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The Habitat Shillong

Meghalaya Diaries : The Conclusion – Elephant Falls, the Capital City and Some Beautiful Memories @The Habitat…

Hi everyone! The Shillong tour draws to an end and I nevertheless couldn’t get enough. 😀 Lush greenery and caverns and water all around… who could ever have enough of it? Let me just keep the post short and let the pictures speak for themselves. 🙂

Shillong View Point
That’s the capital city Shillong… city sprawling amidst foothills… such an ethereal sight from Shillong View Point… 🙂
Shillong view point
The Shillong view point
Meghalaya Diaries : Umiam Lake
One of the many lakes brimming with rainwater… This particular one comes en-route to Guwahati
Meghalaya Diaries : Umiam Lake
Doesn’t the reflection of clouds on still water look out-of-the-world? This picture was worth the click. 🙂 (Umiam Lake en route to Guwahati…)

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Meghalaya Diaries : en route to Mawlynnong

Meghalaya Diaries – Day 2 : Mawlynnong, Living Roots Bridge & A Boat Ride at Dawki

Hey everyone! Hope you are doing good. Our Day 2 at Shillong was mostly spent at Mawlynnong, Dawki and the very famous living roots bridge. I was really looking forward to visiting Mawlynnong which is the cleanest village in Asia. And of course the living roots bridge falling in the same itinerary as Mawlynnong. 🙂

Find photos of my Day 1 trip at Cherrapunji here. 🙂

Meghalaya Diaries : en route to Mawlynnong
Took a stop en route to Mawlynnong… to experience the other-worldly beauty… (this was just a candid shot… Posing is most definitely not in my mind when I’m amidst nature :D… wearing the MAC Color Rocker Lipstick in Forbidden Sunrise 🙂 )

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Meghalaya Diaries : Cherrapunji

Meghalaya Diaries – Day 1 : Cherrapunji, Sohra, The Seven Sister Falls

Hi everyone! So I’m finally here. It’s been a long time I wrote something. However if you happen to follow my instagram handle @ambersityblog, you’ll know mostly what I’ve been up to. 😀 Having a busy time on the personal front, so really couldn’t make time to scribble. Sorry for that. However I do have a series of posts lined up for you from my trip to Shillong last week. 🙂 Hope it comes out useful to those of you looking for a vacay there.

Planning for the abode of the clouds in the prime monsoon season came with its risks. But I had decided upfront not to let it dampen my spirits. 😀 Even if it rained, I was prepared to spend my days indoors sipping on flavorful Assam tea and lazing my day out amidst mountains. 🙂 Thankfully though, the rains were merciful during our stay there. In fact the waterfalls were in full flourish that made me oh-so-happy about my decision.

Meghalaya Diaries : Cherrapunji
Breathtaking views of plush green wilderness, deep valleys, lakes & waterfalls… and living amidst clouds… 🙂

The series Meghalaya Diaries on the blog will be primarily divided into three parts. This is to not place a lot of content in a post. And make things easier for you. 🙂 Believe me when I say that I will keep my posts brief. 😛

Shillong in the foothills of the Himalayas makes for a dreamy destination. We flew down to Guwahati and booked a cab for the capital of the abode of the clouds. Thanks to MMT, we got all our tickets in time and booked our stay with The Habitat Shillong. 🙂

Day 1 : Cherrapunji – Sohra and the Seven Sister Falls

It goes without saying Cherrapunji makes for a prime sightseeing locale on your trip to Meghalaya. We came across innumerable waterfalls en route to Sohra. With innumerable steps to descend to witness the beauty of every one of them save the Seven Sister Falls, I didn’t realize when my body got tired. Each of the beauties was as enthralling as the other. 🙂

Sohra is touted to be the wettest place on earth. Everything was so cloudy there, that we were literally walking among the clouds.

Meghalaya Diaries : Cherrapunji - Sohra
Cloud soaked Sohra – be grateful if you can find your way through the white canopy. 🙂

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Ganga Kutir - Raichak On Ganges

Travel Journals : A Serene Retreat On The Banks Of Ganga – Raichak On Ganges

Hey everyone! How have you been enjoying monsoons? I am so caught up in a whirlwind of activities at my end that I feel drained. An escape into the lap of nature is what I needed at the moment. So last weekend, seeking for a desperate break from the routine monotony, we headed for the Raichak on Ganges. There wasn’t a very well-laid plan, rather an end-moment whim on a Friday night that got our bags packed and set off. Availability of rooms was indeed an issue but not impossible with MakeMyTrip, so we braved the night on Diamond Harbor Road and reached Raichak. 🙂

Getting There :

Owing lack of pre-planning, it was difficult to find a mode of transport for Raichak. Thankfully however, on contacting authorities at the Ffort, they arranged a cab for us in an hour. Pretty deft I say!

It was 12:00 at night (yes we did get late, and it took us more than 2 hours to get there in the cab), but we nevertheless got a warm welcome. 🙂  It was surprising and pleasant for us at the same time. The way they diligently bustled about to make us feel at home at that time of the night, was undeniably commendable.

The Ganga Kutir

Soon we checked in to the Ganga Kutir Sundarawasala under the immense care and supervision of the staff. We had booked it only that morning and had pre-ordered our dinner en route, since their kitchen closed by 10:30. They served the same soon after check-in.

Sundarawasala is a cluster of duplex villas enclosing a clear blue swimming pool. However, the villas have no river view. So if you are solely visiting to laze away gazing at the Ganges, maybe you should give Sundarawasala a skip. There are other suite options in Ganga Kutir itself that have a clear view of the mighty Ganges, which you could instead opt for. But I, for one, fell in love with the place that exuded such warmth and coziness. 🙂

The Ganga Kutir Sundarawasala
The Ganga Kutir Sundarawasala

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