A Peek Through The Clouds

North East, India

This short but surreal journey is filled with the essence of Meghalaya, endowing you the experience through the land of
clouds taking you to Shillong and the wetland Cherrapunjee traversing the curvy roads up and down the hills with refreshing
green scenery all along.

You could also include the Kaziranga or Manas National Park to this experience if travelling between 1st Nov 2015 to 31st April 2015

Book now and experience Meghalaya at its best in just 5 days!

Places Covered: Shillong, , Guwahati

Package Highlight: 5D/4N

Journey to the Scotland of East and the wettest place on earth this short Meghalaya trip. Drive along the snaky roads through the hilly greenery crossing the beautiful Umiam Lake (Bara Pani) resembling the Loch's of Scotland surrounded by emerald colored hills. When at Shillong visit the local market near Police Bazaar for some traditional artifacts especially cane objects. The scenic drive to Cherrapunjee is an experience in itself with the misty veil all around to add to the excitement. You will have a chance to explore the Mawsmai cave, visit many waterfalls and take a peek across border where you can see Bangladesh. Trek through the jungle path along the hill-side to the Living Bridge which is very unique as its made by the roots of the adjacent Rubber tree. You will head back to Shillong after some local sightseeing at Cherrapunjee.

We are confident that Meghalaya would a leave strong impression that would not only change the way you think of the region but of the unique diversity that our country offers. - Go Explore!

Places Covered

  • DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT GUWAHATI - SHILLONG
  • DAY 02: SHILLONG - CHERRAPUNJEE
  • DAY 03: CHERRAPUNJEE
  • DAY 04: CHERRAPUNJEE - SHILLONG
  • DAY 05: SHILLONG - GUWAHATI - DEPARTURE

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT GUWAHATI - SHILLONG

On your arrival to Guwahati by flight, you will be transferred to Shillong from the airport by road (140 kms / 4 hrs drive approx). The drive from Guwahati to Shillong is a pleasure and the route winds you through the hills of sub Himalayan terrain. Do stopover at Nongpoh not only for refreshments but the sweet smelling fresh pineapples sold by the vendors straight from the farm. Enroute stop for a while at a beautiful lake north of Shillong - the Bara Pani, which resembles the 'Lochs', or lakes of Scotland. On reaching check in to your hotel and once you have refreshed we visit Cathedral of Marry and evening roam the Shillong's famous Wards Lake (if time permits)

Meals: NA
Overnight stay at your hotel in Shillong

DAY 02: SHILLONG - CHERRAPUNJEE

Today after breakfast you will drive to Cherrapunjee, where wet is beautiful. Though the distance is only about 60 kms you are sure to make many pit-stops at the various viewpoints along the hills and valleys. En route visit the famous Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak - to enjoy a bird's eye view of Shillong city. Once at Cherrapunjee explore the Mawsmai Cave, Mawsmai Falls, Seven Sisters Falls and Nohkalikai Falls. After lunch at Cherrapunjee, visit Thankarang Park from where you can peek into Bangladesh (if the skies are clear), Koh Ramhah or the Pillar rock and Khrem Falls.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight stay at your hotel in Cherrapunjee

DAY 03: CHERRAPUNJEE

After breakfast we trek to the single Decker Living Root Bridge. The hike is about 3-4 hours from your resort/hotel going downhill through Sohsarat village along the steep paths. Half the distances covered are by steps going downhill and the other half through a jungle path going along the hill-sides eventually leading to the Living Root Bridge. Just be careful of the moss that thrives on these sandstone steps during the monsoon making them slippery. Trek back to the resort/hotel and in evening get entertained by the music placed by the local boys.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight stay at your hotel in Cherrapunjee

DAY 04: CHERRAPUNJEE - SHILLONG

After your breakfast, step out for some local sightseeing in Cherrapunjee; later heading back to Shillong. If time permits spend sometime at the local markets, maybe try a Kwai (Fresh Betelnut)and maybe some Jadoh, a local delicacy (non-veg).

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight stay at your hotel in Shillong

DAY 05: SHILLONG - GUWAHATI - DEPARTURE

After breakfast drive to Guwahati airport for your flight.

Meals: Breakfast

End of your tour! Return home with sweet memories.

Package Inclusions:
  • Assistance upon arrival by our Guwahati office representative
  • All applicable transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary, vehicle not at disposal
  • Trekking in Cherrapunjee
  • Local guide in Cherrapunjee
  • Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis with Breakfast at mentioned hotel as per itinerary. Provision to include Lunch/Dinner at additional cost
Package Exclusions:
  • Airfare to and from Guwahati and airport taxes if any
  • Any kind of bus or rail fare
  • Personal and medical insurance or any emergency evacuation cost
  • Any personal expenses. Room service and special orders. Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, mineral, soft or hard and starters)
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses like laundry, telephone calls, and incidentals
  • Entrance fees, camera fee, guide charge, any up-gradation charges
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Cost Inclusion"
  • Extra nights in hotel due to ill health, flight cancellation or any other reason
  • Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the itinerary
  • Expenses incurred due to change in oil price, mishaps, landslide, strike, bad weather, breakdown, road closure, political unrest etc. In such case, extra will be charged as per actual which will be collected directly from the guest

Cancellation Policy:

  • More than 30 days prior to trip departure date: Rs 3000 per person
  • 30 - 15 days before departure: 30% of tour cost
  • 14 - 07 days before departure: 60% of tour cost
  • Less than 07 prior to departure: No Refund 100% of tour cost
  • No Show : No Refund, 100% of tour cost

Accommodation Details

Luxury Accommodation
Shillong: Ri Kynjai
Cherrapunjee: Polo Orchid

Deluxe Accommodation
Shillong: Polo Towers
Cherrapunjee: Polo Orchid

Standard Accommodation
Shillong: Landmark Hills
Cherrapunjee: Sai- Mi-Ka/ Holiday Resort

Additional Information about the Destinations

Meghalaya

The state of Meghalaya is located on the Meghalaya Plateau that is rich in limestone, coal, uranium, and sillimanite. The state has many seasonal rivers with the important ones being Daring, Sanda, Bhogai, Nitai, and Bhupai. The terrain of this state shows a remarkable variation with elevations ranging from 150 MSL to 1961 MSL. The state has a forest cover of 9,496 square kilometres with it being spoken of as one of the richest botanical habitats in Asia. Meghalaya has three wildlife sanctuaries-Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary, Siju Sanctuary, and Bhagmara Sanctuary, all of which make this state a haven for those seeking travel experiences with a touch of nature.

The state comprises of the Khasi, Jaintia and the Garo hills. The people of Meghalaya belong to some of the earliest communities of the Indian sub-continent, with their own distinct tradition and customs. They are among the few communities in the world that observe matriarchal system of family.

Its scenic topography with hills and lakes has earned it the name ‘Scotland of the East’. A trip to Meghalaya is worth it for many reasons. From being able to see the undoubtedly rare and unique living bridges to eco sensitive villages and witnessing authentic festivals, the state is bound to have the real experience seeking traveler ecstatic without doubt.

Shillong

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is one of the most favoured destinations during the hot summer days as the plains simmer with the heat and many flock to its cooler climate. This had prompted the British to make it their summer retreat administering the northeastern region. Walk along its streets to see some old houses with the British touch; go over to the archery ground and experience Khasi archers shooting at a target; bets are placed as to the number of arrows hitting the target, as practiced over the centuries.

To the south of Shillong lies Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth with rainfall touching 1270 cms in a year. From escarpments along this hill range you can have grand vistas of the Bangladesh plains as far as the eye can see.

The Do's & Dont's

Dos:

  • Pack comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Keep extra set of clothes handy and umbrella, you never when it rains in this part of the country
  • Carry your camera, we are sure that you will have a field trip taking photos in this trip
  • Pack sunscreen lotion and mosquito repellent
  • Always carry an extra plastic bag to store waste, which can be later disposed into bins
  • Try and pick up some phrases in the local dialect prior to undertaking the trip
  • Familiarize yourself with the itinerary, and gain some understanding of the culture to avoid any faux pas
  • Do try Kwai and Jadoh
  • Do carry bottled water avoid drinking water from any other sources

Don'ts:

  • It's impolite to click pictures of tribal people without prior permission. Always ask
  • Don't forget to have a very good time

Good to know Khasi Words

  • Hello - Kumno (kum no)
  • Yes - Hooid
  • No - Em
  • How are you - Phi long Bah
  • I am fine - Nga biang
  • Thank you - Khublei
  • Water - Um
  • Help - Iarap
  • Miss / Madam - Kong
  • Sorry - Map (maap)
  • How much - Katno (cat no)
  • I am hungry - Nga lah thngan (nga lahh th-ngaan)