Separating the Assam valley from the plains of Bangladesh, hilly Meghalaya, the abode of clouds, is positioned on breathtaking trajectory of craggy cliffs, dense tropical forest, rumbling waterfalls and meandering lakes. Shrouded in cloud and rain for much of the year, Cherrapunjee is amongst the wettest places on earth, forming extraordinary waterfalls and chiseling out some of Asia's longest caves. Dense lush green cover of forests, invite rare species of birds as well as animals in this majestic land.
Get your dose of Adrenaline and prove again that age is no bar in adventure, join a leisure tour mixed with adventure activities like cave walking and trekking to living root bridge, on a carefully crafted Meghalaya tour for young at heart Senior Citizens.
Arrive at Guwahati Airport also known as Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport by 12:00 PM. From airport we will directly drive to Shillong (4 hours), the capital city of Meghalaya. Positioned amidst high plateaus, waterfalls, meandering rivers and thick pine groves, Shillong, is a natural splendor. Shillong came into its own under the British as a garrison town, and retains a laidback colonial charm, with its cathedrals and cottages dating from that era. Upon reaching Shillong by evening, check in to the Hotel, enjoy delicious supper and later wrap yourself in your blankets for a good night sleep.
After breakfast, leave for Mawlynnong , a tiny village on the Indo Bangla border, which has earned the distinction of being the cleanest village in Asia.
On the way, we will visit the Dawki , a small border town located on Jaintia Hills and is famous for river Umngot. The river with its greenish-bluish water, is so clear that one can see the bottom of the river even from as high as the bridge over the river. Enjoy boating on the crystal clear water of the lake where one will feel like floating over a big aquarium. Dawki, also known as Tamabil, is the border of the Countries of India and Bangladesh and an important trade route. It gives you an opportunity to reach the famous Pillar numbered 1275 that marks the International Border.
We will continue to travel towards Mawlynnong, God's own garden. Villagers have transformed this village into a picture postcard by planting many flowering plants alongside the footpaths and around their houses. Every villager participates in voluntarily cleaning up the village on a daily basis. In this picturesque village, we shall walk for about 20-30 mins on hilly slope to reach Living root bridge. The roots of two huge trees have gotten intertwined, spanning across the river to form the bridge. In the afternoon, drive back to Shillong and post dinner enter into your dream world.
Once the first rays of the sun barge into your room to let you know that the day is fresh and new, we will start our day with palatable local breakfast and then proceed to the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji.
On the way, we shall visit, Mawphlang Sacred Forest, spread across 78 hectares of land and protected by the local deity-Labasa and Lyngdoh clan for more than 1000 years. Cutting down any tree or branch here is taboo. The forest is treasure trove of 450 species of trees and plants as well as rare species of animals and birds. It is also home to several species of trees that work as climate indicators, such as the Japanese blue oak and griffitti. There are medicinal trees and plants like the English yew, the Chinese sumac, chinquapin, etc.
We will continue our journey towards Cherrapunji. High above misty valleys and foaming rivers ensconced in swirling clouds and perched on an escarpment, Cherrapunji lies at 4,500 feet above sea level. This stunning location with year-round rain earned coveted entry long ago into the Guinness Book of World Records as the wettest place on earth, where the rainfall is generally recorded in feet rather than in millimeters. This pristine land with ever-lasting beauty, is perhaps the only place in India, which has just one season - the monsoon. Rainfall varies from heavy, medium to light, but there is no month without rain. Another surprising fact about Cherrapunji is that, it rains mostly at night. Day -to-day activities do not get disrupted by the rain.
Post lunch, you have an option of discovering the Mawsmai cave on a guided walk. This cave is 820 feet long which is lit up with halogen lamps, which are awe-inspiring, spine-tingling and mysterious. It is definitely a thrilling and magical experience to have a peek at the underground world. We shall stay at Cherrapunji.
Today after a lazy breakfast, you will have an option to spend your time at leisure enjoying the natural beauty of abode of cloud. If you are physically fit for trekking, then proceed to a unique living root bridges also known as the 'Double Decker Root Bridge', which is 3 km long and begins from Tyrna Village. The bridge stands at a height of 2400 feet. Reaching the upper bridge, which is 20 meter long is a tough but a worth -it task. Please take note that one needs to be physically fit to reach the upper bridge. The oldest living root bridge of the region is at a height of 1400 feet and is 74 m long. Created by the people of the Khasi tribe, these roots grow from the ancient rubber trees and are trained by the Khasis to grow in such a manner as be in the form of bridges on the top of a river. These bridges are an amazing alternative to wooden bridges that dwindle with so much rain falling on them.
Post lunch, visit the Nohkalikai Falls, the 4th highest waterfall in the world, simply splendid and magnificent. Later, admire the astonoshing view of Mawsmai Falls, regarded as the 4th highest falls in India and also known as the Seven Sisters falls which is aptly derived from the way the falls runs down from the top of treacherous limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills.
As the fresh morning breeze promise you another wonderful day, we shall proceed back to Shillong. Today we will be visiting one of the popular tourist spots of Shillong - Don Bosco Musuem, Ramkrishna Mission, Golf Course, shillong peak and the beautiful Wards Lake. This artificial horse-shoe shaped lake is set amidst lush green garden and is located in the middle of the scenic hill station. Lake is full of a variety of colorful fish and is embellished with a stunning wooden bridge on it.Later, we will check into the hotel in Shillong. Spend your evening at leisure at local market. Return back to hotel where you can relish some local delicacies and then have a good night sleep.
Today post breakfast we will drive down to Guwahati. On the way we would be visiting 'The Umiam Lake', surrounded by coniferous forests and stretcheing over an area of about 221 square kilometres which is four times the size of San Marino or Bermuda.We would go for a river cruise at Brahmaputra river. Later in the evening proceed to hotel at Guwahati and check in. Enjoy your sumptuous meal and sleep gently in tranquil land.
As you come out of your dream world and the fresh morning breeze promise you another wonderful day post breakfast, you pay proceed towards Kamakhya Temple, one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas, situated on the Nilachal Hill in western part of Guwahati. It is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindu and especially for Tantric worshipers. We shall proceed towards the airport to fly back home carrying the good memories of this journey in our hearts.
6 Nights stay in 3.5*/3* category hotels on twin sharing basis. If you prefer single sharing room, contact us for supplemental cost.
6 Breakfast, 5 Lunch and 6 Dinner(Veg/Non-veg Indian) as per the tour plan. 1 ltr bottle of mineral water per day during the tour.
All Transfers and Sightseeing by AC Vehicle. Pick up/drop from Guwahati Airport with Group. In Hilly route AC won't run.
Guided Trekking to Living root bridge and Mawsmai cave. Entry fee and permit for National Parks, heritage villages and Monuments.
Services of a Tour Manager, experienced in taking care of 50+ aged elderly, from 50+ Voyagers Travel and Adventure Club. Goods and Service Tax.
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