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Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

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Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

Hi,

I am planning to visit Shillong with my wife and a 4 year old kid in Sept End - 1st week of Oct 2018 for 5N/ 6 Days.

I will fly from Delhi to Guwahati and then from there by road. Tickets not done yet. Based on the inputs I will finalize in a day or two.

Please help in planning my trip.

I understand by reading earlier posts that visit to Root Bridge of Cherrapunji with 4 year old can be troublesome as it needs total of 6 hrs of trek both ways. so is there an alternate to root bridge which can be seen at some other place which can be done keeping in mind the child, eg: Root Bridge of Mawylynnong?

Few queries:

Is the month of Sept (End) good time to explore things around? especially all the waterfalls?

From Guwahati, which one is better to travel first, shillong or cherrapunji?

Can a visit to Dawki river/ Tamabil border /Shnongpdeng can be covered in this duration?

I could see a lot of waterfalls/caves/parks that can be visited, would like to now which should not be missed?

Is any permit needed for visiting these places?

Although fond of visiting hills, we all have motion sickness issues if the travel is too much circular (hilly), are the roads in between these points/places too steep/circular?

Do we need to prebook taxis/hotels? Sugestion for medium budget hotels (INR 1000-1500) will help.

Any suggestions for good vegetarian restaurants at these places will help.

Although shillong forum, few question about Guwahati:

The River cruise in Guwahati, one done in evening around 5 pm advisable/ enjoyable?

I would like to visit Kamakhya Temple too in this visit? What time would it be advisable for darshan, morning or afternoon?

will keep posting my queries as they come up.

Any precautions/travel advise (especially with a 4 yr old)?

Thank you

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1. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

Too many questions for free advice!

Day 1: arrival, Guwahati - Barapani - Shillong (3 hrs)

Day 2: Shillong sightseeing

Day 3: day trip Mawphlang, Mawsynram

Day 4: Shillong - Dawki (3 hrs) - Mawlynnong (1 hr)

Day 5: Mawlynnong - Cherrapunjee (3 hrs)

Day 6: Cherrapunjee - Guwahati (5 hrs), departure

September is good to travel.

You can visit Kamakhya temple after arrival and before heading towards Shillong

Gurugram (Gurgaon...
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2. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

Ha Ha.. Good One Sir. Now I see really too many questions.

But thats the thing when you travel with a 4 year old child.

Anyways thanks very much. This helps a lot.

In day trip to Mawphlang, Mawsynram: what all can we see?

I understand all the waterfalls will be in full flow in september end.

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3. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

Mawsynram for landscape, enjoying the rains and Mawjymbuin cave.

Mawphlang sacred forest and Khasi Heritage village are interesting.

Good roads in Meghalaya, safe to travel with a child.

No permit needed for visiting Meghalaya

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4. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

Thanks Bornav for your untiring inputs and answers.

Is it possible that on day 3, i can stay at some other location close to dawki after visiting Mawphlang, Mawsynram? instead of making it day trip from shillong.

will appreciate good suggestion for accomodation on day 3/4/5, around budget of INR 1500-2000.

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5. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

Mawphlang, Mawsynram are on a different route, not near Dawki.

You can stay at Mawlynnong or Shnongpdeng village near Dawki. There are village homestays

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6. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

I read somewhere regarding camping and night stay at Shnongpdeng village.

There was some adventure company that organizes it, now not able to find that post. can anyone please help me providing information on this.

Apart from this, want to know if krang suri falls can be added on this itnerary?

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7. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

Yes, there is camping at Shnongpdeng only from Oct-Mar.

Day 4: Shillong - Krang suri (3 hrs) - Dawki (2 hrs) - Mawlynnong (1 hr)

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8. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

Thanks a lot for these information.

If I see google maps, it seems there are more than 1 living root bridges apart from the one near mawylynnong.

Google maps shows 1 in cherrapunjee.

Since I am not going to trek nongriat double decker with kid, which living root bridges should be covered and not to be missed.

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9. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

You can comfortably walk down to Riwai root bridge near Mawlynnong village.

Root bridges at Umunoi, Tyrna, Nongriat are far from Cherrapunjee

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10. Re: Shillong/Cherrapunji/Mawylynnong/Dawki/Guwahati_ Sept End

I think it is Pioneer adventure camp

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