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Umsaw Nongkharai

It’s a tiny village adjacent to Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary located in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya. The sanctuary harbors over 400+ species of birds including endangered species such as the Rufous Necked Hornbill, 50 species of mammals and 25 species of reptiles, which means frequent sighting of birds in the village. Umden, a village nearby, is famous for the traditional weaving and production of Eri silk. Another place of interest nearby is the Sung Valley where the local community has kept alive the tradition of terracotta pottery for generations. The women don’t use pottery wheels, but rely on their bare hands and wooden tools to cut, glaze and shape their products. 

The Homestay

This charming farmstay is hidden in a tea plantation and fruit garden that has oranges, lemons, pomelos, star fruits, ananas, pears, mangoes, litchees, papaya, rosella, turmeric and cinnamon plantations. The house provides 4 bedrooms to the guests with an attached bathroom in each. Wake up to bird songs; enjoy a hearty breakfast; walk around the Farm and build up an appetite for a farm-fresh lunch; read, listen to music or just relax. On a hot day, you can enjoy the natural swimming pool or go fishing in one of the ponds.

Number of Rooms: 4, Total capacity: 12

Know your Host

Rosie is a retired accountant who shifted to the countryside a decade ago. She opened the doors of her home to travellers willing to try the Khasi hospitality. Kriya, Rosie’s daughter, is a bamboo designer who passionately designs organic and sustainable home accents with bamboo. She runs an organic bamboo workshop. You can witness fresh bamboo ware being crafted in front of you. And interact with the designer and her artisans to know more about their craft and the organic processes behind it.

Food

Rosie takes pride in her traditional cuisine and her improvisation on it as she adapts to the palate of the guests she hosts in her homestay. You will find her subtly using spices and introducing you to local greens in the scrumptious dishes she cooks with you. She will treat you with Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Khasi, and Continental meals.

Facilities

WiFi • Parking • Running Hot Water • Open Seating Areas • AC • Television • Smoking Allowed • Bonfire • Barbecue  • Taxi Service (paid) 

Activities

Bird Watching • Nature Walks • Hiking • Reading • Village Tour • Shopping • Reading • Star Gazing • Village Walk • Forest Walk • Yoga and Meditation • Bamboo workshop • Cooking Class • Fishing

Tariff

Single Occupancy: 5000/-
Double Occupancy: 6000/-
Extra Person: 1500/-
Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Child Policy

Upto 5 year: Complimentary (no extra bed)
6-12 year: 750/- (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.

Local Attractions

• Umden (27 km) – A quiet little village in Meghalaya, famous for its pieces of Eri silk. The village of Umden is proud to carry out traditional weaving. Eri is nicknamed “silk of peace” because the silkworm is released from its cocoon before it is processed. This traditional method of sericulture is called ‘ahimsa’. Discover each processing step; from rearing worms to weaving, dyeing and spinning the yard. If you wish, you can take a day or two of private lessons.

• Sung Valley – The local community has kept alive the tradition of terracotta pottery. People of the Sung valley are masterful potters, who export their handmade products to many cities in India and to countries like Japan, Korea and others. Pottery in the Sung Valley is different. The women don’t use pottery wheels, but rely on their bare hands and wooden tools to cut, glaze and shape their products. If you wish, you can take a day or two of private lessons.

• Day trails to the forest, especially to the river Um Ran.

Excursions

Umiam (33 km) • Shillong (43 km) • Laitlum Grand (47 km) • Guwahati (62 km) • Cherrapunji (92 km)

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