Kumno Cherrapunjee !!

North East, India

Best way to get introduced to Meghalaya – its culture and natural beauty!! Get refreshed on this journey that takes
you through the emerald coloured hills in and out of the clouds exploring the live bridges and one of the cleanest village’s of India.

You could also include the Kaziranga or Manas National Park to this experience if travelling between 1st Nov 2015 to 31st April 2016

Book now and experience Meghalaya at its best in just 6 days!

Places Covered: Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Guwahati

Package Highlight: 6D/5N

Visit the land of breathtaking beauty and exotic people located on the southern edge of the Khasi Hills, popularly known as Sohra or Churra by the locals and to us known as Cherrapunjee. Start your journey by seeking blessings at the Kamakhya devi temple and a preamble to the Assamese culture and tradition at the beautifully located Sankardev Kalakhetra. Drive to the wet lands of Cherrapunjee through the misty veil, where the emerald colored hills peek through the clouds. Trek through the jungle path along the hill-side to the Living Bridge which is very unique as it’s made by the roots of the Rubber tree growing in the adjacent area. Visit the cleanest village of India – Mwallynong, set in an idyllic location with a beautiful backdrop. At Shillong explore the place walking around its streets and absorbing the local essence. Ward’s lake, Police Bazar, Butterfly Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral are some of the must visit places.

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
  • DAY 02: GUWAHATI - CHERRAPUNJEE
  • DAY 03: CHERRAPUNJEE
  • DAY 04: CHERRAPUNJEE - SHILLONG
  • DAY 05: SHILLONG - MWALLYNONG - SHILLONG
  • DAY 06: SHILLONG - GUWAHATI

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT GUWAHATI

On reaching Guwahati, visit the Kamakhya temple - on top of the Nilachal Hill. The entire temple complex comprises of many other temples, each dedicated to different God/Goddess. With this auspicious start of seeking blessings, head to your hotel to freshen up. Visit Sankardev Kalakhetra - located in a beautifully landscaped setting which preserves the cultural identity of various communities and tribes of Assam.

Meals: NA
Overnight stay at your hotel in Guwahati

DAY 02: GUWAHATI - CHERRAPUNJEE

After breakfast drive to Cherrapunjee, where wet is beautiful. The drive from Guwahati to Cherrapunjee is a pleasure and the route winds you through the hills of sub Himalayan terrain. You are sure to make many pit-stops at the various viewpoints along the hills and valleys. Do stopover at Nongpoh not only for refreshments but the sweet smelling fresh pineapples sold by the vendors straight from the farm. Enroute also stop for a while at a beautiful lake at the north of Shillong - the Bara Pani, which resembles the 'Lochs', or lakes of Scotland. After you cross Shillong there are various viewpoints along the hills and valleys along the curvy roads.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight stay at your hotel/resort in Cherrapunjee

DAY 03: CHERRAPUNJEE

After breakfast 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/resort in Cherrapunjee

DAY 04: CHERRAPUNJEE - SHILLONG

After breakfast head to Shillong. En-route visit the famous Elephanta Falls and Shillong Peak - to enjoy a bird's eye view of Shillong. Once you have been dropped at your hotel, you have time at leisure to explore the place on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight stay at your hotel in Shillong

DAY 05: SHILLONG - MWALLYNONG - SHILLONG

Set out to Mawllynong village which is popularly known as the cleanest village in India by the Discovery India Magazine. Paved with walkways and beautiful flowerbed all along with waterfalls, a living root bridge, hilly rivulets, acacia plantation and an excellent view of the faraway plains of Bangladesh all contribute to the ambience of this village. After spending some time at this delightful village, drive 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
Note: It is advisable to carry have packed lunch to Mwallynong.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Shillong

DAY 06: SHILLONG - GUWAHATI - DEPARTURE

After breakfast drive to Guwahati airport for your flight. Do not forget to take some of the delicious pine-apples for your family and friends.

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
Guwahati: Kiranshree Portico

Deluxe Accommodation
Shillong: Polo Towers
Cherrapunjee: Polo Orchid
Guwahati: Brahmaputra Ashok

Standard Accommodation
Shillong: Landmark Hills
Cherrapunjee: Holiday Resort
Guwahati: Priya Palace

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 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 source

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)