Meghalaya has a number of valleys, highland plateaus and lush green hills and is speckled with big waterfalls. The abundant richness in nature and geography has made it possible for adventure tourism to boom in the form of aqua sports – kayaking, rafting, scuba diving to a leisurely angling. Once you from water to land you would discover many picturesque and unexplored trekking trails and camping options.
Start with the famous trekking trail named after the British officer David Scott, who was the then commissioner of revenue for erstwhile Assam. One of the few tangible remainders of the infamous David Scott, is the horse-cart trail that he built which stretched from Cherrapunjee, now properly called Sohra, to Bangladesh. This road caused a war between the Khasi people, led by U Tirot Singh, king of the Khadsawphra Syiemship and the British. The Khasi forces were finally defeated by British muskets, artillery and superior military strength but not before the bows, arrows and guile of the native people had given the English 4 years worth of guerrilla-warfare style grief. U Tirot Singh was ultimately captured and deported to Dhaka, now the capital of Bangladesh where he died on 17th July 1835.
The 16 km long trail is an old mule track, traditionally used by the locals as a trade route from Mawphlang to present day Bangladesh. The trail takes one past streams with sparkling water, lush green meadows, waterfalls, deep valleys and traditional Khasi villages.
Continue to Mawlynnong is Asia’s cleanest village covered by greenery, trees, hills, wonderful nature. Surrounded by virgin beauty of nature and waterfalls, Shilingjashai is one of the offbeat trekking routes in India’s North East.
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