The name “Meghalaya” comes from “Megh” which translates to “clouds” and “Alaya” which means “an abode”. True to it’s name, this abode of clouds, with it’s natural offerings- the rain, has given destinations in Meghalaya (Sohra and Mawsynram) the status, through multiple recognised records, of receiving the most amount of average rainfall in the world.
This very rainfall, in many ways, over millions of years, has shaped the geology and topography of the state resulting in one of the most beautiful terrains one may come across in the world. A natural playground for the adventurer at heart – if you grew up in the villages of Meghalaya, no amusement park in all of the land would fascinate you as much anymore.
Gear up for an adventure of a lifetime as you start your journey from the plains of Guwahati and make your way up into the “Abode of Clouds”- Meghalaya. If you are lucky, you should start experiencing the rains and clouds of the state on your first day itself as you drive up to the hills of the state. This trip is designed to take you through the mega monsoons so you better come prepared.
As you reach Shillong, the capital, check in to your stay and have a hot cup of tea to take in the fresh air. The weather would require you to layer up before you come out with us to explore the charming hill station on a weekend. From street food, to bakeries and cafes, to bars and restaurants, there’s a lot that can be explored in Shillong. Our local team keeps us updated about what’s happening in the weekends and with our recommendations, you are sure to have a memorable day out in Shillong.
In the evening, return to your stay and call it a night. We will be chasing the rains the following day.
Overnight in Shillong
This particular destination happens to be our favourite monsoon destination in Meghalaya. Filled with hidden waterfalls and natural streams winding through the tropical forests, the village of Mawlyngbna is exactly what we meant when we spoke about the world class amusement parks that we mentioned earlier.
Make sure you start your day early so you can make the most of daylight to explore all of what the village offers. This day is packed with hikes and swims. It will probably be raining- but that’s what you’re here for. Head back to Shillong by the evening, by when you’d be tired so we recommend you get some rest by calling it an early night.
Overnight in Upper Shillong
We’ll start the day post breakfast and make our way to Mawlyndun for the day, from where you will hike to Mawlynnong Village!
This hike will have bamboo bridges, elevated root bridges, waterfalls, natural pools and rivers flowing beside you! We’ll leave you to experience these for yourself.
After a full-day surrounded by water and greenery, we’ll make our way to Pynter!
At Pynter, meet some local artists who will take you through a truly unique experience. The state of Meghalaya has produced some brilliant music and is known to be a destination filled with many avid enthusiasts. A trip to the state without being exposed to the culture of music would be criminal and something that we just cannot allow. Very few artists still practice the traditional instruments that you will witness live on this day. Don’t miss out on this unique experience!
Overnight in Upper Shillong
This day has been kept aside for you to absorb all that you have experienced over the last few days. Enjoy your drive to Sohra post breakfast!
Sohra is a beautiful destination with a lot to see- from waterfalls to caves and of course, all the gorgeous views you can witness from there. Our local guides can take you to some of our hidden gems in the area. Alternatively, you are most welcome to walk around and spend some time to yourself by a stream if the monsoons let you (by now, you should have learned to embrace the rains of Meghalaya).
Overnight in Sohra
Wake up for an early breakfast. On this day, you will witness one of Meghalaya’s biggest treasures. Start your drive from Sohra and make your way to Tyrna, the road-head for the walking path that takes you to the fairy tale village of Nongriat, a place with no motorable roads that lead to it. This particular hike reminds us how it is never easy to get to the most beautiful destinations. After over three thousand stairs, you will reach Nongriat- home to the treasured double-decker root living root bridges of Meghalaya. Take in the sounds of the gurgling streams and the fresh air, Nongriat is a village that we hold very dear to our hearts. With crystal clear pools to dip in hidden between the lush green forests filled with colorful butterflies landing on you ever so often, really, what’s not to love?
Climb back up to Tyrna by evening and enjoy the sun set below the Khasi Hills
Overnight in Sohra
After breakfast, bid goodbye to the hills and make your way back to the plains of Assam. The drive will take 5 and a half hours. You can choose to carry on to your next destination or take a flight back home.
Whichever way, we shall look forward to having you back for more experiences around North East India.