Whenever somebody spoke of a road trip, Ladakh came to my mind. But after going on a road trip to Meghalaya in India, I realized Ladakh has stiff competition. The coldest desert in the world might be more popular than the North Eastern jewel state, but a road trip to Meghalaya will leave you speechless. This ‘Scotland of the East’ has incredible nature, Living Root Bridges, the wettest place on Earth and Asia’s cleanest village and a lot more.
Nestled amid Assam and Bangladesh, Meghalaya offers the panoramic landscapes, misty hills, cascading waterfalls, serpentine rivers, terraced slopes, and adventures that are hard to match.
Here are my reasons why you should go on a road trip to Meghalaya aka “The Abode of Clouds.”
Meghalaya has the largest number of caves in India – more than 1,200 caves with over 460 km of cave passages. The Khasi, Garo and Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya have some of the longest and deepest cave systems in the world, with most being limestone and sandstone caves. Each cave is different from another. Once I was inside, in that eerie silence, with a slight drop in the temperature and with my torch lighting up the pitch darkness, I saw life from the cave’s point of view.
It is an experience worth putting on your bucket list, and any person with moderate fitness can do it.
Zipline becomes a soulful experience when you swoosh through the stunning Mawkdok-Dympep Valley carpeted with lush green foliage. But make no mistake. This zip line is not for the faint-hearted as it stretches to a total length of 2600 feet at a dizzying height of 1200 feet. However, I wasn’t worried about the safety as the activity was supervised by experts and the highest industry standards were followed when it came to safety gear.
Travel tip – try the zipline at sunset. The whole place lights up in the golden dust of the sun.
Camping and Kayaking
Imagine yourself camping on a river bank with a sky full of stars. Welcome to Schnongpdeng, a camping site on the coast of the Umngot River near Dawki. After a musical night, I started my day by kayaking in the crystal-clear water of the Umngot River, which is the cleanest river in India. The water was so sparkling clear that I could see the bottom of the river and it looked like the boats were floating mid-air. One thing that I missed doing was cliff jumping. Maybe next time.
Living Root Bridges
When I first heard about Meghalaya, the jaw-dropping Living root bridges came to my mind. The bridges are made by the villagers, who organize the roots of rubber trees to go through the capillaries of bamboo, to bind together and form a solid bridge over rivers. The method is hundreds of years old; it takes almost 40 years for a bridge to get build. And, once it’s built, it lasts for many hundreds of years. As long as the tree it is formed from remains healthy, the bridge will naturally self-renew and self-strengthen as its component roots grow thicker. Now isn’t that the most amazing example of bioengineering?
Asia’s Cleanest Village
As I walked through the spic and span streets, flanked by neat rows of flowerbeds and clean courtyards at Mawlynnong, I couldn’t believe I was in India. This village has been declared ‘Asia’s cleanest village’, where each home has a functional toilet and bamboo dustbins lining the streets. Plastic bags and smoking are banned in the village. Villagers are extremely polite, friendly and well educated. Wish every village in India was like Mawlynnong!
Meghalaya might be small in size, but it packs a punch when it comes to adventure. So, just take your car out, rev up the engine and soak in the mesmerizing beauty of Meghalaya. However, before starting your epic road trip, make sure your car is empowered with the best car battery that requires zero maintenance and guarantees full peace of mind. I have been using Amaron for some years, and it hasn’t failed me in my adventures. Be rest assured with a dependable partner on your side, your ordinary journey will become a journey of a lifetime.
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