This thrilling trip gives you an opportunity to experience Meghalaya though various adventure activities like, Kayaking Caving and Trekking, while correlating the essence of their culture with the land. You will walk through the sacred forests of Mawphlang -learning from them the ancient wisdom of the Khasis, trek to the Double Decker root bridges to be awed by their beauty, jump boulders to navigate the canyon of the Umgot river and kayak up its waters. The highlight of the trip would be when you literally go underground, into the unexplored world of limestone caves. You will be amazed while navigating through the horizontal cave passages of the opulent Krem Mawmluh; laden with amazing natural formations like stalagmites, stalactites, cave curtains and pearls.
Day 1: Guwahati to Cherrapunji (168 kms; 5.5 hours)
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Cherrapunji . On the way take a brief halt at Umiam Lake. Overnight at Kutmadan / Cherrapunji Holiday Resort / Smokey Falls Mae Retreat
Day 2: Caving - Krem Mawmluh
Today head out for an exciting excursion into the unknown world of caves. You will be exploring a cave named Krem Mawmluh . With a total length of over 7kms of cave passages, Krem Mawmluh is situated approximately half a kilometer west of Cherrapunjee adjacent to the small hamlet of Mawmluh from which the cave takes its name. The cave’s 7kms contain of passages much of which are fine river passages of impressive proportions, calcite formations of various kinds, waist deep pools, few meters of belly crawl and few climbs.
From the road head you would trek for around 45 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Over here you would change into caving gear like wet suite, caving suit, helmet and headlamp. Under the supervision of an expert caver you would walk, crawl, squeeze and wade through water for 3 hours in the various cave passages. Overnight at Kutmadan / Cherrapunji Holiday Resort / Smokey Falls Mae Retreat
Day 3: Trek to Double Decker Root bridges
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 needs to descend 2500 feet into the valley and then climb up the same altitude again. Overnight at Kutmadan / Cherrapunji Holiday Resort / Smokey Falls Mae Retreat
Day 4: Shillong – Mawlynnong – Dawki (113 kms; 3.5 hours)
In the morning drive to Mawlynnong , the cleanest village in Asia. Walk around the picturesque flower laden paths of the village. Thereafter visit the neighboring village of Riwai where you will undertake a short hike to see a root bridge.
After lunch proceed to Dawki where you will camp on the banks of the Umgot river. Overnight in tents at Pioneer Adventures Camp
Day 5: Dawki to Shillong (120 kms; 4 hours)
In the morning head down to the crystal clear Umgot river for kayaking. And if you break a sweat then jump into its refreshing waters for a swim. And if you are looking for more adventure then try cliff jumping. For a mellower adventure you will do a Zip line across the Umgot river.
After lunch commence your drive to Shillong. On the way visit Krang Shuri waterfalls. Overnight at Sha Ri Loum /Rockcliff Guesthouse / Blueberry Inn
Day 6: Shillong
In the morning drive to Mawphlang for an enticing forest walk in the sacred groves. The Khasi of Meghalaya at one time were animists who believed in the spirits of the forest. Hence every village maintained a tract of forest called Sacred Grove where they used to worship the elements of nature and perform sacrifices. The forests of Mawphlang are one of the last surviving sacred groves in Meghalaya. On the way back, you can visit Shillong Peak to enjoy panoramas of the entire city.
In the second half visit Laitlum canyons, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the gorge and the valley below. Overnight at Sha Ri Loum /Rockcliff Guesthouse / Blueberry Inn
Day 7: Shillong to Guwahati (114 kms; 4 hours)
After breakfast drop to Guwahati airport
• Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels mentioned in the itinerary
• Breakfast on all days except at Dawki where all meals will be included
• A dedicated Swift Dzire (for 2 people) and Innova (for 4 people) , 2 swift dzire (for 6 people) , 2 Innova (for 8 people) for the duration of the trip
• All necessary equipment for caving like caving suit, gum boots, helmet and torch
• A trained and experienced caving guide
• Kayaking and Zip Lining at Dawki
• Local guide for root bridge trek and forest walk in Mawphlang
• Entrance fees for parks, museums or any other places of sightseeing
• Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport
• Soft drink charges, table drinks, bottled water, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges
• Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above