North East Wonders
The beauty of North East India is legendary. Tales of rootbridges, and dense vegetation, in a land cut off from the mainstream civilization have always allured us. We plan to head there this December to explore this magical land of Meghalaya, with an extension visit to the gorgeous Kaziranga National Park. Adventure beckons and you should jump at the opportunity. Be it exciting urban experiences in Shillong, with a game of Teer, a walk through the chaotic Burra Bazaar, grooving to the nightlife of Shillong, a whole day trek to the double root bridge in Cherrapunjee, we’ve covered it all. So much to do. So many experiences to soak in.
Pickup from Guwahati airport (reach latest by 2.30pm) and drive to Kaziranga. Enjoy a bonfire. Relax in the lawns of this heritage stay.
Experience: Day at Leisure
Day 2: Kaziranga
Rise early in the morning for an exciting safari on Elephant back which would get you really close to the Rhinos.
Optional: Post lunch, enjoy a jeep safari to the Western range of the park which has a high density of Wild Buffalos, Rhinos and Swamp Deer. (Add on) Experience: Elephant safari I Jeep Safari (Add on)
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 3: Kaziranga to Shillong (7 hours)
Post breakfast begin the long drive to Shillong. On your way to Shillong visit the Umaim Lake. Umiam is a beautiful lake to enjoy boating. It is located in Nongpoh at a distance of approx 17km from Shillong. Enclosed with rich greenery of Shillong from all sides this lake is filled with blue and crystal clear water to sail without being worried about water pollution.
Experience: Umaim Lake
Day 4: Shillong
The best way to get a feel of Shillong is to explore the city on foot.
Start by visiting the liveliest market in Meghalaya – Bara Bazaar locally know as Lewduh. Chilly, oranges, frogs, silk worms and many more interesting items would be found in the narrow and crowded by lanes of the market.
Lunch at a local Khasi joint in the market enjoying delicacies like jadhou, pork and fish. In the afternoon gamble on a unique form of traditional archery aptly named teer, a sport very popular amongst the locals.
Experience: Bara Bazaar I Teer Local culture
Day 5: Shillong to Cherrapunjee (3.5 hours)
Drive through a scenic countryside to reach Cherrapunjee. Settle into your resort and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Also visit the Nohkalikai falls and bask in their beauty. Call it an early night and wait for the thrill ride that awaits you the following day.
Experience: Waterfalls I local culture
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 6: Cherrapunjee
Living double rootbridge trek Living Root Bridges are unique live bridges found only in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The secondary roots of a species of Indian Rubber Tree Ficus Elastica- are trained over 20-25 years to form these living bridges to cross fast flowing rivers and streams.
Some of these bio-engineering wonders are 53 feet, 70 feet, 100 feet long. The Double Decker Root Bridge has two levels. They are very strong, can carry many people at a time and perhaps can last 500 years.
The trek passes through some verdant slopes, criss crossed by streams. At some places the stream has made some natural ponds, containing emerald blue water where you can take a dip.
The trek is moderately difficult since one need to descend 2000 feet into the valley and then climb up the same altitude again.
Experience: Root bridge trek
Meal: Breakfast and dinner
Day 7: Cherrapunjee to Guwahati (5 hours)
Drop to Guwahati airport. Make your way back with a bag full of memories.
-Wild Grass Lodge or similar
-Shillong: Lachaumiere guest house or similar
-Cherrapunjee: Holiday resort or similar
Elephant safari at Kaziranga
One dedicated Innova/traveller for the duration of the trip
Breakfasts on all days except Day 1
Dinner on Day 1, 2, 5 & 6
Guided Rootbridge trek in Cherrapunjee
Camera fees for Kaziranga National Park or for any other places of sightseeing
Personal expenses such as tips, snacks, beverages and meals not mentioned.
Any costs arising from flight delays, change in weather conditions, strikes etc. which are
beyond our control will have to be personally borne by the travelers on the spot.
Any other item not mentioned in “Inclusions” section above
Guwahati International Airport
Borjhar, Guwahati, Assam 781015