Of wildwood and wildflowers

  • Asanna | New Delhi

    March 21, 2017 | 12:18 PM
Shillong

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Wild and beautiful, the flowers bloom beneath the trees in the wildwood. They whisper new hopes and dreams in the wind. It's thousand miles away, but it beckons the traveller in you.

Spread your wings and fly away to the Abode of Clouds, and let your hair down in the soft drizzle of spring rain. Don’t look at the neon lights for a while. Leave the hustle and bustle of the high city life, for now. Come away to the place where you can listen to the sound of murmuring brooks and rustling leaves. And, smell the freshness of green ferns drenched with dew drops.

Take the road less travelled—the long and winding road to the hills and up the mountains. It’s always a joy ride here, with nature’s bounty before you and around you.

Tall pines and lakes, small hillocks and makeshift shacks with farm and local-made food greet you as you hit the road from the airport at Guwahati to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya.

Home to the cleanest village in Asia, the state has a lot to offer any visitor—waterfalls and caves, canyons and bridges, valleys and peaks, rolling meadows and warm hamlets. Just lay down your heavy load. Shrug off the stress. Free your mind from the dirt and grime you left behind.

Now, take a peaceful deep breath, and let your heart and soul breath freely. Free yourself to the home of wild flowers and garden blooms.

And, spend a good week or so in the city and around it. Listen to their music, their songs and enjoy the food, and you would be tempted to stay a little longer. When you go away, you would want to come back home here.

Apart from the peaceful life, beautiful people and the unique culture to experience, some places you must visit when you are in this Northeastern state Meghalay are: Umiam Lake, the Living Root Bridge, Elephant Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Seven Sisters Falls, Dawki River, Mawkdok Dympep Valley, Shillong peak, Laitlum Canyons and Mawsmai Cave. One must also visit Mawlynnong Village. It was listed the cleanest village in Asia by Discover India in the year 2003.

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