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9 Day Meghalaya & Tawang | Backpacker Road Trip

From₹ 28,500
From₹ 28,500
Plan A | Group of 6
  • Plan A | Group of 69 days around Meghalaya-Tawang
  • Plan B | Standard Sharing9 days around Meghalaya-Tawang
  • Plan C | Double sharing9 days around Meghalaya-Tawang
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5th-13th Oct'24 | 31st May-8th June ‘25
Availability : Private Trip For Group of 4+ Adults
Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati
Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati
Min Age : PG
Max People : 4-16

Here is Tlow’s 9-day backpacker road trip around the North Eastern regions of Assam, Meghalaya & Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. In 9 days we experience the more colorful tropical plans of Shillong and Cherrapunji in Meghalaya and then we move to the cold Himalayan Weather and the Monasteries in the region.

This is a complete car trip which will take you all around these two North Eastern States. The trip is perfect for young families who are seeking an adventurous trip with their young ones.


Recommended Airport

Guwahati International Airport, Assam 

Meeting Point

KFC Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati

Price Includes

  • All travel from Day 1 to 10
  • 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
  • Permit (AP tourism website ₹500)
  • 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

Seven days in Arunachal Pradesh & three days in Meghalaya. If your someone who likes to travel long and explore more rather than just doing the Morden day check in travel then this is the North east trip for you. 

The conditions geographic & temperature of the two states will differ from extreme cold temperatures in Tawang to mild weather in Meghalaya. 

Considering bother the states are in extreme opposite direction of each other expect a lot of travel on each day of the trip. The road trip around Tawang is extremely beautiful while at the same time the extreme weather conditions & high altitude make it a challenge to even sit in the vehicle. As the trip moves on you’ll get a hang of things and by the time we reach Shillong the Capital of Meghalaya, you’ll observe a striking change from a dull and dead winter vibe in Tawang to a hustling more modern vibe to all of Meghalaya. 

  • Best Season: Nov to March
  • Internet: Full power 4G
  • Must do: Travel light
  • Temperature: -5 to 25 °C
  • Language: English & Hindi
  • ATM: Plenty

Day 1Guwahati -> Tezpur

– Arrive in Guwahati by latest 12:00 HRS
– Reach Paltan Bazaar Guwahati by 13:00 HRS.
– Meet the driver at Paltan Bazaar KFC.
– Board a Sumo to Tezpur. (184km =4-5hours)
– Reach Tezpur by 18:00 HRS.
– Check into hotel. evening at leisure.
– Rest well after a long flight to Guwahati.

Day 2Tezpur -> Dirang

– After breakfast drive to Dirang. 195km = 5-6 hours
– Reach Dirang by 2pm.
– Check into our homestay for the night.
– Visit Dirang monastery & River bank.
– Rest of the evening at Leisure.

Day 3Dirang -> Tawang via Sela Pass

– Leave in the morning by 6:00 HRS for Tawang town. (135 km= 5-6 Hrs)
– Cross Sela Pass & reach Tawang guest house in main market by lunch time.
– Check inn to the guest house.
– Post lunch leave for Tawang Monastery & War Memorial.
– Rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 4Bum La -> Sangestar -> PTso

– Post breakfast, leave for the high altitude lakes around Tawang.
– First visit the Indo-China border at Bumla.
– Then drive to the famous Shungetsar Lake also known as Madhuri Lake by the locals.
– On the return back, visit the majestic P.Tso lake.
– Return back to Tawang by 17:00 HRS.
– Spend the rest of the evening shopping in the flea market.

Day 5Tawang -> Dirang -> Bhalukpong

-> Leave in the morning by 6:00 HRS for Bhalukpong. 265km = 5-7 hours
-> Stop Enroute at Dirang Monastery.
-> Reach Bhalukpong by 12:00 HRS.
-> Check into our Hotel at Bhalukpong for the night.
-> Self Explore Bhalukpong
-> Last night in North East India

Day 6Bhalukpong --> Shillong

– Check out from the Hotel by 8:00 Hrs and leave for Guwahati 310 km = 6-7 HRS
– Reach Shillong by 16:00 HRS & check into a hotel at Police Bazaar.
– Spend the rest of the evening self exploring Shillong on foot.

Day 7Dawki |Riwai | Mawlynnong | Sohra

-Post breakfast, head to the Indo-Bangladesh open border town of Dawki. (82km = 2.5 hours)
– First stop is the border town, Dawki
– On the return visit the living root bridge in the village of Riwai.
– Lunch at Mowlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia.
– Drive to Cherranpunji , Visit Nohkalikai falls
– Night stay at Cherranpunji home stay

Day 8Double Root Bridge, Cherrapunji (Sohra) & Shillong

– Post Breakfast by 08:00 HRS visit Mawsmai Caves & 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.
– Return back to the parking lot by 2pm.
– Drive back to Shillong. 65km = 2 hrs
– Check into hotel at Shillong
– Spend the evening at leisure.

Day 9Shillong --> Guwahati

– After breakfast leave from Shillong by 10am 101 km = 3-4hours
– Reach Paltan Bazaar Guwahati by 14:00 HRS.
– Trip Ends

Plan A

Group of 6
  • 24,200 x 6= 1,45,200
  • Stay:Guesthouses/homestays
  • 4 in a room
  • Sightseeing as per blueprint
  • Non-AC Vehicle (4 seater/7 seater)
  • Entry Fees
  • 5% GST

Plan B

Solo & Small Groups
  • Price is for 1 Human
  • Stay:Guesthouses/homestays
  • 3-4 in a room
  • Sightseeing as per blueprint
  • Non-AC Vehicle (4 seater/7 seater)
  • Entry Fees
  • 5% GST

Plan C

  • 32,550 x 2= 65,100
  • Stay:Guesthouses/homestays
  • 2 in a room
  • Sightseeing as per blueprint
  • Non-AC Vehicle (4 seater/7 seater)
  • Entry Fees
  • 5% GST

Web stories | North-East

  • Shillong room

    Assam-Meghalaya accommodation

    See here

  • Veg thali Meghalaya

    The food guide | Assam-Meghalaya

    See Here

  • Dawki camping meghalaya

    Dawki River Camping

    See here

  • Mask maker in offbeat Majuli

    The Mask Makers village | Majuli island

    See here

  • Tawang Museum April 23

    Tawang Monastery Museum Experience

    See here

  • Tawang frozen lakes

    Tawang Must Visit Places

    See here



General questions

Q.Where is Assam, Meghalaya & Tawang located?
Assam, Meghalaya & Tawang are located in the North-Eastern state of India.

Q. Is it safe?
Yes, is safe to travel to. In Tawang, Sometimes, the weather does get bad with off season snowfall, rains, etc and also sometimes it gets hit by blizzards. Otherwise, it’s pretty safe.

Q. What about India-China ongoing border issues?
The issues with China are an ongoing thing which is at the border where travellers are not allowed to go to. It’s the media who creates a mountain out of a molehill.

Q. Are ATM’s available there?
Yes, there are plenty of ATMs in Assam, and Meghalaya and a few ATMs in Tawang.

Q. How much money to carry and in what denomination?
Amount of money totally depends on your choice. Please carry small and medium denominations like ₹50, ₹100, ₹200. Avoid carrying larger denomination notes.

Q. Is the climate cold?
Assam & Meghalaya is normally cold with night temperatures dropping to 8-9 degrees.
As Tawang is a Himalayan town, temperatures are cold there. Sometimes they drop below freezing point.

Permit related questions

Q. Do we need a permit to travel to Tawang?
Yes. You will need an ILP (inner line permit) to enter Tawang.

Q. Where and how can I apply for a permit?
You can either apply online for E-ILP on the Arunachal Pradesh tourism website OR you can directly get a permit at Guwahati airport from the Arunachal Pradesh tourism office.

Q.How much does a permit cost?
For E-ILP, it will cost you between ₹150-₹200.
If you are taking a permit directly from Guwahati airport it will cost you around ₹500. But we would advise you to cross-check on that.

Q. How many days does it take for the online permit?
The permit is online and is generated in 24 hours.

Network related questions

Q. Is there proper network coverage?
Yes, there is cell phone coverage in Assam, Meghalaya & Tawang. BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone postpaid connections work. BSNL and Airtel are the best.

Q.Will prepaid work or postpaid?
Prepaid and postpaid work in Assam & Meghalaya.
Only postpaid network works in Tawang.

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. The trip will have a driver lead.

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.

Q. Will there be electricity in the accommodation?
Being a remotely accessible Himalayan town, Tawang doesn’t have electricity for all 24 hours of the day. You can get between 12-18 hours of electricity.

Q. Will we get hot water for a bath?
Every guest house and homestay we stay at will have geysers so you’ll surely get to have a bath at least once a day.

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?
You will have plenty of options ranging from Tibetan, Chinese to local cuisines. Tawang has some good restaurants.

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.

Travel related questions

Q. What will be our mode of transportation?
As per the blueprint, it will be 7 seater Car/Tempo Traveller

Natural Calamity FAQ

What if there is a natural calamity or delay due to an external factor?
-Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances(strikes), or any delay arising due to an external factor etc. (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).

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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