Backpacking trip to Meghalaya

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6 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

18 people



Meghalaya Backpacking Trip is a custom-tailored experience including serenity, peace, and adventure all at the same time.

Now, the name Meghalaya has significance. It means the land of clouds in the Sanskrit language. The name is true in all senses as Meghalaya is the wettest place globally and is usually covered with clouds.

Meghalaya is famous for various things and  Limestone Caves is one of them. These caves can also be considered one of the many specialties of the place. Also, the caves have another name for themselves and are rightly called ‘Caves in the Abode of the Clouds’.

Moving on, adventure sport is also one of the reasons people go to Meghalaya. So, activities like trekking, camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, and water sports are all part of the pack here. The peace and serenity of the place mixed with options for unleashing the adventure junkie in you make it one of the perfect destinations to visit in India.

The best time to visit Meghalaya is between October to June when the weather in Meghalaya is nice. During this time, one can enjoy the full experience of visiting Meghalaya.

Avoid the state during heavy rainfall season all you’ll end up with is foot-deep muddy waters all over the place and your trip would be ruined in that case.

Coming back to the attractions, Shillong enjoys a pleasant atmosphere, beautiful lakes, lush green mountains, pine forests, exotic orchids, and more. Which combine to make it one of the finest hill stations in the North East.

While covering 4 essential locations in Meghalaya, Shillong, Cherrapunji, Dawki, and Mawlynnong, we get to explore more. It’s not just about the places but variations in culture, cuisines, rituals followed by the people, and more.

Additionally, In Meghalaya, every other city has its significance. Such as Shillong being the rock capital, Mawlynnong being the cleanest village in Asia, Cherrapunji being the wettest place on Earth, and Dawki being famous for its crystal clear waters.

Due to the reason that all this and more are covered in our itinerary, you’ll be having a fun and memorable trip experience.

Long back in 1970, Meghalaya separated two districts of Assam and got the stature of an autonomous district. Covering an area of 8,660 square miles, it occupies a part of the great Deccan plateau.

The culture and tradition since then are influenced by the history of Meghalaya. It has a mixture of cultures from Bangladesh and other neighboring states.

The Garo, Jaintia, and Khasi tribes in Meghalaya love to spend a peaceful life with meaningful virtues.

The languages in Meghalaya never cause trouble as English is the binding force. The local people communicate with Garo, Khasi, Nepali, and Marathi languages among themselves.

Cherrapunji, the wettest region in the state, is known for receiving the highest rainfall in India. It has the double-decker living root bridge as a popular tourist spot. Tickets are available on weekends.

The weather in Meghalaya is pleasantly cold in the summer. However, carry good warm clothes if you are traveling in winter.

Meghalaya’s backpacking trip is best experienced when it’s a full-fledged road trip. A road trip to Meghalaya will be thrilling as you get to experience the beauty of the hill routes and heritage sites firsthand.

The villages in Meghalaya are clean and the people in Meghalaya are extremely kind. The culture of Meghalaya is based on traditional Buddhist values.

Festivals in Meghalaya reflect the true culture and tradition of the state. The divine heritage of Meghalaya is worth exploring.

A backpacking trip to Meghalaya is perfect as you get to explore some of the best tourist destinations in Meghalaya within a few days.

The itinerary for backpackers in Meghalaya would range from 4 days and 3 nights to 7 days and 6 nights.

The best places to visit in Meghalaya include some of the sparkling waterfalls, trekking points, and hill stations like Shillong.

Some interesting spots for tourists in Meghalaya are Nohkalikai Falls, Umiam Lake, Umngot River in Dawki, Krem Liat Prah, Mawsmai Caves, Laitlum Canyons, and many more.

The most authentic dishes of Meghalaya consist of mainly two ingredients which are pork and rice.  Rice is the staple food of Meghalaya. However, the cuisines in Meghalaya have a unique taste to other neighboring states. Their selection of spices and ways of cooking differs from others.

Meghalaya has serene beauty and rich culture that visitors from all around India and the world enjoy.

Day 1 : Guwahati Arrival | Drive to Shillong (98 Kilometers, 4 Hours)

• The group will assemble at the pick-up point in Guwahati around 10:30 AM where a brief introduction by the trip captain will be provided. • 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 : Drive from Shillong to Shnongpdeng via Laitlum (88 Kilometers, 3 Hours)

• After early morning breakfast, we'll head towards Dawki which is famous for the fascinating turquoise Dawki river that resembles a glass surface • En route, we'd visit the Krang Shuri waterfall which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Meghalaya with its silky cascading water. We'll also be visiting Laitlum Canyons which is a vantage point from where you get to see a panoramic view of the valleys of Meghalaya. • Upon arrival in Dawki, we'll check into our riverside camps in Shnongpdeng which is a small village tucked peacefully within the borders of the town. In the evening, we'll host a bonfire. • Dinner followed by an overnight stay in camps in Shnongpdeng.

Day 3 : Adventure Activities | Drive towards Cherrapunji (90 Kilometers, 3 Hours)

• post breakfast, We'll indulge in adventure activities like Cliff Jumping, Boating, and Snorkeling, in the sparkling river. • Afterward, we'll head towards Cherrapunji which is popular for its living root bridges and for the abundance of rainfall that this town witness every year. • En route, we’ll be traversing the Indo-Bangla Border as we visit Mawlynnong which holds the title of Asia's cleanest village and seems like a vast orchard of green canopies spreading across. The village also offers breathtaking views of the neighboring Bangladesh plains. • Upon our arrival in Cherrapunji, we'll check into our hotel where we'll spend the night.

Day 4 : Trek to Double Decker Bridge | Overnight stay in Cherrapunji

• After early morning breakfast, We'll also visit the Seven Sister falls which is a beautiful seven-segmented waterfall stretching along a rocky cliff. Afterward, we'll be visiting one of the most notable landmarks in Cherrapunji which is the Mawsmai Caves. The caves are made of limestone with stunning stalactites adorning the roofs giving them a mystical charm. • Then we'll head towards Nongriat village and start our trek to the iconic Double Decker Living Roots Bridge. The trail consists of gushing sound of river, cluster of colorful butterflies, and enchanting forests making it extremely fulfilling. • Afterward, we'll head back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cherrapunji.

Day 5 : Drive from Cherrapunji to Shillong (54 Kilometers, 1 Hour)

• 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 Wei Sawdong which is a three-tiered waterfall and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Meghalaya. • Upon arrival in Shillong, we'll check in to our hotel where we will spend the night.

Day 6 : Drive from Shillong to Guwahati via Umiam (98 Kilometers, 4 Hours) | Trip Ends

• After early morning breakfast, we'll check out of our hotel rooms and head back to Guwahati. En route, we'd visit the popular Umiam Lake which is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Meghalaya. • Upon reaching Guwahati, the group will go their separate ways, to their respective cities according to their own scheduled departure. • End of Tour. Note: Book your return flight for this day after consulting with your handler.

  • Pickup & Drop according to fixed timing.
  • Transportation for local sightseeing: In Tempo Traveler/SUV from Guwahati to Guwahati.
  • Accommodations: Two nights accommodation in Hotel in Shillong and Cherrapunji respectively. One night accommodation in camps in Shnongpdeng.
  • Meal plan: (5Breakfast, 5Dinner)
  • All Transportation Permits and Tolls along with driver night charges, parking chargers et cetera are included.
  • 24/7 assistance from our trip leaders and online customer support where you can resolve any issue related to the trip no matter what day or time it is.
  • Any additional expenses of personal nature
  • Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delayed travel.
  • Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
  • Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation from Guwahati to Guwahati.
  • Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.

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What are the best places to visit in meghalaya ?

Meghalaya is truly the gem in the crown that is Northeast India. With sparkling waterfalls, pristine rivers, and tropical forests, it is everything one can wish for in a single place. From adventure activities to a vibrant culture, the state offers a diverse experience to every kind of traveler. There are multitudes of experiences that await in Meghalaya. From delicious cuisine, tribal knowledge, and scenic vistas, there is no end to the palette of experiences that Meghalaya has to offer. There are numerous places to visit in Meghalaya that are popular tourist destinations to know more about the culture, experience adventures, and witness beautiful sceneries. Following are some of those: Cherrapunji: Witness sparkling waterfalls such as Nohkalikai, Seven Sister Falls, and Rainbow Falls. Dawki: Float in the turquoise waters of the Umngot River. Mawsynram: The wettest place in the world. Shillong: The best hill station to experience. You can explore Elephant Falls, go boating in Umiam Lake or simply visit the local markets as well. Mawlynnong Village: Explore the cleanest village in Asia. Baghmara: Go to Baghmara Reserve Forest which is an abode to exotic wildlife that you can get a closer look at.

What is the best time to plan a Meghalaya backpacking trip?

Depending on the kind of trip you're planning and the places you're seeking to explore, anywhere between 4-8 days is enough to explore some of the main attractions of Meghalaya. Since Shillong and Cherrapunji are nearby, one can explore both of these regions in 4-5 days. However, a full-fledged backpacking trip to Meghalaya requires 8 days.

Does meghalaya has an airport ?

Yes, Meghalaya has an airport that is well-connected to other states. Shillong Airport is the city's official airport and is situated at a distance of about 30 km from central Shillong.

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