Meghalaya travel for 2 months: into villages and along rivers and lakes

#1 Dec 20th, 2017, 10:31
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Hi,
I am planning to explore whole of Meghalaya in about two months. Jan to feb.
I am a solo traveller and like to travel to small villages and towns and steer safe of cities and crowded places like Shillong or other district headquarters.
I am travelling on a shoe string budget and would like help to find some nice trekking routes (with access to water along the way) across Meghalaya that i can explore. The treks can be anywhere between a 2-4 days.
I do not have money to hire guides and usually ask locals for directions or use maps.
To know more of how i travel, you can check out my instagram @himmat9. Not trying to sell anything just so that you can better understand how i travel and the kind of experiences i look forward to in Meghalaya.
Shall look forward to your suggestions.
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Welcome to IndiaMike, himmat9 ! I like the sound of your plan. The expert here at IM for Meghalaya is 'karikor'. While waiting for his advice, take time to read some of the trip reports in the Meghalaya forum.

Off the top of my head, you could try visiting Tura and the surrounding areas, which are a lot less touristy than Shillong. (We had planned to go there a few years back, but did not make it in the end.)

Good idea to go now, before the latest Modi publicity changes Meghalaya....
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Thanks, theyyamdancer....have been reading up on Meghalaya and few of the reports advised to keep away from the garo region in general due to threats of insurgents. They are old reports dating back to 2015. Reports from this and other sources on the net..... Meanwhile will await for Karikor.
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I have a person who is driving across Meghalaya for the last 3 weeks with his wife and kids as I type this reply.
Thing is save money on guides and fancy accomodation and all but atleast hire a 2 wheeler. Will do you a lot of good.
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hey Karikor

studied your trip reports and they were indeed helpful.

1) I just prefer to travel by local transport , preferably by bus else sumo. It gives me a good opportunity to mingle with the locals and also learn more about the place.

2) Heard the Jaintia and Khasi hill districts are safer than Garo hills. Is it true?? are there any places that I should keep away from due to problems of insurgency or high crime rate.

3) Are their low cost hostels available in Shillongs and other major cities across Meghalaya?

4) Could you share a list of all the trecks through out Meghalaya? That might me a nice way of exploring the place.

5) Will begin preparing the detailed itinerary soon and share the same to get your expert advice.

Shall await your response.

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1) I just prefer to travel by local transport , preferably by bus else sumo. It gives me a good opportunity to mingle with the locals and also learn more about the place.

Local transport is not very reliable. Your entire trip will be dependent on their timings. So will have to do a lot of adjustments. Hiring a 2 wheeler will be more better.

2) Heard the Jaintia and Khasi hill districts are safer than Garo hills. Is it true?? are there any places that I should keep away from due to problems of insurgency or high crime rate.

Garo Hills is beautiful, some insurgency issues, so not advisable to go to the interiors. But main towns will be fine.


3) Are their low cost hostels available in Shillongs and other major cities across Meghalaya?

Shillong id the only City all else are towns and villages. Low cost accommodation, though available will be hard to come by in some of the towns.


4) Could you share a list of all the trecks through out Meghalaya? That might me a nice way of exploring the place.

Nongriat Trek, David Scott trail Trek, Mawlongbna trek, Nongblai Trek, Sohkhmie trek, Shillong peak trek, Rhododendron trek, Mawphanlur trek, Nongkhnum trek, Nohkalikai trek, Nokrek peak trek and a few other more.
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In Meghalaya right now and loving it

Hey Karikor,
1) I arrived on the 5th Jan and since have done the following treks recommend by you. 1) david Scott trail, 2) tyrna to nongriat 3) Nongriat to nohkalikai.
2) I now plan to trek from Sohra to Pynursla but am unable to find the starting point or route. Could you help with this.
3) Once i am at Pynursla i plan to explore near by areas and trek to nongblai.
4) From Pynursla i plan to go to Shnongpdeng via dwaki.
5) from there i plan to trek to Ranikor and then to Phangdiloin followed by Nongkhrum eventually. From Nongstoin i plan to move to Pawphanlur and then back to shillong to conclude.
6) Want your advice on two points.
a) route or atleast start point of the route from sohra to Pynursla.
b) route from shnongpdeng to Ranikaur or any info on nice villages or short treks on the way.
7) additionally kindly share your recommendations if i am missing out on some important places or if i should re-route my plan.
Shall await your feedback before heading further.
P. S. I want to trek through most of the Khasi region in one long stretched out trek. So far its been great.
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Himmat, first of all your name does you justice.
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Age is not on my side now to do anything else than to envy you HIMMAT
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Also, since I think you are still in the Sohra plateau, why don't you check out the Kutmadan - Sohkhmi trek down to the Lyngngam river.

Another nice trek would be from Kshaid u Rai falls - Lyngngai falls - Diengdoh falls - Lyngksiar falls - Janaliar falls - Mawsawa falls - Dain Thlen falls and finally end at Wei Sawdong falls. The stream goes down and eventually reaches Rainbow falls.

If you still have time, there are plenty of other treks in and around Sohra.
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Other Options for trekking out of Sohra are :
Sohra - Sohbar - Nongjri - Pynursla

Or you can take a cab upto Pomlum and do Pomlum - Wahkhen - Nongblai - Rngain trek

Then a little after Rngain, there is another trekking route from a place whose name escapes my mind right now , but passes through Laitkyrhong - Rangphlang ends up at Laitlum gorges.

There are plenty of trekking options around Pynursla as well.
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Himmat,

Trekking from Shnongpdeng to Ranikor is quite a task. Its like traversing from one end of the Khasi hills to the other end.

From Shnongpdeng, why don't you instead trek the Jaintia Hills.
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Sohra to Pynursla trail

Thanks for ur encouraging words Karikor and Bimal.
Hey Karikor.,

1) Another nice trek would be from Kshaid u Rai falls - Lyngngai falls - Diengdoh falls - Lyngksiar falls - Janaliar falls - Mawsawa falls - Dain Thlen falls and finally end at Wei Sawdong falls. The stream goes down and eventually reaches Rainbow falls.

Plan to do this trek. Hope there is a trail connecting all the falls or at least 3-4 of them.

2) Other Options for trekking out of Sohra are :
Sohra - Sohbar - Nongjri - Pynursla

Sohbar is south of sohra and nongjri is way south of Pynursla as per Google maps. So the distance seems large and so not sure if a trail actually exists. Could u confirm the same as i really want to treck to Pynursla from sohra, explore Pynursla n then move down to dawki.

Locals tell me to first go down to the village of nongrin (village near sorha which has a cable transfer lift as well) and then walk along the river to dawki and then climb up to Pynursla. No one here knows of a trail to Pynursla.

3) Also is there a trail to laitmawsiang from laitryngew as i plan to trek to laitmawsiang and then to kongthong.

Shall await ur reply and mean while i plan to explore the kremawmluh caves near the old factory.

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Kindly read north of Pynursla instead of south of Pynursla in point no 2

I stand corrected : Kindly read "north of Pynursla" instead of "south of Pynursla" in point no 2 of previous message.
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Plan to do this trek. Hope there is a trail connecting all the falls or at least 3-4 of them.

If you start from Wei Sawdong and move up, then you will land up in Laitryngew only.

Sohbar is south of sohra and nongjri is way south of Pynursla as per Google maps. So the distance seems large and so not sure if a trail actually exists. Could u confirm the same as i really want to treck to Pynursla from sohra, explore Pynursla n then move down to dawki.

A road is definitely there with minimum traffic as the bridge crossing the Tharia river is not totally complete. But wonderful locations. I believe you have got another Nongjri.
The Nongjri I am referring to is south of Umniuh Tmar which is south of Pynursla


Also is there a trail to laitmawsiang from laitryngew as i plan to trek to laitmawsiang and then to kongthong.

The Laitryngew - Laitmawsiang is there and it should extend to Kongthong but not very certain if the Kongthong - Pynursla trek is still viable.


Locals tell me to first go down to the village of nongrin (village near sorha which has a cable transfer lift as well) and then walk along the river to dawki and then climb up to Pynursla. No one here knows of a trail to Pynursla.

How can that be possible? Dawki is on the other side of Sohra. So how can Dawki be reached before Pynursla.
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