Nongriat Trip ( February 2014) - Double Decker Living Root Bridges Trek

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Originally Posted by karikor View Post We Khasis came to the Indian sub-continent 8000years ago from what is currently now Syria, Lebanon etc. we were pushed by the Aryans who came to the India sub-continent 4500 years ago, slowly and slowly to the east till we reached what is now the Brahmaputra valley. Then when the Ahoms came sometime in 1200 A.D., we were further pushed up to the hills.
Hi Karikor,

This post caught my attention. Having worked in Iran and toured the adjacent countries Iam familiar with people in that part of the world. It is a historical fact that the Jewish people, a few millennia ago, during the times of persecution and genocide, had fled their mother land and took refuge in India (and Europe). And in the recent decades, a small numbers, have emigrated back to Israel, especially from the northeast India and a few from Kerala.

What is inconsistent, to my eyes, in all this is the racial diversity that doesn’t fit in the larger picture. I have no knowledge of the people with mongoloid features ever living in the middle east area. Although some native American or red Indians do have resemblances to far east race. BTW the thread was enjoyable I read it just now, Cheers.
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Surya,

I am glad that you enjoyed the thread.

There are many small communities across India who claim to be descendants of the Jews, not just from Kerala and Mizoram. I have not brought up the claim that we Khasis originated from Jews, but there have been studies and research that we came from the Levant region. We may have not been necessarily Jews, maybe Gentiles.

Also we Khasis are not of the Mongoloid race, but are of the Austroloid race who speak one of the version of the Mon Khmer / Austroasiatic languages. In mainland India, only the Khasis of Meghalaya and the Mundas of Chota Nagpur plateau speak the Austroasiatic language.

We also are still Matrillineal, a system that existed before the rise of the 'Patriach' concept.
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Very informative thread. I am visiting Meghalaya with my family in first week of February, I have to divide my time between stay at Nongriat and Dawki. Should I do Dawki sight seeing in the day one to return to Cherrapunji for night stay, and next day trek down to Nongriat for two nights stay at Nongriat, or should I divide my time between one night stay at Dawki and one night at Nongriat.
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Cosmopolite,

What does your full itinerary look like. Maybe I can help tweak it a bit.
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Day 1: Guwahati - Shillong
Day 2: Shillong - Dawki - Mawlynnong - Cherrapunji
Day 3: Tyrna - Nongriat
Day 4: Nongriat
Day 5: Nongriat - Tyrna - Cherrapunji sightseeing - Shillong
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This is what I would suggest -

Day 1: Guwahati - Shillong
Day 2: Shillong - Jowai - Shnongpdeng. Halt
Day 3: Shnongpdeng - Mawlynnong - Sohra. Halt
Day 4: Nongriat Trek and Back to Sohra. Halt
Day 5: Sohra sightseeing - Shillong
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Thank you, Karikor.
Me and my wife are 50 plus, so would like to give some rest to our knees on reaching Nongriat, more so if we have to visit rainbow falls. Since you have been to this place in February, please recommend if the trek is worth. Secondly between Shnongpdeng and Double decker bridge trek, which will be more scenic and hence worth giving more time.
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What time are you reaching Guwahati on Day 1?
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My flight is supposed to land at 1.30 Pm, Guwahati airport.
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If that is the case, then this is what I would suggest-

Day 1: Guwahati - Sohra. Halt
Day 2: Sohra sightseeing in the morning. After lunch trek the double decker. Halt at Nongriat
Day 3: Trek to Rainbow falls. climb back up to Sohra. Proceed to Shnongpdeng.
Day 4: Shnongpdeng - Amlarem - Jowai - Shillong.
Day 5: Shillong Sightseeing.
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Reaching Sohra on day 1, ie. 6th February could be an issue if the flight is delayed due to fog in Delhi. Secondly Sohra sight seeing could be tiring, so we don't want want to sap our energy levels before start of Nongriat trek. Thirdly I would prefer to do Nongriat trek in last leg of the trip, also I would like to avoid Dawki on friday, 9th February as it becomes crowded due to local tourists from Bangladesh. Shillong sightseeing is kept for day 6, before leaving for Guwahati around noon, if time permits part of it like Elephanta falls and Shillong peak could be covered on day 5, while returning to Shillong from Sohra as they are on the route.
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I have discussed with my wife, your suggestion of half a day sightseeing at Cherrapunji and then trek to Nongriat will save a day for us. If we start early in the morning from Shillong, around 6.30-7, can we complete Cherrapunji, core sightseeing by 11-11.30.
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Ok. That is great
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Update, rescheduled my flight, and now arriving a day earlier, 5th, will be staying at Shillong on 5th, leaving for Guwahati on 11th afternoon. Any possibility of rescheduling the itinerary?
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What is your final itinerary like?

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