When people say I am in the midst of clouds its either they are flying in an airplane or paragliding or even parasailing. How about being in the midst of clouds when you are firmly put in the “terra ferma”.
Well then read on as we traverse the cloud-soaked state of Meghalaya in the north eastern region of the Indian sub-continent!
This time we planned on visiting Cherrapunji (or Cherrapunjee), the wettest place on earth.
There are many hidden gems in the north-eastern region of India and this year it is our objective is to explore them as much as we can.
Well to be honest, Cherrapunji is not something that people have never heard of but none the less it definitely does not find prominence in the popular tourist circuits of the country. The very idea of visiting a place like Cherrapunji is to cut yourself from the rest of the world and just chill amidst nature and this is exactly what our resort offered. It’s called the Sa-I-Mika Resort and with an area of more than 60 acres it is virtually situated in the middle of nowhere overlooking lush valleys and hills that seems to extend forever.
Sa-I-Mika offers a range of cottages that you can book and this time since we were also accompanied by Sarmistha’s sister, we booked a large two bedded cottage called Pashor. We paid 4300 INR for one night and it was a lovely property with a very rustic fireplace. The view of the valleys from the window of the cottage was spectacular and the wind was chilly at noon. The max temperature in the day was 12 degrees centigrade and by night we were told it would drop to 3 degrees and sure it did!
A very good idea to have a bonfire we thought, sipping coffee and gorging on juicy meatballs and piping hot French fries! The food was definitely extra with regards to costs and we paid around INR 200 for the bonfire. We however reached our resort in Cherrapunji a bit late and by the time we were done with exploring the resort and finishing our lunch it was already 2.30 PM in the afternoon. One thumb rule while visiting these northeastern regions of India is to start early as sun rises and sets early. However we were in our own world amidst splendid natural beauty and decided to visit the Noh-ka-likai Falls situated around 7 kms from our resort.
The Noh-ka-likai Falls
As we visited Cherrapunji in the driest month of the year, the water fall was definitely not in its full bloom but it still managed to hold its reputation being the tallest plunge waterfall in the country. The pool where the waterfall makes landfall looks amazing and I can best describe the color as turquoise or deep blue. The area around the falls was bustling with tourists with lots of souvenir shops and the place had an entry fee of INR 50 per person.
By the time we were done exploring this spot it was already getting chilly and windy and dark and we had to skip our plan of visiting the Arwah caves, another major attraction in Cherrapunji. These caves are rich in limestone formations and ancient fossils that date back to the dinosaur era and it’s a pity we could not visit it this time but we are coming back for sure. We also had to skip the spectacular Nohsngithiang Falls, also known as seven sisters falls but you will surely find an account of our visit to this place sometime in the near future.
As we drove back towards the resort we were already building our anticipation for the evening bonfire. Also since the resort is pretty isolated, the night sky will be amazing and I was so looking forward to attempting my first inbuilt star trail and time lapse features of our new Canon G7X Mark III. Here I must also make a special mention of Mr. Heplung who took care of us and was also our chef. As a matter of fact he made our stay even more special. His customer service is excellent and he is a great cook. Someone from the resort started the bonfire for us at around 7 and soon after we were served with a platter of delicious meatballs and French fries accompanied by coffee of course. I also managed to get a fantastic time-lapse footage and a star trail shot and it was a time so well spent. By 8 PM it was really getting cold and may be it’s because of fast metabolism we were already feeling hungry and looking forward to the dinner. Whenever we travel we make it a point to taste the local cuisine of the region and so we ordered a traditional Khasi dish. Mr. Heplung took charge and we were served a traditional Khasi chicken curry and a kind of herb rice dish called Jadoh and a very hot dry fish chutney that absolutely made sense in this super cold weather. It was of course super tasty and with the brightly lit fireplace in front of us we decided to called it a day and slide under the think double blankets.
The day 1 our trip was so action-packed and exciting and accompanied by such wonderful food and customer service we could not help but thank the universe for giving us the opportunity to cherish our life to the fullest.
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Day 2 was going to be equally exciting and even in this cold we could hardly contain our excitement anticipating our experiences that were in store for us. Without any iota of doubt we would highly recommend this resort to anybody who would like to cherish the real tranquility of Cherrapunji and appreciate our planet endowed with such natural splendor a little bit more. After all we just have one!!