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Living Root Bridges

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 150 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1200 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Discover the magic of Meghalaya, aka "Scotland of the East", chill out in Shillong, watch the colorful archers, drive through waterfall country to Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on the planet. Trek to the incredible Living Root Bridges, and marvel at the ingenuity of the War Khasis in creating these living feats of architecture. Venture on to the Sacred Forest of Mawphlang and admire its lush flora and fauna. Complete your trip with a spectacular helicopter ride over the Khasi hills into Assam.

Day 1: Drive to Shillong (from Guwahati if taking a standalone trip or from Kaziranga if adding this to the end of one of our longer North East India tours). Freshen up at hotel, then take a walk around the busy bazaar getting a feel for this modern hill station. Take your pick from a selection of excellent restaurants and spend the rest of the evening at ease. Overnight in Shillong. Meal plan: B, L.

Note: If booking flights, you will fly into Delhi or Kolkata, with onward connecting flight to Guwahati.

Day 2: Known as the `Scotland of the East`, Meghalaya is one of India`s hidden paradises. Shillong, the former summer capital of Eastern Bengal and Assam, has a host of sights to satisfy all travellers. After a leisurely breakfast, discover why Shillong has a reputation for its mix of modern and traditional way of life and renowned for its fantastic climate and natural beauty. Drive close to and walk the remaining distance to stunning Shillong Peak and take in panaromic views of the city.

Move on to picturesque Ward Lake and the nearby botanical garden. Grab a bite at one of Shillong`s many food stops. Later in the day, watch the famous archers of Shillong, as they fire their arrows across a pitch into bamboo-like cylinders. The city is abuzz with people betting on the outcome. (note, this is dependent on archery taking place, as there aren't always fixed days). Enjoy dinner and the nightlife of Shillong. Overnight in Shillong. Meal plan: B, L.

Day 3: Set off after breakfast for Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth. En-route stop off at spectacular waterfalls. Drive through Meghalaya`s rolling hills, enjoying sublime views of its craggy cliff-faces and rugged flora. Arrive at Cherrapunjee Resort, tucked away in the Southeastern Khasi hills. Relax with chai and snacks in serene surroundings. After resting, take a gentle walk through the local Khasi villages, learn about the local culture and customs. Return for a delicious evening meal. Sit outside and look out at the plains of Bangladesh. Overnight in Cherrapunjee. Meal plan: B, L, D.

Day 4: After a filling breakfast, embark on what must be one of the most spectacular hikes in the world. Walk along the meandering edge of the cliff face and then start the descent downwards, trekking through the lushest green vegetation. Passing small villages on the way, you will be awestruck by the phenomenal Double Decker Living Root Bridge.

This unique climate is home to the remarkable Indian rubber tree (ficus elastica) whose incredible properties were discovered by the War-Khasis. They coaxed the roots of these trees across the streams forming these amazing natural bridges, which can take up to 15 years to grow end-to-end. What better setting for your picnic lunch.

Start the climb back up, stopping off at one of the natural pools for a swim. Wander back through the villages dotted along the hillside back to the Cherrapunjee Resort. Rest your weary limbs and tuck into a well-earned meal. Overnight in Cherrapunjee. Meal plan: B, L, D.

Note: This trek requires a high level of fitness. Alternative, less arduous treks can be arranged to other living root bridges.

Day 5: Leisurely start to the day. Leave in the morning for Mawphlang, site of the Sacred Forest. Still revered by locals and an ancient burial site, the Sacred Forest is a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna, with an abundance of aroids, pipers, fern-allies and orchids. Our guide will give you privileged access to this ancient site. Continue onwards to Shillong. Spend the rest of the day exploring Shillong`s bustling street, do a bit of souvenir shopping or simply unwind and relax. Overnight in Shillong. Meal plan: B, L.

Day 6: Early breakfast, then depart for the short but breathtaking 40 minute helicopter ride from Shillong to Guwahati. Look down at the dramatic and changing landscape as you cross into Assam. Catch connecting flight from Guwahati to Delhi, followed by onward flight home (included if booking this trip with flights). Meal plan: B.

Note: weight limit is restricted to 10 kg in the helicopter. Any excess luggage can be transported separately by jeep, which would meet you at Guwahati airport plenty of time before your onward flight from Guwahati.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Tour Highlights:
- Relax in the charming hill-station of Shillong
- Marvel at the incredible Living Root Bridges
- Drive through Waterfall Country
- Visit Mawphlang`s Sacred Forest
- Helicopter ride into AssamRelax in the charming hill-station of Shillong
- Marvel at the incredible Living Root Bridges
- Drive through Waterfall Country
- Visit Mawphlang`s Sacred Forest
- Helicopter ride into Assam.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Price: £650
- Including flight: £1,200
- Single supplement: £150.

Price Includes:
- International flights where applicable
- All Internal flights
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Helicopter ride (Shillong-Guwahati)
- Ground transport
- Accommodation
- Entrance fees to sites and parks
- Activity fees
- Most meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
- Drivers and guides
- Climate Care contribution.

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