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India: The Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

India
history • 10 days, 9 nights

India: The Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

India
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  • Group Size 10 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Challenging
  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $2,580 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

In a rain-laden landscape with sweeping hills, deep valleys, and fast-flowing waterfalls, meet the ancient living root bridges of Cherrapunji. Here in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t simply built—they’re grown. We’ll be taking an up-close look at one of India’s most unique architectural wonders on this one-of-a-kind adventure in Northeast India. Our expert local guides will lead us through villages and jungles, reachable only by several hours of remote trekking through this lush jungle landscape. We’ll spend two nights in local homestays in Nongriat Village, far from the bustle of towns and cities. Beyond the living bridges, we’ll visit the area’s temples, as well as breathtaking bodies of water including some of the many rivers, lakes, and waterfalls that encompass this dramatic terrain. 

The practice of creating new living bridges and preserving these ancient wonders is slowly fading out, and in visiting and supporting local communities, we hope to contribute to keeping the tradition alive. 

 

 

Highlights
  • See several of India’s living root bridges up close
  • Remote jungle treks
  • Unique accommodation, including a local homestay
  • Sacred temples

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Pricing

The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $425. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.

Activity Level

This trip involves moderate to strenuous hiking excursions to view the root bridges over hilly, jungle terrain. Participants should feel comfortable walking up to 6 or 7 hours per day on hilly, uneven paths with naturally-formed root and stone steps. The most challenging hike will last approximately 3.5 hours traveling uphill while carrying a backpack with 2 days worth of clothing and gear. Participants will be required to store most luggage in Cherrapunji and carry a backpack with essentials to the homestay in Nongriat (Days 3-5).

Arrival & Departure

This tour begins on Day 1 in Guwahati. There are several daily flight options to Guwahati from Kolkata or Delhi and our local representative will meet you at the Guwahati airport on arrival. We recommend booking your flight to arrive by 1:00 p.m. so you have time to check-in at the hotel and settle in before meeting the group and your tour leader for the afternoon visit to the Maa Kamakhya temple. The tour ends on Day 10 and you can book your outbound flight with departure any time that day.

Accommodations

This trip travels to remote locations in Meghalaya, India, where we will be making use of the best available accommodations. These are generally local hotels and guesthouses of international 3* quality. This itinerary does include a 2-night homestay, where accommodations will be clean but basic. Rooms will accommodate single or double occupancy in twin beds. There are shared bathroom facilities with Indian-style squat toilets. While there is running water for washing, separate drinking water will be provided during the homestay. The food served here will be basic and consists of local vegetarian & non-vegetarian dishes. 

Transportation

We will be traveling around India in one or two (depending on group size) 12-14 seater mini-buses. These vehicles are climate-controlled, but given the mountainous terrain we will be traversing, there will be some stretches where the air-conditioning will have to be turned off. On most days the driving time will be an hour or less, but there are a few days with a significant amount of driving on windy roads for 3 - 5 hours.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable 3* local hotels and guesthouses and a village homestay
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including arrival and departure airport transfers
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Guwahati
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

Your participation in this trip will provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on traditional customs will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.

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