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June 7th 2007
Published: August 13th 2007EDIT THIS ENTRY

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View of Shillong from our guesthouse
Meghalaya seems to be somewhat of a forgotten paradise, perhaps that is because it is the wettest place on earth and is often shrouded in fog... In fact the name means "abode of the clouds"...

But even though we came here during the start of the rainy season we have been very lucky and had very little rain... Shillong the capital is one of the nicest cities in India; it certainly is the cleanest city I have been to in India... It is full of lakes and parks and a very interesting market... It used to be called the "Scotland of the East" back when it was a hill station for the British... I wouldn't call it that, but is has it's charms, even if it doesn't have the kilts and the bagpipes... We stayed in a nice guesthouse with fabulous views over Shillong and a wonderful family... The room was spotless with all the amenities you could wish for... After a few days in Shillong we decided to go to a place recommended to us by Tim, who we met in Nagaland... He said it was a hidden gem, a forgotten paradise... And it certainly was!

First it
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Sunset over Shillong
was hard to find the shared jeep to this place even though Tim had told us more or less where they were supposed to leave from... But after a long search we finally found the jeep and we went on our way...

How to describe this village, it has been named the cleanest village in Asia and it is a bit like walking in a botanical garden... Why did they do it? Not for the tourists that is for sure, because hardly anybody knows of the place... And it is surrounded by lush jungle, with beautiful waterfalls and rivers where you can swim in... We felt like we had been transported into some shampoo commercial... They have built this fantastic guesthouse, with a bamboo walking bridge leading into the trees to some platforms... A short walk away is the border with Bangladesh, with awesome panoramic views over the flat lands of this country... Also the area around here is known for it's living bridges... Villagers select some rubber trees that are close to a river and than lead the roots of the trees through bamboo pipes over the river... The roots keep on growing till they reach the other
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Anglican Church in Shillong
side where they dip into the river... Like this they build their bridges, from the roots of those trees, not cutting down anything, just using nature at it's best!!

All in all, I can say it is truly paradise!



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Khasi tribes women in Bara Bazar
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Eating ice cream
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Discussing prices
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Selling spices
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Asia's cleanest village
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It's like living in a botanical garden
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So many flowers
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And the odd spider
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Our hut in Mawlynnong, with bamboo bridge heading into the treetops
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Our hut as seen from the treetop platform
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The bridge and platforms as seen from below
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View over Bangladesh
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There was a little pool below our hut
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Noa takes a dip
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And so do I..
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And another waterfall about half an hours walk away..
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Also good for swimming
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And diving
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Living root bridge about 1 hours walk away
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It's quite sturdy


5th September 2007

I love the spider!
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26th October 2007

hhii
i really............love...all these picture...........its so amazing..............keep collecting more nd more picture.........hmm ....is shillong.......whow....amazing place......i love it...
4th August 2009

I love this place and my beautiful city Shillong it's prety amazing and many natural beautiful places that are yet exposed to the known world...
9th September 2010

amazing shillong
i miss you my sweet shillong
28th September 2010

something very great and meant to be a lesson at international level
17th November 2010

fabulous
I live in Kolkata. Planning to go to Meghalaya tour. And this tree top experience is fabulous. Please inform, is it any cottage for rent. I wanna live at least one night here. How can get the booking or contact.
23rd October 2013

maolingnong
I have been there, it is the true heaven on earth.. u will discover yourself ... people, cleanliness, food, hospitality is outstanding...

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