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Why does one travel? Is it for the attraction of places or the connection that our soul seeks? The essence of travelling differs based on the varied perspectives of individuals. Life becomes more meaningful when we connect to the energy around us and embrace the beautiful moments. Each moment instils in us a blistering pool of inner peace.
Meghalaya in the North-Eastern corner of India is a nature lover’s paradise. The Abode of clouds as it is known otherwise is encompassed majestic waterfalls, caves, hills and unique cultures. From Root Bridges to Rock Capital of India, Meghalaya reflects the attachment of the people to nature and its music. Well, who wouldn’t love to explore such a beautiful place?
Phe Phe falls Location and Paradise Adventure Camp
On the 24th of August,2019, we set out to Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya with This Travel Company in the quest for its least explored waterfalls. After five hours of a journey through the green hills shining against the blue sky and the music of Dire Straits, we reached the Paradise Adventure Camp – The Gateway to Phe Phe Falls. The Phe Phe falls distance from Shillong is about 80 km and takes around 2.5 hours to reach. By the Jowai-Dawki Road, this campsite located beside a river provides the best facilities. Not only does it have unique miniature huts and cabins but also cottages for a comfy stay. There is an abundance of space for pitching tents as well.
Things to do in Phe Phe Falls Meghalaya
Kayaking, Swimming, and hiking to the Phe Phe falls are some of the activities that you must go for. Bonfire by the river under the starry sky is rejuvenating.
The Phe Phe falls trek
Watching colourful butterflies swinging by the flowers and collecting nectar was soothing. As we kayaked to cross the river, the fun and enthusiasm of each of us roared. Half an hour walk to the Phe Phe Waterfall (also known as Paradise Falls) will introduce you to a vast array of exquisite landscapes, lakes, and flora. The peculiar carnivorous plant, which we once read in our textbooks are also found here. Yes, we are talking about Pitcher Plant.
About Phe Phe Falls, its essence and experience
Phe Phe falls is a two-tier waterfall. Phe Phe is a Jaintia word that translates to Paradise (Jaintia is one of the major ethnic groups of Meghalaya). The location of the waterfall makes it more thrilling. Descending a steep hill, through the shrub bamboo plants, the sight of the waterfall in the backdrop of the blue sky and the range of hills layered with light and shadow on the other side, we entered the realm of paradise. The waterfall has its own charm and essence. The water is as blue as the sky, clean transparent and above all cold.
Plunging into these waters and refreshing ourselves was a pure delight. With feet immersed into these chilling waters, and eyes closed, the sensation of a sprinkling of water from the Fall touching the skin gave a strange kind of peace. To stare at the constant motion of the waterfall for minutes, to just be absorbed in the beauty around are moments I live for. A single cloud formed right above the waterfall to bid us goodbye as we were returning to the camp.
Phe Phe Falls Meghalaya
Meghalaya trip is incomplete without the clear night skies and rain. Under the stars, beside the river, with music and barbeque, our evening commenced. Our happiness doubled when we witnessed the milky way galaxy through the lens of eminent photographer Manabendra Choudhury. We hurried to our cabins when the rain eventually downpoured. With the sound of the rain, guitar, we sang songs that helped us reminisce about our old days.
Sua Ludong Falls
Chasing waterfalls on the next day we reached the Sua Ludong Falls. The Jaintia word Sua refers to the last of the water in the same place, while Ludong means the rocks by the side of the fall in its surroundings. Located about 6 km ahead of the Paradise Adventure Camp, Sua Ludong is another exquisite waterfall in Jarain, Meghalaya. Enjoyed by the local kids, they could be seen swimming, diving and playing in the waters of Sua Ludong Waterfalls.
As we dipped our feet, the rain blessed us with a new perspective of the beauty of the waterfall. The natural pool danced delightfully with the splashing of each raindrop. The scene was such that the waterfall became the lead artist while the raindrops joined its synchronized dance moves. As we returned from the waterfall, the rain stopped. This Sua Ludong experience was perhaps meant exclusively for us.
Travelling indeed provides a platform to explore oneself, to experience something out of our comfort zones. Meeting new people, sharing experiences and learning from everyone, travel is the best gift one can give to oneself. To all the folks out there, gear up, pat yourself and let’s bond with the energy and beautiful moments around us.
N.B: Please do correct me if the local names of the waterfalls have a different interpretation.
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Know more about Phe Phe falls.
What is the best time to visit Phe Phe falls?
The best time to visit Phe Phe falls is from September to April. It can also be visited all year round. Unlike other waterfalls in Meghalaya, Phea Phea falls do not dry up.
How many waterfalls are there in Phe Phe Falls?
There are two waterfalls in Phe Phe falls. Both are known as Phe Phe which means paradise in the Jaintia language.
How to reach the main Phe Phe Falls?
After reaching the top of the first Phe Phe falls, cross the river stream, follow the trail and descend the hill to the right. The trail was steeper before but as of 2022, steps are made for easy descent and ascending of the hill.
What are the things to do in Phe Phe Phe Falls?
You can go for camping by the riverside, kayak in the river, hike to the Phe Phe falls. Adventure activities such as Waterfall Rappelling are also done when requested.
What are the places to visit near Phe Phe falls?
1. Sua Ludong Waterfall
2. Krangsuri Waterfall
3. Rbangpohpamlong Waterfall
4. Kudengrim Living Root Bridges.
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Updated Covid-19 Protocols
The state of Meghalaya has reopened its doors for tourism from the 1st of September,2021.
Check out the latest STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (SOP) updated by the Government of Meghalaya on the 11th of February, 2022-