When you look around, the clouds will bow down to kiss you, the trees will conspire to hug you, and the people will come together to make you smile. A place as magical as its name, Meghalaya is truly about romancing with the clouds. With a beautiful sunrise at 5 a.m. in the morning and sunset at 5 p.m., Every day we will start our journey as early as possible for the best views.
It’s a place where every single step you take is an exploration within yourself, where every single day you live is a fulfilling experience, and every single minute you spend urges you to think: “Is this my imagination? Or am I really living this? Meghalaya tour will make you live your wildest imaginations.
So why just imagine? Let us make it into a reality. Join us, as we take you on the journey of your dreams, the Meghalaya trip!
Guwahati – Shillong – Cheerrapunjee – Nongriat Village – Dawki- Shongpedeng – Shillong – Guwahati
Meghalaya Tour package:
Multiple Sharing: ₹22,000/- per person
Dual Sharing: ₹24,000/- per person
NOTE: Block your seat at just ₹5000/- and pay the rest 25 days before the trip date.
Day 1: Guwahati to Shillong | Sightseeing in Shillong
- Report at Guwahati Airport at 11 am and prelude the Meghalaya trip.
- 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.
Day 2: Shillong to Cherrapunji | Elephant Falls, Garden of Caves, Wei Sawdong
- Following an early morning breakfast, we’ll set off towards Dawki, renowned for its captivating turquoise Dawki river, resembling a pristine glass surface.
- En route, we’ll explore the enchanting Krang Shuri waterfall, a gem among Meghalaya’s cascading wonders. Additionally, we’ll visit Laitlum Canyons, offering a panoramic vista of Meghalaya’s verdant valleys.
- Upon reaching Dawki, we’ll settle into our riverside camps in the tranquil village of Shnongpdeng. As evening descends, we’ll gather around a crackling bonfire.
- A delicious dinner will be served, followed by an overnight stay in the cozy camps at Shnongpdeng.
Day 3: Cherrapunji | Seven Sisters Waterfall, Double Decker Living Root Bridge
- Following breakfast, our day kicks off with a dose of adventure, featuring activities like Cliff Jumping, Boating, and Snorkeling in the glistening river.
- After this thrilling session, we’ll journey towards Cherrapunji, renowned for its living root bridges and the copious rainfall it receives annually.
- En route, we’ll pass through the Indo-Bangla Border, stopping by Mawlynnong, acclaimed as Asia’s cleanest village, resembling a vast orchard of lush green canopies. This idyllic village also treats us to stunning vistas of the adjacent plains of Bangladesh.
- Upon our arrival in Cherrapunji, we’ll settle into our hotel for a comfortable night’s stay.
Day 4: Nongriat to Shnonpedeng | Umngot River
- Following an early morning breakfast, we’ll embark on a visit to the mesmerizing Seven Sister falls, an awe-inspiring seven-segmented waterfall gracefully cascading along a rugged cliff. Subsequently, we’ll explore the renowned Mawsmai Caves, sculpted from limestone, with exquisite stalactites adorning their ceilings, imparting a mystical allure.
- Next on our itinerary is a journey to Nongriat village, where we’ll commence a trek to the iconic Double Decker Living Roots Bridge. This trail promises an enriching experience with the melodious rush of the river, a kaleidoscope of vibrant butterflies, and the captivating embrace of the forest.
- Afterward, we’ll return to the hotel in Cherrapunji for a tranquil overnight stay.
Day 5: Shnonpedeng to Shillong | Krangshuri Waterfall
- After early morning breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and head towards Shillong.
- En route, We will visit the Nohkalikai waterfall which is the tallest plunge waterfall in Meghalaya with a staggering height of 1,115 ft. We’ll also visit Garden of Caves, near Cherrapunji, which is a naturally decorated wonderland with caves, rocky hills, waterfalls, streams, and lush greenery.
- Upon arrival in Shillong, we’ll check in to our hotel where we will spend the night.
Day 6: Shillong to Guwahati | Laitlum Canyon
- Following an invigorating early morning breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to our hotel rooms and begin our journey back to Guwahati. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at the renowned Umiam Lake, one of the largest artificial lakes in Meghalaya.
- Upon our arrival in Guwahati, the group will disperse, each member heading to their respective cities as per their individual departure schedules.
- This marks the conclusion of our memorable tour. Safe travels!
- Pickup and Drop according to pre-scheduled timings.
- Local sightseeing transportation provided in a comfortable Tempo Traveler/SUV, covering Guwahati to Guwahati.
- Accommodations: Enjoy a two-night stay in hotels at Shillong and Cherrapunji respectively, along with one-night camp accommodation in Shnongpdeng.
- Meal Plan: CP Plan inclusive of 6 meals – 2 meals on Day 2 (Breakfast and Dinner), 1 meal on Day 3 (Breakfast), 1 meal on Day 4 (Breakfast), 1 meal on Day 5 (Breakfast), and 1 meal on Day 6 (Breakfast).
- Engage in thrilling activities like Cliff Jumping, Snorkeling, Boating, and Bonfire (weather permitting).
- The presence of a dedicated Trip Captain throughout the journey for guidance and assistance.
- Inclusive of Parking fees and Entry Tickets to various attractions.
- Local Guide for the Double Decker Bridge excursion.
- Basic first aid
- HikerWolf expertise
- Services of HikerWolf trip leader
- Anything not included in inclusions
- Early Check-in at Hotels
- Any other food or beverage charges that are not included in the package
- Mineral Water
- 5% GST
- Any other costing involved due to any kind of natural calamity forced circumstances, which are out of our control
THINGS TO CARRY
- Most Important your ID proof
- Sunscreen, moisturizer
- Bluetooth speakers
- Insect repellent
- Pair of clothes
- Casual shoes and flip-flops
- Sanitary Kit
- Please avoid wearing Gold and other costly jewellery (at your own risk)
- Personal medicines (if any)An extra bag to keep your wet clothes
Water bottle (Minimum 1-2 litre)
1. In winter the water flow of the waterfalls will be comparatively less.
2. As it’s a backpacking trip, the stays will be provided accordingly.
3. On this trip you will find sunrise at 5 am and sunset at 4:30 pm so be ready to start your day very early!
- HikerWolf reserves the right to cancel the trip if the minimum batch size does not suffice.
- Trip Leaders will only accompany you if there are people more than the minimum batch size otherwise, the trip will be handled virtually.
Yes, you are welcome to join Solo for the Meghalaya tour. We have many Solo Trippers on all of our trips. The Meghalaya trip is planned in such a way that you will not only enjoy yourself but also make new friends with the other fellow trippers.
A group of 15-30 people is preferred on our Meghalaya trip. We prefer smaller groups because we think that a close-knitted group will help us in giving personal care to everyone, and also a small group makes it possible for everyone to know their fellow tourmates better, making the whole experience of the trip more enriching.
Our travel coordinators will accompany you on the Meghalaya trip. HikerWolf’s travel coordinators are professionals, who are experienced in leading and hosting events, managing groups, and organizing various team-building games and activities. This type of team-building activity will help like-minded travellers to mix up, and bond with each other. They will make new friends and enjoy every moment of the trip.
Yes, a bonfire night is included in the Meghalaya trip at Dawaki, where we will be camping beside the Dawki river. Campfire jam, dancing, and soothing music sessions are our specialty. We will have an amazing time sharing stories, laughing, gossiping, and relaxing around the bonfire making memories for a lifetime
Yes, the Meghalaya tour package includes breakfast for the 5 days of the trip and we will also arrange for dinner at Dawki camping site.
For the Meghalaya tour, you should bring warm, woolen clothes as the weather in Meghalaya can be quite unpredictable. It is also essential that you carry waterproof jackets and umbrellas as protection from rain and wind.
People generally visit Meghalaya throughout the year. But, the best time to go for a Meghalaya trip is between October and June. The average temperature during that time ranges between 16°C to 30°C. But, Meghalaya has pleasant weather all year around and hence you can explore its beauty anytime.
Yes, water sport activities like kayaking and boating are included in the Meghalaya tour package. You can enjoy yourselves by having a thrilling experience in the Dawki river, which is the cleanest river of India. These water sports will provide you with a great lifetime experience and you will go back home with lots of memories. Braving the mighty waters, and the huge splashes will quench your thirst for adventure.
17. Will we be assisted by the HikerWolf team to plan our travel from our hometown to meeting the Meghalaya trip?
Yes, as mentioned in the Meghalaya tour packages, we will provide you with complete assistance and guidance required in planning your trip from your hometown to meeting the Meghalaya trip. You are free to choose any mode of transportation, be it train, flight or bus services as per your budget and convenienc
For the Meghalaya tour, we will be using vehicles like Tempo Travelers, Inova, and others alike for transportation.
During the Meghalaya trip, it is important that if you suffer from any particular illness like diabetes or high blood pressure you carry all the specific medications with you and inform us about the same beforehand in case of any emergencies. You must also bring medicines and pills for headache, vomiting, stomach pain, and digestive problems with you on the trip.
There are usually no network issues in Meghalaya. The network connectivity is pretty good. While BSNL gives the best network connection, Reliance Jio also has a good network coverage. However, in remote areas, like villages or when you are exploring the caves down below the connection might fluctuate.
Yes, there are many ATMs available in the main town of Meghalaya. However, although the rural areas do have ATMs they are comparatively fewer in number and you have to wait in long queues for transactions. Therefore it is advisable that you carry sufficient cash with you during the Meghalaya trip.
On the Meghalaya trip, the accommodation that will be given to the trippers will be on a triple sharing basis. Couples who need a dual sharing occupancy will have to pay an additional amount of ₹2500/- per person.
Yes, we can personalize the Meghalaya tour package for you if you have a group of more than 10 people for the trip. You can share your ideas and opinions and after analyzing them we can arrange the trip especially for your group on your preferred date.
Yes, Meghalaya is absolutely a safe place for tourists to visit. The people of Meghalaya are still deeply connected to their roots and culture. The local people are extremely warm and welcoming to the tourists, and even the local authorities are quite friendly, making the place one of the safest states of India.
Yes, Meghalaya is definitely a good place for a honeymoon. Meghalaya itself is the source of alluring dream destinations, having several captivating sites that serve as romantic destinations.
You will come across gigantic waterfalls like the Seven Sisters waterfalls, the Dainthlen Falls, the crystal clear Dawki River, the double decker root bridge and many more gorgeous locations with lush greenery that serve as the perfect backdrop for a romantic honeymoon!
The temperature range of Meghalaya in summer is around 16C°– 31C°. The summers here are quite pleasant with the sun often playing peek-a-boo, hiding behind the clouds, giving an overcast sky. This is the ideal time for adventure seekers to explore the untouched beauty of Meghalaya and the perfectly cool climate also allows you to rest indoors peacefully.
For those who want to learn about the Meghalayan culture, the summer months are also perfect for them as many festivals are held during that time. Shad Suk Mynsiem is one such festival that happens every year in April, which celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Khasi tribe
The temperature range of Meghalaya in winter in Meghalaya is around 4-10°C. The days are quite warm in winter as the sun shines brightly during the daytime, however, the temperature drops significantly at night accompanied by chilly winds. Winters in Meghalaya are about enjoying the foggy weather and exploring the hamlets.
This season also has its fair share of memorable festivals. The Strawberry Festival being the most significant as it celebrates the hard work of farmers as well as the immense production of strawberries during the winter months.
Yes, your children can definitely accompany you on the Meghalaya tour. For 3-8 year-old kids you are required to pay 50% while, for kids 8 years and above you need to make the full payment.
Yes, Meghalaya is one of the safest places for female solo travelers. Women in Meghalaya are very empowered, handling family businesses and following a matrilineal tradition. In recent times many women travel solo to explore the heavenly beauty of Meghalaya.
Some of the famous cuisines found in Meghalaya which you can try on the trip are as follows:
- Jadoh – Jadoh is one of the most popular dishes of Meghalaya. The dish contains red rice served with pork. But you can also enjoy it with fish and chicken. Ingredients like bay leaves, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper make it smell and taste delicious!
- Nakham Bitchi – When in Meghalaya you can also try the Nakham Bitchi for snacks which is a delicious soup made out of Nakham or dried fish. The soup has a thick texture and the spicy chillies make it even more perfect.
- Doh-Khlieh – Another interesting dish of Meghalaya is Doh-Khlieh which is basically a tasty and healthy salad consisting of chillies, onions, and minced pork, often served with bread.
- Tungrymbai – This meal is made out of fermented soya beans and mixed with diced and boiled pork, black sesame, ginger, onion, and other tasty spices which brings out the wonderful flavor!
- Pukhlein – To satiate your sweet tooth, Meghalaya also offers you with its fantastic dish known as Pukhlein which comprises powdered rice, mixed with jaggery. This mixture is fried and after it gets thickened is served with meat or simply as a sweet dish.
Meghalaya is a home to many wild animals. The wildlife commonly found here are barking deer, sambar, elephants, Himalayan Black bear, sloth bear, yellow throated Marten, and large Indian civets.
Predatory animals like leopards, Indian wolves, marbled cats, and Indian wild dogs are also found. Rare birds which inhabit the forests of Meghalaya are the Rufous Necked Hornbill, Himalayan Grey headed Fish Eagle, Blyth’s Baza Painted Stork, Long Billed Vulture, and the Wood Srupe.
One of the rarest animals found in Meghalaya is the clouded leopard which is also one of the most endangered species in India. Meghalaya is also inhabited by the Hoolock Gibbon which is the only ape that is found in India and the Capped Langur, both considered to be endangered species.
Meghalaya has 2 national parks and 4 Wildlife Sanctuaries.
- Balpakram National Park
- Nokrek National Park
- Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary
- Narpuh Wildlife Sanctuary
- Siju Wildlife Sanctuary
- Baghmara Pitcher Plant Sanctuary
The exclusions of the Meghalaya tour package are as follows:
- Anything which is not included in the inclusions list
- Food or beverage charges which are not included in the package
- Costing charges are involved due to any kind of natural calamity, or forced circumstances, which are out of our control.
The trip route for HikerWolf’s Meghalaya tour package will be as follows:
The fastest way to reach Meghalaya is by taking a flight from Mumbai to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati and then a road trip to Shillong through NH6 which is approximately 106 Kms.
The cheapest way to reach Meghalaya from Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore is to take a train to Guwahati from your respective towns. Afterwards, you can board a bus to Meghalaya or Shillong, the road distance between Shillong and Guwahati is around 100 Km via NH6.
The local language of Meghalaya spoken by the people residing there is Khasi. As the region is mainly populated by tribal, the principal languages spoken by the local people include Khasi, Garo, and Pnar. English is the official language which is spoken in Meghalaya.
Meghalaya has many unique shopping items that cannot be found in any other region of India. The most famous of them are products made out of bamboo and cane. There are superbly designed items like mats, boxes, caps, and stools made completely out of bamboo that are both artistic and durable.The other things you can buy when in Meghalaya are as follows:
Shawls and Stoles – The most exquisite, handcrafted shawls and stoles carved in beautiful motifs are famous in Meghalaya, which can be an ideal gift to take back home or use it yourself! The shawls and stoles are available in a wide range of colors and are known to keep the cold at bay!
Handicrafts – Bamboo handicrafts are one of the famous handicrafts found in the local markets of Meghalaya, These handicrafts are usually known for their durability and strength. You can buy vases, bottles, and baskets carved out of the bamboo. Wooden handicrafts, showpieces, and other decorative items are also famous in Meghalaya.
Scottish Clothes – The Scottish dress materials, found in Meghalaya are quite fashionable. They are very beautiful and warm. You can easily make skirts, shirts, or jackets from these dress materials. Also, they come at a cheap price, Rs 250 per metre.
Organic products – Meghalaya has plenty of organic products for you to select from. You can buy delicious jams and jellies which are made from the Meghalayan local fruit called Sohiong, organic peaches, and pineapple, along with fresh turmeric, and cashews. Essential oils like perlia, Cedar, and lemongrass are also bought widely.
The roads in Meghalaya are mostly in good condition. The roads are broader allowing the easy flow of traffic. But some stretches like a patch of road about 10kms from Shillong to Dawki are in a little bad shape. But apart from that places like Cherrapunjee, Mawlynnong, Shillong have great roads, without any curves which you will surely enjoy!
Umroi which is located at a distance of about 35kms from Shillong is the nearest airport to Meghalaya.The distance between Umroi to Meghalaya is 121.9 kms via NH106. It will take you approximately three and a half hours.
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is the second nearest airport to Meghalaya. It is situated at a distance of 128kms from Shillong. The distance between Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport and Meghalaya is 154.5kms via SH 3.
Meghalaya is a collection of unexplored natural beauty like the aggressive waterfalls, the deep, dark caves, the exotic root bridges, and glistening lakes. The best places to visit in Meghalaya are as follows:
Living root bridge: One of the main attractions in Meghalaya is the living root double-deckered bridge which is made naturally out of intertwined roots by the surrounding trees. It is located at a height of 2400ft and is about 3kms long!
Umiam Lake: The Umiam Lake is another interesting place to visit, especially for adventure-lovers as they can enjoy yachting, boating, and skiing in it. This artificial lake used for hydroelectric power generation by storing the water via the damming process is located at a gorgeous location, encircled by the lush green Sylvian hills.
Maswami Caves and Arwah Caves: Made out of limestones, fossils of dead animals, shells, with scary stalagmites and stalactites hanging, the Maswami and Arwah caves are both a major tourist spot. You can venture inside upto 150mts and explore them.
Nohkalikai Falls: The mighty Nohkalikai falls plunges down from a height of 1,115ft and creates a massive green pool down below which is truly a great sight to behold.
Mawlynnong village: One of the greatest romantic getaways is the Mawlynnong village which is the cleanest village in Asia. The place is famous for the awe-inspiring natural beauty and the mesmerizing root bridges.
Dawki-Umngot river: The Umngot river in Dawki is so clean and crystal clear that you can even see the reflection of your boat clearly. Located close to the Bangladesh border, Dawki is surrounded by dense green forests and is perfect for clicking stunning pictures.
The serene beauty of Meghalaya also offers a spectacular option for adventure sports. The following are the most anticipated and celebrated adventure activities in Meghalaya.
- Canyoning – Canyoning is a thrilling activity which can be enjoyed in the waters of Umngot river in Meghalaya. There will be an instructor who will guide you in braving the aggressive water splashes and you will have a great time!
- Trek to Double Decker Living Root Bridge – The trek to the double decker living root bridge in Meghalaya is about an one and a half hour walk amongst dense forests, filled with the sound of ruffling water streams and lots of birds and crickets. It is quite interesting and gives you the experience of a lifetime.
- Cave explorations – Cave explorations comprise the key highlight of the Meghalaya tour. Exploring the Maswami Caves and Arwah Caves is an adventurous activity as you witness the dark, curving rocks made of limestones and marvel at how deep they go!
Ziplining: Ziplining at Cherrapunji is a must do activity while on the Meghalaya tour. The rush and feel of ziplining, gliding across in the air, amongst the clouds looking down upon the beautiful valley at Mawkdok and Dympep will give you a superb adrenaline rush!
Yes, you can drink alcohol only during the night. Smokers can smoke, provided that they don’t make the others around them or the non-smoking people uncomfortable.
Some of the notable cultural facts about Meghalaya are as follows:
Literacy: Meghalaya is the only state which has a literacy rate of 75.48%, higher than the average literacy rate of India, which is 74.4%.
Matrilineal tradition: Meghalaya is also the only state of India which strictly follows the matrilineal tradition where the inheritance of a family is passed through the women and women here often take over the family business.
Religion: Meghalaya also falls under one of the three states in India which follows Christianity as the chief religion. About 70% of the residents of Meghalaya follow Christianity.
The distance between Shillong and Meghalaya via NH106 is about 96.9kms. It is approximately a three hour journey by road.
Some of the famous markets one can visit in the Meghalaya tour are as follows:
Dawki market: Located along the banks of Dawki river, the Dawki river hosts a wide variety of eateries which serve delicious dishes like rice cakes, spicy non-veg curries, and steamed rice. You can also visit the Dawki Kali Mandir there.
Hat Thymmai: The Hat Thymmai market has loads of items stocked up from daily groceries, essential medicines, organic cosmetics, delicious chocolates, and even a pint of beer. Once a week the market also displays exotic Bangladeshi products.
Gokolgre Daily Market: If you want to try some authentic, local Meghalayan cuisine, then Gokolgre Market is your ideal place! Several grocery items, clothing, and meat shops are also found here.
Lew Sohra Bazaar: The Lew Sohra Bazaar is one of the famous markets of Meghalaya especially for fashion enthusiasts as they provide some of the best jewelleries and accessories at a cheap price! Be it junk jewellery, hats, sandals, or souvenirs like miniature figurines, and wooden items, Lew Sohra Bazaar is a must visit!