Long Weekend Getaways
MEGHALAYA & ASSAM: TREKKING DAVID SCOTT'S TRAIL, WILDLIFE &
Living root bridges and natural swimming water holes in Meghalaya
Trekking on David Scott's trail from Cherrapunjee to Bangladesh border
Wildlife safari in Assam at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the world's highest density of one-horned rhinos
River cruising on the Brahmaputra river in your 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 drive 118 kms/3 hours to Shillong, Meghalaya (the 'Adobe of the Clouds'). En route, stop for lunch and then continue on your way; check into your accommodation for the night. Late afternoon, head to Shillong Golf Course – the oldest and the best natural golf course in the world – and Shillong Cathedral. Return to your hotel for dinner and leisure.
Post breakfast, check out of your accommodation and drive for 38k ms/1.5 hours to start the David Scott Trail at Mawphlang. The late British administrator who operated in and around the Khasi hills in the 1800s is credited with creating this famous trail that stretches from Cherrapunjee, all the way to Bangladesh. Trek through rocky river beds, a country bridge and verdant grasslands, covering a total of 15 kms in 4-5 hours. Enjoy a picnic lunch here in the midst of nature, before packing up and driving for 47 kms/2 hours to check into your accommodation at Cherrapunjee.
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 accommodation.
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.