Had enough with a hectic and monotonous week, and need a breather? Then avail this Cherrapunji weekend delight venture to re-energise and refresh yourself like never before. Located right in the heart of the land of clouds, the state of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji will definitely make you one with nature. A cool climate, lots of greenery and numerous hissing streams; what else would you want to rejuvenate yourself? The maximum summer temperature here rarely goes beyond 30 degree Celsius, even though the chances of rainfall are always there. If you want to trek, then come here in summers or winters. On the other hand, the regional forests are in full bloom and the waterfalls are seen best during monsoons.
The Cherrapunji weekend tour includes a short trek to a living root bridge – one of the unique structures anywhere on earth. On this venture, you also enjoy a nature walk or a drive to some breathtaking viewpoints, along with a blissful picnic. A rich anthropological aspect will be added to this Cherrapunji weekend trip when you enjoy cultural performances at the hotel. In winters, bonfires will be lit and you may sit around the warm flame, sharing stories and making merry.
Day 01: Arrival in Cherrapunji | Trek to Living Root Bridge
On reaching Cherrapunji, transfer to the resort. Located in the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji is one of the wettest places on earth. Lying amidst scenic mountains, covered with lush tropical jungles, the place is a temple of tranquillity. Eco-tourism and trekking are marvellous ways to witness the natural charm of the destination.
Post check-in, relish lunch and relax. About an hour later, embark on a short hiking excursion through the thickly forested mountains in the area. The trek will take you to the famous living root bridges that are found nowhere else than Meghalaya. Locals form them by making the hanging roots of banyan trees grow around the branches of betel nut trees.
After the approximately 4-km long hiking expedition, return to the resort. If the weather is cold and dry, a bonfire will be lit in the resort premises and this Cherrapunji weekend delight will become a lot more pleasurable. In the evening, enjoy a cultural programme followed by an overnight stay.
Day 02: Sightseeing in and around Cherrapunji
In the morning, continue the Cherrapunji weekend tour with a full-day sightseeing tour of the area. Before setting out, get some lunch packed at the resort to be eaten as part of a picnic entailed in the itinerary.
On the venture, see some scenic spots around the town and enjoy picnic at one of them. You may also be able to see some waterfalls on the way that drop from high cliffs into plunge pools. If undertaking the trip in summers, then you may go for a dip in a stream and let the clean water revitalise you from the body to soul. After the nature tour and a delightful picnic, trace your way back to the resort for another cultural performance. Later, go to your room for an overnight stay.
Day 03: Continued Sightseeing | Departure from Cherrapunji
Begin the final phase of your Cherrapunji weekend trip by undertaking yet another amazing sightseeing venture in the region. Travel to the viewpoints of Mawrong, Mawsiekriah or Mawseintyllang to gaze endlessly at lush mountains and the rivers below. Many a times, the realm may be blanketed by thick clouds and seem enchanting. Later, come back to the resort for lunch, and then depart for your onward journey.
Duration: 02 Nights/03 Days
Region: Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Places Covered: Cherrapunji, Living root bridges