krishna mission museum, which we decided not to visit and told him first cover the main attractions as we are not interested in museums and all. After that he took us to Nohkalikai Falls. It was a dense fog there, we can only hear the sound of fall, Nothing we can see there. It was around 2 PM. We had taken Lunch in a small restaurant in our route as suggested by Atul. Then we went to Eco Park. It was a nice park with some swings and slides for children and a water stream running through the park. One can take rest and take photographs there. Then we went to Mawsami cave. At the first place I have decided not to enter as I thought we would not be able to do it because of our son. But then we decided to go for it. It took around 20 minuts to pass the cave. Surprisingly my kid was the happiest one after entering the cave. He did not want to come out. For us also it was a thrilling experience. After cave we went to Seven sisters fall. It was also covered by fog/ clouds and we were not able to see anything, we decided to move but our Atul told us to wait for some time as it will all clear. Thanks to him, we have waited for around half an hour and it was all clear. There were so many falls, people were saying seven falls ae there, but I could only count till 5. The view was breath-taking. It was the most scenic picture in my view as I can capture, Mountains, River and Clouds all in one frame.
Thangkharang Park was there only,. Atul asked whether we wanted to go there and we have denied as we have already been to ECO park. We asked him to go to Mokdok valley but he said as it far from this place and it will took time, we can not go, so we could not see that. On our way Atul has stopped the car at some view points and some water falls , I donít remember the names.
After that Atul dropped us to our Hotel. It was evening and we asked the hotel manager if we can see anyting around. He told us there is a big weekly market that day at some distance and suggested us to go there. We went there. It was a big local market where mainly locals were shopping. Clothes, toys, Vegetables, Pork all was there in the market place. It was a nice experience. After that we returned to Hotel. Luckily we didnít get rain during Day time but it was raining all over the night.

Lunch: Local restaurant before ECO Park
My Rating :3.5/5



Stay:
HOTEL LA KUPAR INN, CHERAPUNJI
Plan: MAP
Service: Very Good
FOOD: Good
Room: Good
Location: Very Good
My Rating :4/5


What we saw:
Shillong peak: Nice view of Shillong from the peak. One can skip if wants to.
Elephant falls: There are three beautiful falls. All were in full flow. Must visit.
Nohkalikai Falls: Not visible due to fog at that time. But I think itís a main attraction and must see
Mawsami cave: Thrilling. Must visit. Not recommended for Aged persons.
Seven Sisters fall: Very nice and Must visit
Mokdok Valley: Could not see


Other attractions which we did not see and required one more day (List arranged from Google):
Kynrem Falls
Dain-Thlen Falls
Noh-Sngithiang Falls
Khasi monoliths
First Presbyterian Church
Ka Kper Syiem Sohra
Wah Kaba Falls
Don Bosco Shrine
Arwah Cave
Garden of Caves
Rainbow Falls
Natural Swimming pools

Day 3: 12th August 2018: CHERAPUNJI-DAWKI-MAWLYNNONG-SHILLONG

After Breakfast in Cherapunji, our next destination was Dawki which is famous for its Cristal clear water in Umngot River. Though we already knew that since it is rainy season the water wonít be that clear we went to Dawki as one can boat and see India Bangladesh border. But as my son is afraid of boating we could not boat in. We took some photographs in Dawki and at border and proceeded for Mawlynnong, the cleanest village. In Mawlynnong first we went to The Riwai root bridge. It is located down the hills and one has to go down through stairs to see it.
As we could not do Double decker bridge in Nongriat because of the little one and the rainy season, this one was the must. And we were not disappointed after seeing it.
After that we went to Mawlynnong village, which attained the tag of Cleanest village of Asia in 2003. It is a small village, and No doubt very clean also. It seems that as after 2003 it became tourist attraction; they have opened Home stay at almost every home. We spent around two hours there. Only one restaurant was working and all other were closed as it was Sunday. We had no other option but to take lunch there. We had some difficulty to get a table and then the food. One table was being shared by more than one family to cut the waiting time. They offered Local food in a thali. Dal, Rice, one vegetable and chicken/ mutton/ pork curry were only the option. Somehow we managed to get food as it was around 4:00 PM, we were extremely hungry and we could digest anything at that time. After that we asked Atul about Bamboo bridge which we saw in google. It was nearby. It was a manmade Sky walk Bamboo bridge. One can go up and take a view of Bangladesh there. We werenít able to go up with our kid so returned back. After that we had to return Shillong. Around 6:30PM we reached Shillong. It was raining then in Shillong. We roam around Police bazar in the evening, and took dinner in Hotel.

Lunch: Local restaurant in Mawlynnong serving local food
My Rating :3.0/5



Stay:
EEE CEE HOTEL, Police Bazar, Shillong
Plan: MAP
Service: Good
FOOD: very Good
Room: Good
Location: Good
My Rating :3.5/5



What we saw:
Dawki Bangladesh Border: A point to cover, Nothing special
Dawki River: A must visit if the water is clear unfortunately we could not get
Riwai Root Bridge: Awesome experience, Not recommended for aged persons (not physically fit) as one has to climb enough stairs while returning.
Mawlynnong village: Must visit
Bamboo bridge sky walk: Not recommended for aged persons or small kids


What we didnít saw: Not in my knowledge.

Day 4: 13th August 2018: SHILLONG-MAWPHLANG-MAWSYNRAM

On Day 4, we have to visit Mawphlaung and Mawsynram. After Breakfast in Hotel we moved for Mawphlang. Enroute we spent some time in state tea garden and took some photographs there. Reached Mawphlang in 2 hours. There is a sacred forest. One has to take a guide if wants to go inside the forest. We went for a full trek for 1 hours. Our Guideís name was John. Inside forest he showed us some medicinal plants, some mushroom plants, Rudraksha tree and some animal sacrifice points. As the tribes which live there worship these forest hence known as sacred forest. A water stream is also there inside the forest. The path of trek is alongside that water stream. It required continuous one hour walk but was a nice experience. one can go for a half hour trek also if wants to.
David scott trail is also there which requires 5-6 hours trekking which we didnít go for. One can visit Mawphlang dam also but it also requires 30-45 minutes walk as per guide so we didnít go for it as we were very exhausted after one hour walk that also with small kid. John suggested us to go to Mawlyngbna also if we are going to Mawsynram as it is near to that place and Umkakhoi lake and some points are there. He was a nice guy.
From there we headed to Mawsynram. Mawsynram is the wettest place in india currently. There Atul took us to Mawjymbuin Cave. It was a big open cave and there was a Shivling. It is a religious place and have much importance during Shravan month.
After that we asked Atul to go to Mawlyngbna, first he refused but then he got ready. He was not clear of that place and didnít know the way. After one hour drive he took us to wrong place Jakrem famous for the Hot springs. It was also located down the hills. One has to go down stairs to see it. Not much people were there. Though it was a nice place, it was not maintained at all. We took some photographs there and returned back. Atul asked us if we want to go to Mawlyngbna, we told that its already 2:00 PM and first we want to have lunch. My kid was also hungry. We couldnít get anything to eat there except chips and biscuits. In our way we saw some local restaurants but they were closed. We decided to return back to shillong. Around 4:30PM we reached Police Bazar. As we were extremely hungry and could not wait for food to get prepared we directly went to Khasi food hotel at Police bazar which we saw last evening. They offered an instant Thali veg/ Non veg with their local sabji and chutneys. It was extremely cheap and good in taste. We were very tired so returned to hotel. It was raining then also in shillong.

Lunch: Khasi food hotel, Police bazar, Shillong
My Rating :4.5/5


Stay:
EEE CEE HOTEL, Police Bazar, Shillong
Plan: MAP
Service: Good
FOOD: very Good
Room: Good
Location: Good
My Rating :3.5/5


What we saw:
Mawphlang Sacred forest: Must visit for Nature lovers
Mawjymbuin Cave: Mainly an attraction because of Shivling. It doesnít offer much to see, one can skip if wants to.
Jakrem Hot Spring: A nice place but not maintained at all


What we didnít saw: Mawphlang dam, Mawlyngbna village and umakakhoi lake are must visit as per guide if you are in Mawsynram. Unfortunately, we could not see that.

Caution: Please keep food/ drinks with you as you wonít get anything in that area. We have not planned this day properly as we didnít have much knowledge. Ask your Driver, Guide and locals where to eat, what places to visit when in that area.

Day 5: 14th August 2018: SHILLONG-GUWAHATI

Day 5 was planned for local attractions in Shillong in day time and Guwahati in evening. After Breakfast in Hotel we went for local sightseeing. Atul took us to Lady Hydari park first. Itís a beautiful park with Swings and slides for children. A mini zoo is also there. Overall a good place for kids.
After that Atul took us to Don Bosco museum but we didnít go in there. Then we went to Wardís lake but it was closed being Tuesday. Then we went to Don Bosco museum. There are some 9-10 floors. Different floor belongs to different themes. Mainly it describes the living of different tribes of Meghalaya and The evolution of different religions and cultures in india. They have a sky walk also at their roof top. Overall it was good. They have a mini play area for kids at ground floor.
As we have not seen Umiam lake on first day we decided to go there while heading towards Guwahati. It is also known as Barapani. One can do boating there. It was a sunny and hot day. We went for boating as my son was asleep. A mini park for children is also there. One can have lunch in restaurant there. We spent around one hour there and proceeded for Guwahati. On the way we had Lunch at National Highway Dhaba in Nongpoh. Around 5:00 PM we reached out hotel in Guwahati. The Manager suggested us to go for the cruise in Brahmaputra River. Our Hotel was at airport road so it took us around 40 minutes to reach Brahmaputra river. We had a bad experience in Cruise in Goa as it was very crowded and my son was weeping all the time so we were afraid to go in cruise. But then we decided to go. It was a one hour ride on Alfresco grand cruise. A restaurant was also there inside cruise. For Half an hour a live orchestra performed for guest. Another half hour was for DJ. It was a nice experience. The sun set, The cold breeze, Brahmaputra serenity all were awesome.
We asked Atul to go to some market. He took us to Fancy bazar and Paltan bazar. Both were nearby. Those are big markets but again being a delhite could not find much there for our interest.
We returned back to hotel around 9:30PM.

Lunch: National Highway Dhaba, Nongpoh
My Rating :3.5/5


Stay:
HOTEL ROYAL HERITAGE, GUWAHATI
Plan: MAP
Service: Not Good
FOOD: Below Average
Room: Good
Location: Not good as it is far from main city
My Rating :2/5


What we saw:
Lady Hydari park: Must visit if with children
Don Bosco Museum: visit if interested in museums
Umiam lake: Must visit
Brahmaputra River front: Must visit
Fancy bazar and Paltan bazar : depends on individual


What we didnít saw: Air force museum and Wardís lake in Shillong. Laitlum canyon as I am afraid of height and not recommended for aged persons and for small children.

Day 6: 15th August 2018: GUWAHATI-DELHI

This was the last day of our trip. Being Independence day, the shops, the roads all were coloured in tri colour. We went to Kamakhya temple. It took us around 2.5 hours for darshan though we have taken VIP tickets. Our return flight was in evening so we do not have much time to see other places. Also we were not interested in other temples and Museums. So after taking Lunch at Paradise Hotel as recommended by Atul we went to Zoo. My son was insisting for that. It was a big zoo and we also had much expectations as Kanjiranga national park is there. But most of the animals were not there in zoo. It was not maintained at all. It can be good for children but has nothing to offer to grownups. A small children park is there which is good.
We had our flight to Delhi at 7:00PM. So after zoo we headed for Airport.

Lunch: Paradise, Guwahati
My Rating :4.5/5 (it is a very good restaurant and a must visit if you want to try assamees food)


What we saw:
Kamkhya temple: Must visit for Religious people
Assam state zoo: Must visit if with children
What we didnít saw: Regional science center, Shradhanjali kanan, umanand temple,
Nehru park



It was a nice trip to Meghalaya and must visit for nature lovers. Though Mr Karikor had suggested not to make shillong as base as more time will be wasted in travelling. But the beauty on way is breath taking. one can never get tired while travelling on these roads. Each and every point is scenic and photogenic. You can stop at any place and take photographs. Overall it was a very good experience. Looking forward to next trip to North EastÖ
Attached Images
20180811_100735__1534587047_117.239.15.162.jpg 20180811_101913(1).jpg 20180811_143417(1).jpg 20180811_143625.jpg 20180811_143708.jpg 20180811_165415.jpg 20180811_165451.jpg 20180811_165650.jpg 20180814_111112.jpg 20180814_111640__1_.jpg 
#2 Aug 18th, 2018, 17:25
Join Date:
Oct 2012
Location:
delhi
Posts:
72
  • Kavita Gupta is offline
#2
I want to add some photographs to above report but not able to post more than 10. Can someone guide how to add more pictures?
#3 Aug 18th, 2018, 19:21
Join Date:
May 2014
Location:
In the original virtual world - 'The Mind' - a beautiful thing
Posts:
8,555
  • snotty is offline
#3
Do add the photos in your next post.
One post has the limitation of 10 photos, the next one 10 more...
Sar Pass Trek , Rohtang, Munnar, Badrinath Kedarnath, Vaishnodevi, Goa, VOF, Kedarkantha, Kuari Pass, Brahmatal Trek

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
[Trip Report] 10 Day trip to Assam/Meghalaya (Christmas/New Yr 2017/18) Jan 8th, 2018 18:38 6 1072 Meghalaya
Meghalaya trip report May'15 May 30th, 2015 11:54 15 3416 Meghalaya
Trip Report : Meghalaya and Assam Jun 25th, 2012 16:35 6 6381 Other Areas


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2018
Page Load Success