Initially i started this blog as a photoblog depicting pictures from all my travels. But lately i've realized that i need to share some of my travel experiences too. So here it goes.. celebrating Life and its wonderful experiences.

LAITLUM - a hidden Jewel



19th Jan 2015, New Delhi

As mentioned earlier my whole trip to Shillong was not planned properly and now that i have been there i'm quite happy about the fact. Shillong is known as Scotland of East and truly it'll meet all those expectation of yours.

I wanted to go to places, which normally people avoid or hardly know about it.  Laitlum ( 't' silient) - was one such place. I was browsing Instagram a day before my travel and saw some beautiful pictures of this place.I felt in love but those pictures never show the full beauty of the place. So all i had in my mind were those picture only.

Anyhow i went ahead and left for Laitlum. This place is around 5 kms ahead of a small village called Smit. Searching this place was a task. Hardly anyone knew about it. Our driver had no clues but still with the help of Google maps we tried to find it. After hours of drive we could hardly find clues about it. We asked locals and they just pointed to one direction and we followed. Locals didn't understand English or Hindi. So it was a chance we took. 

I wanted to go back as traces of the place is nowhere to see. But then suddenly a local taxi driver came to our help. He was taking locals to the same place and Bingo!!

As soon we arrived at Laitlum our Jaws were awestruck!! What a place... miles of pasture land. You can run, roll down and have all the fun. At the end of the pastures are the famous "Canyons of Laitlum" (This is what the place is famous for and pictures to come soon). 

The best thing i liked about this places was that there were hardly anyone out there. Few (i counted 5) locals from Shillong and we were the only tourist from outside Shillong. Wow!! Isn't it the best place to go.

If you visit Shillong next time make sure to go to this place. But remember to carry food with you. You won;t find anything to buy out there except Chips or Biscuits that to if you are lucky enough to see locals selling out there.

Few stories and pictures to follow from this place including that of the Canyons. Till then Stay tuned!

Oh i forgot! All i heard (And later confirmed) is that you will see a bit of this place in the upcoming movie "RockOn 2".

LAITLUM, SMIT, MEGHALAYA, INDIA | DEC 2015

Heaven in Dawki


06th Jan 2015, New Delhi

Continuing from the last post, here is another picture of the Unmgot river and this time a top view of the place. You can see the different shades of the river water. At different time of the day the shades changes as per the Sun's position. Just find a quite place and sit there for hours, listening to a nice music. I'm sure the serenity of the place with take your breath away.

If you know some locals in Shillong or in Guwahati, then you can plan a nice picnic out there. I have spotted group of people cooking over there. Just that you need to carry your cooking stuff with you. 

If you wish to see more of these picture look out for my Instagram handle - palash1103

DAWKI, MEGHALAYA, INDIA | DEC 2015

Heaven



04th Jan 2015, New Delhi

With Instagram becoming widespread and so easy to use i completely neglected my blog last year. In total, just 3 post in a year - that is really sad on my part! :-(

Now that a new year has started and i being relatively free at this time of the year i thought of reviving my blog again.So i wanted to start with something which is magical. 

This picture is from my recent trip to Meghalaya of a gorge on the river Unmgot. The town is famously known as Dawki. Dawki is on the border of India-Bangladesh and around 120 Km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. 

Dawki was never there in my itinerary. I'm a planned traveler as far the destinations are concerned but when it comes to visit places within the destination then i'm quite flexible. Dawki got added once i arrived in Shillong. I never Googled the place earlier, so i was totally unaware of the beauty of this place. But as i reached there (Around 2 PM in the afternoon) i was totally speechless, seeing the beauty of the place. The river water was (Infact, is) crystal clear with different shades of Turquoise. You can see the river bed throughout the stretch. The boats on the river looks like if they have been held mid-air.. it was truly magical.

Surprisingly the beauty of the place is confined to some half a km of the stretch only. And for all the photographers its advisable to click the place from top to feel the real beauty of the place (More pictures to come soon). Also if you decide to go down you can hire boats for few hundred rupees and have a good half an hour trip around the place. There are very few people over there, unlike in other tourist places in rest of India. 

So next time you plan any trip towards North-east part of the country i would definitely suggest to add Dawki in the list.

One more interesting fact about this place is that, had the gorge been few hundred meters (Roughly 400-500 meters) downhill then it would had been in Bangladesh. We are lucky enough to see such a beauty without a VISA.

DAWKI, MEGHALAYA, INDIA | DEC 2015