Long Weekend Getaways
MEGHALAYA & ASSAM: WATERFALLS, LIVING ROOT BRIDGE &
Living root bridges and natural swimming water holes in Meghalaya
Jeep safaris to spot one-horned rhinos in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the world's highest density of these armoured beasts
River cruising on the Brahmaputra river on a comfortable houseboat
4 nights / 5 days
From 16 December 2019 to 9 February 2020
Simple and comfortable lodges/hotels
JTI Adventure boat
Arrive at Guwahati airport and transfer 168 kms/5 hours to Cherrapunjee by road. Located in Meghalaya (the 'Abode of the Clouds'), Cherrapunjee is best known for being one of the world's wettest places, but the rainfall in this area has also resulted in unique waterfalls and living root bridges.
On the way to Cherrapunjee, stop at Sumer for a picnic lunch and arrive at Laitkynsew village late in the afternoon to check into your lodge. Overnight at Laitkynsew village.
Prepare for a full day's trek today after a nourishing breakfast. Trek for at least 3000 steps (one way) to reach the famous Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Nongriat village. These bridges are unique because they are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees by locals from the region. Post exploration of the Living Root Bridge, trek to Rainbow waterfall and – weather permitting – take a dip in the turquoise waters. Enjoy a packed lunch here before trekking uphill for 3 hours to go back to your lodge. Overnight at Laitkynsew Village.
Check out from your lodge and drive 26 kms/1.5 hours to embark on an easy walk to explore a collection of stunning waterfalls in the region. Enjoy a packed lunch before heading out to see more waterfalls. Later, transfer 28kms/1.5 hours to Shillong – the capital of the state and a bustling hill station – and make a pitstop at the bustling Police Bazaar before checking into a hotel. Overnight in Shillong.
After a hearty breakfast this morning, transfer 123 kms/1.5 hours to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Assam. Known for its high population of the Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, track these armoured beasts on a jeep safari and spot other mammals like leopards, deer and wild buffaloes.
Post safari and lunch at a local restaurant, drive 19 kms/1 hour to check into the JTI Adventure boat and cruise down the mighty Brahmaputra, the most important river in Assam and one that runs so wide that it can often be mistaken for the sea. Experience dinner on a lonely lunar-like sand island in the middle of the river, by the bonfire and under the stars. Overnight aboard the JTI Adventure boat.
This morning, cruise for 1.5 hours down to Uzan Bazar Ghat to disembark and make your way to Guwahati airport for your onward journey.