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Event Name: Meghalaya Backpacking Tour Event Cost: Rs. 19,999/- per pax Total Seats: 12 Location: Meghalaya Approximate Duration: 8 Days
Meghalaya – The Scotland of the East
What if one could walk in the clouds, feeling the cool breeze run through lush green terrain under your feet? Do you think it’s just a dream? Not anymore, cause we at Travel Trikon are going to take you to dreamland! - A destination that requires no wings to touch the clouds. If it's raw natural beauty that you're looking for, none other than Meghalaya!
Major Attractions The living root bridges built 200 years ago Natural swimming pools amidst the valleys Pure backpacking experience traveling to places The natural amusement park, Mawlyngbna The mesmerizing Krang Suri Falls
The name Meghalaya means ‘THE ABODE OF CLOUDS’. It is also known as the land of the living root bridges and numerous natural swimming pools. Receiving the maximum rainfall in the world, this heavenly state is filled with gushing waterfalls sheltered by rainbows, breath-taking trails and life in the woods. Meghalaya gives you the feel of a fictional story! Play your character in this story and we promise it will have a happy ending!
Day 1 : Saturday - Entering the Gateway to the Northeast Meet Travel Trikon Team at the arrival terminal of Guwahati Airport. Reach Guwahati airport by afternoon. The drive on NH 40 will lead you away from the bustling capital city of Assam to a cooler and greener Meghalaya. On the way, you will get a glimpse of the beautiful Umiam Lake or Barapani as they locally call it and make a stopover to take pictures if you wish.
On arrival, you may relax, enjoy the beautiful weather and gaze at the stars in the fields of Sai Mika Resort. On a clear day, this resort has one of the best views of the sky and shooting stars are frequent. Overnight stay Resort.
Day 2 : Sunday - A Trek to Remember! Begin your half hour journey to the Tyrna village (in Cherrapunjee) which acts as the base point for the double-decker trek. Even we don’t prefer to go down that path alone so our wonderfully 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 (you can count it as you go down). Your knees will start to give in and you will be drenched in your 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 unless you want to beat the time set to trek down by one of the guys which stand at 1 hour to trek down. As soon you as you reach the double-decker bridge you can put your minimal baggage (only carry essentials for one night and half a day to make the trek easier, leaving the rest of the stuff at Tyrna village) in the homestay and come back to chill by the water bodies near the double-decker bridge while getting a fish pedicure (yeah at no cost at all). Overnight stay at Homestay.
Day 3 : Monday - Behold Paradise Wake up early in the morning and after breakfast proceeds 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 the 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, moisturizers, warm clothing, and trekking shoes are required. Let’s not talk about the butterflies now as they will mesmerize you while you are down in Nongriat. Overnight stay at Homestay.
Day 4 : Tuesday - Drive to the Natural Amusement park, Mawlyngbna Bid goodbye to your hosts at the homestay as we leave early to head towards Mawlyngbna. The steep climb to reach the parking spot on the well-laid steps takes time and time should be spared for resting in case you get tired. If you grew up in Mawlyngbna, you would never need an amusement park in your life. From serene spots in the jungle to exciting river activities, this place has it all. After you get some rest, our local guide can take you on a short walk to one of our favorite spots in the jungle to unwind and swim around in natural pools. You may then return to your accommodation for some tea after which you have the evening set aside for leisure. Overnight stay at Mawlyngbna Homestay.
Day 5 : Wednesday - Water Activities at Mawlyngbna You may start your second day on a more adventurous note as our local experts take you river canyoning close by. Once you get done with all of that water, you will definitely be looking forward to lunch served hot at the guest house. Post lunch you can go on a short but fascinating trek to Lew Luri Lura. According to local folklore, Lew Luri Lura was a market place for animals thousand years back, during a time when animals could speak. The depressions are believed to be footprints of the large animals.
As you trek to this spot, our local guide will also show you fossils of species such as the starfish from a time when Meghalaya was under water. You could also choose to kayak and laze around the lake alternatively. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight at Mawlyngbna Homestay/Camps
Day 6 : Thursday - Explore Shillong Leave early in the morning and get to Shillong. Relax, before we move out to explore the possible cherry blossoming parks in Shillong.
Reach Shillong and relax. You can either chill at one of the cafe’s during the day or choose to go to the Sacred Groves in Mawphlang. Enjoy a luxury treat for dinner at one of the best restaurants in Shillong. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 7 : Friday - Pay homage to the Cleanest Village, Cleanest River and Krang Suri Falls Leave early, around 7:00 AM for your tour of Dawki and Mawlynnong after having breakfast. Head to visit the beautiful pools of Krang Suri Falls before getting to Mawlynnong which is known as the cleanest village in Asia. After a walk through the village, move towards Dawki which is located on the Indo-Bangladesh Border. Enjoy a relishing a boat ride (a nominal fee is required to be paid) on the crystal clear water in Umngot River and cross the Dawki Bridge (1932-India- Bangladesh suspension bridge). In the evening, return to Shillong and stay overnight at the Hotel.
Day 8 : Saturday - The Final Goodbye Wake up, enjoy breakfast and then pack your bags for the return journey to Guwahati. The long drive through Meghalaya will have numerous viewpoints, you could stop and admire the spots as long as you have time to make it for your flight/train back home. Arrive at Guwahati by afternoon and bid goodbye to the northeast.
Inclusions Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation (Triple Sharing Basis )/Homestays Breakfast on all days All permits, entries etc. Internal travel during the trip. Pickup from the airport. English Speaking guides at Nongriat and Mawlyngbna 5% GST
Exclusions Shopping Your Personal Purchases Lunch & Dinner Excess stays & meals due to bad weather conditions/strikes, resulting in flight delays or any other form of transport. Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions
Things To Carry Valid Identity Proof (Passport / Voter ID Card), along with 5 Photocopies for each document. If you do not have either of Passport or Voter ID Card, please carry Aadhaar Card along with another supporting document such as PAN Card / Driving License / Ration Card. 5 Passport Size Color Photographs Water Bottles A light-weighted Haversack or Backpack, and a smaller day pack Good pair of trekking shoes, and a pair of flip-flops Thermal Inners Fleece Jackets Windcheater/poncho Personal clothing Track pants, shorts Towel, napkins Cap, sunglasses Camera, Binoculars (Optional) Toiletries – Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Light towel, Lip balm, Wet wipes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer Extra Polythene Bags (To segregate used/ unused garments, wet/ dry clothing) Any medicines that you consume normally, post consulting a doctor Mosquito repellent Snacks & Biscuits to munch on (Optional) Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
IMPORTANT: Avoid wearing precious Jewelry during the event, as Travel Trikon won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
Fitness & Health – Though this event is a fun-filled activity, it demands a good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.