Lately I used to be privileged to be invited to The Meghalayan Age Pageant which was held within the picturesque web site of Thadlaskein in West Jaintia Hills from the seventh to 15th of March 2020. As quickly as we reached the camp web site location, we had been greeted by tribals from Khasi tribe who did a battle dance to welcome us.
You have to be questioning why is it known as The Megahalayan Age Pageant? It’s as a result of the geological age by which all of us reside (from 4200 years to the current) is scientifically referred to as The Meghalayan Age. This scientific truth was established 2 years in the past based mostly on geological proof present in Mawmluh caves in Meghalaya.
Right here’s a brief video of my expertise at The Meghalayan Age Pageant carried out by Meghalaya Tourism
One of many highlights of The Meghalayan Age Pageant was the Scorching Air Ballooning exercise which I did for the primary time in India, having beforehand carried out it in Gold Coast, Australia. It was organized very professionally by a group of skilled pilots from the UK and Europe.
It was a good looking expertise to fly in a sizzling air balloon together with 10 different balloons of various sizes and styles together with one which regarded like a rubber ducky! The climate was lovely and the solar was simply rising so we had an incredible view of the complete panorama.
Within the sizzling air balloons, we flew over among the beautiful Meghalayan panorama like valleys, paddy fields, rivers, lakes and villages. The villagers had been cheering for us as we’re flying above their homes and fields and even after we landed in a paddy subject, they got here right down to greet us and take photos with the recent air balloon.
One other great exercise we did was to discover underground caves as Meghalaya has the world’s largest cave system. We explored underground pure waterfalls like this one in caves like Krem Rupasor and Krem Synrang. It was actually powerful to trek greater than three kms a technique in dense jungle however as soon as we entered these lime stone caves, it was completely price it!
The foremost caves in Meghalaya lie within the Khasi Hills space which is positioned within the areas of Cherrapunjee, Shella, Pynursla, Nongjri, Mawsynram and Langrin. The caves include some spectacular calcite formations within the type of stalactites, stalagmites and loads of flowstone. There’s an underground river flowing by way of these caves too.
We additionally visited Tyrshi Falls which is on the Shillong-Jowai Street (NH 44) and is kind of much like Shillong’s Elephant Falls. This fall is positioned about 5 kms from Jowai. A fairly arch bridge connects throughout an expanse of inexperienced paddy fields, which opens as much as the gushing Tyrshi falls thundering right down to the Pynthor (paddy-fields) under.
A winding footpath provided a panoramic and panoramic view of the Pynthor Nein, eased our trek right down to the underside of the falls, which glides down like milk over a vertical drop!
Coming to the a part of lodging, we loved Glamping which is staying in luxurious tents. Glamping had been organized in Meghalaya for the first time and 50 5-star luxurious tents had been arrange with all 5-star facilities.
The beds and cushions had been tremendous smooth, the carpeting was wonderful and the tents had been so good in controlling the temperature which had fallen to single digits outdoors. We had been additionally supplied with room heaters which was useful. Electrical energy and working water had been offered too!
The washrooms had been actually clear and effectively maintained and every tent had particular person washrooms. There was working water and even sizzling water throughout some designated occasions.
We visited Nartiang Monoliths which is the most important assortment of monoliths or Megalithic stones in a single single space. Inside the perimeter of those Megalithic assortment stands the tallest Menhir erected by U Mar Phalyngki a trusted lieutenant of the Jaintia King to commemorate his victory in battle. Different monoliths had been erected by U Mar Phalyngki, U Luh Lyngskor Lamare and varied clans of Nartiang village between 1500A.D.and l835A.D.
Over all we had a beautiful time in Meghalaya attending The Meghalayan Age Pageant 2020 and looking out ahead to exploring extra of the great state within the coming years!