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.
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.
- 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)
- 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.
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.