Meghalaya backpacking trip is a custom-tailored experience including serenity, peace, and adventure all at the same time.
Now, the name Meghalaya has its significance. It means the land of clouds in the Sanskrit language. The name is true in all senses as Meghalaya is the wettest place globally and is usually covered with clouds.
Meghalaya is famous for various things and Limestone Caves is one of them. These caves can also be considered as one of the many specialties of the place. Also, the caves have another name for themselves and are rightly called ‘Caves in the Abode of the Clouds’.
Moving on, adventure sport is also one of the reasons people go to Meghalaya. So, activities like trekking, camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, and water sports are all part of the pack here. The peace and serenity of the place mixed with options for unleashing the adventure junkie in you make it one of the perfect destinations to visit in India.
The best time to visit Meghalaya is between October to June when the weather in Meghalaya is nice. During this time, one can enjoy the full experience of visiting Meghalaya.
Avoid the state during heavy rainfall season all you’ll end up with is foot-deep muddy waters all over the place and your trip would be ruined in that case.
Coming back to the attractions, Shillong enjoys a pleasant atmosphere, beautiful lakes, lush green mountains, pine forests, exotic orchids, and more. Which combine to make it one of the finest hill stations in the North East.
While covering 4 essential locations in Meghalaya, Shillong, Cherrapunee (Sohra), Dawki, and Mawlynnong, we get to explore more. It’s not just about the places but variations in culture, cuisines, and rituals followed by the people, and more.
Additionally, In Meghalaya, every other city has its significance. Such as Shillong being the rock capital, Mawlynnong being the cleanest village in Asia, Cherapunjee being the wettest place on Earth, and Dawki being famous for crystal clear water.
Due to the reason that all this and more are covered in our itinerary, you’ll be having a fun, and memorable trip experience.
|Travel Mode||Enfield 350 cc, Himalayan, Own Bike, Tempo Traveler|
|Rider||Dual Rider, Solo Rider|
Day 1 : Guwahati Arrival | Drive to Shillong (98 Kilometers, 4 Hours)
- The group will assemble at the pick-up point in Guwahati around 10:30 AM where a brief introduction by the trip captain will be provided.
- Afterwards, we’ll head to Shillong which is a beautiful hill station nestled in the heart of Meghalaya. It is popularly known as the “Scotland of the East” for its unmatched beauty.
- Upon reaching Shillong, we’ll check into our hotels and spend some leisure time. In the evening, we’ll go to Cafe Hopping and explore the Local market of Shillong as well. Overnight stay in Shillong.
- Note: The riders will be allotted their respective bikes in Guwahati City.
Day 2 : Drive from Shillong to Shnongpdeng via Laitlum (88 Kilometers, 3 Hours)
- After early morning breakfast, we’ll head towards Dawki which is famous for the fascinating turquoise Dawki river that resembles a glass surface.
- En route, we’d visit the Krang Shuri waterfall which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Meghalaya with its silky cascading water. We’ll also be visiting Laitlum Canyons which is a vantage point from where you get to see a panoramic view of the valleys of Meghalaya.
- Upon arrival in Dawki, we’ll check into our riverside camps in Shnongpdeng which is a small village tucked peacefully within the borders of the town. In the evening, we’ll host a bonfire.
- Dinner followed by an overnight stay in camps in Shnongpdeng.
Day 3 : Adventure Activities | Drive towards Cherrapunji (90 Kilometers, 3 Hours)
- Post breakfast, We’ll indulge in adventure activities like Cliff Jumping, Boating, and Snorkeling, in the sparkling river.
- Afterward, we’ll head towards Cherrapunji which is popular for its living root bridges and for the abundance of rainfall that this town witness every year.
- En route, we’ll be traversing the Indo-Bangla Border as we visit Mawlynnong which holds the title of Asia’s cleanest village and seems like a vast orchard of green canopies spreading across. The village also offers breathtaking views of the neighboring Bangladesh plains.
- Upon our arrival in Cherrapunji, we’ll check into our hotel where we’ll spend the night.
Day 4 : Trek to Double Decker Bridge | Overnight stay in Cherrapunji
- After early morning breakfast, We’ll also visit the Seven Sister falls which is a beautiful seven-segmented waterfall stretching along a rocky cliff. Afterward, we’ll be visiting one of the most notable landmarks in Cherrapunji which is the Mawsmai Caves. The caves are made of limestone with stunning stalactites adorning the roofs giving them a mystical charm.
- Then we’ll head towards Nongriat village and start our trek to the iconic Double Decker Living Roots Bridge. The trail consists of gushing sound of river, cluster of colorful butterflies, and enchanting forests making it extremely fulfilling.
- Afterward, we’ll head back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cherrapunji.
Day 5 : Drive from Cherrapunji to Shillong (54 Kilometers, 1 Hour)
- After early morning breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and head towards Shillong.
- En route, We will visit the Nokalikai waterfall which is the tallest plunge waterfall in Meghalaya with a staggering height of 1,115 ft. We’ll also visit Wei Sawdong which is a three-tiered waterfall and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Meghalaya.
- Upon arrival in Shillong, we’ll check in to our hotel where we will spend the night.
Day 6 : Drive from Shillong to Guwahati via Umiam (98 Kilometers, 4 Hours) | Trip Ends
- After early morning breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel rooms and head back to Guwahati. En route, we’d visit the popular Umiam Lake which is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Meghalaya.
- Upon reaching Guwahati, the group will go their separate ways, to their respective cities according to their own scheduled departure.
- End of Tour.Note: Book your return flight for this day after consulting with your handler.
What is Meghalaya famous for?
Meghalaya, located in North-east India, is famous for its sparkling waterfalls, pristine rivers, lush greenery, and pure beauty abound.
Is Meghalaya safe for tourists?
It is indeed one of the safest places in India for traveling. The people of Meghalaya are very respectful and don’t shy away from any kind of help or assistance required. Additionally, female travelers can also be carefree about their safety.
What is the best time to go to Meghalaya?
The best time to visit Meghalaya is from November to February. These are the months that have the most pleasant weather with neither extreme winters nor heavy rainfalls. You will be able to experience all the activities and adventures to the fullest.
The months between April and June are also considered ideal as one can explore the hidden gems of Meghalaya during this time. However, the humid weather can be a hassle.
Is Meghalaya worth visiting?
Meghalaya is truly the gem in the crown that is Northeast India. With sparkling waterfalls, pristine rivers, tropical forests, it is everything one can wish for in a single place. From adventure activities to a vibrant culture, the state offers a diverse experience to every kind of traveler. There are multitudes of experiences that awaits in Meghalaya. From delicious cuisine, tribal knowledge, scenic vistas, there is no end to the palette of experiences that Meghalaya has to offer.
What are the best places to visit in Meghalaya?
There are numerous places to visit in Meghalaya that are popular tourist destinations to know more about the culture, experience adventures, and witness beautiful sceneries. Following are some of those:
There are a lot of places that one should visit when it comes to Meghalaya but the ones that you simply can’t miss are as follows:
Cherrapunji: Witness sparkling waterfalls such as Dain-Thlen, Kynrem, and Nohkalikai here.
Dawki: Float in the turquoise waters of Umngot River.
Mawsynram: The wettest place in the world.
Shillong: The best hill station to experience. You can explore Elephant Falls, go boating in Umiam Lake or simply visit the local markets as well.
Mawlynnong Village: The cleanest village in Asia.
Baghmara: Go to Baghmara Reserve Forest which is an abode to exotic wildlife that you can get a closer look at.