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Meghalaya Monsoon Tour

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  • Best Season - September October

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Meghalaya, aptly named "Abode of Clouds" in Sanskrit. The state's moniker rings true with its abundant rainfall, contributing to its recognition as home to some of the wettest places on Earth (Sohra and Mawsynram). This very precipitation, acting as a sculptor over millennia, has carved a breathtaking landscape, creating a haven for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts.

For those raised amidst Meghalaya's verdant hills and cascading waterfalls, traditional amusement parks pale in comparison. The state itself is a natural playground, offering an unparalleled experience unlike any other.

Trip Highlights:

Immerse yourself in the captivating monsoon season of Meghalaya, a haven for nature enthusiasts seeking to explore the wonders of the world's rainiest region. From cascading waterfalls hidden amongst verdant jungles to pristine natural pools brimming with rain-fed rivers, this unique period unveils a captivating spectacle. Prepare for a refreshing adventure amidst the lush greenery, equipping yourself with reliable rainwear to navigate the exhilarating showers.

  1. Hikes to root bridges and secret handpicked swimming spots
  2. Hidden waterfalls of Sohra and Pongtung.
  3. Visit Sohra and Mawsynram, both of which hold Guinness world records for the amount of rainfall they receive- all in this season.
  4. River canyoning to Umkhakoi
  5. Visit the very few local musicians who still play traditional Khasi instruments and witness their art.

Highlights

DayStarting PointEnding PointDriving TimeExperienceMeal PlanStay
1GuwahatiSohra4.5 hoursArrive in Guwahati Airport by 11:00 AM, Nongpoh, Umiam Lake, Wahniangleng (if weather and time permits)-Resort in Sohra
2Sohra1-2 hoursWaterfalls, caves and spots in SohraBreakfast, LunchResort in Sohra
3SohraPongtung3 hoursMawkyrnot Living Root Bridges- Pynter Village and Traditional Music ExperienceBreakfast, LunchGuesthouse in Pongtung
4PongtungShillong2.5 hoursSecret Waterfalls and Ancient Trails in and around Pongtung- Evening at ShillongBreakfastHomestay in Shillong
5Shillong6 hoursDay trip to Mawlyngbna - Water activities at Mawlyngbna- Split Rock HikeBreakfast, LunchHomestay in Shillong
6ShillongGuwahati Airport3.5 hoursDrive to Guwahati AirportBreakfast-

Note: On Day 1, you will need to land in Guwahati by 11:20 am at the latest. Our trip will start from Guwahati Airport by 11:40 am. On Day 6, you have to book a return flight any time after 2:30 pm.

Immerse yourself in a thrilling adventure as you ascend from the vibrant plains of Guwahati into the misty embrace of Meghalaya. Brace yourself for the chance to encounter the state's renowned monsoons, adding a touch of magic to your journey through the captivating landscapes.

Our meticulously crafted itinerary begins with a picturesque stop at the majestic Umiam Lake. From there, we delve deeper into the heart of Meghalaya, arriving at the charming hill station of Sohra, also known as Cherrapunjee. As the day draws to a close, we settle into our comfortable accommodation in Sohra, allowing you to unwind and savor the serenity of your surroundings.

Overnight in Sohra

Awaken to the vibrant energy of Meghalaya, where your outdoor adventure truly begins. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, savoring the anticipation of the day's discoveries. Remember, the sun sets early in these hills, allowing for a unique pace to your exploration.

Nestled amidst the captivating East Khasi Hills, Sohra unfolds its wonders. This region is a tapestry of cascading waterfalls, pristine natural pools, awe-inspiring living root bridges, enigmatic caves, and diverse flora and fauna. Beyond the breathtaking landscapes, you'll encounter the warmth and hospitality of the local communities that call this region home.

Led by our local experts, we'll venture off the beaten path and unveil hidden gems untouched by crowds. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature, free from noise and distractions. As the sun dips below the horizon, we'll journey towards your comfortable overnight stay in Sohra.

In the evening, gather around crackling fires, sharing stories and forging connections with your fellow travellers under the starlit sky.

Overnight in Sohra

ollowing a leisurely breakfast, we embark on another day of discovery. Venture beyond the tourist track as your local guides lead you to hidden gems - the lesser-known living root bridges of Mawkyrnot. Immerse yourself in the age-old Khasi tradition of crafting these remarkable structures, woven from the very roots of nature. Gain priceless insights from our guides, passionate about preserving this cultural heritage. They will unveil the fascinating stories these bridges whisper, offering a glimpse into the soul of the Khasi community.

After a day enveloped by verdant landscapes and the marvels of living root bridges, we journey to Pynter. Here, prepare for a truly unique immersion into the vibrant musical tapestry of Meghalaya. Renowned for its talented musicians and enthusiastic audiences, a trip wouldn't be complete without experiencing this integral aspect of the state's cultural identity. Witness rare, traditional instruments come alive in the hands of skilled local artists, offering a window into a cherished heritage. In the peaceful evening hours, return to your comfortable accommodation in Pongtung.

Overnight in Pongtung

Following a morning breakfast, we embark on a thrilling adventure led by our local expert. Get ready to explore hidden gems well off the beaten path, donning your swimwear and hiking shoes for an unforgettable day. The hikes we'll undertake are moderate in difficulty, with each leg lasting a maximum of 40 minutes. As we navigate through diverse landscapes, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking waterfalls and secluded pools, offering refreshing dips and immersive experiences amidst nature's beauty.

After uncovering the wonders of Pynursla, we journey towards Shillong, arriving in the evening. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local markets and savor delectable cuisine at your leisure.

After a refreshing breakfast, we delve into the heart of Meghalaya's diverse natural landscape. Our experienced guides lead you on an exhilarating 3-hour river canyoning adventure in Mawsynram, nestled within the East Khasi Hills. Embrace the rush of adrenaline as you navigate the thrilling twists and turns of the canyon.

Following this refreshing experience, we savour a delectable local lunch in a nearby village. With your appetite satiated, embark on a captivating exploration of the region's hidden gems alongside our knowledgeable guides. Discover the Split Rock's unique geological formation and witness the serene beauty of Umkakhoi Lake, where you can enjoy a scenic kayaking experience as the sun paints the sky in vibrant hues. As twilight descends, uncover the fascinating story of fossilized treasures in this remarkable location.

Returning to your comfortable homestay, gather for an evening filled with heartwarming stories, engaging games, and refreshing local beverages. Unwind and connect with fellow travellers as you share the day's unforgettable experiences.

Overnight in Shillong

Fuel up with breakfast, then say "See ya later" to the rolling hills of Meghalaya. We'll cruise back to the vibrant plains of Assam in a breezy 3.5-hour drive. Here's your chance to decide: continue your adventure to your next stop, or soar back home with memories that'll make your friends green with envy (seriously, the photos will be epic!).

No matter what you choose, we'd love to have you back for more North East adventures! We've got a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered, each one more thrilling than the last. So, stay tuned, and we'll see you soon for another unforgettable expedition!

P.S. Don't forget to share your epic Meghalaya snaps with us - we love seeing your adventures come to life!

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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!

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Inclusions

  • Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation (twin sharing) Transport to and from Guwahati airport in a Tempo Traveller
  • Breakfast on all days except Day 1
  • Lunch on Day 2, 3, and 5
  • Local guide on Day 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Trip Lead throughout the trip
  • All expenses related to the vehicle and the pilot
  • All activities at Mawlyngbna (River Canyoning, Waterfall Trek, Kayaking, Split Rock) Pynter Music Experience
  • Bonfires wherever required

Exclusions

  • Airfare charges
  • All food & beverages costs apart from the ones mentioned above
  • Any camera fees
  • Hotel & driver tips (since the locals earn low wages, your tips will show your appreciation) Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc.
  • Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Inclusions".



Frequest Questions

1. How is the trip organised?

  • For the proper organization of Backpacking Trips and Himalayan treks, Plan the Unplanned team is associated with a local experienced team Chalo Hoppo

    Moreover, we have been working with them for 7 years. Their highly skilled staff with 20+ years of experience, professional local guides and trained trek leaders are the reasons for our continuing partnership with them. The team shall manage all operations, medical and mechanical backup starting from the base location.

    Only when we have over 8 bookings from Bangalore, do we send our leaders from Bangalore.

    NoteTo properly utilize resources, a batch from PTU is clubbed with trekkers who originally book with the local team. This is how all trekking organizations manage their treks. An exclusive PTU batch is only formed when we have a majority of bookings ( over 8 and above ) from PTU

2. What type of properties are we staying at?
We'll be staying at simple homestays, guesthouses and resorts
throughout the trip. None of the properties on the trip are boutique/luxurious. They are all clean, comfortable and hygienic and have been vetted by our team! Note - Some of the properties have different categories of rooms and the allocation of rooms will be random and at CHaloHoppo's discretion.

3. What are the meals that are provided and what about the ones not included?
places provide simple breakfast that ranges from Poori + Vegetables to Sandwiches, Bread, Butter, and Omelettes.
The lunches that are included are usually simple home-cooked
Khasi meals (Rice, Dal, Vegetables, Meat, Pickles) that are apt while hiking or engaging in water activities.
Other meals can be ordered at the place of stay or nearby restaurants. You have options for all cuisines in Shiillong, Pongtung and Sohra

5.    Room sharing
Rooms are shared on twin sharing basis. In case you are a solo traveller, you will be paired up with another solo traveller of the same gender.

6. What time do we need to book our flights?
On Day 1, you will need to land in Guwahati by 11:20 am at the latest. Our trip will start from Guwahati Airport by 11:40 am. On Day 6, you have to book a return flight any time after 2:30 pm.

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