नीला (neela) - blue 🌊💧☁🎈🏊🌍
Saw a friend asking for recommendations to places in the North East of India to visit next month, and I've only been bombarding her inbox with excitement and suggestions all morning 🙈 I can't claim to have much knowledge of places out here but I do know that a 3-week trip to Meghalaya with some of my best buds 2 years ago was one of the best ones I've ever taken. Like, ever. We went to Shillong for a music fest, and then travelled across Sohra (Cherrapunjee), Mawlynnong, Mawlyngbna, Nongriat and Dawki.
Just thinking of all the beauty, the warm hospitality, the sunsets, the caving, the swimming in desolate and startlingly transcluscent waterbodies, and a million little things from our trip makes my heart ache with longing. Just look at the blues in the waters above! Those are real! And unbelievable till you see them yourself! This was taken en route to Nongriat, a village accessible only by foot by climbing down 3,500 steps roughly over 3.5 kms. On the way are bridges (iron like in the other picture above - swipe for it, bamboo, and of course the incredible living roots bridges). We stayed in Nongriat at a friend's friend's place for a couple of nights, frolicking in the waterfalls and natural pools all day long. The climb up was MAD, to say the least. This part of the world is unlike anything else you will see. Go with ample time, and hit me up for suggestions. I'll tell you about the limited ones I do have but I know that you will discover unparalleled beauty wherever you go (except the big towns and cities, duh). Ah, Meghalaya ❤❤
Why do I yearn so much for waterfalls? Is it the deafening sound, the sound which feels the same as terrible silence that fades every other noise and make you feel peaceful? Or is it because of the sprinkling tiny water droplets all over the place which make everything visibly clear and bright? Or is it because of the smell and taste of the rain? Or is it because of the continuous spray of the waterfall on my face which feel like my lover's kiss? Or is it because I can see rainbows so close that I feel if I take a leap I may touch them? Or is it because I think of all the natural wonders like rain, gravity, refraction, mountains causing this wonderful phenomenon of a waterfall? Or is the breathtaking view? Or is it the remoteness of the locations of waterfalls? Is it the journey and trekking to get there? Is it the crystal clear water? Or is it just because I don't like what and where I am?
This is what you call a waterfall!
It was absolutely HUGE! Check out the tiny Zara near the bottom for a true size comparison, ha!
This was deep into the mountains of North East India in the teeny tiny village of Nongriat. Travelling to this remote location was an unforgettable adventure and one we recommend to everyone! 👣🎒🌏 Check out the link in our bio to find out what it's like travelling through India!
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After three hours ( probably more ) of rain, snakes, scorpions, spiders, bridges that swayed, bridges that breathed, wet boulders and weak knees, I couldn't have asked for more. A fitting finale to a memorable trek. Thank you Meghalaya. You've been incredible. #meghalaya#rainbowfalls#nongriat#northeast#wanderlust
The famous living double decker root bridge of Nongriat. An inspiring man-made cum natural wonder of the world, these are roots trained by the Khasis to grow in such a manner as be in the form of bridges on top of the river. A root bridge takes decades to grow, but once the roots are steady enough they can carry almost upto 50 people at a time. Exclusive to Meghalaya, this can not be found anywhere else on the planet. Count myself blessed to have done this trek. #Meghalaya#Nongriat#doubledeckerbridge#livingrootbridgetrek#100 ..99..98 #Ch (ed)dertreknext #wanderlust#northeast
Photo by @ek_unadpakshi Happy Sunday!
The most happy kids i have ever seen in my life. They truly enjoining their childhood. Not getting into mobile, iPads like kids from our side are doing. .
They are so happy in what they have is truly appreciated. Coz even if they want to buy something new for which we can easily go in mall or shopping centre nearby us, but they have to climb more than 4000 steps, crossing of 3-4 rivers on suspension bridge, then took a bus which ll go to cherapunjee town. The nearest town to nongriat. .
And yeah don't think they are not known to iPhone, iPads, ps4 . They do! But they just don't want! I asked one of them, and the ans i got was truly amazing. He said, look around you and then look at me you will get your ans! The small village surrounded with huge mountains, dense forest, crystal clear blue water, living root bridges n many many more things. What else you need to be happy and to spend your day? .
They are living their life as everybody should live. .
Welcome to Narnia!....Nongriat I mean.
I dont think I can even try to take you to this place with some words. All I can say is this place when left to yourself is heavenly. It is pure bliss to sit and watch nature at work. It was the toughest part of the trip to leave this village. Yes, it is possible to have this place all by yourself, thanks to the fact that it is not easy to reach and only those who don't associate travel with comfort can think of staying back here. Only a handful come here, though the number is increasing at an alarming rate. The living root bridge is certainly the bio engineering marvel, to see which people come here, but that is only one of the main characters of this masterpiece created by nature, preserved by Khasi men and women! #Meghalaya#Rootbridge#DoubleDecker#Bioengineering#Nongriat#Cherrapunjee#KhasiHills#Green#Monsoon#IncredibleIndia#northeast