After you have walked over the living root bridges and heard them breathe, camp beside a river where the only source of light is the bonfire and the starry sky. Wake up and dive into the transparent the waters of that very river from a cliff. This is not even half of what this trip offers. Swimming goggles on, please.
Guwahati, Shillong, Shnongpdeng, Tyrna village, Cherrapunjee,Nohkalikai Falls, Arwah Caves, Dianthlen Falls
Day 1 Drive to Shillong After we drive from Guwahati to a cooler and greener Meghalaya, we make a diversion to drive towards Jowai. From Jowai town, a drive down a winding road and through tiny lanes atypical to Meghalayan small towns we reach Haven’s cove. Haven’s cove, a 20-minute walk away will read the sign. This farmhouse is only accessible on foot.The trail resembles a broader than usual aisle through paddy fields. Haven’s cove unassumingly stands as a farmhouse in the middle of sprawling paddy fields with all amenities that would constitute a dream home for many. The trip starts at 10:45 AM from Guwahati airport. Total drive time from Guwahati to Jowai will be 3.5 hours.|
Day 2 Camping beside the transparent riverHead towards Shnongpdeng, this time you camp by the riverside and enjoy water based activities such as cliff jumping, snorkelling, kayaking, etc. Crash in your tents with the million stars above you and a bonfire keeping you company. Total drive time to Shnongpdeng will be 2 hours.|
Day 3 A trek to remember Post breakfast, start your journey to the Tyrna village (in Cherrapunjee) which acts as the base point for the double decker trek. Even we don’t prefer to go down that path alone so our wonderful warm and fit as a fiddle guide will lead us into the jungle, acting more like a motivator than anything else. This trek is nothing like a typical trek as you need to climb down 3000 steps(you can count it as you go down). Your knees will start to give in and you will be drenched in your sweat but you will recover every drop of that sweat when you reach your destination – the double decker living root bridges. There will be pit stops along the way for you to drink water and try some local lime juice unless you want to beat the time set to trek down by one of the ChaloHoppo guys which stands at 45 minutes to trek down. We will be only carrying a small backpack for the 2 days that we will be staying down in the village below. Specific instruction regarding the same will be given once you sign up for the trip.|
Day 4 Blue rock pools and Rainbow falls Wake up early in the morning and after breakfast proceed for the trek in the jungle. The morning air won’t get you tired as you cross many more living root bridges and a few hanging bridges to reach rainbow falls . The trekking time one way is approximately 2 hours and it’s better to see the rainbow falls in the afternoon as the sunlight would trigger the rainbow as the sun moves towards west.If you are a good swimmer then you can swim near the waterfalls or chill out in the smaller pools .The place is scenic and spectacular.So please carry a basic camera and if you have binoculars you could also see birdlife. There is absolutely no need for bottled water as the water from the springs is much better and purer than the packaged water. However moisturisers ,warm clothing and trekking shoes are required. Let’s not talk about the butterflies now as they will mesmerise you while you are down in Nongriat.
Day 5 A well deserved rest day in Cherrapunjee after breakfast climb back up and proceed to Cherrapunjee. After reaching choose to relax or explore Nohkalikai Falls, Arwah Caves and Dianthlen Falls.|
Day 6 Bidding a reluctant goodbye Take your own sweet time to wake up and have some delicious breakfast in the most pristine setting overlooking the endless rolling hills of Cherrapunji. If you have the energy go for a walk to the nearby stream and witness the stark blue tint in the water. The luxury of waking up lazily depends on the time you book your flight. Preferably book the last flight.Drive time from Cherrapunjee to Guwahati airport will be 4.5 hours.
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner in Nongriat (Day 3 and 4) Accommodation in homestays, tents and a resort twin/triple Internal Transport starting from the airport/ station (Swift Dzire/Innova) Local guide in Nongriat and Shnongpedeng ChaloHoppo tour coordinator Parking, tolls, driver allowance, driver accommodation Bonfires in Nongriat, Shnongpedeng and Cherrapunji(if required)
Airfare charges All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above Trekking shoes and clothing (Any personal equipment) Any camera fees Hotel & driver tips if any, since the locals earn low wages, your tips can show your appreciation) Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc. Any activities like kayaking, cliff jumping, boating, scuba diving Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.) 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”.