CROSSROADS OF HISTORY - MAWPHLANG

EKH Mawphlang & David Scott Trail

CROSSROADS OF HISTORY -MAWPHLANG

Take yourself back to the beginning of the 19th century. The earliest Europeans had just ventured into the Khasi Hills, plodding their way into the misty ranges from the sweltering plains of Bengal. One of these iconic journeys remains today in the form of the David Scott Trail. What was once a meeting point of East and West is today one of the most scenic hikes in Meghalaya, filled with historical and cultural anecdotes.

The hike itself will bring you close to one of the most revered indigenous landmarks of the Khasis – the Sacred Grove of Mawphlang. This primaeval forest is believed to be more than 800 years old, its ancientness juxtaposed with the pine groves and grassy meadows that dominate the rest of the landscape. Apart from its undisturbed natural beauty, it is also the place where many rites of the erstwhile Khasi royals were practised.

If you love to sweat it out in dramatic landscapes and listen to fascinating stories, these two hiking experiences will open your eyes to a seldom-narrated history of the indigenous North East. It is also recommended to photographers.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

• Trekking
• Culture
• Flora and Fauna
• History

TIME NEEDED

• 2 days (For both treks)

LOCATIONS

• Mawphlang (East Khasi Hills District)

NEAREST TOWN AND DISTANCE

• Shillong (26 kms), 60 minutes drive
• Guwahati Airport (140 kms), Guwahati Railway Station (117 kms), Shillong Airport (52 kms)

GUIDES AND CONTACT NUMBERS

Babiang Warjri – +91 76289 25664, Tambor Lyngdoh – +91 98630 82456, Wanshai Wallang – 9366221706, Damut Shemphang – 8257860189

Babiang is an avid trekker and also an expert on local history. A trek with him at the helm will guarantee that you peel layers off the rich history of the Khasi Hills and how the David Scott Trail brought the dawn of the modern age.

Wanshai Wallang is an expert on the herbs and plants of the Mawphlang Sacred Grove. Be prepared to get mesmerized by his understanding of the traditional practices – many which are unique to this part of the world, a body of knowledge passed on through generations.

BASIC TARIFFS (Does not include costs for all specific activities)

Entry to Sacred Grove :
• Full Trek (₹ 550 Guide Fees +₹ 10 (Per Person Ticket)
• Half Trek (₹ 350 Guide Fees +₹ 10 (Per Person Ticket)

David Scott Trail: ₹ 1500 (For 10 people including experienced guide)

MODE OF TRANSPORT

• Hired Vehicle
• Homestays are available in Mawphlang and around, while Shillong is just an hour away.