Solo trip to Meghalaya, 6 days, mid July, need urgent help

#1 Jul 6th, 2018, 16:33
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Hello guys,
I will reach Guwahati on 20/07/18 around 1am. I will have my return ticket on 26/07/18 around 10:45 am from Guwahati.
I would like to cover places like Shilong, Lumpondeng island, laitlum caves, Mawphalang, Mawsynram, Mawlyngbna, Cheerapunjee, Nongriat trek, Mawlynnong, Dawki and Jowai.
I don't want this to be a hectic trip so please suggest accordingly. Also, it is possible to extend my stay for a day or so only if it helps ease my trip.

Also, I am running on a budget of around 10k excluding my travel to and from Guwahati. I would like to spend less on stay, hostels, dormitories and home stays would be okay for me.

Please advice me accordingly and it's urgent as I need to book my tickets.

Thanks,
Parth
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You can always stay in tents.

Adding 1 extra day will help alot.
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Originally Posted by karikor View Post You can always stay in tents.
They have tent service in monsoons too? If you Can you share some info on cheap stays, that would really help.
Adding 1 extra day will help alot.
I will do that. I will then plan to reach Shilong by afternoon of 18 July.
Now according to places that I have mentioned in previous message, tell me a itinerary of around 7 days.

Also, as I am alone what mode of travel in Meghalaya would you suggest for me?
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For itinerary you can check out the various trip reports that are already available here and opt one which suits you.

For mode of transport, I think hiring a scooty will be the best option.
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[QUOTE=karikor;2093717]For itinerary you can check out the various trip reports that are already available here and opt one which suits you.

For mode of transport, I think hiring a scooty will be the best option.[/QUOTE
So are you suggesting to hire a scooty from Shilong and using it for all 7 days?
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Hi Kariokar,
I have come up with a draft itinerary. Please share your views on it.
Since I will be reaching Shilong in afternoon,
Day1: Arrival Shilong sightseeing and night life (Halt)
I am a bit doubtful about whether I will be able to cover Shilong sights as it get dark early around 5Pm.
Day2 : Early morning Shilong to Mawphlang. Cover sacred forest and Mawsynram. Back to Mawphlang.(Halt)
I was hoping to stay at Maple pine but rooms are very costly for me. Any suggestions for stay in Mawphlang?
Day3: Early morning Mawphlang to Mawlungbna. Do the activities and halt.
Dedicating 1 day to Mawlyngbna be enough?
Day 4: Early morning Mawlyngbna to Mawphlang. Start David scott trail. Halt at Sohra
How far is Lower Sohra from Ladmawphlang?
Day 5: Sohra sight seeing, caving and move to Nongriat trek. Halt at Nongriat.
Can the caves suggested by you like Mawmulah cave and Riblai be covered on this day? Also you have mentioned about taking a guide to the caves, how does a guide charge and what equipments are required? Is a guide required for Nongriat trek aswell? Also, what are the attractions that I can cover on the way to Nongriat?
Day6: Early morning Nongriat to Sohra and move to Mawlynnong, Dawki & Shnongpeng. Halt at Shnongpdeng.
Any cheap stay at Shnongpdeng?
Day 7: Shnongpdeng to Jowai. Halt at Jowai.
Day 8: Departure Jowai-Guwahati

Since it is a rainy season I would like to avoid hiring a scooty and would prefer public transport or a shared taxi. Is public transport/shared taxi easily available around the places I mentioned. The only I am very confused about is mode of travelling in Meghalaya.
Also, should I do the stay booking in advance? Is there rush in July?
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Is David scott trail suggested in this month? I read that the river on the way is swollen and leaches can be a problem?
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Originally Posted by Parth1739 View Post Hi Kariokar,
I have come up with a draft itinerary. Please share your views on it.
Since I will be reaching Shilong in afternoon,
Day1: Arrival Shilong sightseeing and night life (Halt)
I am a bit doubtful about whether I will be able to cover Shilong sights as it get dark early around 5Pm.
Day2 : Early morning Shilong to Mawphlang. Cover sacred forest and Mawsynram. Back to Mawphlang.(Halt)
I was hoping to stay at Maple pine but rooms are very costly for me. Any suggestions for stay in Mawphlang?
Day3: Early morning Mawphlang to Mawlungbna. Do the activities and halt.
Dedicating 1 day to Mawlyngbna be enough?
Day 4: Early morning Mawlyngbna to Mawphlang. Start David scott trail. Halt at Sohra
How far is Lower Sohra from Ladmawphlang?
Day 5: Sohra sight seeing, caving and move to Nongriat trek. Halt at Nongriat.
Can the caves suggested by you like Mawmulah cave and Riblai be covered on this day? Also you have mentioned about taking a guide to the caves, how does a guide charge and what equipments are required? Is a guide required for Nongriat trek aswell? Also, what are the attractions that I can cover on the way to Nongriat?
Day6: Early morning Nongriat to Sohra and move to Mawlynnong, Dawki & Shnongpeng. Halt at Shnongpdeng.
Any cheap stay at Shnongpdeng?
Day 7: Shnongpdeng to Jowai. Halt at Jowai.
Day 8: Departure Jowai-Guwahati

Since it is a rainy season I would like to avoid hiring a scooty and would prefer public transport or a shared taxi. Is public transport/shared taxi easily available around the places I mentioned. The only I am very confused about is mode of travelling in Meghalaya.
Also, should I do the stay booking in advance? Is there rush in July?
Hi parth, public transport would effectively make your itinerary useless, as you have to use shillong as base.
E.g. for sohra to dawki, you need to first go to shillong and then catch a shared taxi to dawki, which would take the greater part of a day.

Travelled there in January this year by public transport!
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So here goes,


Day1: Arrival Shilong sightseeing and night life (Halt)
I am a bit doubtful about whether I will be able to cover Shilong sights as it get dark early around 5Pm.

It will get dark by 6 not 5. You can stay at Youth hostel.

Day2 : Early morning Shilong to Mawphlang. Cover sacred forest and Mawsynram. Back to Mawphlang.(Halt)
I was hoping to stay at Maple pine but rooms are very costly for me. Any suggestions for stay in Mawphlang?

I think they have tents as well. Else there are local homestays in mawphlang village for 800-1000 bucks a night.

Day3: Early morning Mawphlang to Mawlungbna. Do the activities and halt.
Dedicating 1 day to Mawlyngbna be enough?

If you really want to explore the area, then no. But if you plan to cover the major sights, then yes. Plus you get tents also.

Day 4: Early morning Mawlyngbna to Mawphlang. Start David scott trail. Halt at Sohra
How far is Lower Sohra from Ladmawphlang?

About 15-20km. Try to cover the Garden of Caves as well in between.

Day 5: Sohra sight seeing, caving and move to Nongriat trek. Halt at Nongriat.
Can the caves suggested by you like Mawmulah cave and Riblai be covered on this day? Also you have mentioned about taking a guide to the caves, how does a guide charge and what equipments are required? Is a guide required for Nongriat trek aswell? Also, what are the attractions that I can cover on the way to Nongriat?

Just the Mawmluh cave will take about 4hrs to complete and 3000 bucks for guide. So better stick to Arwah and Mawsmai and the nearby falls before going to Tyrna to start your trek. Tyrna to Nongriat, you will come across 1-2 root bridges and stall bridges and streams.

Day6: Early morning Nongriat to Sohra and move to Mawlynnong, Dawki & Shnongpeng. Halt at Shnongpdeng.
Any cheap stay at Shnongpdeng?

Try to cover Rainbow falls in the morning. You will find tents in Shnongpdeng as well.

Day 7: Shnongpdeng to Jowai. Halt at Jowai.
Day 8: Departure Jowai-Guwahati

Since it is a rainy season I would like to avoid hiring a scooty and would prefer public transport or a shared taxi. Is public transport/shared taxi easily available around the places I mentioned. The only I am very confused about is mode of travelling in Meghalaya.

You can opt for shared public transport but be ready to adjust your plan as your movement will depend on the timings of transport. And in most places you won't get them every other hour.

Also, should I do the stay booking in advance? Is there rush in July?

Except for Jan, every other month does have a good inflow of tourist.

Is David scott trail suggested in this month? I read that the river on the way is swollen and leaches can be a problem?

If you have the time fine. Plus all other places will also have leeches if the area has cattle grazing nearby.
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Originally Posted by prkDelhi View Post Hi parth, public transport would effectively make your itinerary useless, as you have to use shillong as base.
E.g. for sohra to dawki, you need to first go to shillong and then catch a shared taxi to dawki, which would take the greater part of a day.

Travelled there in January this year by public transport!

Very true. Else you will have to stop and change cabs 3-4 times and even then still risk not getting anything along the way.
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Thanks a lot guys for your valuable inputs. Really appreciate it.

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