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Going to Meghalaya which is in India's NorthEast was like a dream for me. Being a proper Delhiite our weekend or long trip usually is Goa, Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh but still northeast for us was some distant place but for me, it was a paradise waiting to be explored!
Honestly, I wouldn’t in my wildest dream have imagined going there that too alone but destiny had it. I had to visit Guwahati for some work and then it struck me that Meghalaya is barely 2hrs away from Guwahati. Then I started my long planning and talking to every person who has gone there, bombarding numerous questions, stalking people on Instagram (yes I am that crazy). But there is one question I asked everyone there. Is it safe to go alone there?
I visited the paradise, the hidden gem of our country which is so untouched and raw that it took my heart! I can never forget this beautiful trip to Meghalaya. It taught me a lot of things about me and about nature! I dared to go there alone and did I feel lonely? I guess never for a second I felt it as I was surrounded by amazing food, helping people who are so warm and welcoming and the beautiful Meghalaya.
It’s true that travelling has the potential to change you into a better person! Well, I myself experienced it and now a firm believer of this notion. I said goodbye to Meghalaya with that nostalgic feeling and promised to come here again to see more undiscovered part of this state. Meghalaya practices a matrilineal system, where women take the family name and are dominant in the household affairs. Most shops are managed by women. Observe this welcome change while you are in Meghalaya.
I am so proud of this state of India which is so modern, giving more importance and respect to the woman than any other state of the country, giving better health facility and the standard of living there is so up to the mark which is 100% safe for the woman!
Arrive at Guwahati airport and travel to Shillong. On the way visit the beautiful Umiam Lake (a reservoir in the hills). After check-in to the hotel, ride to the Liatlum canyon meaning “the End of Hills” situated at the edge of a cliff. Enjoy the picturesque view and get lost on your own thoughts. After returning back explore handicrafts and also devour on some ethnic food at the famous Shillong market in Police Bazar. Later in the evening relax and enjoy your tea or coffee at the famous Dylan’s Cafe and then head to the hotel for a perfect night’s sleep.
Get ready to travel to Cherrapunji known for its living root bridges and also holds the honour being the “wettest” place on earth. On the way visit the two-tier waterfall known as Elephant Falls and Mawkdok Dympep Valley. In Cherrapunji visit the Dainthen waterfalls and enjoy the eye-soothing Wei Sawdong also known as the three-level waterfalls or terrace waterfall. Visit Nohkalikai waterfall (the tallest plunge waterfall in India), Arwah Cave and Mawsmai cave a beautiful limestone cave. Overnight Stay in Cherrapunji.
Put on your trekking shoes for the day!! Transport to Tyrna village and thereafter it is a trek from Tyrna to the double-decker root bridge at Nongriat. It is “stairway to heaven”. Ater a long day of trekking enjoy and relax. overnight stay in Cherrapunji.
Ready for some thrilling and adventurous in Dawki. Morning travel to visit Mawlynnong village, the cleanest village in Asia. After that travel to Shnongpdeng in dawki. On the way visit the Indo-Bangladesh Border. Explore activities like boating, kayaking, cliff jumping, swimming in Shnongpdeng in Dawki. Overnight stay in Dawki.
Morning travel to visit the magical Krang Suri whaterfalls. Next visit Phe Phe waterfall which will definitely take your breath away. Enjoy and travel back to Shillong for overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast travel back to Guwahati for departure. With tons of memories say good bye to Meghalaya.