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Backpacking trip to Meghalaya

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Backpacking trip to Meghalaya is one trip that is custom-tailored for someone looking for peace, serenity, and adventure at the same time while being away from the normal troubles of daily life. The name Meghalaya sounds has its own significance and it means the land of clouds in Sanskrit, which you’ll discover for yourself once you reach Meghalaya. 

Meghalaya is famous for various things and  Limestone Caves is one of them and one can experience what they call ‘Caves in the Abode of the Clouds’. Also, one can find some of the deepest Indian Limestone caves in Meghalaya.

The adventure sport is also one of the reasons people go to Meghalaya and the place offers trekking, camping, mountaineering, rock-climbing and as well as water sports. The peace and quiet of the place mixed with options for unleashing the adventure junkie in you make it one of the perfect destinations to visit in India.

The best time to visit Meghalaya is between the months of October to June, the weather in Meghalaya is nice and one can enjoy the full experience of visiting Meghalaya during these months.

Shillong enjoys a serene, pleasant atmosphere with its beautiful lakes, lush green mountains, pine forests, and exotic orchids, cascading waterfalls which combine to make it the finest hill station of North East.

Covering 4 essentials locations in Meghalaya, Shillong, Cherrapunee (Sohra), Dawki and Mawlynnong during this backpacking trip in Meghalaya, we get to explore not just the places but variations in Culture, cuisines, and rituals followed by the people. Shillong being the Rock Capital, Mawlynnong the cleanest village in Asia, Cherapunjee the wettest place on Earth, Dawki famous for the crystal clear water, water activities and being the border town of India and Bangladesh.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Reach Guwahati and transfer to Shillong via Umiam Lake

Day 2 : Shillong to Cherrapunji via Laitlum

Day 3 : Trek to Double Decker Bridge

Day 4 : Cherrapunji sightseeing, drive to Mawlynnong and Stay at Dawki

Day 5 : Dawki to Shillong

Day 6 : Shillong to Guwahati

Fixed Departures

24th Oct to 29th Oct Open {24th Oct (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 29th Oct (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

7th Nov to 12th Nov Open {7th Nov (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 12th Nov (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

21st Nov to 26th Nov Open {21st Nov (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 26th Nov (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

5th Dec to 10th Dec Open {5th Dec (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 10th Dec (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

12th Dec to 17th Dec Open {12th Dec (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 17th Dec (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

17th Jan to 22nd Jan Open {17th Jan (Sunday) 11:00 AM to 22nd Jan (Friday) 06:00 PM}

6th Feb to 11th Feb Open {6th Feb (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 11th Feb (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

13th Feb to 18th Feb Open {13th Feb (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 18th Feb (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

6th Mar to 11th Mar Open {6th Mar (Saturday) 11:00 AM to 11th Mar (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

Price (Guwahati to Guwahati)

Triple Occupancy 18500
Double Occupancy 21000

Itinerary (Guwahati to Guwahati)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Reach Guwahati and transfer to Shillong via Umiam Lake

    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.

  • 2

    Day 2 : Shillong to Cherrapunji via Laitlum

    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


  • 3

    Day 3 : Trek to Double Decker Bridge

    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.

    Overnight stay at Cherrapunji

  • 4

    Day 4 : Cherrapunji sightseeing, drive to Mawlynnong and Stay at Dawki

    Today we will explore the various places in Cherrapunji, the two cave sites, the 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 with Barbeque and Bonfire

  • 5

    Day 5 : Dawki to Shillong

    After breakfast at the campsite, we leave for water activities.

    Activities that we will be doing Boat ride and Kayaking in crystal clear waters of the river.

    Later we drive back to Shillong. Evening at leisure. Guests are free to explore the city in the evening.

    Overnight Stay at Shillong

  • 6

    Day 6 : Shillong to Guwahati

    After breakfast, we drive from Shillong to Guwahati.

    You can book a flight around 5 pm from Guwahati.

    End of Tour


Trip Images


Transportation from Guwahati Airport/Railway station 

Accommodation 2 night hotel stay in Shillong

Accommodation 2 night hotel/homestay in Cherrapunji

Accommodation 1night camps in Dawki 

Breakfast in Shillong and Cherrapunji

Dinner and Breakfast in Dawki

Boat ride and Kayaking in Dawki

Bonfire + Barbeque at Dawki

Tour lead

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.

 Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

 Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.

Cancellation Policy

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 60 days before the departure date

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show . No refund.

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.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

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)

Sun Glasses


Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger


Hand Sanitizer


Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion


Q. What will be the group size for Meghalaya Backpacking Trip?

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 Meghalaya Backpacking trip?

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.

Additional Information about Meghalaya

Long back in 1970, Meghalaya separated two districts of Assam and got the stature of an autonomous district. Covering an area of 8,660 square miles, it occupies a part of the great Deccan plateau. 

The culture and tradition since then are influenced by the history of Meghalaya. It has a mixture of cultures from Bangladesh and other neighboring states. 

The Garo, Jaintia, and Khasi tribes in Meghalaya love to spend a peaceful life with meaningful virtues. 

The language in Meghalaya is never trouble for English being the binding force. The local people communicate with Garo, Khasi, Nepali, and Marathi languages among themselves. 

Cherrapunji, the wettest region in the state, is known for receiving the highest rainfall in India. It has the double-decker living root bridge as a popular tourist spot. Tickets are available on weekends. 

Weather in Meghalaya is pleasantly cold in the summer. However, carry good warm clothes if you are traveling in winter. 

The weather in the hill stations can be extremely cold. Therefore, it is better to be safe with some good warm clothes in your backpack. 

Meghalaya trip is going to be a fun trip via a road trip. Road Trip to Meghalaya will be thrilling as you will be exposed to the extreme beauty of the hill routes and heritage sites. 

The villages in Meghalaya are clean and people in Meghalaya are extremely kind. The culture of Meghalaya is based on traditional Buddhist culture. 

Festivals in Meghalaya reflect the true culture and tradition of the state. The divine heritage of Meghalaya is worth exploring. You will be joyful to be living a different life within their people. 

Backpackers' trip to Meghalaya will be perfect as they can travel and unveil some of the best tourist destinations in Meghalaya within a few days. 

The itinerary for backpackers in Meghalaya would range from 4 days and 3 nights to 7 days and 6 nights. 

You can take any travel pack and enjoy your vacation in Meghalaya. The best places to visit in Meghalaya include some of the panoramic waterfalls, trekking points, and hill stations. 

Some interesting spots for tourists in Meghalaya are Nohkalikai Falls, Umiam Lake, Umngot River in Dawki, Krem Liat Prah, Mawsmai Caves, trek points on hills and many more. 

There are several hotels and lodges in Meghalaya that are completely safe and certified under travel websites. You can also book these hotel rooms online. 

The famous food items in Meghalaya are spicy meat and fish. Rice is their staple food. However, the cuisines in Meghalaya have a unique taste than other neighboring states. Their selection of spices and ways of cooking differs from others. 

The best way to visit Meghalaya is via train, the railway station, being close to the city of Guwahati, is a lot more convenient. 

Meghalaya has serene beauty and rich culture that visitors all around India and the world enjoy. If you have never traveled to this amazing state, it is time to plan a trip to Meghalaya with JustWravel.


Himanshu Thapar
Himanshu Thapar

It was my first trip with JustWravel and it was an amazing experience. The food was exceptional. These guys are best in the business. Guneet and Rohan Sir organised it really well. Looking forward to more trips with them. Cheers.

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