*Thoughts on witnessing the best sunset ever* . “Best sunset my eyes have ever come across. . The different shades of red, yellow and orange were easy to differentiate. It felt like sitting in God's own open theatre and watching him paint on his blue canvas. Reminding me of the different shades of people, nature and time, all of them beautiful in their own way. . The sunsets never mean the same to me anymore.” . Shares @divyachandna on how a sunset changed her perception towards life.
*The girl who started painting again* . "What do I write that can do justice for what we experienced during our 5 days in paradise? As though I was living my own imagination, or had gotten inside one of Dali’s paintings where absolutely nothing is real but still somehow makes sense. . From swimming across the river in Shnongpdeng to counting shooting stars in Nongriat and experiencing utmost silence at the Double Decker Root Bridge, was a fairytale for me. It was magic that made me fall in love with Meghalaya. I wish we were still sitting on that carrier of our traveller and had no place to reach. . Because five days were just not enough to breathe in the magnificence of Meghalaya. Lost in the magic of this land I rediscovered myself.” . .
Nongriat. . A paradise hidden down 3,600 steps (approx.), a village living far away in a rainforest hosts as many as 40 households. The Living Root Bridges connecting the lands all around makes it Nature’s best-kept secret. Even a grain of rice or a pinch of salt will mean you hiking up and down the 3,600 steep steps, here. . A walk here made me imagine an era where dinosaurs would rule this land! These Rainbow butterflies, were they the same size back then? These forests of green, were they as green as they are now? These alien-looking spiders, were their webs as big and strong as now? The clear BLUE water! Was it defining Blue back then as well? The sound of the forest, was it as hypnotic as now? . The steps I walk on, was this same path once taken by life before Humans? . It wasn’t just the Root Bridges for me. Nongriat took me back to the Jurassic era.
The more complex the pronunciation of this small village based in Jaintia Hills is, the easier and simpler is the lifestyle over here. Nestled on the banks of the surreal Umngot River, the village is lives under the canopies of Kwai Trees (Betel Nut). Although the river flows is on its rush, the time seems to take a step back here. .
A ride on the boat in the river made me forget the very existence of Time! I found myself flowing on the serene waters, losing self to the uninterrupted calls of nature. I found myself glaring at the pious reflection of clouds moving parallel to the flying birds in the water. I found myself in the middle of patience defining fishermen, unmoved by the rush of time.
No aggressive riptide could force a frown on their calming faces. Time did not stop here, it rather didn't exist!
One of our travellers @surbhi_23 who had joined us for the Meghalaya trip had a dream which took a year to to be realised. .
Do you know what it was? Why did she wait for a year for her dream to come true? This was one of her dreams that she could not let go – an unfulfilled desire to visit the Living Root Bridges in Nongriat.
Before joining us for the trip, she had already been to Meghalaya a year ago with a group of 18 travellers. They had visited Meghalaya with a travelling company from Mumbai. So what went wrong? Why did all of them miss a chance to see the Living Root Bridges?
Surbhi says, “It was unfortunate and the trip lead favoured his chances without a proper local guide. We hiked up the 3600 steps in Nongriat, lost our way and never got a glimpse of the famous Double Decker Living Root Bridges.” We are happy to have fulfilled Surbhi’s dream. It’s stories like these which make our effort worth and nurture our passion to travel.
Can you help us spot the rest 17 who missed the view of the Living Root Bridges?
The more complex the pronunciation of this small village based in Jaintia Hills is, the easier and simpler is the lifestyle over there. Nestled on the banks of the surreal Umngot River, the village lives under the canopies of Kwai Trees (Betel Nut). Although the river flows on its rush, time seems to take a step back here.
A ride on the boat in the river made me forget the very existence of Time! I found myself drowned in the serene waters overwhelmed by the beauty that pervaded there. Glaring at the pious reflection of the clouds floating along with the birds was a beautiful experience. Watching the patient fishermen calmly focused on their job was a learning experience. Even the riptide failed to bring a frown on their faces.
I have been to mountains more times in my daydreams than in reality. I don't know what it is about mountains that captivates me so much.. They are addictive. I keep getting withdrawal symptoms. Then I gently pull out pictures from my Sandakhpu trek. And my heart is at peace again. #trekking#trekkersofindia@indiahikes#northeastdiaries
Eye in the Sky. 💫 . . .
Currently Listening To: "Silence and I", The Alan Parsons Project.
This is dedicated to the man who saved me. . . "He didn't save me from a car wreck; my existence managed to swerve off the road, creating a mangled mess even the Jaws of Life couldn't tear through.
He didn't save me from fiery flames. Quite the contrary, and perhaps even a bit more frightening, the fire inside of me had long burned out.
He didn't save me from drowning, at least not in the literal sense. I can swim just fine and still the rip currents of life took me under, and I began to flounder in my own tears.
Simply this is dedicated to the man who saved me from the biggest catastrophe of all: MYSELF." #attraversiamo . .
I had picked up some seasonal vegetables from the highway. The food was prepared on a traditional earthen hearth. Nakima was the major ingredient that was used to prepare a dish.It was fun and fruitful session learning those culinary skills.
*Continued from the previous post.* Our stay at the @dhungkarhomestay was special, as I tried my hands on some traditional cooking there with Denka one of our hosts and aunty who taught me the dish. *Continued to the next post.* Words: @nishant__s . .
Come and get familiarised with the unexplored North East India through us!
Highlights of the tour:
Morning chants at Bomdilla monastery Make momos with locals Camp next to Kameng river Try the local brew of the Monpas Drive through one of the highest motor-able roads in the world Visit the historic Bum la (pass) situated at 15,200 feet Experience Monpa homestay Pc:@rohan_koka
For those who couldn't attend the Tawang Festival, Get ready to embark on a journey through white snowy roads that once was a bloody battlefield to ultimately reach a monastery where you experience absolute calm. The beautiful valleys that precede the mountain town quietly invite you to stay a little longer. Don't book your return tickets yet. Pc: @midhunparitosh
Tawang is truly mesmerising. With frozen lakes, snow capped peaks and the second largest Monastery in the world to boast about. But the experience of Tawang is accentuated by the journey that leads you to it. Stop and admire the valleys towns of Sangti and Dirang, live in home stays and be at the receiving end of Monpa hospitality before you drive higher to listen to the tales of the brave men in camouflage. Everything about the road to Tawang is heartwarming as long as you are prepared for the freezing temperatures. Pc: @dr.bansari
Talley Valley | It is a prominent wildlife reserve of Arunachal Pradesh. It is located at quite an elevation passed by the rivers like Pange, Sipu, Karing and Subansiri. It has a stunning spectrum of subtropical and alpine forests like silver fir trees, ferns, orchids, bamboo, and rhododendron.
You may have come across such photographs almost thousand times or more. The beautiful Tsongmo lake which is known for changing colours becomes aquamarine in monsoons and in winters it freezes into a translucent sheet of ice. When the lake is frozen you might see migratory birds flock around it. . . .
As the elders of Lingtam recall, the concept of homestays existed even then as the people of Lingtam would host them for the night, feeding them copious amounts of 'chang' (millet beer) and other Bhutia delicacies.
You will walk into the subtropical piece of historical land and the hospitality of the homestay hosts shouldn't surprise you. This is not the usual way one enters Sikkim, but things are always different when it’s us. *Continued to the next post.* .
You probably haven't heard of this little village that used to be a hub of activity during the days of the old silk route. What you see today and frequented by tourists, the 'Zuluk' loops didn't exist back then. But Sikkimese traders from all over used to come down to Lingtam with their donkeys and halt at this place for the night, before beginning their journey up the steep mountains, their burdens carried by their beasts. *Continued to the next post.* . .
Krang Suri Waterfall | It is blessed with shimmering blue waters and sparkling sunlight. This heady mixture of nature is sometimes known to create a rainbow. It's truly a magical pool in nature's wonderland.