I have long been dreaming of travelling to North Eastern states. One day I came up with this crazy idea, travelling to North East states one by one instead waiting for an annual leave.
Is it worth to spend so much only for one or two locations? To be honest, I am a big miser but my wife isn’t. She loved the idea, immediately blocked our calendar for Janmashtami weekend. My boss who is as sweet as a Kashmiri apple, too accepted one day leave during a pressure-cooker like situation and increased the count to 4 days.
My North East excursion started with Meghalaya on 25th Aug. We took an early morning flight to Guwahati followed by a road travel to the picture perfect village Mawlynnong — the cleanest village in Asia, close to Bangladesh border.
It was dark when we reached Mawlynnong. We haven’t booked our accommodation so I knocked one of the house and requested for a night shelter. The lady at the door apologised (yes, apologised!) as her mother was unwell, she suggested another house which had a tree house with a machan that looks onto the Bangladesh border. I was sold as soon as I heard that.
It was a night of scary thunderstorm and we were on top of a tree. What I experienced next was an unimaginable visuals of red lightening.
The next day we started early to discover the village and its surroundings. Cleanest village in Asia wasn’t an empty boast. It is a delight to see so many colourful flowers, beautiful trees, yellow orchids and cleanliness all around. It was as if somebody had painted a sketch.
Ten minutes from the village we saw a living root bridge. This is a smaller one compared to the Double Decker at Cherrapunji but this too was quite impressive. Roots of two huge trees gotten intertwined and formed a bridge.
The next in our agenda was Dawki, a hello to our friendly neighbour Bangladesh.
While driving back I saw the first layer of cloud, started to feel the mist on my face, a sign board says — Welcome to Cherrapunji.
It’s August, and we are in the world’s rainiest and wettest place. The scenery started changing as it started pouring. A feeling of being in a place where nature is at its best, a first-hand experience the phenomenon of being in the rainiest place in the rainiest month of the year. It was a long and tiring day, we were lucky to get a government resort close to the seven sister’s waterfall.
We started our day 3 with a 6 hrs trek to Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge, the only one of its kind in the world. On the way to the double decker bridge, we crossed two steel cable bridges. They were pretty shaky and surrounded by raging waterfalls, frightening in a way but amazingly impressive at the same time.
The high point of our travel was DD. I was amazed with the first sight of massive double decker living root bridge, you really have to see it to believe it.
Repetition doesn’t create a memory, new experiences do. Four days or fourteen days, doesn’t matter!