FLASHPACKER GUIDE TO MUST HAVE MEGHALAYA EXPERIENCES
ALL THE PLACES TO VISIT IN MEGHALAYA
This was my second visit to Meghalaya and the first one with my husband ! The best way to enjoy this state is to forgo any itinerary and just go with the flow.
We took long road trips through desolate landscapes, came across hidden waterfalls, enjoyed the network free Zone and relaxed as never before. Over the course of 2 visits, these are the 5 must have Meghalaya experiences that I suggest.
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5 Must Have Meghalaya Experiences
1) BOATING IN DAWKI LAKE
This was my absolute favourite experience there ! Dawki lake or Umngot river, bordering Bangladesh, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country with crystal clear emerald green waters and panaromic vistas all around.
Its a 3 hour ride from Shillong, along a partly bumpy track. Boating is around 600-800 rupees. The boatmen take you for a spin around the lake as well as to the small island near it. The rocky island, from where the water of the lake originates , can also be used for overnight camping.
The experience felt absolutely romantic ! As an added bonus, our boatman turned out to be quite a photographer, clicking plenty of our pictures.
Honestly words cannot do justice to the beauty of this place.
FLASHPACKER TIP: Visit during winter, preferably December-February , when the water is at its best. The first time i visited during April last year, it was raining, the water was muddy and there was no boating whatsoever. Plus try to time your visit during the afternoon , so that you can enjoy boating during sunset..its surreal !
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2) VISITING THE KRANG SURI FALLS
A spontaneous decision to visit this little known gem, on the day we had meant to leave, turned out to be one of our best travel decisions.
Krang Suri Falls guide:
Getting upto there takes some dedication: Its 3 hours away, located amongst the less visited Jaintia Hills. The journey through some of the most isolated villages of Meghalaya is wonderful.
And its a reward once you get there. A short 10 minute trek down the hill reveals this stunning waterfall with gorgeous blue waters, hidden amidst hills and trees. Plus, visit the waterbody above the falls and you can boat there too.
The best part was the complete absence of tourists, except for some locals, which made the experience extra special. Go there, before tourists start descending on !
FLASHPACKER TIP: Bring your swimsuits and splash around in the waterfall- Its safe and fun ! Changing rooms are available , along with a restaurant.
The other stunning falls in the state is the more famous Nohkalikai waterfall, located in Cherrapunjee. This gorgeous fall is best visited during monsoons to catch it in its full glory.
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3) MARVEL AT THE ROOT BRIDGES
We visited the single decker root bridge and while its certainly stunning, the ambience is somewhat ruined by the presence of hordes of tourists, jostling for pictures and the perfect selfie spot.
If you have the energy do the double decker root bridge hike, which requires a whole day and going down 3000 steps.
FLASHPACKER TIP: The only way to beat the crowds is to start early preferably 7 AM and leave by the time the crowds start arriving after 10.
4) TAKE A VIEW AT ONE OF THE MANY VIEW POINTS
Do not waste much time at Mawlyonnong village, which is nothing but a tourist trap. Use it as a meal stop only and take the time to go to one of the many view points around the place.
The best is the Nohwet view point with its bamboo ladders and tree house like viewing deck. Climb up and gaze at the hills and valleys of Bangladesh all around.
FLASHPACKER TIP: Don’t forget to bring your cameras to capture the stunning views all around.
5) GET LOST ON AIMLESS ROAD TRIPS
On our second day, we set off for Wah Rashi waterfalls. 6 hours later, we had lost track of all directions but stumbled upon tiny Thangskin falls.
A couple minutes trek down, we found our perfect spot to sit, stare and catch a cold beer ! Right in front of the fall. No tourists…only us!
Our directionless car journey took us past swathes of absolutely barren land with only hills, fields and small falls and streams to give us company!
And therein lies the true beauty of this state, where every wrong turn can lead you to some beautiful spot !
FLASHPACKER TIP: The only thing you need is a sense of adventure ! So Set aside plans and become a child once again 🙂
GETTING TO MEGHALAYA:
Nearest airport is in Guwahati. Private as well as shared cabs available from Guwahati’s Paltan BaZaar to Shillong and the picturesque journey takes 3 hours. Add a stop at beautiful Umiam lake (Barapani lake) just before entering Shillong.
Except for some local Shillong sites like the view point or Elephant falls, most of the sightseeing is 2-3 hours away and has to be done via cabs. Hire a driver and negotiate a price for all the days of your trip.
Hopefully this Meghalaya travel guide and itinerary about all the places to visit in Meghalaya was helpful to you ! Now go on and plan your trip 🙂
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