Meghalaya - Nature and Waterfall Experience

4th Oct 2019 12:00 pm - 9th Oct 2019 12:00 pm 21200 / onwards 1464 people viewed this event

Description

Kumno! 
After you have walked over the living root bridges and heard them breath, camp beside a river where the only source of light is the bonfire and the starry sky. Wake up and dive into the transparent the waters of that very river from a cliff. This is not even half of what this trip offers. Swimming goggles on please! 

A trek that will make you go weak in the knees both literally and figuratively, a village that will make you lose track of time and a river that is filled with as much adventure as fishes will make you ponder if you should cancel your tickets! Nothing is an exaggeration only an expression of what the travellers so far have felt. We haven’t yet mentioned the butterflies that will greet you on your treks and the sweet folks who will offer you k wai. May we say that it would be a foodventure for those who like their meat and those who love their veggies shall not go hungry either. 

Itinerary

Day 1

After we drive from Guwahati to a cooler and greener Meghalaya, we make a diversion to drive towards Jowai. From Jowai town, a drive down a winding road and through tiny lanes atypical to Meghalayan small towns we reach Haven's cove.

 Haven’s cove, a 20-minute walk away will read the sign. This farmhouse is only accessible on foot. The trail resembles a broader than usual aisle through paddy fields.

 Haven’s cove unassumingly stands as a farmhouse in the middle of sprawling paddy fields with all amenities that would constitute a dream home for many. 

Overnight at Haven’s Cove, Jowai
Total drive time from Guwahati to Jowai will be 4 hours. 


Day 2 - Camping beside the transparent river 

Head towards Shnongpdeng, this time you camp by the crystal clear Umngot and enjoy water based activities such as cliff jumping, snorkelling, kayaking, boating. Crash in your tents with a million stars above you and a bonfire keeping you company. 

Overnight at Camp Fabian, Shnongpdeng
Total drive time from Jowai to Shnongpdeng will be 1.5 hours. 

Day 3 - A trek to remember 

Post an early breakfast, start your journey to Tyrna village which acts as the base point for the double decker trek. Even we don’t prefer to go down that path alone so our warm and fit as a fiddle guide will lead us into the jungle, acting more like a motivator than anything else. 

This trek is nothing like a typical trek as you need to climb down 3000 steps. Your knees will start to give in and you will be drenched in sweat but you will recover every drop of that sweat when you reach your destination - the double decker living root bridges. There will be pit stops along the way for you to drink water and try some local lime juice.

Overnight at Nongriat Guest house
 Total drive time from Shnongpdeng to Tyrna will be 3.5 hours. 

Day 4 - Blue rock pools and Rainbow falls 
Wake up early in the morning and after breakfast proceed for the trek in the jungle. The morning air won’t get you tired as you cross many more living root bridges and a few hanging bridges to reach rainbow falls . The trekking time one way is approximately 2 hours and it’s better to see the rainbow falls in the afternoon as the sunlight would trigger the rainbow as the sun moves towards west. 

If you are a good swimmer then you can swim near the waterfalls or chill out in the smaller pools .The place is scenic and spectacular. So please carry a basic camera and if you have binoculars you could also see birdlife.

 There is absolutely no need for bottled water as the water from the springs is much better and purer than the packaged water. However moisturisers ,warm clothing and trekking shoes are required. Let’s not talk about the butterflies now as they will mesmerise you while you are down in Nongriat. 
Overnight at Nongriat Guest house 

Day 5 - A well deserved rest day in Sohra

After breakfast, climb back up & proceed to Sohra. Have an early local lunch in the market area. 
Choose to relax at the resort or explore Nohkalikai Falls, Arwah Caves & Dainthlen Falls if time permits.
Overnight at Sa-i-Mika Resort, Sohra 

Day 6 - Bidding a reluctant goodbye

Take your own sweet time to wake up and have some delicious breakfast in the most pristine 
setting overlooking the endless rolling hills of Cherrapunji.
 The luxury of waking up lazily depends on the time you book your flight. Preferably book the last flight.
Drive time from Sohra to Guwahati airport will be 5 hours.


Inclusions
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch and Dinner in Nongriat (Day 3 and 4) 
  • Accommodation in homestays, tents and a resort twin/triple 
  • Internal Transport starting from the airport/ station (Swift Dzire/Innova) 
  • Local guide in Nongriat and Shnongpdeng 
  • Tour coordinator 
  • Parking, tolls, driver allowance, driver accommodation 
  • Bonfires in Nongriat, Shnongpdeng, and Sohra (if required) 

Exclusions
  •  Airfare charges 
  • All food & beverages costs apart from the ones mentioned above 
  • Trekking shoes and clothing ( Any personal equipment) 
  •  Any camera fees 
  • Hotel & driver tips if any, since the locals earn low wages, your tips can show your appreciation) 
  • Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc. 
  • Any activities like kayaking, cliff jumping, boating, scuba diving 
  • Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.) 
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control. 
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Inclusions". 

Cash vs cards:
ATMs will be hard to find once we move out of Shillong and drive towards Mawphanlur hence it is advisable to carry cash for that leg of the tour. ATMs will be available in Cherrapunjee(Sohra.

Network connectivity
In Meghalaya, all network service providers have good coverage, however, Jio would be the only connection that can support 3G browsing speed while. Mawphanlur has no network connectivity, or very little, so you need to be prepared accordingly and inform family/ well-wishers accordingly. A Vodafone sim card can be deemed useless in Northeast India.

Tags

  • Adventure
  • Trekking
  • Campinginindia
  • Northindia
  • northeastindia
  • Meghalaya
  • Cherrapunji
  • MeghalayaTour
  • Assam
  • DoubleRootsBridge
  • Shnongpdeng
  • ToursNearGuwahati

Things to carry

Clothing and footwear

  • One jacket/ windcheater as a backup when you are atop a hill or if it gets too windy.
  • Raincoat/ poncho will be your permanent companion
  • Carry a pair of walking shoes, something you are comfortable walking in and don’t mind making it wet
  • Personal medication for allergies etc.
  • Tissue rolls for Mawphanlur( just in case, they run out of toilet paper)
  • Quick dry towels-You can buy them at Travoost.com, we have personally tried it and find it much better than the Decathlon ones (kalenji). And yes you can use *this code " chalohoppoten" to get a discount as well.*
  • Basic toiletries and tissue rolls (if you need)for Nongriat
  • Headlamps/ Torches with batteries (compulsory)
  • Non-disposable water bottle (please avoid buying mineral water during your Meghalaya trip. Even at the resorts and hotels ask them for regular water. It is pure and tastes great. Help us in eliminating the use of plastic as much as possible.)

The ideal kit for your trip

  • We recommend that you carry a 60-litre backpack for your convenience but a trolly bag will also do as there are no real hikes.
  • Nongriat( Double Decker): Do carry a separate smaller bag(10 to 15 litres) for your trek down to Nongriat village only to reduce the weight on your shoulders and make the trek easier. (compulsory)

Other things that you may bring along :

  • Suntan lotion
  • Playing cards and small board games, in case you don't feel sleepy at night
  • Bottle openers
  • Picnic mats for Mawphanlur

Terms & condition

Cancellation Policy  

0-15 Days before the commencement of the trip : 0% Refund 
16-30 Days before the commencement of the trip: 25% Refund 
30-45 Days before the commencement of the trip: 50% Refund 
45 Days and above before the commencement of the trip: 75% Refund

Organizer

Contact 9590495495 or email us at info@campmonk.com

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