IN THE HEART OF KHASI HILLS – PART 1 (The TREK)

It was a usual monsoon morning in Sohra— the world’s wettest place. The hills were cloaked with smokey fog, and air was heavy with moisture. It could rain anytime. But despite the perilous weather, I was eagerly waiting for my friend’s car to arrive for we had planned to visit Nongriat—a village in the rainforest of shohra popular for its living route bridges, and what could have been more adventurous of a thing to do than to get caught up in rain in the middle of a rain forest! 🙂

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So the car arrived and we drove to the entry point of Tyrna Elka Eco reserve from where the trek to living root bridge starts. Now, I must say that at first it may look fun to trek down the steps that lead down into the foothills where the forests are, but it soon turns overwhelming, especially as you go further where the steps become obscure and merges into the forest trail. It’s not uncommon to see people taking more than 5 hours to complete one side of the trek, for they choose to negotiate it slowly, taking many rests in between.

But I was in a hurry!

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After a tiresome trek of 2 hours through the wet, leech-infested forest, I finally reached Nongriat. What opened infront of my senses was spellbinding—the rivulets and brooks crisscrossing the forests, the myriad waterfalls dotting the landscape, the ingenious living root bridges spanning the rivers, the intoxicating smell of petrichor infused in the air, the hissing and chirping of snakes and crickets, the chatter of monkeys in the canopies and the perpetual wetness which dripped down the leaves in the form of eternal rain.

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To Be Continued…

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