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Shillong, Nartiang Monoliths, Cherrapunjee And More

Shillong, Nartiang Monoliths, Cherrapunjee And More

A historically significant place, the monolith park at Nartiang village holds the remnants of the summer Palace of the Jaintia kings. A large number of monoliths, small and big, from centuries back, are kept here. This Nartiang trip takes you to what was at a time, the summer kingdom of the Jaintia kings – Jaintiapur. This trip also takes you to other beautiful parts of Meghalaya such as Cherrapunjee, Mawsynram, Dawki, Shnongpedeng, Malwynnog to name a few.

Meghalaya Itinerary for 10 Days – Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Nartiang, Mawsynram

One of the best ways to spend 9 – 10 days in Meghalaya. A great mix of offbeat travel in Meghalaya and popular places to visit.

    • Day 1 – Guwahati To Shillong
    • Day 2 – Shillong Local
    • Day 3 – Shillong – Nartiang – Laitlum – Shillong
    • Day 4 – Shillong – Sacred Grove – Heritage Village – Shillong
    • Day 5 – Shillong – Cherrapunjee
    • Day 6 – Cherrapunjee – Living Root bridge (Nongriat) – Cherrapunjee
    • Day 7 – Cherrapunjee – Mawsynram – Cherrapunjee
    • Day 8 – Cherrapunjee – Mawlynnong
    • Day 9 – Mawlynnong – Guwahati

Shillong, Nartiang, Laitlum Trip Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Guwahati To Shillong

Get picked by North East Explorers representative from the airport. On your way to Shillong, also known as the Scotland of the East, stop by at the gorgeous Umiam lake and soak-in its grandeur. With Umiam done, head to your wonderfully located Khasi home-stay in Shillong and relax before heading out again. In the evening, head to the main market area to get an idea of the town’s nightlife.

Day 2 – Shillong Local

Start your day at leisure. Today you will start exploring Shillong, Scotland of the East. There are wonderful places like the Khasi Heritage Museum, the Don Bosco Cathedral, Ward’s Lake, Lady Hydari Park, and Police Bazar – the heart of Shillong to explore in the entire day. Take it easy, have some Khasi lunch and enjoy Shillong at your own pace.

Day 3 – Shillong – Nartiang – Laitlum – Shillong

Today, after a relaxed start from your homestay, you head to two interesting places. The close to thousand-year-old monoliths of the Jaintia kingdom, all collected in a non-descriptive ‘park’ in the village of Nartiang. After that, you head to the grand canyon of the North East, aka, the Laitlum canyons. Watch the gorgeousness all around and spend as much time as you want here, until sunset.

Day 4 – Shillong – Sacred Grove – Heritage Village – Shillong

Today you will get a glimpse of one of the most sacred places of the local Khasi tribe, the Mawphlang sacred grove. Take a guided walk in the forest and listen to the stories of the past kings and queens of the Khasi people and their way of life. After coming out from the immersive walk, take a walk around the Khasi heritage village nearby which will give you a peek into the actual Khasi style of villages of the yesteryear.

Day 5 – Shillong – Cherrapunjee

Today you will step your foot to the rainiest place of the planet, Cherrapunjee. While Cherrapunjee itself is famous for its heavenly weather and breathtaking views, the waterfalls and valleys en-route are no less. Some of which you will be seeing today. The probable list is as follows:

  • Shillong Peak
  • Elephant falls
  • Mawkdok Viewpoint
  • Wha Kaba falls
  • Arwah Caves
  • Dainthlen Falls
  • Nonkalikhai Falls
  • Mawsmai Caves

Check-in into your simple but very welcoming homestay in Cherrapunjee.

Day 6 – Cherrapunjee – Living Root bridge – Cherrapunjee

Today will be the day when you see the bio-engineering marvel, the Living Root Bridges of Nongriat. Start from Cherrapunjee and head to the tiny village of Tyrna. Your trek to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge starts from here. It’s going to be a long day so, don’t forget your munchies and toffees. By the time you come back, the daylight would have almost given way to dusk. From there, drive to your Khasi homestay in Cherrapunjee for the night.

Day 7 – Cherrapunjee – Mawsynram – Cherrapunjee

Go on a day – trip to Mawsynram, a neighboring region of Cherrapunjee known for its gorgeous vistas and high rainfall. A perfect trip if you are planning to do nothing – wonderful for landscape photographers.

Day 8 – Cherrapunjee – Mawlynnong

Start for what is known as Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong. The drive is a beautiful one so, sit back and relax but don’t get too relaxed to not take a break or two on the way, just to soak in the beauty around. Perched atop a bunch of hills, the village sits right at the frontier between India and Bangladesh. Walk up the sky-bridge to have a look at the Bangladesh plains below. Check-in to a very simple but nice village home for the night and have you your dinner there. No option of eating out today. Also, on your way, stop by at the village of Riwai and visit the Living Root Bridge there.

Day 9 – Mawlynnong – Guwahati

Wake – up early and take a stroll around the village. Explore its hundred-year-old church, the narrow lanes of the village and learn about how the village is kept spotlessly clean by watching the villagers, kids to oldies, playing their part in keeping the village clean. Post breakfast, head back to Guwahati.

The Inclusions and Exclusions for this trip to Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Nartiang, Mawlynnong tour are as follows:

Inclusions
  • A dedicated vehicle with driver cum guide for the entire stay.
  • Accommodation for all nights in twin sharing basis in local homestays/monastery/hotel.
  • Breakfast starting day 2 till last day.
  • Local guide wherever required.
  • All toll-charges as required.
Exclusions
  • Any personal/sanitary/medical expenses.
  • Any extension in the number of days stay.
  • Food and snacks.
  • Parking & entry fee anywhere.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ section.
  • 5% GST.

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Reshma Narasing
Reshma Narasing
13:25 28 Dec 19
I am a solo female traveler and a travel blogger, and travel independently most of the time. I was on a long trip to... north eastern states of India, and I took a trip with North East Explorers to Arunachal, having heard very little of this state. And it was the best thing to do! They organized a perfect trip, took me to the hidden gems of Arunachal, and I enjoyed my time with the locals, experienced local food, got a glimpse of their culture, and would not have wanted to travel in Arunachal in any other way! They are not your typical travel company. They offer customers what they want and more, and your money is worth and so is your time. You can get customized trips according to your budget, and plan trips as per your preferences. You will get a fulfilling customer service until your trip is over. North East Explorers are handsdown the best way to travel in north east India.read more
Neha Pandey
Neha Pandey
09:03 18 Nov 19
The trip was very well organised. Our trip operator Rajiv Verma was very quick in responding throughout our... communication. He was very helpful in sorting out any queries and issues throughout the trip. The trip was designed well to cover all the best spots throughout Meghalaya. We had an experienced driver who accompanied us through the trip provided by NE Explorers. Rajiv customised our trip the way we wanted to. He also suggested what is best for us. His mail included all details of inclusions and exclusion. So, there was no confusion at all with him. Highly recommend them. I have travelled a lot and booked trips with D Paul's and Make my trip. But, NE Explorers I really wanted to try because they were the local operators. And, they have really impressed me.Had a lovely time. It was so relaxed and easy thanks to them for taking care of everything so amazingly!!! 10/10 would definitely get in touch with them soon for our next travel plans !!!read more
wilson mathews
wilson mathews
07:38 18 Jun 19
We had a great and unforgettable experience in Arunachal pradesh (Dirang -Tawang- Bum la pass). Right from the minute... we landed in Guwahati, Rajiv took us under his wing. He made sure that we were taken care of every minute. The itinerary was followed to the tee. The driver Mr.Kamal handled the rough terrains expertly. The picturesque villages and streams were quite a sight. The homestays arranged were clean and the owners received us with great love. They looked after us as if we were their own family. The homestay in Tawang (Dondrub homestay) definitely deserves 5 stars. In all this was one of the most memorable vacations we took. Looking forward to another trip with North East explorersread more
Rahul Maheshwari
Rahul Maheshwari
08:26 10 Jun 19
We had a wonderful trip of North East organized by Rajiv from Northeast explorers. I searched for north east tour... operators and based on positives reviews shortlisted Northeast explorers. Rajiv, demonstrated his knowledge of the region and experience he has gained in this field. He clearly mentioned about stay only in homestays during the entire journey as he does not deal with hotels. After having communication with Rajiv we agreed on itinerary (Guwahati-Shillong-Cherrapunji-Mawlynong-Guwahati-Dirang-Tawang-Dirang-Guwahati) started our beautiful journey. Special mention to our expert driver cum guide Topeswar who was very knowledgeable and also took us to good restaurants along the trip. Also, Rajiv from NE Explorers was constantly in touch with us over phone/whatsapp while we traveled giving us tips. The homestays were mostly good except the one in Mawlynong which is small village. I have one feedback here if they can provide couple of homestays options in advance at each place to choose from then that would be great. Rest all was very good and especially host at Tawang homestay was amazing and helped us in Bumla trip. Overall a very mesmerizing experience. I would definitely recommend North East Explorers.read more
Arun Madhavan Govindarajan
Arun Madhavan Govindarajan
03:03 22 May 19
We were 6 people and went on an amazing trip this year to the NE thanks to Rajiv. From the very first interactions... that we have had with him, it has been plesant experience. He takes personal care with the planning of the trip, hand picks the places that we stay in and overall makes the experience a memorable one. The places you stay are all homestays, which is the speciality that Rajiv offers. We were initially skeptical about the same, but Rajiv assured that this was the best part of the travel where you get the feel of a home like stay. He was indeed correct. you can get to experience the genuine love of NE people through these home stay. They were well prepared for our arrival and took great care of us. Travelling with a 5 year old, this was very important. Most importantly the our driver Nagesh who accompanied us through the trip was very knowledgeable. He understands your tastes and preferences very quickly and chooses restaruants very wiesly. The plan that he does is also pretty amazing. A couple of times where we started late, we still did not find the pinch of time and were able to see all the places we had to cover, thanks to Nagesh. This he does without overspeeding. A very careful driver and a wonderful person to interact with. The most unusual part of the trip is the followup you get from Rajiv. He calls you couple of times every day, takes personal care in ensuring that everything is fine. We also met him on the way, where he says that he makes is a point to meet his guests atleast once during their journey. Very different from a lot of tourist operators who get you started with a trip and don't care from there. During our trip we had an unfortunate emergency. The urgency with which both Nagesh and Rajiv helped us out through the same was quite amazing.They took a lot of care in ensuring that we got all the help possible during the time of crisis which meant a lot to us. Overall we had a very memorable experience of the NE, thanks to Rajiv. I would definitely explore more of NE and would definitely do that wth the help of Rajiv and his team.read more
Naveenkumar Muguda
Naveenkumar Muguda
11:01 21 May 19
We had a wonderful trip of Meghalaya organized by Northeast explorers. Their website was informative, Rajeev was... knowledgeable, itinerary was well planned, we got a comfortable car with a safe driver. Then why 3 stars? 1 )The driver Vicky, wanted to start the day late and worse would delay it further. This resulted in we not completing the itinerary 2) repeated complaints to Rajeev didn't help 3) At the Dorki river, the driver colluded with locals and forced us to take a costlier package. 4) The driver would skip items from the itinerary, when it suited him and this was done silently at times. 5) even after factoring in perks(planning, website etc), the trip cost was way more costly compared to what others paid for same homestays and transport. This was the observation of other patrons of Northeast explorers. We loved the Northeast, Northeast explorers not so much.read more
Philipp Z
Philipp Z
16:07 08 Apr 19
We had a fantastic trip in guwahati and kaziranga. Jamerr is a very nice and safe driver, who brought us to very good... restaurants and shows us some nice places of Assam. The homestay houses have been very clean and nice hosts took care of us and our wishes. Safari was well organized. We skipped the morning safari to take another visit i kamakya temple in guwahati. The agency was very flexible and always answered very fast to our questions. Some Things which haven't been like we imagine, has been cleared and fixed immediately always to our contentment. We had a great time in India and especially in clear and green Assamread more
jakub chmelik
jakub chmelik
13:00 05 Jan 19
We are living 4,5 years in India and we decided to discover also North East. We googled travel agents and we started... communication with North East Explorers to prepare our trip. North East Explorers, especially Rajiv Verma, prepared for us wonderful itinerary and we spent amazing holidays in North East. We enjoyed individual trip to Assam and Meghalaya with excellent selections of homestay´s with clean places, excellent foods and amazing owners. Driver Nagesh was very helpful and fulfilled every our wish. In 2nd part of our trip we joined prepared catalogue trip to Nagaland. We spent wonderful time with the rest of the group at Hornbill Festival and continue with our adventure in deep Nagaland till Myanmar border. Also in this collective part of our holiday we enjoy selection of hotels and driver of our traveler. During both parts of our trip we enjoyed also all guides selected by Rajiv and accompanied us to life roots bridges and other parts of Scotland of East or in wonderfull clean villages of wild Nagaland. We would like to thank you to Rajiv and North East Explorers for wonderful holiday.read more
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