Have you heard of a beautiful village called Mawlyngbna nested at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya? If not, giving it a search, visit the place and enrich yourself with an empowering experience. Maintained by Mawlyngbna Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd. under Explore Exotic Meghalaya- a joint collaboration of the Co-operative Department the Mawlyngbna Traveller’s Nest provides exquisite and peaceful homestays along with a number of adventure activities.
THE ABODE OF WATERFALLS- MEGHALAYA
Hearing the name of Mawlyngbna for the first time just a week before, I couldn’t resist but join the road trip organized by This Travel Company on the 13th of October, 2019. Driving through the curvy roads alongside the hills, we halted near Mawphlang Sacred Groove to embrace the foggy ambience.
As we neared Mawlyngbna, a waterfall greeted us by the roadside. We stopped again, to watch the flight of the clouds play with the sun. Standing atop a viewpoint, as I glanced to right, left and front I saw waterfalls in each direction in the distant hills. Well, I believe, Meghalaya should be referred to as the ‘Abode of Waterfalls’ instead of ‘Abode of clouds.’
MAWLYNGBNA TRAVELLER’S NEST
About 15 km from Mawsynram town of East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya, the Mawlyngbna Traveller’s Nest is located atop a hill beside the Mawlyngbna village. After having driven about 5 hours from Guwahati, Assam, we finally reached our destination. As the kids cheered in the playground below, we rejoiced the view of the far away paddy fields of Bangladesh, and the romanticism of the sunset with the hills of Meghalaya.
“The House in the Woods” is where we stayed the night. There are two cottages in Mawlyngbna Traveller’s Nest Campsite surrounded by trees all around. As we descended the stairs, the crickets welcomed us with their whistles. A beautiful night concluded under the full-moon, bonfire, songs of joy and the melody of guitar strings played by our guest.
RIVER CANYONING AT UMKHAKOI
As I opened the door, a joyous puppy greeted wiggling its tail. It was a foggy morning accompanied by the sound of the raindrops splashing on the leaves and crickets singing their best.
Morning Scenes in Mawlyngbna
The clouds cleared by noon; the adventure thus began. After a 15 minutes drive from the campsite and a short hike through a forested patch, we ventured out for river canyoning for the first time. The quest started with the thrill of jumping off the cliff. To overcome the fear of diving/jumping was perhaps meant to happen in the purest waters of Meghalaya. I cheered out loud as soon as I came out of the water. Surreal it was! Sliding down the tiny waterfalls, rappelling a few, swimming and eventually kayaking to the Umkhakoi River – it has it all. Every moment was filled with thrill, laughter and happiness.
You get to slide, dip, dive, jump, swim and kayak in the river canyoning.
MAWLYNGBNA TRAVEL GUIDE
How to reach?
Sumo, bus and rented cars are available from Guwahati to Shillong. From Anjali Taxi Stand, you will get vehicles on sharing basis directly to Mawlyngbna. There are two buses from Shillong ( Anjali Sumo Taxi Stand) to Mawlyngbna – one at 1 pm and the other at 3 pm. Make sure you reach Shillong beforehand to book the tickets.
Activities to do in Mawlyngbna Meghalaya
- River Canyoning, swimming, kayaking and Angling at Umkhakoi Lake
- Visit the Fossil Park.
- Explore Oslo Waterfall, Umdikain Waterfall, Riat Riam Khasaw Falls among others.
Oslo Waterfall in Mawlyngbna
- Hike to the caves and the humungous Split Rocks.
- Visit Ka iew Luri Lura – A rigged surface with animal footprints, believed as the market to have been run by animals according to their folklore.
- Witness the insect-eating Pitcher Plants in the garden and forests.
- Take a walk into the community forest named Law Adong.
- Explore Krem Mawpun- a cave in Lawbah, near Mawlyngbna.
Where to Stay?
The Mawlyngbna Traveller’s Nest Campsite provides camping tents (Rs 800 per night) and has two guest houses (Rs 2000/day) for stay. Each guest house has two beds with an attached bathroom. Extra-fee is charged to accommodate more than 2 individuals.
Whom to Contact?
Read the Guidelines by Meghalaya Government for tourists entering the state.
An addition to the Mawsynram tourism and Meghalaya tourism map, Mawlyngbna traveller’s nest ought to be on your Meghalaya checklist.