Live bridges of Meghalaya

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Discover the extraordinary “Living Bridges” of Meghalaya on this 7-night escorted tour of Northern India.

Discover the magic of Meghalaya, the ‘Scotland of the East’. Wander the bazaars in the hill station town of Shillong. Visit the picturesque town of Jowai in the breathtaking surroundings of the Jaintia Hills, and learn how Mawlynnong maintains its status as ‘the cleanest village in India’. Enjoy views of craggy cliffs, rolling hills and waterfalls on your way to Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on the planet. Trek to the incredible Living Root Bridges, and marvel at the ingenuity of the Khasi people who created these feats of living architecture. Finally, visit the Sacred Forest of Mawphlang before returning to Guwahati.

Please note: a high level of fitness is required for this tour.

Inclusions

  • Flight Dublin to Guwahati, India
  • Airport transfer to your hotel
  • 7 nights accommodation in India
  • Most Meals (see itinerary for meal plan)
  • Tours each day, outlined in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites on the itinerary
  • Ground transport with driver
  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport
  • Services of English speaking guide and local representatives 
  • Flight Guwahati to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges & 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1 Guwahati, India

Arrive at Guwahati Airport where you will be met by a Travel Escapes representative. Drive to Shillong and check into hotel. Take a walk around the busy bazaar, getting a feel for this modern hill station. The rest of the evening is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Shillong. Overnight in Royal Heritage Tripura Castle , Shillong

Meal plan: n/a

Day 2 Shillong, India & Jowai, India & Mawlynnong, India

After breakfast, visit the main sites of Shillong. Proceed to Jowai in the Jaintia Hills via Tamabil, stopping en route to look over Shillong from Shillong Peak. Visit the Nartiang Monolith Park and the century old Durga Temple. Continue to Mawlynnong and check into the guesthouse upon arrival. Overnight in Mawlynnong.

Overnight in Iartong Guest House, Mawlynnong

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 3 Mawlynnong, India & Cherrapunjee, India

Spend the day walking around Mawlynnong village, the cleanest village in Asia. Meet the locals and learn how they work together to maintain the cleanliness of their community. After lunch, drive to Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth (particularly during the monsoon period). Evening is free to relax or explore. Overnight in Cherrapunjee.

Overnight in Cherrapunjee Resort, Cherrapunjee

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Day 4 Cherrapunjee, India

Explore the unique living root bridges in the surrounding area and nearby Khasi villages. Evening is free at your leisure. Overnight in Cherrapunjee.

Overnight in Cherrapunjee Resort, Cherrapunjee

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Day 5 Cherrapunjee, India

Drive to Tyrna for the starting point of a trek to the Nongriat village and the double decker living root bridge (1 to 1.5 hours). Walk along the meandering edge of the cliff face and start the descent downwards, trekking through lush green vegetation. Pass villages and four other smaller living root bridges and traverse across an iron cable suspension bridge hovering at 45 ft above a roaring waterfall. Enjoy swimming in the natural swimming pool. Return to the resort. Evening free at your leisure. Overnight in Cherrapunjee.

NOTE: This trek requires a high level of fitness. Alternative, less arduous treks can be arranged to other living root bridges.

Overnight in Cherrapunjee Resort, Cherrapunjee

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Day 6 Cherrapunjee, India & Mawphlang, India & Guwahati, India

Leave for Mawphlang and explore the Sacred Forest. Continue on to Guwahati for your overnight stay.

Overnight in Hotel Cygnett, Guwahati

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 7 Guwahati, India

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Guwahati Airport for your onward journey.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes as indicated
  • Single supplement on request
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit 15%
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking

  Cost per person: €3,259pp
  Number of nights:

08 Oct 2020 €3259
16 Nov 2020 €3259
10 Mar 2021 €3259
16 Nov 2021 €3259

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