How are the sports at NIT Meghalaya
You will be picked up from Guwahati Airport and taken directly to Meghalaya in the capital Shillong, 120 km away. Until 1972 Shillong was the capital of the Assam area founded by the British.
Today it is simply a modern Indian city that has retained a bit of its British colonial charm.
Today we start on our bikes with a tour into the Mawphlang forest. This forest is considered sacred by the Khasi. The Khasi are the indigenous tribe of the region.
Today we will be housed on a farm near the sacred forest.
Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth, is located at the southernmost tip of the eastern Khasi Mountains. This is where the Indian mountains end and the plains of Bangladesh begin. Today we will have a spectacular bike ride through Khasi villages and deep forested valleys on winding roads. We will spend the night in the small village of Laitkynsew, which is located a little behind Cherrapunjee on the last hills of the chain and offers a beautiful view of the lush plains of Bangladesh. We stay in a resort.
Day 4 Cherrapunjee hike to the "Living Root Bridges"
This day hike takes us down to the bottom of the valley to the village of Nongriat. The living root bridges are unique in this area and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
The Khasis use the growth behavior of the roots of the Ficus Elastica to cross raging rivers. These trees are endemic to the region and grow mainly between rocks by bodies of water.
Some of these bridges are more than 500 years old. We walk across the bridges from village to village. The numerous water holes invite you to take a pleasant bath. Today we stay in a small pension near the bridges.
Activity: Hike 4 km / 3 hours
Day 5 Cherrapunjee - Hike to Sohra
From the valley we hike a narrow path in the dense forest up to Sohra. Today we will overcome 1200 meters of altitude! Once at the top, our vehicle will bring us back to our accommodation from the day before.
Activity: Hike 7 km / 4-6 hours
Day 6 Cherrapunjee - Mawlynnong
Mawlynnong, a small village with 90 houses, is known as "Asia's cleanest village". Here the people live from the cultivation of betel nuts and broom grass. The grass is bundled and then sold as brooms across the country.
The bike tour itself takes us on small roads through valleys and forests. We will spend the night in a small inn above a river.
Activity: bike 80 km / 6-8 hours
Day 7 Mawlynnong
We use today to explore the area and experience life in a real traditional Khasi village. We explore waterfalls, natural swimming pools, fish and other tree bridges. We will be staying in the same accommodation as the day before.
Activity: your choice of bike or hiking
Day 8 Mawlynnong - Jowai
We leave the village and cycle along the border with Bangladesh with the fertile plains of Bangladesh on the right and the mountains of India on the left. The route features countless waterfalls and rivers that flow into neighboring Bangladesh. We reach the next district and the administrative center of the Jainta Mountains, Jowai.
Activity: bike 70 km / 6-8 hours + 25 km transfer
Day 9 Jowai - Shillong
Our last day on the bike brings us first to Nartiang. The village of Nartiang is known for the summer palace of the Jainta King, whose capital was Jaintapur.
The palace is located on a hill about 2 km above the Nartiang market. Everywhere in the Khasi and Jainta Mountains there are the fascinating monoliths (large boulders). The largest cluster is north of Nartiang Market. The largest of them was erected by Lieutenant U Mar Phalyngki to underscore his victory in a battle. The monoliths were erected by the various tribes between the 16th and 19th centuries.
Our bike tour ends here and after we have explored the monoliths we continue by car to Shillong and we close our travel loop.
Activity: Bicycle 25 km / 2-3 hours (longer possible as an option), transfer to Shillong
Day 10 Shillong - Kaziranga National Park
The Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a very high density of tigers and the highest number of unicorned wet horns. There is also the Asian water buffalo, the Asian elephant, the Ganges river dolphin, the golden jackal and many more.
It is a long drive to the National Park in Assam. But due to good road conditions we will reach our destination 250 km away in about 6 hours. In the evening we go on a jeep safari.
Activity: Transfer 250 km / 6 -7 hours, jeep safari 1 x
Day 11 Kaziranga National Park
We start the day early with a safari through the park on the back of an elephant - so we can get particularly close to the animals living in the wild. The high grass in the morning mist on an elephant, surrounded by rare animals, will be a very special experience.
Later we continue with the jeep.
Activity: elephant safari 1 x, jeep safari 2 x
Day 12 Kaziranga National Park - Sapoi tea plantations
After breakfast we will drive to the north bank of the Brahmaputra. We cross the Kolia Bhumura Bridge and stop for a small boat trip to see the Ganges dolphin. Our destination is the Sapoi tea plantations, because, more than anything else, Assam is famous for its tea! We will live on the tea plantation.
Activity: boat trip, transfer 100 km / 4-5 hours
Day 13 Sapoi tea plantation
A relaxed day in which we explore the tea plantations and get to know the daily work of the tea pickers. We also visit the tea factory. The 700 acre plantation has been owned by the Kanoi family for over 5 generations. We walk through the green plantations and hear the story of tea!
Activity: Hike 7 km / 4-6 hours
Day 14 Sapoi tea plantations- Guwahati
We leave the plantations early in the morning and drive directly to the airport in Guwahati, from where you make your return journey.
Activity: Transfer 150 km / 4-5 hours
It is an active journey with bike tours and hiking. A certain basic fitness level and enjoyment of exercise are therefore required. However, the daily distances to be overcome are moderate.
We are in a largely undeveloped region of India for tourism. The main purpose of this trip is to get to know the culture of the ethnic peoples and to experience the nature of the states of Meghalaya and Assam.
A certain degree of open-mindedness, curiosity and willingness to compromise is recommended.
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