Meghalaya itinerary advice

#31 Nov 12th, 2017, 08:58
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May 2012
Mon-Khmer Land (Shillong)
  • karikor is offline
Hey Amit ,
So glad to know that you had a great time.

What was missed in this trip can always be repeated again.

Looking forward to your Trip Report
#32 Nov 12th, 2017, 17:52
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  • amithanda is offline

trip report

I am mentioning relevant points to each sightseeing point listed in the itinerary, for fellow travellers. Please excuse if disagreeing, its only my personal opinion.

* 1 Nov - Reach Guwahati at 11.45 and proceed to Shillong. Shillong sight seeing . Halt at dew drop in
Umiam lake: 5*, huge clean lake, on highway
Don Bosco Museum 5*, 7 floors, fabulous collection, terrace view is great
Sweet falls : 4*, #viewonly, gushing, out of way, need to go through cantt, show ID cards
Golf course : --, #missedDueToLessTime, (20 mins, eatery outside entry selling momos, leave before 4:30)
Butterfly Museum : --, #missedDueToLessTime, (survey of india, bad owner, small lane, park 100m before)
Wards Lake : --, #missedDueToLessTime
Cathedral : --, #missedDueToLessTime, (10 min, okish)
Ever Living Museum : --, #missedDueToLessTime, (good to visit)
Laitlum: --, #missedDueToLessTime, (make time: a must before sunset)
Eat: dylan's : --, #missedDueToLessTime

* 2 Nov - Proceed to Mawlyngbna enroute stop at Mawphlang and Mawsynram. Return to Mawphlang. Halt at Maple Pines.
Shillong Peak: --, opens at 9AM, we were early
Airforce Museum: 3*, nice to visit, opens at 9:30AM, do remember to pick up your ID from entry while exiting
Elephant Falls: 5*, had total blast, we could get near it and enjoy :)
Mawphlang Sacred Groves: 4*, did half trek, old, clean, good. (half trek, guide required)
Symper Rock: 3*, nobody there, didnt know what to do, clicked pics and started forward (Good, weiloi, TA)
Mawjymbuin cave: 3*, raw cave, small, good to visit
Mawlongbna village: reached at 3, no guide, need to visit in morning to see all the sightseeings
rafting in Umkhakoi lake: 3*, nice, did kayaking
pitcher plant park @ Traveller's nest : #missedDueToLessTime
Krempomskei cave, sea urchin fossils, animal footprints folktale, Umdingkain falls, mih -um artesian well: #missedDueToLessTime

* 3 Nov - Proceed to Sohra. Sightseeing on the way. Halt at sohra stay
Day 1 - Upper cherrapunji
Wah kaba falls: 4*, gushing, small water play area, had fun (Good,trek to source)
Arwah cave : 5*, #highlight, what a massive cave, must do (nominal guide charge, take them)
Mawkdok-Dympep valley viewpoint : nothing in november :( (zip lining, 4 ropes, eatery)
Saimika park, Kharmih park: 3*, Okish
Dainthlen Falls: 5*, huge area, gushing, picnic site (Good !)
Nohkalikai falls: 5*, #viewonly, fabulous view and fall, no fog for us
Nongsawlia church and cemetry: 3*, nobody in the church hall, paid a quick visit, okish

Day 2:
Mawsmai cave(no guides,water dripping, take care): 4*, must do
Nohsngithiang falls: 3*, less water, #viewonly, far away view (seven sisters falls, good)
Khohramhah rock(cud skip),
Sohra Golf Range: 2*, no entry to the course, could skip
Kutmadan resort: 4*, fabulous view of the valley
Bottom of Kynrem falls and proceed straight to Tyrna via Mawlong village: --, missed it
Ecopark Thangkharang park: --, missed it
Trek to Double decker root bridge: --, totally missed it due to kid :(

* 5 Nov - Sohra - Mawlynnong - Shilliang Jashar - Dawki - Shnongpdeng. Halt at Shnongpdeng
Kyrdemkhla stream: 4*, picnic place, very clean, nice site
Garden of Caves: 5*, heavenly place, #highlight, must do
Rngain view point: 3*, #viewOnly, click pics and move forward
Riwai root bridge: 5*, the drive is heavenly through lush green forests, eat pineapple, wonderful root bridge, roam around in village, clean and colorful
Mawlynnong village: 4*, looks touristy, very clean though !, lush green
Mawlynnong Waterfall: --, missed it
Nohwet view point: 4*, bamboo bridge for walking and climbing to see the valley
Shilliang Jashar: --, #missedDueToLessTime
Borhil falls: 3*, #viewonly, nice gushing falls
Umkrem falls: 2*, unclean, ppl washing car, could skip
Umngot river: 4*, did boating, took a bath
Shnongpdeng: 5*, #highlight, stayed in village home. fabulous place, lush green, clean water. did all water activities

* 6 Nov - Shnongpdeng - Dawki - Amlarem - Jowai - Krangshuri falls - Jowai. Halt at Jowai
Syndai cave, Ruparsor bathing ghat: 1*, no-one there, abandoned approach walkway, not a tourist site yet
Krangshuri falls: 4*, long walk to base, worth it
Syntu Ksiar: --, #missedDueToLessTime
Ialong park: 4*, green, great valley view, but single trail, everything else cordoned off

* 7 Nov - Jowai - Sightseeing in and around Jowai. Umiam / Kyrdemkulai /Sohliya /Marngar/ Umden. Halt at traveller's nest
Tyrshi falls : 3*,#viewonly, okish
Thadlaskein lake : 2*, nothing much to do, small lake
Nartiang monoliths : 4*, must visit, large collection of huge monoliths
Durga temple : 2*, near nartiang monoliths, noone visits, simple temple
sohliya strawberry farm(--, good for strawberries), marngar lake(good),
Brahmaputra cruise(evening,--) : --, #missedDueToLessTime

* 8 Nov - Head to Kamakhya Temple. Fly back to Delhi
kamakhya temple : long lines (4 hours), availed paid line (1.5hours). try to
visit in afternoon, most ppl visit in morning

# Stay
1st : Dew Drop Inn, 5*
2nd : Maple pines, 2*, review shared on tripadvisor
3rd : Sohra Stay, 1*, fraud deal on yatra, review shared on tripadvisor
4th : -do-
5th : Shnongpdeng homestay, 4*
6th : Tyrchi inn, 3*, beside the highway, all disturbance. otherwise, fabulous property for stay. good food.
7th : Guwahati, airbnb
8th : Departure back to Delhi

Zoomcar: dented, stereo not working. should ensure beforehand if car is clean. otherwise, call cc to give alternate car. Otherwise, process flawless, pick up/drop off took 15 mins

roads are empty, good to drive, no worries
But, do mind the sunset timings, 5PM SHARP
suggest to start early, 6:30AM for sight seeings.
Keep snacks with you during the drive. one only gets tea + room temp boiled eggs mostly.
Some places are not listed in google maps. Ask locals for directions, they are helpful.
Network is patchy, do ensure you have all the important info offline.
start fine tuning the itinerary by discussing with the forum gurus, 2-3 months before

Thats all, feel free to share your thoughts. And thanks again for all the help, everyone.

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