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Photostory | Mystic Meghalaya by Avismita Bhattacharyya

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I’m the person who finds joy and peace of mind during the rains. I always wondered what it would be like to experience the monsoon in the mountains, my second most intense love after the rains. We all Indians have hopefully learnt in school about Meghalaya, receives heavy rainfall throughout the year. So, I decided to take some time off work in July this year and take a short trip, I could not look further than Meghalaya. The feeling was so wonderful of being outside when you felt the water droplets gently kiss your skin and smell the freshness in the air was so magical. Monsoon in Meghalaya is so beautiful with its unpredictable weather. This place surprises you with its splendid secrets. I stood still for a few minutes to have a glimpse of this amazing view.

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We spent first three days in Cherrapunji and last day in Mawlynnong. We took an early morning flight out of Kolkata to Guwahati. After a 4 hours journey by road, we reached the beautiful Cherrapunji. We stayed in Saimika Resort, was a great spot to relax. During three days in Cherrapunji we visited so many waterfalls,

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*Seven Sister Waterfall *Kynrem Falls *Dainthlen Falls *Nohkalikai Falls *Ka Bri Synrang (known as Garden of Caves) Every night in Cherrapunji the rains was the heaviest I had ever experienced. Cherrapunji offers one of the most beautiful landscapes with its scenic beauty. It is known as “the abode of clouds”. .

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And It was last evening when we reached Mawlynnong, It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction. It is a tiny village close to the Bangladesh border It is located 90 km from Shillong. We stayed our last night there in a Bamboo house, had a great exprerience.

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In this village we found everywhere the bamboo made dustbins where waste is collected. Most wonder of this place is Living root bridge. It was formed by guiding the pliable roots of the ficus elastics tree across a stream or river, and then allowing the roots to grow and strengthen over time until they can hold the weight of a human being. A root bridge can last for many hundreds of years.

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I guess the Indians who had heard about this place were curious to see how a village can remain clean in a country .

My four days in Meghalaya were short of surreal, magical and fantastic, enriched with natural beauty that it will keep forever in mind.

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No amount of pictures and writing can do justice to experiencing monsoon in Meghalaya, but here are some highlights from my trip that I can hope convince you to bookmark the state as your next year’s monsoon getaway.

© Avismita Bhattacharyya


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