Magical Meghalaya – Photo Story

Here’s a short glimpse of my trip to Meghalaya.

I had hopped into Saraighat Express from Howrah Railway Station at 4 pm, and reached Guwahati next morning at 10 am. As we approached the Guwahati Railway Station, we passed the Deepor Beel Bird Sanctuary in Assam, India.

Right outside the Guwahati Railway Station, I got into a shared Sumo and was on my way to Shillong. Sadly, at the border checkpoint, because most of the other passengers didn’t have their original proof, they weren’t allowed to proceed, and the car continued with just another passenger and myself.

And in just over an hour, I landed up at the Umiam Lake in Barapani.

I got off the shared cab and explored the breathtaking surroundings of the lake.

I hopped into a passing bus, and again got off on the way to Shillong, in search of something, that Google Maps showed as a nice viewpoint. However, I enjoyed the approach to the viewpoint more than the actual viewpoint!

Finally I boarded another share cab and came to Shillong, and headed straight to the lovely Ward’s Lake.

After roaming around a bit in town, I checked in to the Aurobindo Ashram, where a dormitory bed costs only Rs 200 per night. It had nice clean beds, clean western toilets and working geysers for hot showers. Although it’s not the cheapest. The Government Youth Hostel charges Rs 150 per head, but it was fully occupied.

After freshening up, I came to the Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation Counter in Police Bazaar, where I booked my day tours, and they were quite cheap and worthwhile. You can find details at the end of this post.

Next morning we started at 8 am, for our Bus tour towards Dawki.

Our first stop was the Dawki-Tamabil border between India and Bangladesh.

Our Google Map location.

Clear waters of Umgnot River in Dawki.

At Asia’s Cleanest Village; Mawlynnong, a small picturesque village in Meghalaya, which overlooks the sylvan plains of Bangladesh.
At every 30 metres of the roads, there is a bamboo basket placed where people can throw in the garbage. The garbage collected throughout the day is thrown in a large pit on the outskirts of the village and left to turn into compost. Littering is a punishable offence and plastic has been banned here. The cosy houses on stilts are primarily built with bamboo and straw and all the households have a small garden of flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees.

Living root bridge, a form of tree shaping found mostly in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain along the southern part of the Shillong Plateau.

We came back to Shillong in the evening and tried some delicious momos!

Next morning we were off to Cherrapunjee. First we visited the Ramakrishna Mission. Quite a nice place to visit, perched on the hill top, with a small but well stocked museum.

Image may contain: mountain, sky, outdoor and natureNohkalikai Falls near Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya. It is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet.
According to legends, in a village called Rangjyrteh, upstream from Nohkalikai Falls, a woman named Likai resided but had to remarry after her husband died. Ka Likai (Ka is the prefix given for the female gender in Khasi) was left with her infant girl with no means of income. So she had to become a porter herself. Her work required her to leave her daughter unattended for long intervals but when she would be at home she would spend most of her time taking care of her infant. Ka Likai, who married a second time, couldn’t pay attention to her second husband. The jealous husband killed the infant and cooked her meat after throwing away her head and bones. When Ka Likai returned home, she saw nobody in the house but except for a meal that had been prepared. She wanted to go look for her daughter but she ate the meat as she was tired from work.
Ka Likai usually had a betel leaf after her meals but she found a severed finger near the place where she usually cut betel nuts and betel leaves. Ka Likai realized what had happened in her absence and went mad with anger and grief and started running as she swung a hatchet in her hand. She ran off the edge of the plateau and the waterfall where she jumped from was named Nohkalikai Falls after her.

Image may contain: cloud, sky, outdoor, nature and waterOn top of the famous Seven Sisters Waterfalls in Meghalaya. Most of it has dried up, due to very little rainfall during this monsoon season. The view from the edge is breathtaking, but I really liked this reflective frame!

This was shot while returning. Got absolutely amazed by the mesmerizing landscapes of this Northeast Indian state!Next morning, 6 other travelers and myself, who were in the same bus, decided to hire a car and cover offbeat destinations.

First we went towards Tyrshi falls in Jaintia Hills, South Eastern Meghalaya.

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View from the top of Tyrshi falls in Jaintia Hills, South Eastern Meghalaya.

After visiting quite a few waterfalls on the way, we finally reached our main destination, the Krang Suri Water Fall in Jowai District of West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Meghalaya.

Accidentally shot this masterpiece, while swimming in the chilly waters of the lovely Krang Shuri Waterfall in West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya-India. My OnePlus 5 was half submerged, along with me, and hence the result!

Swimming and clicking selfies in the chilly waters of the lovely Krang Shuri Waterfall in West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya-India.

 

Always seen the pictures of that “see-through river” on the internet? I finally reached that spot in Shnongpdeng, South Eastern Meghalaya. This is shot over the Umgnot River, which flows into Bangladesh, from a closed suspension bridge (supposed to be under repair), which only locals use to cross. I managed to sneak in, to get some amazing views.

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Post sunset, we returned to Shillong and tried some roadside chilli pork… Absolutely delicious! 

And as promised, here are the rates and details which I found at the MTDC Office.

Hope you liked it. Feel free to comment and share.

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