During the next couple of days we travelled to various places around shillong, a trip to the Bangladesh border and thereafter made a trip to Kaziranga forest resort. The places visited were, the elephant falls, the seven sister falls (Nohsngithiang Falls), Arwah Caves, Living root bridge, Mawlynnong Village (declared the cleanest village in Asia in 2003).
The Elephant Falls : These are three step falls, located, 12 kms from Shillong. They fall beautifully between fern covered rocks in three steps. The British named it such, since a rock adjacent to the water fall was shaped like a elephant head, however this rock was destroyed during one of the earthquakes but the name still remains. Here are some photo graphs
Nohsngithiang Falls (also Known as the Seven Sister Falls) : This is a seven segmented falls lying near village Mawsmai, in the East Khasi Hills of Shillong.
Arwah Lumshynna Caves : Is a cave, at a distance of about 54 Kms from Shillong. The cave which lies just before the town of Sohra, is a treat to watch. First of all my concept of a cave, a small place within the mountain walls which is crouched and cramped, changed after seeing this cave, it is a huge cave, where you can walk in tall and standing and there is a stream flowing within the cave. The cave has levels where you can climb up on a stair case and get to another level within the cave. The cave is known for it’s fossil formations, limestone structures, stalagmite and stalactite formations which are considered to be millions of years old and naturally carved. Here are some photographs
Bangladesh Border (Dawki) : Our next stop was the Bangladesh border, at Dawki, the drive was beautiful and the border is a friendly border with lot of stones/rocks exported to Bangladesh through this border. The Umngot river at Dawki prides of emerald green water, the boat ride was just too good, people were also swimming around in the river. Here are some photographs
Live Root Bridge : We went to a live root bridge near the village Mawylnnong (which was declared the cleanest village in Asia in 2003). A live root bridge is a type of a simple suspension bridge formed of ariel roots of rubber fig trees. These are man made by the Khasi & the Jaintia people of the mountainous terrain, who use these roots to build these natural bridges across rivulets. Here are some photos
Mawylnnong Village : Our next stop was at the Mawylnnong village it is beautiful and clean, declared as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. Have a look