The sacred forest , Mawphalang
I remember the day I was sitting at the breakfast table making a list in Shillong guest house and asking for help from Manbha, where to go and where not to.He is kind and helpful person.He suggested a few places and I wrote it down in my notebook. Mawphalang was one of them, it was not in my bucket list that time.No one will regress after coming to this place.
The entry to the Sacred forest is no less like a green tunnel, formed by green branches.Stepping into the forest reveals an astonishing network of plants and trees, all connected. There are many medicinal plants and Rudraksh trees (the seeds of which are used in religious ceremonies), ferns, and mushrooms also around. Story behind the sacred forest is....
The Sacred Forest is protected by the Lyngdoh clan, who believe that the deity protects their village.The huge forest was first ruled by the Blah clan, who found it difficult to rule the massive forest. Then they decided to choose another clan. Blah clan found a woman, a Lyngdoh, who had a son.She agreed to let her son protect the forest but on one condition. She planted five saplings and said if they grew into trees, her son will takeover. The saplings grew beautifully.
There is another rule, "no one can take anything out Of This Sacred Forest". Yes, Nothing. Not even a leaf!. Innside the forest, there are many monoliths(Alter), which represent places of sacrifice. The tribe here sacrifices cocks, lambs, etc to make their wishes come true (Swipe 👉).Even the sacrifices have to be perfect. There are certain things you need to keep in mind. If you enter the forest without having all the materials needed for the sacrifice, it cannot happen.
The village (Mawphalang) is ruled by a king, who is choosen through a democratic elections.
Indigenous fruits, spices & greens of Meghalaya were beautifully woven into our dinner design story at @themeghalayanage . These centrepieces were made using locally grown & handcrafted things like Bamboo rice-winnowing baskets, mandarin oranges called Soh Sohra, Lakadong turmeric, Banana stem, citrusy pink Soh Shang berries, Pineapple, green peppercorns & pinecones.
(Alphon studies for his science exam outside my room.)
The couple’s oldest child, thirteen-year-old Daiyai who lives with his uncle in Shillong and studies there, has been home now since the last one week. The school has of course shut down. I am told that government authorities in Cherrapunjee have been trying to educate locals about the coronavirus and how it spreads. I am deeply skeptical however that the seriousness of it all has sunk in yet. Most local friends and acquaintances from the village seem to think that Khasi (one of three indigenous tribes of Meghalaya) are immune to the virus since Meghalaya has not reported a single case yet.
Fortunately, Khasis have an unusual obsession with hygiene. Although a lot of houses in most villages don’t have a water connection at home and thus have to carry water from the nearby stream or water tanks set up by the government, that is never an excuse for a dirty household. Their kitchens are more sterile than most hospitals. In my Khasi household, the kitchen would be repeatedly dusted and cleaned several times through the day. In every house that I visited in Nongrim and nearby villages, utensils always shone like they were made of crystal. No one cleans dishes quite like them, believe me.
Things are far from perfect though. Since water has to be carried for every little task including brushing, some everyday tasks that most of us in the cities deem important are ignored. Bathing for example is a ritual my Khasi family and I used to perform no more than twice a week. While I used to wash my clothes every day, the family would pile up their laundry for a couple of weeks before heading to the nearby river or the water tank. As for washing hands repeatedly, well, that is just not how they would waste their precious resource.
The one serious consequence a lot of people in the village are now facing is the lack of an income and consequently food. I can only hope that the government will implement soon what it has promised.
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We got an opportunity to visit the North East in 2019, and we picked Meghalaya as our destination for the trip. Glad we made this choice as it is one of the most beautiful places you can visit. Meghalaya is blessed with so many stunning waterfalls... this post is dedicated to the waterfalls of Meghalaya and pictures from our trip
Pics 1 & 2 - Krang Shuri waterfalls
Pic 3 - Phi Phi falls
Pic 4 - Rainbow waterfalls
Pic 5 - Wei Sa Dong falls (3 levels)
Pic 6 - Unnamed waterfalls (a local took us there)
Pic 7 - Su Dong falls
Pic 8 - unnamed stream
Wei Sawdong Waterfall or 3 level waterfall
One of the very secretive waterfall in Cherrapunji near Sohra. .
Entry to this place is all way more tricky, we took the help of a localite to reach at the entry point. .
Such view is not an easy catch, you will have to trek down for 25-30 mins to have this spectacular view. The reach is quite challenging as we trekked through the weak wooden slippery ladders as it was drizzling and made the trek all way more difficult. .
Wei sawdong waterfall would put some famous waterfall to shame. Very less Crowded and you can have a peaceful self time at this place with the flowing water being the best music. .
I BET : You will not see such spectacular waterfall anywhere in India. .
PS : Tips .
🔹Wear your trek shoes else its a difficult task for you ahead. .
🔹 Visit this place in noon time to have the best clear view of the waterfall. .
I think @rex.sulu will never forget this trek on her entire life😅
Thousands of steep hilly steps (Ascends and descents)
8 hours hiking (4+4)
Literally me and @_muheesh as well😇
Tyrna village ➡️ Nongriat Village ➡️ Living root bridge ➡️ Double decker bridge ➡️ Rainbow Falls
Returned after attending the #MeghalayanAge2020 #MeghalayaTourism festival and boy what a wonderful experience this was, my very first time in the beautiful #northeastindia .
Meghalaya is filled with some wonderful treks, waterfalls, living toot bridges and some wonderful caves, i got an opportunity to visit one such cave, that wasn't touristy at all infact there wasn't anyone to be seen around.
Syndai Caves in Jantia Hills of Meghalaya are an absolute stunner, An obvious track down the slope from the village to a point where it steepens and immediately below this, a small path heads off through the forest to the left for some 50 m into a depression, where the cave entrance lies.
Today with everyone being so-called trekker and traveller it has become a usual task. but, back in 2014 which is almost 6 years ago, it was a difficult task for me. .
It was difficult to get that 1st permission from parents to stay out there in the wild. But there she was, my mummy who gave me that permission. For every trek, she was the one who woke up before me just so that he could cook me that भेंडीची भाजी आणि पोळी. .
When I started going out I needed Money. I was just in SY so couldn't afford to pay much. But there she was, my Tai @kotwalkshitija. ''I want to for a trek'' was the only thing I said every time before she would give me the money I needed. .
Every time I wished to visit a place, there she was, my travel partner @usha_athena97. She is the one who takes all the responsibility of my each and everything while I enjoy my trek like a kid.
For the last 4 years, there is this girl who has been super proud of me for whatever I do @apoorva_thatpoet. .
For last 2 years, there is this girl who goes through videos of every trek before giving me approval for the same @sayali_kshirsagar18. There is this kid who trusts me and comes for treks with me @asawari_kisan_nawale. There is this girl who keeps motivating me to follow my passion. @uzuuumaki, You and Your words are an inspiration. .
This women's day I wish to tell that,
I am here because of you all and one day I'll make you super proud.