Most people who have grown up in the Northeast will delight in telling you about the thrill of swimming in the clear water pools, cold and fabulous. Walking in forests to spot the first orchid in bloom or safaris inside the jungle holding one’s breath to spot wildlife.
Travel to Meghalaya and Assam for a chance to see the one horn rhino at Pobitora sanctuary which is a reserve park just for Assam’s most famous resident also enjoy a boat ride nearby to spot river dolphins. Then continue into Meghalaya, the land of clouds to explore living root bridges, crystal clear waterbodies, picturesque waterfalls, caves. A great way to bond as a family.
Also connect with people from different ethnicities with a visit to see the Kamekhya temple complex one of the oldest religious sites in the country. Local cuisines, guides and environmentalist have been included with good accommodations and experienced drivers to make it an offbeat, fabulous and a chance to rejuvenate in the lap of nature.
Please note there will be certain amount of rain in April and May but the waterfalls are spectacular then.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary – located in 60kms from Guwahati, the sanctuary is known for population of one-horned Rhinos.
Shillong – Also known as the Scotland of the East, Shillong is a charming hill station and capital of Meghalaya, as well as the capital of rock music in India. Surrounded by the Khasi Hills, forests and waterfalls, visit Shillong’s trendy cafes and Bara Bazaar, a bustling market and Uminag Lake on its outskirts for activities and gorgeous sunsets.
Living Root Bridges – The Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya are made using the auxiliary roots of the ficus trees. There are about 100 or so documented bridges in Meghalaya, These bridges were made by local villagers, sometimes over 100 years ago, and provided a means for them to cross over deep river gorges, connecting them one village to another. An ingenious natural and sustainable engineering method of maintaining connectivity.
Cherrapunji – known as the wettest place on earth, definitely earns that title, however the rains fall during the heavy monsoon, which fills all the water bodies and keeps the state verdant and green. Surrounded by waterfalls and hiking opportunities, and living root bridges, it is also famous for the legacy of the Welsh missionaries who came and established settlements, schools and churches in the town.
Shillong is most beautiful during the Spring and Summer, when daytime highs range from 18C to 22C and night time never falls below 15C. Come in November and you can witness India’s very own Cherry Blossom Festival.
Arrive at Guwahati via a morning flight. Meet your driver and proceed for an Assamese brunch known as Jalpan. Then visit the Kamekhya Temple complex for a walk through before starting your drive to Pobitora.
Check in to your hotel and relax. Take a short walk to the banks of the Bhramaputra.
Evening enjoy a sunset boat ride and if you’re very lucky, spot river dolphins.
After a leisurely breakfast go for a jeep safari inside the sanctuary.
Nearby is the Mayong community museum of Magic Practises. The Mayong villages are known for their study of magic as a means to heal people. It is quite fascinating and is one of the first community museums in the country.
After lunch enjoy some down time before your sunset boat ride on the Brahmaputra. Evening we can arrange a Bihu dance performance for you to join in at an extra charge.
This morning go for an early morning jeep safari inside the sanctuary. Back to the resort for breakfast and check out to drive to Shillong.
Check in to the property by tea time and relax or enjoy a walk through the pine forest.
After breakfast drive to Mawphlang. Enjoy a walk inside the Sacred Forest along with a local guide who will explain the importance of sacred forests to the local Khasi community. T
Spend about an hour here and drive to Pynursla. Check in to your resort by lunch time.
Rest of day at leisure.
Overnight stay at the property.
After breakfast set out for the day and drive to Mawkyrnot. Here you walk through the rainforest to the world’s longest and highest Living Root Bridge along with a member of the Living Bridge Foundation. Apart from the locals who use them, the bridges here see very little tourist footfall.
A local lunch will be provided in the jungle or in a small village restaurant.
After lunch continue towards Cherrapunji and visit Nohkalikai Falls. At 335 meters it is the highest plunge waterfall in India.
Check into the property by early evening and relax.
Check out this morning and head to the Arwah Caves, an accessible cave system of limestone formations and to many fossils. T conditions on which Meghalaya
Later visit Mawkma and explore the pools and waterfalls there. The waterbodies here are just spectacular, and in the spring and summer it is possible to swim.
Afternoon drive to Shillong and check into your hotel.
In the evening you can step out for sinner in one of Shillong’s many cafes and restaurants.
Today is a free day to pursue activities of your interest. We will give you a local guide for the day.
Visit to the Don Bosco Museum focusing on local indigenous tribal cultures of the region and an interesting display of artefacts. Visit shops and cafes in Police Bazar.
Witness the antiquated game of Teer, an archery sport where locals bet state wide on the outcome.
Overnight at the property.
Other optional places for local sightseeing – Laitlum Canyon, Lady Hydari park and Wards Lake.
This morning check out and drive back to Guwahati Airport for your onward flight.