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LOCATIONS IN MEGHALAYA
* 12 Nov 2021
Nohkalikai Falls, the
tallest plunge waterfall with a drop of about 340 m is located about 7.5 km from Cherrapunji (Sohra) in the East Khasi Hills
District of Meghalaya.
The falls plunges into a clear pool which changes color from blue to green to aqua based on the season.
The name Nohkalikai means Jump of Ka Likai (Noh - jump, Ka -
prefix used for a female, Likai - name of the woman who jumped off the
cliff. Likai of the Khasi tribe, remarried hoping her daughter
would get a good father to care for her. But, the man hated the
child and one day killed the daughter and cooked her into a meal.
Likai, who came back tired from her work, partook the meal, but soon
realised that she had actually eaten her daughter's flesh. Mad
with grief, she ran and fell off the cliff at the Nohkalikai falls.
Source: Nohkalikai Falls - Tragically Beautiful Waterfall in Meghalaya, Anjali Chawla, travelmelodies.com, Oct 11, 2021
* 14 Sep 2021
Meghalaya’s living root bridges
These are suspension bridges made by sustained nurturing and
entwining roots of a species of Indian rubber trees to form bridges that
are firm and strong enough to carry weights. The tribes of Khasis / Jaintias
applied various methods to cause the roots to entwine and grow and
stretch across river bodies to create firm bridges. Some of bridges are
as old as 500 years. They take upto 15 years to grow and become
strong enough for people to cross over. Owing to climate and wetness,
some of the roots may decay but more fresh roots entwine to make it even
stronger over the years.
Source: traveltriangle.com ; atlasobscura.com
Popular root bridges at Cherrapunjee
Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge - A double-decker living-root bridge
at a height of 2400 feet, it is 3 km long and begins from Village Tyrna
Village. Reaching the upper bridge, which is 20 meter long is tough but a
worth -it task. Please take note that one needs to be physically fit to
reach the upper bridge.
Ummunoi Root Bridges - At a height of 1400 feet, this bridge is 74 m
long and is known to be the oldest living bridge of the region.
Ritymmen Root Bridge - This 30 m long bridge is in Nongthymmai village.
Umkar Root Bridge - This is a short bridge near Village Siej and takes
half an hour to walk to and fro on it. Local floods a few years ago had
washed away a portion of bridge that is being re-built by the locals.
During the monsoon season, a visit to this bridge is even more exciting
as a waterfall gushes along the bridge at that time.
Mawsaw Root Bridge - Mawsaw Bridge (steel and root) is located around 20 - 30 minutes walk from the Umshiang bridge.
The Khasi tribe inhabit the eastern part of Meghalaya, in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills. Khasis residing in Jaintia hills are now better known as Jaintias. They are also called Pnars.
The Khasis occupying the northern lowlands and foothills are generally called Bhois. Those who live in the southern tracts are termed Wars.
* 13 Sep 2021
Shnongpdeng Village is located in Jaintia Hill district near Dawki in the state of Meghalaya, India.
Umgot river is passes by the village which makes it attractive place to
visit. The water of the river is absolutely crystal clear & one can
easily see the bottom of the river. Boating, Cliff jumping, zip lining,
scuba diving are available.
Dawki - a town in West Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya.
The Umngot River flows through Dawki, a small town in the East Jaintia
Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border. The best time to visit
Doki is from January to May as it is closed for boating in monsoons when
the river overflows.
There is a small island in the middle of the Umngot River - a beautiful place filled with rocks in every shape, color and size.
Dawki Bridge, a suspension bridge built over the Umngot river was constructed in 1932 by the British.