ChaloHoppo to the living root bridges of Meghalaya
Walk down 3000 steps into the magical world of this Meghalayan village to witness the most amazing work of symbiosis between man and nature. If you have a good pair of knees then you will be accessing a parallel universe that is Nongriat village. Start preparing today!
Reviews 2 Reviews5/5
Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
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 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.
1. Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation
3. All permits, entries etc
4. All activities, gears and instructors
5. English Speaking guides
- Transport to and from Tyrna
- 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”.
Day 1 (3rd October)
Begin your journey to the Tyrna village, 20 minutes drive from Cherrapunji which acts as the base point for the double decker trek. Trek down 3000 steps to reach Nongriat village. Take rest along the way and complete the downward walk in 1.5 hours. Behold the double decker root bridge and relax in the homestay.
Day 3 (5th October)
Stairway out of Paradise
Bid goodbye to your hosts at the homestay as we leave early (around 6 am) to head towards to Cherrpunjee. The steep climb to reach the parking spot on the well laid steps takes time and time should be spared for resting in case you get tired. After reaching the vehicle, we leave for Sai Mika Resort, where breakfast shall be served.
Rest in Sai Mika resort and soak the beauty around and once you are ready, we go for a round of sightseeing. Relax at the resort.
Day 4 (6th October)
Driving to the airport
After breakfast drive to Guwahati to make it in time for your flight. If time permits we will take a little diversion on the way to visit Laitlum canyons.
We bid goodbye, but only until we meet again.
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.