Enter into the mystical little village of Mawlynnong, located about 72km from Shillong lies a popular destination known for its award titled the ‘cleanest village in Asia’ by Discover India in 2003. The Khasi tribe of the region work in synergy with nature and live a sustainable lifestyle by recycling waste, harvesting rainwater, using solar energy, not using plastic and other eco-friendly practices.
Mawlynnong and Dawki
It is also home to exotic flora & fauna, the world-renowned Jingmaham Living Root Bridge and The Church of The Epiphany which is more than a century old. Our tour also includes a visit to Dawki, another gem of a place – truly a visual delight of Umngot River which holds the status of being one of the ‘cleanest rivers in India’. Located on the border between India and Bangladesh, you will get to enjoy a sweeping view of Bangladesh and experience thrilling activities like boating or snorkelling & cliff diving (on clear, sunny days!) and visit the border ‘bazaar’ market for souvenirs.
Pick Up service from the respective hotel.
LOCALLY ORGANIZED LUNCH
Authentic Khasi lunch at 2 pm.
TOTAL TRIP DURATION
8:30 am – 7:00 pm (traffic
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
Meghalaya Tea Gardens
Meghalaya is a non-traditional tea-growing state but the region boasts of producing high-quality & aromatic tea. Meg Tea from Upper Shillong grows at an altitude of 3000-5,500 ft. It is certified organic as no pesticides are used. After a cup of Meg Tea, enjoy a brisk walk through the tea bushes.
Mawjngih Lapynshondur View Point
Mawjngih Lapynshongdor View Point is located at Dymmiew Massar Village. Here one can enjoy a stunning view of the valley (start of the Pynursla canyons, almost like a sneak peek into the journey ahead. If you feel like it, have another cup of sha saw (red tea) or sha dud (milk tea) because there is no limit to how many hot cuppas you can have, especially on a cold & misty day!
The Living Root Bridge in Riwai
The earliest documentation of living root bridges in Khasi Hills is known to have been recorded in the 1844 Journal of The Asiatic Society of Bengal by Lieutenant Henry Yule. True to its name, this suspension bridge is made of aerial roots of the Ficus Elastica tree (rubber fig) woven together. The living root bridges
Balancing Rock (MAW RYNGKEW SHARATIA)
Nature's Balancing Rock or Maw Ryngkew Sharatia is a unique natural phenomenon where a huge boulder can be seen balancing on a relatively smaller rock. It is believed to be an ancient shrine of the Khasi tribals. Enclosed by a wired fire, the structure is known to remain unchanged even during cyclones or thunderstorms.
Further ahead, let us stop and marvel at Umkrem Waterfall. A view of three-tiered cascades, gushing down with might, especially during monsoon season (Jun-Oct). Umkrem has a cavelike opening where one can walk up and enjoy the mist from the other side of the falls.
The Umngot River at Dawki
Umngot River is a spectacle! Crystal clear water on the Indo-Bangladesh borders, this precious water body serves a great purpose of providing fish to the locals as one of their main sources of food for commercial use. Wah Umngot offers fun activities like boating, snorkelling, camping & cliff jumping. For a better view of the river, we could also check out the Dawki Bridge which was constructed in 1932 by the British.
One of the lesser-known spots, on the Riwai-Dawki highway, lies the Borhill Falls. A place where you can sense a clear perspective of a geographical demarcation between India-Bangladesh with the plains starting just a few metres ahead.
Tamabil Zero Point
Tamabil is a border town in Sylhet between Bangladesh and Meghalaya. Dawki-Tamabil is one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh in the West Jaintia Hills district. At sunset, there is a synchronised flag lowering ceremony by the Indian and Bangladeshi border forces. BYRDAW FALLS If it is not too late, we can try visiting Byrdaw Falls, 23 km away from Mawlynnong. This fall is a single-tiered waterfall cascading down in all its glory! Located at Pomshutia village along Shillong-Dawki road, a short hike is a must to reach here. There are good spots from where one can try cliff jumping (with our guided assistance) and if that is not your thing, you can enjoy a quick refreshing dip at the pool.
Wah Rymben Falls
If time permits, we shall make a pit stop at Wah Rymben Falls, which is formed over the Rymben River. A serene spot tucked away in the dense forest, one needs to walk about 30 mins to reach the falls. It is an ideal location to spend quality time amidst nature.
Adventure and Sports
If you are a good swimmer, snorkelling in the clear river water of Umngot River will take your adventurous trip to the next level! (Best recommended only during the winter months from November-March) Boating - Taking a traditional wooden country boat out on the beautiful Umngot River, spending time listening to the trickling sound of the water and embracing the glistening sun rays is a perfectly planned activity that you must experience with your friends and family.
Natural Pool Chilling
Not a swimmer? Scared of water? Don't worry! We have life jackets for you to securely strap onto and take a dip in the natural pools because if you don't you will be regretting it! These are the guided activities you will be experiencing in your fun-filled Day Tour with us!
Cliff Diving is considered an adventure sport. If you are physically fit and willing to try with our guided help (of course), we will help you take the plunge for a thrilling experience!
Leisurely Short Hike
Let us do a bit of walking around on this tour and especially to reach the waterfalls. You just need to be careful as some parts may be slippery but every step till the end destination will be all worth it!
Tree House | Bangladesh View
An eco-friendly ladder-like structure made entirely of bamboo leads one right to the top of this tree house in Mawlynnong for a sweeping view of the plains of Bangladesh. Let us take a walk around atop, sit back and have a relaxing time.
The trimmed pavements lined with flowering shrubs, small charming houses, birds and flowers, children running around and bamboo dustbins placed in almost every corner, this quaint village surrounded by lush beauty has so much to offer & fulfil your visual escapade. Let us take a rejuvenating walk!
Heritage Church Visit
Like a scene from a vintage, black & white movie, this 100-year-old church set amidst lush green plants with a cobblestone pavement still exists in its own charming way. Catering as a place of worship to the devout Christians in the village, the Church of The Epiphany is not to be missed.
Living Root Bridge Making | Guided Demonstration
A living root bridge is formed by guiding the pliable roots of the Ficus elastica tree across a stream or river and then allowing the roots to grow and strengthen over time. We can help show you and let you try intertwining the roots. Hopefully, in time the roots shall grow stronger and become a part of one sturdy bridge!
Border Market Visit
Maybe you would find something fancy to take back with you at the Dawki-Tamabil border crossing village market. You will most probably find some knick knacks or local snacks to munch on
Traditional Khasi Meal
You will be needing a power-packed meal for a day out like this. Khasi cuisine generally includes plain boiled white rice or Jadoh (red rice cooked with meat), dal, tungrymbai (fermented soybean), dohkhlieh (boiled pork salad with ginger & onion), tungtap (dried fish chutney) and Dohneiiong (sesame pork dish). Fret not, there are vegetarian alternatives as well with all organic seasonal vegetables that are stir-fried and a few pure veg restaurants around!
Traditional Rice Beer (Kyiad) | Local Wine
Care to taste some fermented rice beer? Might take a few sips to adapt to the taste if you are trying local rice beer or local fruit wine for the first time but you just might like it!
Experience Package Price:
Group Size :
Couple ( 4,000/- INR per head), 2-4 ( 3,750/- INR per head), 5-6 (3,500/- INR per head), 7-10 (3,250/- INR per head).
- Entry Fees for interest points.
- Travel snacks & lunch Guides for all locations.
- Transportation arrangements ( from Start Point to End Point).
- Provision of receipt/s for all payment/s made.
- Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
- Personal purchases on the tour.
- Any miscellaneous expenses not mentioned in Inclusion
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