I, along with three of my friends, set off for a mission to visit Bhutan for as less money as possible! Our journey began from Chennai on 21st June 2014. We boarded the SRC MAS EXPRESS, and reached Calcutta the next day, delayed by 2.5 hours. To our misery, the connecting train from Calcutta to Guwahati was delayed by further 9 hours!
We didn’t have any other option but to roam around the “THE CITY OF JOY – CALCUTTA”. We took a much needed bath in Hooghly river, near to Howrah station, then, started walking with the backpacks on our tired shoulders and eating some random street food along the way to Victoria Memorial.
The structure was mesmerizing, so much so, that it made us relax and induce a nap on its expansive lawns. We were, probably snoring, and slept like babies for almost three hours!
After that refreshing nap, we went about boarding the train at 11pm, and reached Guwahati the next day, again, delayed by 3.5 hours. Reaching Guwahati late in the night around 10 pm, we found that there is a local festival at “KAMAKHYA TEMPLE” and there were thousands of people at the station. We decided to spend the night in the station, itself, as it would have been difficult to find room.
The next morning we started at around 5 am from Guwahati to Shillong in a shared jeep; reaching Shillong at around 8.30 am. It was 24 June 2014. After three days of continuous travel we reached Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya.
We searched a lot for cheap rooms but it was a challenging task, I must say! Finally we found “HOTEL INDIANA” which was INR600 for 4 people. Later, we found out the reason why it was comparatively “cheap”. It is not much used by people to stay, rather for some other interesting activities, according to one local.
First day at Shillong, one of the famous “seven sisters”, we din’t do anything much other than walking aplenty: visiting Shillong Peak and Elephant Falls, and the likes.
Second day, we started around 5 am and visited all of these gems:
1) MAWLYNNONG – Asia’s Cleanest Village
2) LIVING ROOT BRIDGE – Most Fascinating thing ever seen in my Life
3) CHERRAPUNJI and THE FALLS – Wettest Place on Earth.
4) MAWSMAI CAVES – One of the longest caves in Khasi hills.
We travelled more than 400 kms on the 25th to cover these places.
The most beautiful grasslands ever seen in my life are in Meghalaya; those grasslands never end! Ofcourse, I don’t have to explain about the dense forest of Meghalaya; the state is full of forests, mountains and unbelievable Falls!
People are so kind and helpful. And, you can never see someone walking alone, every boy will be with a girl. Maybe it is because of the cold there. Maybe.
Best part is, the food is really cheap, about INR20 to INR30 per meal….