There is so much as to what a place can offer you in name of small experiences that we tend to overlook when there but when we look back at a holiday or a trip we just took when we are back home are these small things that actually matter and make the place or places we visited a part of our life long memories that remind of us what an incredible trip it was and the right decision to have taken that. These are exactly the kind of things that we are reminded of when we look back at a photo from that particular trip.
Now enough of me talking as if from the future but to get back to the point where I’m supposed to mention a few or should I say more than few such experiences that would help you make your first or even the next trip you take to Meghalaya something to be remembered as very special.
Meghalaya more famous for its living root bridges and the caves and probably quite a few waterfalls have been quite a popular state for tourists to travel to compared to the other northeastern states
Meghalayaian experiences not to miss even if you wanted to:
Eat one of the tastiest pineapples and oranges you’ve ever had
This is one thing you won’t be missing at all even if you tried . Especially if you decide to drive down to Meghalaya from Guwahati, as the highway is lined up with a number of them all along the way with the roadside shops decorated with pineapples and only pineapples. You can be certain not to miss out on them that way. Also if you are on it then you can have your first taste of the Meghalayian cuisine by tasting some of the variety of pickles being sold at these shops. And if you like chili then why not taste the pickle made from the hottest chili available on earth ! or could try out the fish and pork pickle or any other non-veg pickle available.
Have bay leaf tea
For us Indians, having a cup of chai won’t be something new. But the nest time you are in Meghalaya add a new twist to it and have a bay leaf tea instead. We all love our favorite masala chai’s but you’ll surely love this one while taking a small break from your treks to those marvelous waterfalls and root bridges.
Listen to Khasi song
Did you know Shillong is frequently called the ‘Rock Capital of India’? I did not even though I did know that the Northeast of India has a glorious musical reputation. But I didn’t realize it till I heard my first Khasi song and was instantly in love with it. Now you’d surely be missing out on the best parts if you did not indulge yourself in some Khasi music entertainment. And if it’s with any of the locally playing bands even better. But one thing’s for sure, Pretty much every single person can sing or play an instrument. A lot of them can do both at the same damn time. And they’re good !!!
Learn Khasi greetings
This was kind of my favorite part in all although I did just know one word in Khasi and that was
“Khublei” which means “Thank you”.
But nothing could have made me happier than to see the face of the local people light up when I’d say Khublei to them for their help or at a local shop and they’d enthusiastically reply, 50% surprised and 50% really happy.
Eat Khasi food
They do take their non-veg seriously. If you are a non-veg lover than this state is gonna seem like paradise to you. Driving between various districts in Meghalaya, hunger pangs can only be satisfied at the humble street-side restaurants. One does not get a menu to choose from and has to ask for whatever is available. However, there is the option to choose between a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian meal. Boiled rice, yellow daal (lentils), a vegetable, meat (pork, chicken, fish or beef) are the options to choose from.
Eat the Bangladesh pringles
This might sound funny but that’s how I was introduced to them and was told that they are even better. And now that I can say it for myself they absolutely are way better than the pringles and only cost 20rs. These were my favorite snack for my whole trip of 6 days in Meghalaya.
Boating in Umngot river
The Umngot river which is also called Dawki river, after the Dawki village situated on the India- Bangladesh border in Meghalaya more famous for the boating in the crystal clear, river bed and the small and the large rocks visible waters. Sometimes giving the surreal feeling of floating in the air. You have to experience it to believe it.
Camp beside the Umngot river
What better could be to be able to boat or kayak in this serene river and then to be able to camp and bonfire on its riverbank! After so much as to this beautiful night then wakeup to an even more beautiful sight of sunrise, crystal waters and you peeking out from your tent. You’d find plenty of camping options online but if you want to be sure of the place then you can check out Camp Fabian. What I loved about this place is that we sure did live in tents but they had permanent washrooms and bathing areas with showers!
See the cleanest villages
Now if you are planning to visit Meghalaya then you’d have Mawlynnong ( the cleanest village in Asia) on your list of things to do. Even though that’s true, there is another fact that every other village in Meghalaya is also extremely clean. Don’t know if they are in comparison to Mawlynnong but one thing’s for sure that it’s astonishing how much the village community works together to keep their land clean and that the trash bins all around the villages are taken pretty seriously.
Experience the warm and welcoming nature of the locals
Knowing how much they take their surroundings clean and work as a community however big or small it is, they even have huge and welcoming hearts. From the kids to the adults, everybody around is ever smiling and should I mention their love for photographs. Not just that they would welcome you to their homes and offer you bread and butter.
Live 2400ft below
It might sound crazy but very exciting especially if that means getting to swim in different pools of water under waterfalls and staying in a village inside a jungle and being able to sit in silence with just nature singing to you. All this and a lot more starting with the most exciting part which you can read in all about Nongriat.
Get a fish pedicure amidst nature
You might or might not have heard or taken one before but when in Nongriat do not miss out on this one. The perfect relaxation remedy to your soar feet after climbing down to reach Nongriat. Right under the water with a backdrop of the root bridge, couldn’t ask for a better start to the day. Going there early morning will be more beneficial than later in the day as the fishes do not come to you in the evening.
Swim in crystal clear blue water pools
Do I need to say anything else? The photo says it all. This is just not the one. There are a number of them and if you are lucky enough to find one then you might just end up in one just to yourself.
Attend the band perform of Teny and boy on Sundays in Saimika
I’ve already mentioned the glorious musical reputation of this state. To make it even more real and see that you’ll have to attend a band performance (if not experienced earlier) for yourself. If you don’t know how and where to find one then this is the exact place you should be to find one such band called Teny and boy. They perform every Sunday at a resort called Saimika just outside Shillong and you are sure to find them there. And guess what they do it for free, just performing on their own. All they have built for their band if with the help of the small tips that they get in the most fascinatingly decorated wooden box that they keep aside for anyone to contribute to it.
Attend the band performance with the dogs
You might not find a lot of people in the country style, a cozy restaurant of the resort but you do get to attend the Band performance at Saimika with their dogs all around you. That’s the cutest thing ever, as the dogs were there to enjoy the performance too. Being a part of the best crowd ever.
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