Backpacking Experience of Meghalaya

By sarikajain23 | Apr 12, 2021
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Boating in Dawki....

Boating in Dawki....

Meghalaya, an Abode of Clouds, one of the most incredible seven sister states in the north eastern part of India. Meghalaya will amaze you with its beauty in an unimaginable way and will turn into a storyteller later, for sure. Not only it offers a myriad of sights, delicious food activities, the local culture, and festivals but also there are many attractions and activities which will leave you speechless.

Out of many, the two gems named Cherrapunji and Shillong make the state truly a wonderland, The Meghalaya is divided into Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia Hills. The original name of Cherrapunji was Sohra on the days when it was the capital of a local chieftainship. It was difficult to pronounce for the Britishers and they used to pronounce it as “Churra” before they changed the name into Cherrapunji.

Mawlynnog,Cleanest Village in Asia...

Mawlynnog,Cleanest Village in Asia...

Meghalaya is truly the trekker's paradise, the home to beautiful roaring and countless waterfalls, the place of dense and long forests, driving between the clouds in the mountains is hypnotic, the mysterious natural caves have their own language to call out for its searchers and finders, many old living root bridges(more than 200 bridges), the crystal clear calm and pristine rivers can calm down an anxious and worrisome soul, the cleanest village of Asia, the wettest region in all of India and this kingdom of clouds is just not limited to this, another side of this mesmerizing place is its humble people and their matrilineal culture. Truly, this green land is so simple and yet so charming.

Mawsmai Cave in Meghalaya....

Mawsmai Cave in Meghalaya....

Meghalaya just lures you into a different world altogether. The people here are predominantly rural and they do not use nature for profits, in fact, they nurture and live-in harmony with it. People here do not ruin nature be it using the natural living root bridges or protecting the rare flora in the sacred forest or inhabiting the wettest place on earth or maintaining the cleanliness in the village. In true words, Meghalaya is a jewel in the crown of North India.

Double Decker Root Bridge in Meghalaya...

Double Decker Root Bridge in Meghalaya...

Meghalaya just spellbound the travelers and gives them a sense of relief, freshness, and a lot of memories to cherish forever. Well, the sublime beauty of places to visit in Meghalaya makes it awesome and unique. Connecting to nature is always a bliss and to be honest, very rare are there who can connect and feel its magic. There are few emotions in every human which can always be felt and cannot be described in words, well backing in Meghalaya was one of them and I am still trying my best to jot down all my experiences and emotions in words for the readers.

View of Dawki River from Top...

View of Dawki River from Top...

A trip to Meghalaya can be very easy on the pocket and your holiday calendar. Most of the stunning places are not very far and can be covered in not more than 2 hours and yes, good roads. There is something for every seeker in Meghalaya be it spending time with the locals or sitting down in a village home/lush green resort or soaking in the sound of nature or to trek in the mountains or enjoying boating or riverside camping or the exploration of the caves. If any of this sounds interesting, Meghalaya is a state for you to travel, buddy. Read on to know how you can go about planning a trip to this abode of clouds.

Rainbow Waterfall in Meghalaya....

Rainbow Waterfall in Meghalaya....

Trekking in Meghalaya....

Trekking in Meghalaya....

Things you should not miss when you are in Meghalaya for an amazing holiday.

1. The mesmerizing waterfalls.
2. The age-old caves exploration.
3. The boating in the crystal-clear water.
4. The hustle and bustle in the border area.
5. The beauty of timeless and ethnic villages
6. Crossing your car/bike between the clouds.
7. The trekking experience to viewpoints and bridges.
8. The riverside camping to enjoy the calmness of river.

So why wait, take a step towards the wellness of your mind, and plan your trip to this blessed state which was planned by nature, every nook and corner and let me tell you again that is why, it is on every traveler's radar for a reason. I would say, Meghalaya is the new offbeat new location. So, come and explore Meghalaya.

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Written by sarikajain23
A female solo traveler. Based out of Bangalore, India. I started traveling solo as it was in one of my to-do buckets lists. In the beginning, it was difficult for me to travel due to the money crunch and my money management problem but slowly I realized that I do not need materialistic stuff because it is not going to give me that feel and peace which my soul needs it. And then, I started cutting off all the unnecessary expenses, and then I was able to save some money to travel. And that is how I started traveling. I travel light and I prefer to stay in budget accommodation but that should be safe for a solo traveler. I take time to know the ... Read more

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