Nongriat is an untouched paradise in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. It is known for its living root bridges, especially the Umshiang Double-Decker Living Root Bridge which is created by nature and crafted by Khasi tribe. The aerial roots of Ficus trees are intertwined and woven together to create this wonder. One has to walk down a trail of around 5kms (around 3500 steps) to reach the village. The hike starts from Tyrna village. Some people trek down, visit the double-decker bridge and return the same day. But if you want to feel the place, hear the roaring of river Umshiang, listen to the silence of nature while fire flies dance over you, you must stay at Nongriat and visit another wonder Rainbow falls next morning. There are many lagoons on the way where you can take your morning dip. Go Nongriat to experience the raw nature that is so untouched by artificiality.
Ours is the best located home-stay in Nongriat just adjacent to more than 180 yrs old Umshiang Double-Decker Living Root Bridge. You need to cross the bridge to reach our homestay. It is a community run place and the income generated is invested back in developing and maintaining the root bridges and the village. There are 4 double bedded rooms with attached Indian style toilets and a common area for dining. The trek to Rainbow Falls starts from just outside the homestay.
Location: Near the Root Bridge.
No. of Rooms: 4; Total Capacity: 10
Note: It is decided mutually to keep the village closed for tourist on Sundays for cleaning.
Single Person: 650/-
Double Occupancy Room: 950/-
Extra Person: 450/-
Includes: Room Only
Upto 6 years: Complimentary (No Extra Bed)
6-12 years.: 50% (Extra bed provided)
What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for a discount.
Simple home cooked local food is served. Porridge, Bread Omelets, Maggie are a few options for breakfast. Rice, dal, vegetables and salad are served in dinner. Non-veg can be prepared on request.
Nature Walk • Trekking • Village Walk • Star Gazing • Book Reading • Swimming in natural pools
The Umshiang • Double-Decker Root Bridge (1.5km) • Cherrapunji (12km) • David Scott Memorial Stone (12km) • Kynrem Falls (13km) • Seven Sisters Waterfall (15km) • Rainbow Falls (17km) • Sweet Falls (16km) • Arwah Cave (16km) • Mawsmai Cave (16km)
Wah Kaba Falls (18km) • Dainthlen Falls (22km) • Thangkharang Park (21km) • Garden of Caves (26km) • Shillong (64km) • Mawlynnong (91km)
The homestay is hosted by Chally and Lakrida, simple cheerful locals. Chally is a very warm person, passionate about nature and her village. They will not hesitate to go out of his way to make sure you have a safe and comfortable stay here.
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Its like truly staying in midst of nature. The best I remember from the trip is the fireflies just outside the house. On the walking distance is the river Umshiang on which there is a Double Decker Root Bridge. Having attached clean bathroom is a luxury in a remote village like this. And not to forget the simple hosts who went out of their way to make me comfortable.22/06/2018