Wild Meghalaya New Year Getaway


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Meghalaya is a part of the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot and has been identified as a key area for biodiversity conservation due to its high species diversity and high level of endemism. It has attracted the attention of wildlife enthusiasts and research scholars from all over the country. The rare and highly endangered clouded leopard is the state animal. Leopard, leopard cat, jungle cat, golden cat, marbled cat, Dhole, or Indian Wild Dog, and Indian Wolf are also found here.

Meghalaya is one of the Seven Sister States of northeast India. The state of Meghalaya is mountainous, with stretches of valleys and highland plateaus, and it is geologically rich. It consists mainly of archean rock formations. These rock formations contain rich deposits of valuable minerals like coal, limestone, uranium, and sillimanite.

The Wild Meghalaya trip takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Tour Highlight

Shillong is a hill station and the capital of Meghalaya and the only hill station in the country that is accessible from all directions. The name Shillong is derived from U-Shyllong, a powerful deity, and is situated at an altitude of 1,491m above sea level. The city lies at the centre of a plateau and is surrounded by hills. This beautiful city is 103 kms from Guwahati. The presence of many well-reputed educational institutions, many of them established by various missionary groups, makes Shillong the hub of education for the entire north-east.

Umiam Lake is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Meghalaya and is situated about 15 km from Shillong. It is more easily recognised as Bara Pani, and covers an area of about 220 sq. km. The surrounding Sylvan Hills and green Khasi pines add to the majesty of this vast lake, which was created when the Umiam river was dammed to store water for hydroelectric power generation. Though it was initially established as a dam or a reservoir, it is now a popular tourist attraction. It is also known for its water sports and adventure facilities such as kayaking, water cycling, scooting, and boating.

Perched in the East Khasi Hills of Shillong, Laitlum Canyons is a little-explored haunt of the mountainous state of Meghalaya. Laitlum translates to "end of the hills", and this sublimely beautiful hilltop appears to be true to its name. At Laitlum, all one can see is the breath-taking gorge and steep winding stairways that snake their way down to the lush valley.

Krang Suri is one of the most popular, beautiful, and exotic waterfalls in the state of Meghalaya. Meghalaya is one of the most popular and exotic places to visit in northeast India and has one of the top five waterfalls to see in Meghalaya.

Buckle up and set off on a splendid drive of 95 km from the city of Shillong to the international trade route border town of Dawki. Located in the Jaintia Hills, this town is sandwiched between the countries of India and Bangladesh and is a major trading centre. Deep gorges and ravines greet one on the way to Dawki, and on approaching Dawki is the Umngot river, the venue of the annual boat race held during the spring months of March and April at Umsyiem. Visitors come here to experience the boat rides on the river and enjoy the scenic surroundings. The suspension bridge over the Umngot river, built by the British in 1932, is a beautiful sight and is worth a visit.

India - Bangladesh Tamabil border is a friendship border built between India and Bangladesh.

One of the cleanest villages in India, Mawlynnong is located about 92 km from Shillong. In 2003, it won acclaim for being the cleanest village in Asia, and another for being the cleanest in India in 2005. The village is locally referred to as ' God's Own Garden 'and is commended for its community-based ecotourism initiative. Under this, the onus of keeping the village clean lies on every resident, and to promote cleanliness, bamboo garbage bins dot the lanes, nooks, and corners of Mawlynnong. The waste collected in the bins is sent to a pit and turned into manure. Smoking is prohibited here as well as plastic. Rainwater harvesting is considered very important and is done by almost all of its residents. Another reason to mark this place in your itinerary is the natural rock balancing phenomenon that is seen here—the unusual and curious sight of one boulder balanced on another. Tourists can also enjoy a trek to a single-decker living root bridge here.

This waterfall is situated at Umstew, opposite the Umstew Beach. This elegant waterfall has a legendary story of its own. In the past, there lived two fairies at this waterfall-one black and one white. Sometimes on a market day, one will see these fairies at Sohra Market shopping like ordinary people, carrying baskets to keep their belongings. Most of the people in the market cannot recognize them, but for those who can differentiate ,they can easily recognize them because they have no shadow of their own. These fairies used to hypnotize the people coming into contact with them. In the past, most young men disappeared from home and returned after two to three months, and it was believed that they were married to fairies.

Hidden amidst green foliage, this limestone cave boasts stalagmites, stalactites, and fossils, and is Meghalaya's best-kept secret. The caves are easily accessible by demarcated pathways.

The beautiful waterfall, cascading down from the top of the gorge to the mystic deep green pool below, reminded one of the tragic legend associated with it, i.e., of a grief-stricken mother who plunged to her death. She was unable to overcome her sorrow over the murder of her daughter by her husband and the horror that she had relished in eating the flesh of her only beloved child. After eating, she finds her daughter's fingers in the betel-nut basket. In despair, the woman threw herself off this cliff, giving the falls its name: "Fall of Ka Likai."

One of the wettest places on earth, Cherrapunjee or Cherrapunji, lies at an elevation of 4,500 ft. This stunning location is set amidst misty valleys, foaming rivers, and swirling clouds. Its pristine beauty and perpetual mists make it one of the top tourist stopovers in the city. The name 'Cherrapunjee' means land of oranges, and it was first used by tourists visiting from other parts of the country.

The most fascinating sights around Cherrapunjee are the incredible living bridges—formed from rubber-fig roots that ingenious Khasi villagers have, over decades, trained across streams as natural pathways. Over 40 of these are said to be scattered around the Meghalaya hills, and several of them (including an amazing 'double-decker’) are near the jungle valley hamlet of Nongriat – a steep hike down 2600 steps (and up 500) from Tyrna village, 12km southwest of Cherrapunjee. You also get to visit the infamous Rainbow Falls.

Located about 6 km from Cherrapunji, Mawsmai Cave is one of the main tourist attractions in Cherrapunji, which is credited as the wettest place on Earth. These magnificent caves are formed out of limestone and are quite long and deep. However, tourists can only cover 150 m inside it and the remaining caves are off-limits to visitors. Mawsmai caves are the only caves in the state that are well lit, and you will not require a guide to explore them. Adorned with stalagmites and stalactites, these caves are beautiful because of the handiwork of the underground water and natural abrasion. The entrance is wide, but as you proceed, it becomes narrower. The cave has different types of flora and fauna. If you are looking for something different from greenery and mountain peaks on your trip to Cherrapunji, Mawsmai Cave is the place to go.

Is there anything more gorgeous than a mighty waterfall diving off a lofty cliff? We don’t think so. If you are like us and find waterfalls enchanting, you must visit the Wei Saw Dong waterfalls in Meghalaya. It is a three-tiered cascade, and honestly, at first sight, it reminded us of the Pamukkale hot springs in Turkey. And trust us, it is one of the most surreal waterfalls in India we have witnessed, and you must too!

Covering some 192 acres, the Mawphlang Sacred Forest, nestled in the East Khasi Hills near Mawphlang village, has its roots steeped deep in the age-old religious beliefs, in which forests are regarded as a sacred entity. The local Khasi tribes have been preserving this forest for thousands of years and believe it to be the abode of the local deity, called Labasa. The tribal people have a firm belief that Labasa protects this forest and their community from any mishap. The deity takes on the form of a leopard or tiger and protects the village. To maintain favor with or appease the local deity, the villagers make animal sacrifices in the stone temples located within the forest.

There is only one rule, however, to be followed in this sacred forest. And that is—"You cannot take anything out of this forest, else the deity gets upset." Removing even the tiniest thing from the forest means you’re disrespecting the deity. It is said that whoever attempts to break this rule is punished with illness, which can even lead to death. In fact, local lore says that in 1970, the army tried to take out the dead wood and trees from this forest, but they were not able to do so as the truck wouldn’t start even after trying multiple times.

Important Information


  • Arrive at Guwahati Airport early in the morning.
  • Get to Shillong via Umiam Lake.
  • Check in and get ready.
  • Visit the Don Bosco Museum and Cathedral.
  • Stay the night in Shillong
  • Places to visit :
    • Grand Canyon Laitlum 
    • Krang Suri Waterfalls
    • India-Bangladesh border
  • Reach Dawki before 5:00 PM to catch the sunset from the boating center. 
  • Overnight stay at Dawki.
  • Start your day early with water activities in Dawki such as kayaking, snorkeling, cliff jumping, etc.
  • Places you can visit on this day:
    • Mawlynnong village: Asia’s cleanest village (optional) 
    • Mawkdok Viewpoint (Maggie & Tea Corner). 
    • Wakhaba Falls (Traditional Khasi attire)
    • Arwah Cave
    • Nohkalikai falls (catch the sunset from here)
  • Overnight stay in Cherrapunji (Homestay/Resort)
  • Early morning, leave for Tyrna Village for Nongriat’s double-decker root bridge.
  • The hike to the root bridge takes 4-5 hours depending on your speed. 
  • Plan your day a bit early to finish the trek before sunset.
  • Overnight stay in Cherrapunji.
  • Places to Visit:
    • Mawsmai Caves
    • Wei Saw Dong waterfalls
    • Mawphlang Sacred Forest
  • On this day, make a quick visit to Mawsmai Caves and Wei Saw Dong waterfalls, and then head towards the sacred forest in Mawphlang for a short hike.
  • Reach Shillong and enjoy the last night of the trip either relaxing or exploring the local market in Shillong.
  • Drive from Umiam Lake to Guwahati 
  • Plan your journey from Umiam to Guwahati airport according to your flight timings. Make sure you arrive at least a couple of hours in advance.
  • Leave Guwahati with extraordinary experience and memories.


Travel safe during COVID-19

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Our Policies

Our Policies

No Refund shall be made with respect to the initial booking amount for any cancellations. However -

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  •  If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 75% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  •  In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and, in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.

No Refund shall be made with respect to the initial booking amount for any cancellations. However -

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  •  If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 75% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  •  In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and, in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.

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