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6 days backpacker blueprint: Meghalaya

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Availability : 8th-13th Dec'20
Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam
Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 12


Here is The Land Of Wanderlust’s blueprint to a backpacking road trip around the North Eastern states of Meghalaya. A road trip with will start from Shillong and go all the way to the Indo Bangladesh village of Dawki. With a hike to the double decker root bridge in Cherrapunji. These six days will be nothing but magical 

 

Recommended Airport

Guwahati International Airport, Assam 

Meeting Point

KFC Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati

Price Includes

  • All the travel around Meghalaya
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Accommodation (3 to 4 in a room depending on room size)

Price Excludes

  • Travel from home city to Guwahati & Back
  • Camera Fees if any
  • Breakfast = ₹100/day
  • Lunch = ₹150/day
  • Dinner = ₹150/day
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the Inclusions

Must Have

  • Valid ID proof with address. (No college ID or PAN card)
  • Backpack. (Mandatory)
  • Cash in Small denominations (₹20/₹50/100)
  • Essentials to Pack
What to Expect

Six days of mesmerising natural beauty things which will leave you spell bound. Whatever pictures & videos you have seen of the place nothing matches us to the real feel. The hike to the double decker root bridge along with camping at Dawki & the vibe in Shillong makes this for an entertaining trip when you add a bunch of random people mostly who enroll solo from different parts of the country. 

The age category is usually between 25 to 55 years with 75% of the people following in the age bracket of 26-35. It’s a trip which takes you deep into one of the lesser known parts of India.  

The trip is and end to end road trip which starts at Paltan Bazaar Guwahati & ends at the same place. From Shillong we will travel around in a private vehicle.

  • Best Season: Nov - April
  • Internet: Full Power 4G
  • ATM : Easily Available
  • Yes vegetarian food is easily available
  • Hippie vibe: Dawki Camping
  • Must Do: Hike to Double decker root bridge
Blueprint

Day 1Paltan Bazaar Guwahati -> Shillong

– Arrive in Guwahati by latest 12:00 HRS
– Reach Guwahati at Paltan Bazaar by 13:00 HRS.
– Post breakfast hop onto a shared jeep to Shillong. (99km = 2.5 hours)
– Reach Shillong by 15:00 HRS and check into a guest house.
– Post lunch, leave for local site seeing and visit Wards Lake, Butterfly Museum.
– Visit Bara Bazaar, the local Kashi market.

Day 2Riwai | Mawlynnong |Dawki Camping

-Post breakfast, head to the Indo-Bangladesh open border town of Dawki. (82km = 2.5 hours)
– First stop is the living root bridge in the village of Riwai.
– Lunch at Mowlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia.
– Post lunch drive to Dawki.
– Reach Dawki by 16:00 HRS.
– Take the boat across the river for our island camping.
– Spend the night camping by the bon fire watching the stars in the sky.

Day 3Cherrapunji

– Post breakfast, leave by jeep to Cherapunji.(84.6km = 2h 25min)
– Visit Nohkalikai falls & Mawsmai Caves.
– Post lunch check into our home stay for the night
– Last night in the North East.
– Write some post cards & make the most of the last few hours together.

Day 4Double Decker Root Bridge

– Post Breakfast by 08:00 HRS leave for the village of Tyrna.
– Reach the village and hike down the 3000 steps to the base village of Nongriat
– Explore the double decker root bridge and Rainbow waterfall.
– Return back to the parking lot before sun down.
– Drive back to our home stay for the night.
– Spend the evening at leisure.

Day 5Cherrapunji -> Shillong

– Post breakfast drive back to Shillong. (54km = 2 hours)
– Reach Shillong by Lunch time and check into the same hotel at Police Bazaar.
– Spend the rest of the evening shopping or
– Experience the night life in Shillong.
– Last evening in the North East, make the most of it.

Day 6Shillong -> Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati

– Post breakfast leave in the morning by 08:00 HRS
– Reach Paltan Bazaar Guwahati by 11:00 HRS.
– Book any return flight or train post 13:39 HRS

Map

FAQ

General Questions

Q.Where is Meghalaya located?

It is located in the North-Eastern side of India

Q. Is it safe?

Yes. Meghalaya is extremely safe to travel to. Tourists are not affected by any kind of conflict till date.

Q. What about internal conflicts which we see and see read about in the media?

Those issues are not a regular thing. It’s the internal parts of the state. Tourism being one of the important sources of their GDP, they don’t really harm the tourists.

Q. Are ATM’s available there?

Yes. There are plenty of ATMs in Guwahati as well as in Shillong.

Q. How much money to carry and in what denomination?

The amount of money totally depends on your choice. Please carry small and medium denominations like ₹50, ₹100, ₹200. Avoid carrying larger denomination notes.

Network related questions

Q. Is there proper network coverage?

Yes. Most parts of Meghalaya have flawless network coverage. Only areas Mawlynnong will have some issues. Otherwise, there will be full 4G network in all places for Airtel, Vodafone and Jio.

Q. Will prepaid work or postpaid?

Both have a proper network

Meeting point related questions

Q. What is the starting point of the trip?
It’s in Guwahati – Paltan Bazar.

Q. How to reach Paltan Bazar ?
There are government buses running every 45 minutes from Guwahati airport to Paltan Bazar. You can hop into one of those. A ticket will cost you between ₹110-₹120.

Q. Will there be a TLOW representative at the airport?
No. He/She will directly meet you at Paltan Bazar.

Accommodation related questions

Q. What kind of accommodation will be provided?
We will be using homestays and guesthouses all along the trip.

Q. Will the accommodation be clean?

Since no one in the world likes to keep their home untidy, it’s safe to say that every place we stay at will be clean and will give you a homely feel.

Q. Will we get a bed, blankets and pillows?
Yes, at every place we stay at you’ll get a blanket, a pillow and if not a bed then surely a mattress to sleep on.

Q. Will the rooms be based on gender or mixed?
It will be girls in a separate room and boys in a separate room, for all those backpacking solo.

Food-related questions

Q. Why is food not included?
Since this is a backpacking trip, we want to leave the eating for you’ll to explore on your own. You’ll never go hungry in the North East.

Q. What kind of food should we expect to get?
In Guwahati and Shillong, you’ll get everything from pizzas, burgers, dosas, etc as there are plenty of good restaurants. While in other places, it’s the basic Veg and Non-Veg Thali with a local taste.

Solo backpacking related questions

Q. Is it okay if I enroll solo for a trip?
Yes, it’s absolutely fine to enroll solo. All our trips have 70% solo travellers who enroll.

Q. What if I don’t get along with the other backpackers?
If no one talks to you, don’t worry our TLOW team members will be your friend and give you an experience of a lifetime.

Travel related question

Q. What will be our mode of transportation?

As per the blueprint, it will be a mix of local buses, local trains and shared jeeps.

What is cancellation policy?

TLOW, based on the Cancellation Date, shall withhold the following amounts stated in the table below, from the Booking Amount or Trip Price as cancellation charges and refund the remainder to you. The refund shall be paid to you, within (21) calendar days from the Cancellation Date.

Cancellation Date is: Cancellation charges
– Before forty (40) calendar days prior to the date of commencement of Trip, 15% of the Trip Price
– On or after forty (40) calendar days but prior to thirty (30) calendar days day of commencement of Trip,
30% of the Trip Price
– On or after thirty (30) calendar days but prior twenty five (25) calendar days from day of commencement of Trip
50% of the Trip Price
– On or after twenty five (25) calendar days but prior to twenty (20) calendar days from day of commencement of Trip
75% of the Trip Price
– On or after twenty (20) calendar days but prior fifteen (15) calendar days from day of commencement of Trip
100% of the Trip Price

You may claim refund only in case of a confirmed booking where you have paid the entire Booking Amount. Where there is part payment of Booking Amount made the same shall be forfeited and there shall be no refund. The mode of payment of refund amount to you (whether through cash, e-wallets, bank transfers, or cheques), shall be determined at the sole discretion of TLOW.
Notwithstanding anything stated in the Terms & Conditions, there are no refunds of any kind, provided for ‘Camping Trips’.

For more information on cancellation & refund policy please read our T&C.

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