Sojourn in the abode of clouds, Meghalaya

by - December 17, 2017

The Elephant waterfalls, a broad, multi-tiered waterfall situated a short drive away from Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya. It used to be called the Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew before it was renamed by the British as the Elephant falls.

Over here, people don’t build bridges, but grow them. A self-renewing, self-strengthening living root bridge that looks almost as if from a fantasy world.

To withstand the ruthless monsoon in this region, the innovative people of the Khasi tribe made these from living roots of rubber trees, to withstand the test of time for more than 100 years. I wonder how something as rudimentary to transportation as a bridge across a river, can be made so surreal.

Nokhalikai waterfall, making a plunge of about 340 metres makes the setting to click some pictures very pleasing, but the legends behind the name of the falls, not so much. According to the legends, a woman named Likai made a similar plunge from this cliff after she found out that her second husband had killed, cooked and fed her own daughter to her.

One of the many stops you can make while travelling through Meghalaya to get a glimpse of the the beauty the Khasi hills are. No wonder, the clouds wanted to make this place their abode. I'm glad I did too, even though just for a few days

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