Day 1 : Arrive before 11 AM at Guwahati Airport
Every trip I plan and lead was born out of my own desire to explore the place in that particular way.
So this Meghalaya itinerary is made from scratch keeping in mind adventurers just like you. If you find all of this at one place , know that it's copied from here.
Lets start then
Enroute Shillong , we see the majestic Umiam Lake (Barapani) surrounded by sylvan hills .
You will see the city getting decorated for the festival and the energy of the people getting ready for it if you are joining my November batch. We can't call our trip as one of the best Meghalaya group trips if we don't attend the cherry blossom festival right.
Expect a few bands, sometimes even korean bands.
Day 2 : Sacred forest and david scott trail
Make no mistake , take not even a leaf from the forest from the sacred forest.
After a quick stroll, we will walk towards the David Scott trail- A 16km easy trek today from the beginning point will take us to Cherrapunjee.
Even some of the Best Meghalaya group tours out there doesn't organise this. I don't know why.
It's not even very difficult to plan unlike planing caving in Meghalaya.
Day 3 : Nongriat Double roots bridge and Rainbow falls
A 3000 step descend , that involves crossing a couple of suspension bridges.
We will take our time to sit and take in the beauty of living roots bridge and rivers.
We will have lunch and tea here at Nongriat and head back leisurely.
If you think the bridge is shaking . Know this -Its not you, it me .
An optional 1.5 hours trek is rainbow waterfall where we will take a dip and head back. Fancy some underwater photography ?
Day 4 : Nohkalikai Falls and Weisawdong
This 1115 feet waterfall has a story behind its name which need to be told then and there. Sloppy pitch huh ?
Keep reading, this itinerary doesn’t need a pitch.
Take your quick dry Tees and shorts with you today as we are taking a dip in the Weisawdong three tier waterfall.
Today is a day to relax and do just sightseeing . People who missed rainbow falls dip can make it up today here
Day 5 : Caving : This is the main reason this is one of the best Meghalaya group trips
The cave’s 7kms contain of passages much of which are fine river passages of impressive proportions, calcite formations of various kinds, massive avens, few metres of belly crawl and few short climbs (Below 5metres) .
As intense as it might look, its not very physically challenging.
This cave will take 4 to 5 hrs to and fro.
To reach the cave Entrance one has to walk along a jungle trail of approx 30 -45mins to and back.
Caving in meghalaya is someting you should not miss , the tricky part is you cannot do this in monsoon.
If you figured why, hit me up via the chat below.
Day 6 : River canyoning
Lets play Real life roadies now. One will have to wade through a waist deep water, approx 15 m waterfall abseiling, swimming across pools and climb over big boulders .
For anyone who is new to his sport, This is one the best canyons in and around Sohra. It takes about aprox 3 hrs from the start to end.
Whoever does this well, will get a special gift from me . Thaaliyaan thaliyaan.
If you spent about good 10 minutes googling most of the meghalaya tourist places , there is a good chance that you won't even hear about this river canyoning.
Day 7 : Bamboo trek and camping in Dawki river
Today is the day you will feel that you are doing one of the best Meghalaya group trips out there.
If you somehow managed to do all the other things by yourself but today's evening is my trademark. We will be doing the bamboo trek and camping at dawki.
Your campsite will have canoe that you can take for a spin in dawki, volleyball court and campfire. Mind that the food served here will be simple.
I planned this one because this was not in any of the other Meghalaya tour package out there.
To be frank , i hate the word tour package itself, mainly because It feels too salesly. Don't you think ?
Day 8 : Head back to Shillong
Depart from Dawki after visiting the Bangladesh border view point from this skywalk
Note: Pack some nice clothes for today as Shillong has a very vibrant nightlife and unique pubs.
Day 9 : Depart from meghalaya
Depart to Guwahati airport from hotel . Book any flight after 2pm.
I will see you soon in the mountains :(
After this day, if you think this wasn't one of the best group trips you have taken, I would honestly love to hear why ?
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Frequently asked question
Usually, most batch sizes are between 12-20 people who are aged between 16-38. Most people come alone or with a friend. The trip would feel like you are travelling more with college friends than strangers. We tend to do more outdoorsy things than regular trips . For example : If we find a very pretty waterfall/ a beautiful sunset / Rainbow on the way. We would stop the vehicle right away to catch the beauty of it.
We usually sleep very late on these trips as we play a lot of group games and most people feel they will miss the precious time with the group members and decides to stay awake.
Here is our 8 point checklist that we follow with regards to OJ trips.
Most people come alone for my trips. About 25% of the people bring a friend or partner.
Honestly It really doesnt matter. I have seen on all the bacthes I have lead. Most people really gel with everyone, even the ones who thought would'nt gel up, surprise themselves always with the way they got comfortable with everyone.
There is no other Meghalaya tour package as of now that takes you through such a variety of activities. You can easily take a week and compare few of the best Meghalaya group trips out there and you will see that most of them are only doing a part of what we are covering. I am not saying they are not good. I am just saying mine is better 😎
A lot of Meghalaya tour package will have Arwah cave or Mawsmai Cave which is great to go with famliy and kids. But you are'nt planning to come with your family with you . Are you ? I cant disclose the cave name here for safety reasons but lets just say this cave in this list wikipedia list : Caves in meghalaya
Let me put it this way. Once you are done with 1.5 hours of river canyoning , you will be like : What? Its over. I want to do more. You will swim through small streams of river with life jacket on you. You dont have to know swimming .
Each of these activities are planned in such a way that you have a day in between to relax. You cannot see the real meghalaya just on a tempo traveller. You have to walk to see the jungles , the natural bridges and caves. Feel free to shoot me a question if you have any .
You can pay through online transfer , UPI or bank transfer.
All this been said if you or me can find a replacement for the slot. I will be happy to refund the entire amount. :)
• Bed tea/ coffee with “Wake up guys” call from me
• Inner line permit
• All Trek/ caving Permit en Route
• Local Transportation & Hotel Accommodation.
• A Trained Outdoor leader to keep you safe. I Promise :)
• 2 Campfires
• Mineral Water (Unless you like drink enough from the river already, I am not Judging )
• Camera Charge
• Cost of Extra Day
• Lunch and dinner
• Any expenses due to deviation from itinerary you save, Muft ka gyaan )
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Himachal Pradesh, India
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