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.

VANTAGE POINT - UMIAM LAKE



24th Feb 2016, New Delhi

Last post might have given you a glimpse of the beauty of the Umiam Lake and i've also mentioned about a vantage point from where you can view the whole lake and feel the grandness of it.

The point comes while on the way uphill from Umiam Lake to the city of Shillong. The point gives a 360 view of the lake which is quite a view to hold onto, but the sad point is that there is a barrier which restricts you to go further to the edge and get better clicks of the whole lake. Though it may be because of security measure, but it definitely dampens the enthusiasm of people like me.

You can spend some time over there and have some good street food too (if you feel like munching) from the makeshifts stalls out there. Since we were there at Christmas time we had some great home made cake with tea from one of the vendor.

The interesting thing i liked about some of the vendor is that they have made the stalls in their car itself (see below picture). 



It was quite  interesting way of doing business in a place where rain is so common. The stall helper was quite friendly and spoke fluent English unlike in other parts of the country where language becomes an issue. He  gave me some good tips about some places around Shillong too (though i couldn't cover them due to my short stay) and asked me to come during monsoon. I'm not sure if i'll be able to make it during monsoon but it definitely left a good impression on me.

So if you need a break from your road-trip this will be one of the best place to have a short break. The view as well as the food will make you refresh. 

UMIAM LAKE, SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA | DEC 2015

Serenity at its best - Umiam Lake



12th Feb 2016, New Delhi

Umian lake is a reservoir turned into a lake, which emits beauty round the clock. The lake is 15 kms before the main city Shillong and right beside the Guwahati to Shillong highway.

So when you plan your trip to Shillong (from Guwahati) ensure to visit the lake on the way to the city. No point coming back to the place again when most of the other attractions of the city are on the other side of the city.. 

We reached this place at a decent time, around 9.30 am in the morning, and still the gates were not yet opened. Even the shops around the place were closed. We have to wait a bit before someone came and provided us the entry tickets. We were the first one to be there and that gave us enough time to explore the place without much crowd around. The place is very tranquil and provides one of the best scenic beauty around it with the floating clouds, the blue sky, hills around the lake and the blue water.

You can plan picnics at this place or just sit around and enjoy the cold breeze and the view or take a walk along the shore of the lake. Boats rides are also available but the only twist is that if you are 2-3 people then you need to wait for the boat to fill up. Like we reached quite early in the morning so we had to wait a lot for other people to arrive. They start the boat only when its full or you pay the full amount of the boat capacity (This is what i did at last). Before you decide on the boat ride ask the route, as otherwise it may be just be  a waste of monies for you. But its a worth taking the ride as the lake is huge and you will be mesmerized by its beauty and calmness. So a must place for your travel itinerary. There is also a vantage point further up on the way to Shillong. The vantage point gives a 360 degree view of the place. I'll write about it in my next post with few pictures for sure. 

P.S The lake is also sometime referred as Barapani lake as earlier this was a part of Assam before Meghalaya came into existence. So don;t get confused by the name as drivers from Assam may refer this place as Barapani while in all other places this is mentioned as Umian Lake only. 


UMIAM LAKE, SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA | DEC 2015




Canyons of Laitlum


01st Feb 2016, New Delhi

I mentioned briefly about the "Canyons of Laitlum, Meghalaya" in my earlier post. Laitlum is situated around 45 minutes drive from Shillong and is situated in the Khasi Hills. Now after so many days i got some time to write further about this beautiful place. 

As mentioned earlier as soon we arrived at Laitlum, we were welcomed by magnificent pasture land. It appears to be a plateau  amidst the hills. You stroll around the place, enjoying every step around the place. While strolling, at any moment, it won't come to your mind that the place is known for something else. Its when you walk till the edge of the hills, the magnificent deep gorge surprises you. The gorge is huge and deep. People say during monsoon the whole gorge is filled with clouds and the bottom is hardly seen. Won't it be wonderful to witness such a sight?

Since i went during winters and the weather was clear. I could manage to see and click the beautiful gorge till the very end. You can see some habitation down below the gorge and the river flowing between the hills. The sight is mesmerizing especially when you can see the Sun going down behind the hills of the gorge.

There are steep stairs (made my locals) around the edge of the gorge and you can walk down (if you wish) to quite an extend till the villages down below. While going down you can feel the winds more strongly and every step will remind you about the grandness of the gorge. I would definitely suggest to do so as its a different experience.

So as said earlier do keep this place in the bucket list for next time. Its worth visiting.

P.S: Somewhere i read that Laitlum itself meant "the edge of the Hills" and surely the name is aptly given to this place.

LAITLUM, SMIT, MEGHALAYA | DEC 2015