Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states in India also known as the abode of the clouds! Located in the northeast of our vibrant country, it is rich with cultural heritage and beautiful landscapes. While some people would know Meghalaya only as highest rainfall receiving state, it offers much more for off beat travellers. It is a place that would fuel the imagination of a creative person and probably give rise to masterpieces in literature, art, and music, such indeed is the pristine beauty of this state. Meghalaya is full of sights and experiences that will leave one awed. We explore several non-touristy and hidden destinations, drive through the thick forests for swim in the fresh waterfalls, travel by local transport or walk, eat local food and stay with local at homestays to get a sight of their culture.This is not a luxury trip for tourists, but exhausting and exhilarating expedition for explorers & travellers at heart.
What is included in the tour
- All transportation during the tour - Auto, Bus, Car, Jeep (Shillong to Shillong)
- 12 Veg meals overall (no fixed order)
- Stay from Day 1 to Day 7
- Stay in hygienic and comfortable places but nothing luxurious
- Guide fees and permits
- Photo documentation
What is NOT included in the tour
- GST- 5% extra
- Flight tickets are not included. Transportation to starting point and back from endpoint
- Transport from Guwahati to Shillong
- Entry fees and tickets
- Zip lining, cliff jumping and other adventure activity expenses
- Any personal expenses, special orders, snacks, beverages & Food apart from those mentioned in inclusions.
- Visit the mesmerizing Wahrashi falls, Nokalikai waterfalls, Rainbow Falls, Krang Suri Falls
- Walk through the dense forest to follow oldest trekking route for David Scott Trail
- Enthral with the beauty of the cleanest village in Asia and surreal waters of River
- Visit the renowned living root bridges and double-decker root bridge, built more than 150 years ago
- Enjoy the snorkelling, cliff jumping, zip lining adventure activities
- Meet and greet the largest Adivasi group in Meghalaya known as Khasi tribe
Day 00 - Arrival at Guwahati – Shillong
Day 01 - Shillong to Laitlum - India's Grand Canyon | Wahrashi falls | Mawlyngot
Day 02 - Mawlyngot & Urlong Tea Estate to Mawlyngbna | Sunset point and Cave Exploration
Day 03 - Freshwater at natural amusement park | Trek to the Waterfalls in Mawlyngbna
Day 04 - Mawlyngba to Dawki to Darrang
Day 05 - Darrang to Nongriat | Nohkalikai Waterfalls Trek
Day 06 - Nongriat - Rainbow Falls
Day 07 - Tyrna to Shillong
Day 08 - Transfer from Shillong
Day 00 – Arrival at Guwahati – Shillong
Land in Guwahati and reach Shillong by evening. Check into the guesthouse and freshen up. Introduction and explanation of the concept of backpacking and what to expect from this tour. Stay at Shillong guesthouse
Day 01 – Shillong to Laitlum - India's Grand Canyon | Wahrashi falls | Mawlyngot
Post breakfast head to Laitlum, one of the most astonishing and scenic destinations. The Laitlum Canyons means ‘The End of Hills’ in Khasi. Later, we will visit Wah Rashi Kshaid in Syntung village a river formed by Wahrashi waterfalls. Take pleasure in endless green pastures with paddy fields; play around in the waterfalls, get a glimpse of undulating hill locks and grazing cattle. Stay at Mawlyngot Guesthouse
Day 02 – Mawlyngot & Urlong Tea Estate to Mawlyngbna | Sunset point and Cave Exploration
Before we head out to Mawlyngbna, we will explore the unexplored but the famous Urlong Tea estate which is an exclusive product of the village and has reached the organic tea lovers all over the world. Once we reach Mawlyngbna, we will visit the sunset point and explore the giant caves. Stay in Mawlyngbna Campsite
Day 03 – Freshwater at natural amusement park | Trek to the Waterfalls in Mawlyngbna
We head out to enjoy the natural amusement park in the fresh water springs at Mawlyngbna. It is an exhilarating trek on a northern trail under jungle canopy, through streams and brooks, and plateau of rock and grass that extends endlessly towards open blue skies. Swim and dive into the freshwater at natural river-pools. Post lunch, we will explore a hidden waterfalls before calling it a day. Stay in Mawlyngbna Campsite
Day 04 – Mawlyngba to Dawki to Darrang
Start from Mawlyngba and head to Dawki – Shnongpdeng to see the surreal waters of Umngot River. Indulge in water activities such as snorkeling, cliff jumping and many more. The landscape is surrounded by green bamboo trees bathed in golden light. We visit the Bangladesh Border as well. The plains across Bangladesh will be visible and it is quite a sight. Swimming and exploring the crystal clear waters of Umngot River. Camp stay at Darrang
Day 05 – Darrang to Nongriat | Nohkalikai Waterfalls Trek
Early morning Departure from Darrang and head to Nohkalikai falls trek. The view of Nokalikai waterfalls is great but the trek up to top will be the most memorable experience and view incredible scenery with the rocks in various designs and sizes shaped by the running water. Get the ultimate views of Sohra forest from the top of Nohkalikai waterfalls. Immediately head to Tyrna to climb down to Nongriat village 3000 steps below! Tyrna is famous for the double-decker root bridge, one of the must-visit attractions in Meghalaya. Guesthouse stay at Nongriat
Day 06 – Nongriat - Rainbow Falls
Leisure morning at Nongriat. Head to Rainbow waterfalls and get back before dark. The path to Rainbow Falls though defined is not concreted and is a blend of alternating climbs and drops. The crystal clear turquoise water with play of rainbow colours is a visual treat and explore around. Guesthouse stay at Nongriat
Day 07 – Tyrna to Shillong
Climb up again till Tyrna, and head back towards Shillong. Shopping at market. Enjoy the last stay at a beautiful house outskirts of Shillong.
Day 08 – Transfer from Shillong
Transfer from Shillong and reach Guwahati airport for the flight. Thus our amazing Meghalaya Backpacking Odyssey comes to an end with lots of memories, experiences and new found BFFs!
NOTE: This is only a model itinerary, the exact itinerary will not be shared with the participants as there will be impromptu changes to make the tour more exciting.
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