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If you are looking for an all girls backpacking trip then meghalaya could be your pick. Meghalaya is also known as the ‘Abode of the clouds’, meaning home of the clouds. This hilly state in India is an attractive spot to visit and as you may have already guessed, is covered by the clouds.
Now, Meghalaya, as we all know, is one of the states among the most beautiful, seven sisters states. The seven sisters are nothing but the seven northeastern states of India which are gifted with flora and fauna.
Having such extensive beauty, Meghalaya gets on the top places to visit on every travelers bucket list.
The best time to visit Meghalaya is during the summer and winter season. During this season the weather in Meghalaya is nice and dry, for you to fully embrace the experience.
Now, Summer is the time of celebration in Meghalaya as during this time Summer festivals are organized here. You get a glimpse of their traditions, lifestyle, hobbies, and skills while you’re at one of these Summer Festivals.
When a lot of people would be dealing with the scorching heat, you could be cherishing the pleasing environment near the waterfalls of Meghalaya. The feeling amidst nature is breathtaking and relaxing at the same time.
Locals of Meghalaya are kind and helpful, and the state is quite safe for your loved ones including any female counterpart. So, girls can travel and make a lot of memories within the state while not being worried at every corner.
The culture in Meghalaya is much influenced by the culture of the northeastern states and Bangladesh. There are several festivals in Meghalaya which reflect their rich culture, tradition, and diversity.
The staple food items for Meghalaya local individuals would be something like rice, meat, and fish usually. However, the cuisine of Meghalaya is quite different from the cuisines of other states. One such thing that you need to try while you’re at Meghalaya is Jadoh.
Now, coming to the history of Meghalaya, It became an independent state on January 21 1972 and was previously a part of Assam itself. The state of Meghalaya was named after two Sanskrit words, "Megham", meaning Cloud and, "Alayam", meaning abode and as you know it by now, is called ‘Abode of clouds’ which is the perfect way to describe the state.
The best way to reach Meghalaya is via train. And the train station is closer to the city of Guwahati as compared to any other medium. However, if you plan for a flight journey, the airport would be around 160 kilometers away and you would have to take a bus or a cab. But, if you’re someone whose time is of much value, a flight journey would be the best fit.
Usually people opt for the road trips for a good experience of the hilly routes and for adding a zest of adventure. Also, you should know that Meghalaya has Asia's cleanest villages and has two world heritage sites, which you can enjoy on a road trip to Meghalaya.
The reasons you need to check out An all Girls Trip to Meghalaya are far more than many but if you still have doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Meghalaya with JustWravel.
1st Day : Reach Guwahati and transfer to Shillong via Umiam Lake
2nd Day : Shillong to Cherrapunji via Laitlum
3rd Day : Trek to Double Decker Bridge
4th Day : Cherrapunji sightseeing, drive to Mawlynnong and Stay at Dawki
5th Day : Dawki to Shillong
6th Day : Shillong to Guwahati
Meet upon arrival at Guwahati Airport / Railway Station. Guwahati, the city of Eastern light stands on the southern bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra. It is the capital city of Assam and the gateway to the entire north-eastern states. After the initial introduction, we travel to Shillong which is famously known as the Scotland of the East and is at an altitude of 4908 feet above sea level.
Shillong enjoys a serene, pleasant atmosphere with its beautiful lakes, lush green mountains, pine forests, and exotic orchids, cascading waterfalls which combine together to make it the finest hill station of the northeast.
Explore Cafes and Local market of Shillong in the evening. Overnight stay in Shillong.
After early breakfast, we drive to Cherrapunji (4,400 ft.), the wettest place in the world, en-route visiting Elephanta falls and Shillong peak for some breathtaking views of Shillong.
We have lunch enroute and visit several waterfalls that lie between Shillong and Cherapunjee. We will also be exploring the caves near Cherrapunji is known as Mawsmai later in the evening.
Overnight stay at Cherrapunji
Today after breakfast , we will be trekking to the UNESCO World Heritage, the architectural marvel - Double Decker Living Roots Bridge on this day! If time permits, we shall go exploring and trekking to the Rainbow Falls.
Return to Cherrapunji by evening.
Today we will explore the various places in Cherrapunji, the two cave sites, Nohkalkai waterfall, seven sister falls.
Continue on the road-trip further to Mawlynnong.
Mawlynnong – “Asia’s Cleanest Village”. Mawlynnong offers many interesting sights such as the living root bridge and another strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another small rock.
We drive to Dawki, The India Bangladesh Border is 2 hrs drive from Cherrapunji and a large river basin, here at the border you will see that not all borders have barbed wire fencing and you can roam about in No Man’s land and go till Bangladesh checkpoint.
After that, we head onwards to our Camping location! Right by a river! The adventure just multi-folds as we arrive at this location with avenues for cliff jumping, swimming, kayaking and what not. We plan to sleep on this night cozying up in our tents!
Overnight at the campsite.
After breakfast at the campsite, we leave for water activities.
Activities that can be done, boating, snorkeling, cliff jumping, kayaking.
Later we drive back to Shillong. Evening at leisure. Guests are free to explore the city in the evening.
Overnight Stay at Shillong
After breakfast, we drive from Shillong to Guwahati.
You can book a flight around 6 pm from Guwahati.
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Transportation from Guwahati Airport/Railway station
Accommodation 2night hotel stay in Shillong
Accommodation 2night hotel/homestay in Cherrapunji
Accommodation 1night camps in Dawki
Breakfast in Shillong and Cherrapunji
Dinner and Breakfast in Dawki
Boat ride in Dawki
Complete assistance throughout the tour
Medical Kit & first aid kit
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks / landslides / strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
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Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation upto 45 days before the departure date
44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.
29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee.
6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
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Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
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Thermals (Upper & Lower)
Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
First Aid Kit
Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
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