GUWAHATI – SHILLONG – MAWLYNGBNA – MAWLYNGOT – UMDEN – GUWAHATI
Meghalaya, one of the most beautiful states of the country has surprises in every nook and corner. Swiftly flowing streams and crystal clear rivers meandering through the hilly tracts with innumerable cascading waterfalls and serene lakes provide for stunning sights.
But Meghalaya is also much more than all these. This trip has been designed to explore the offbeat Meghalaya. Travel to the less explored destinations and enjoy the exotic nature. The trip will take you to the Mawlyngbna, a place for the adventurous spirits. You can enjoy kayaking, zip lining, trekking and a hoard of other activities here. Once your adventurous soul gets its elixir, travel to the tea gardens in Meghalaya. Visit Mawlyngot, a village where tea had changed the life of the villagers. And finally visit Umden, the weavers’ village in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya. Umden is a picturesque village in the midst of hills where you can see all the process of production of eri-silk from the silkworm as well as weaving them into fine fabrics.
This offbeat trip to Meghalaya will not only take you to these less travelled places but also give you authentic experiences of the Khasi lifestyle and cuisines. The memories will be forever and experiences will be of a lifetime.
Day 1 | Welcome to the Abode of Clouds (Guwahati – Shillong)
Welcome to the land of clouds. From Guwahati, you will drive to Shillong. On the way, you can stop at Umiam Lake or Barapani and enjoy the beauty of the place.
Day 2 | Visit the Sacred Groves (Shillong – Mawlyngbna)
Start early today and drive to Mawlyngbna. Enroute Mawlyngbna, visit Mawphlang Sacred Groves. You will be mesmerized to see the green forests and the blue skies from a distance. An hour-long trekking into the forest is lined up as you listen to the Khasi fables from our guide.
Drive to Mawlyngbna from here. The place is surrounded by beautiful hills, rushing streams, waterfalls, caves and natural hot springs with manifold activities and surprises in store. Mawlyngba is the hotspot of archaeological findings. Fossils of animals dating 200 million old have been founded here and preserved. You can also indulge in adventure activities like trekking, kayaking and zip lining here. After a short rest, you can take a short walk to the nearby jungle and the waterfalls to unwind. The evening is there for relaxation amidst the forests.
Day 3 | A place where dinosaurs once walked (Mawlyngbna)
Today trek to the fossil park. The place is full of archaeological findings dating back to almost 200 million years. It is believed that the entire area was actually a part of the seabed. There is a place where the ground has an appearance of numerous large footprints. Folklores say that the footprints are of animals at the place called ‘Ka lew Luri Lura’ (a market-place believed to have been run by animals way back in time). Also, visit the pitcher plant park.
After that, you will go to the Um Kha Koi reservoir. This is going to be the best part of the day. Indulge in water activities like canoeing and kayaking. The vast blue lake is out there for you to explore. For the adventurous souls, you can also try zip-lining. At Mawlyngbna, you are never in short of an adventure.
Day 4 | Tea Gardens of Meghalaya (Mawlyngbna – Mawlyngot)
After 2 adventure-filled days, you will visit Mawlyngot, a serene village with tea plantations. The picturesque village situated in the East Khasi hills is a beautiful destination hidden in the lush green landscapes of Meghalaya. With natural beauty in abundance, Mawlyngot has been gaining attention among the tea lovers around North-east India. The drive to Mawlyngot will take around 5 hours. So after you reach, have a relaxing time there. You can visit the nearby tea gardens and go for a village walk.
Day 5 | A relaxing day amidst the tea gardens (Mawlyngot)
Go for a hike to the Umsong River in the morning. After that, visit the tea processing unit at Mawlyngot. The Urlong Tea Integrated Village Co-operative Society Limited produces the finest variety of tea in Meghalaya. Visit the factory and interact with the workers and know their stories. You will be amazed to know how Mawlyngot that was once known for its drunken brawls now is known for its famous Urlong tea.
Day 6 | Wonders of the Laitlum (Mawlyngot – Laitlum – Umden)
Start early today. You will visit the Laitlum Canyons and the Smit village. The Laitlum Canyons are the hidden wonder of Meghalaya. You can see breathtaking gorges and winding staircases down to the remote villages. It is better to visit Laitlum in the morning as the weather remains clear and you can get great views of the gorges and the mountains.
From Laitlum, you will drive towards Umden, the weavers’ village in Meghalaya. The drive is a long one and once you reach Umden, relax in the homestay for the day.
Day 7 | Tales of the eri-silk (Umden)
Umden is situated in the beautiful Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya, the village is located in a serene valley. The place is eminent for its silk production and traditional handloom. Eri or Endi is a type of silk that is a product of silkworm that feeds mainly on a type of castor leaves. During the extraction process of silk, the weavers do not kill the silkworms as is done in normal sericulture process. According to the villagers, this is the ‘ahimsa’ tradition of sericulture. Witness the process of sericulture. If the time is right, you can also see the extraction of silk. You can always see the process of weaving by the village women in their traditional machines.
Later go for a village trail where you can see large monoliths all around the village. And while in Umden, you will definitely get to taste the delectable Khasi cuisines as well.
Day 8 | Bid adieu to Meghalaya (Umden – Guwahati)
After breakfast, drive towards Guwahati. Bid adieu to Meghalaya, but only till you visit the next time.