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.
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.
I have never been to a cave. Never as in never ever. But to explore one has been on my bucket list. And a cave in the heart of the Himalayas is what I could dream of. 😀 However although the Mawsmai cave may come comparatively easier for those of you into adventure sports, I like I said, was only on my first trek through a cave. So at first it didn’t come very easy. But I enjoyed it just as much!
The cave had ancient stalactites and stalagmites (erm, they’re supposed to be ancient eh?) protruding out almost everywhere. Narrow passages accentuated a major part of the path. To be in the lap of the grand Himalayas was an experience in itself. I tell you I had goosebumps throughout my climb. I loved that mystery, with chill of solitude running down my spine at times. Loved it. Like, totally. 😀
The Seven Sister Falls were the last on our list and we were there around sunset. And girl, was it a sight to behold..! The mountains touched down and almost immediately, as if abruptly, started the lowlands of Bangladesh! I was so glad there was no more climbing up and down to have a view of the beautiful waterfalls this time. I already had my share of physical workout for the day. 😛
The waters gushing down the walls of the great mountains looked like gallons of milk pouring down. The lush greenery around made for a more than perfect backdrop. I love greens, and crazy me keeps going back to them. 🙂 Green is so much energy, and wilderness is a dark mystery. Both combined, the place left me mesmerized and fresh from within…
Throughout the journey to Sohra and back, the clouds would playfully surround us sometimes, while at others, they would clear way for bright, crisp sunshine. Now I realized why it’s “Meghalaya”. The clouds are thy kings there!
Stay tuned for Day 2.. Now you can reach me on all my social channels – @ambersityblog (Twitter, Instagram), @AmbersityBlog (Facebook). Give a like and follow for updates!
Have you been to Shillong? Which season did you choose? Share your experience with me in comments below!