ChaloHoppo with a backpack to Meghalaya
Those shoulders better be tough for some heavy lifting, as we explore Shillong on foot and those legs be fit enough for climbing down 3000 steps into the magical village where the living root bridges thrive. Start preparing today!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Shillong is best explored on foot as long as you are walking in the right areas and aren’t worried about rushing to tick off the checklist that tourists have. Spend time in handpicked cafes, try local delicacies and observe how the people of Meghalaya are fashionable. Take a ride in Shillong’s famous Maruti 800 black and yellow taxis and you may be surprised by the playlist your driver may be listening to and the number of people he shoves into the ride!
The second leg of the trip takes you to Cherrapunji on beautifully laid roads skirting calm meadows decorated with a few homes. You won’t be sedentary for long as we start this unique trek. Your knees will start to give in and you will be drenched in sweat but every drop will be worth it when you reach your destination – Nongriat village. Abundant with beautiful streams, lush vegetation, pretty butterflies and great people, Nongriat is home to the world famous Double decker living root bridges made out of living rubber trees. There are no motorable roads to this village and it is accessible only by foot.
If you are a good swimmer then you will have a ball as the inviting blue natural pools invite you dive in. Oh! You must not miss out on the completely natural and free fish pedicure.
Minimum 3 backpackers required for the trip to go live.
1. Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation
2. Transport in shared vehicles
3. All activities, gears and instructors
4. English Speaking guides
5. One ChaloHoppo guy who will act as the lead backpacker
- Lunch and Dinner on all days
- Personal expenses
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.
A night in Shillong
Drive down from Guwahati to Shillong stopping on the way to view the Umiam lake and enjoy local fruits. Explore the cafes of Shillong and enjoy some live music before retiring for the night before your trek day.
Stairway to paradise
Start your journey to Tyrna for the start of the famous double decker living root bridges trek. The descend takes around 2 hours (3000 steps) as you trek an approximate distance of 4 kms. Once you reach the Double decker living root bridge you relax in the waterfall after dumping your stuff in the homestay.
Trek to Rainbow falls
Start the trek in the jungle after breakfast. Reach the natural swimming pools and take a dip in the crystal blue waters. Proceed to the rainbow falls for a breathtaking view and trek back to your homestay.
Stairway out of Paradise
Begin the trek back up to Tyrna around 6 am before the sun gets harsh and settle down in your resort as you enjoy a lavish breakfast overlooking rolling hills. This day is all about relaxation and after freshening up you head out for a drive to do some sightseeing.
In the evening enjoy the bonfire and some live music.
Driving back to Guwahati
Set out in the morning around 8 am and visit the gorgeous Laitlum canyons and traditional Khasi village of Smit before making your way to Guwahati in time to catch your train/flight.
Shillong– A quaint homestay owned by a Naga lady.
Nongriat – Nothing to describe about the homestays in Nongriat apart from asking you to leave the conventional idea of stays and what they offer. Choose between rooms or camping on roofs.
Cherrapunjee – If you are one for star gazing then this is the place to be. Choose between aesthetically done cottages or a simple dormitory.
The cultural diversity of northeast India is so vast that we can’t blame outsiders for not being aware of communities in the region who are purely vegetarians, so much so that they avoid eating onions( they are indigenous to the region, in case you are thinking about communities from mainland India who have settled here). Having said that, we must admit that the region’s food habits especially in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya are predominantly non vegetarian with a whole lot of red meat based preparations. But the states have warmed up to tourists recently and almost every place you visit will provide the Indian staple diet of rice, dal and sabji, even chapatis if you are lucky. As far as Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Sikkim are concerned vegetarians have decent number of options. Your craving for butter paneer may not be satisfied, but you will do just fine as far as maintaining your health and strength is concerned.
Entry to the states of Meghalaya does not require a permit.
A most definite yes, as long as you are okay travelling in a mixed group of other solo travellers or small group of friends.
Not all travelers who sign up for a tour with ChaloHoppo are swimmers so the experience doesn’t get hampered due to lack of that skill. It is certainly an advantage for those can swim but life jackets will be provided along with a guide to ensure safety of the travellers.
Please carry basic stuff like tooth, brush, shorts, slipper, change of clothes for 1 night and after going in the water, 1 sweater/jacket as the temperatures will be low and a sleeping bag (optional). Do not forget your sports/trekking shoes!
Homestay: Alcohol shall not be provided at the homestays, so those who enjoy their drinks are advised to carry it from before.
Swimming: You have to be careful as it’s deep and sometimes the current could pull you in, but we have life jackets.
Cherrapunji : Locals call it Sohra which was also its old name.