Meghalaya – the ‘abode of clouds’ – is a cool, pine-fresh mountain state set on a dramatic horseshoe formation of rocky cliffs, deep gorges and valleys. Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram are among the wettest places in the world; the heavy rainfall has created the region’s key natural attractions – its plethora of waterfalls, caves and unique Living root bridges.
Marking out Every Stop on the Way
These will be marked on the GPX as legends which can be referred to the list below. This list will be populated by people riding the trails as and when they send us updates and suggestions. We can start with a basic list to trigger it off. Also keeping in mind with IDTMT (I DONT TRASH MY TRAVEL) principles of contributing to local economy of the area – specifically LOCAL)
The Meghalaya section of the Great Indian Trail can start in three locations; Jorabat, Agia and Umkiang form the entry/exit points, all entering from or exiting into Assam. Passing through the capital Shillong, there are multiple branches and loops through some of the wettest regions in the world covering the famous and hidden treasures of Meghalaya. This part of the trail heads closest to the Bangladesh border at Dawki, and runs along the Bangladesh border at Dawki, and part runs along the Bangladesh border towards or away from Mawsynram depending on the entry point.
Total Length of the trail in Kms
|Expected time to ride the trail;||5 – 15 days|
|Best time of the year;||Oct – Feb|
|Emergency Telephone; State services (police and ambulance services)||100 – Police
108 – Ambulance
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