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Double Decker Living Root Bridges In The Scotland Of The East - Meghalaya!!

It all began with my frustration was at its peak during my medicine rotations and I just booked a flight ticket from Bhubaneswar to Guwahati for the 21st of April 2019. I really didn't think it through when I booked my return flight after 8 days. After doing a bit of research I decided on the places I wanted to go to. But I had no idea how to reach those places and what to do. But as most plans go, fate had something else in store for me. My little sister who is all of 13 years old joined me on this trip to the "Scotland of East". Let the fun begin! From Guwahati Airport we took a shared cab for 500 INR per person to Police Bazaar in Shillong. I'd just booked this one stay, a little away from the center of humdrum and then let life take us where it would. ShillongStay Latei Ville Inn - It was a quiet little place, overlooking the forest and valleys. There was a super cute but unfriendly doggo there. Khasi Heritage Village

Have you ever visited a tiny village and got stuc…

9 Hacks To Travel Around Meghalaya Like A Local (for super cheap)!

Travel Tips :

1. The weather in Meghalaya is super erratic. Hence, always keep a jacket at hand. And an umbrella. 2. Shared sumos are available to almost everywhere from Shillong. They're either there from Bara Bazaar or from in front of Anjalee Cinema (these 2 are different places at a distance of 100m from one another). The shared sumos leave from the villages (like Mawlynnong or Kongthong) early in the morning (like 6.30-7 AM) and depart back in the afternoon (around 2-3 pm). 3. Shared sumos to Sohra & Guwahati are available more frequently. They cost 70 & 200 bucks and leave from Bara Bazaar & Anjalee Cinema respectively.
4. To visit Meghalaya you do not need an inner limit permit as for other northeastern states. 5. The locals are usually very nice and helpful people. Except for some greedy cab drivers who scheme to charge you extra. 6. Contrary to general belief, momos are not available in plenty in Meghalaya except for in Shillong. In the interior villages, the stapl…

My One On One Encounter With Cyclone Fani That Has Devastated Odisha As We Know It

Cyclone Fani | 3rd May 2019 | Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

I remember waking up that morning and looking out of the window at the swaying trees. Slowly one by one they all fell down. After a while, the wind stopped blowing. Everything came to a standstill. We thought the cyclone had passed. Little did we know that it was the calm before the storm. Or as my little sister sang, "Yeh to trailer hai, pura film dikhane aayi."

The wind returned, at least 3 times mightier than before (200kmph we later learned). This time it was scary af. The glass windows were rattling as if any minute they would burst, the entire house was shaking and then we heard a loud sound as the asbestos roof of the staircase landing fell with a spine chilling thud. 

We were saved by mere minutes.

Because we had gone to the roof to get a better look at the surrounding. We were immensely lucky that the asbestos didn’t fall on us. Hours went by but the cyclone showed no sign of stopping. The wind was making a whistl…