While doing my research for Meghalaya, I came across Gregory Allya Warjiri aka Greg. Now Greg is all things outdoors and runs a new age travel startup called NOMADS SHILLONG. We met over Instagram and gradually gave shape to our plan. And he is going to be my partner in crime in Meghalaya, ALONG WITH BLACKEY our OVERLANDING VEHICLE. But whats overlanding, you may ask. Well In simple words, its a roadtrip where your vehicle becomes your home, and the journey becomes the destination. Basically an alternate way of exploring the world. And one of the pioneers of this concept is a Guwahati based startup called Camping Co. They are a self drive vehicle rental company offering SUVs equipped with rooftop tents and camping gears for a comfortable overlanding expedition. Moreover the country side in the northeast is just magnificent, so I just cant think of a better way to explore the North East. Join me as I explore a side of Meghalaya that you havent seen before.
North East India has always felt like a frontier. Comparatively untouched beauty, fascinating tribes, unique food and such diverse cultures. So my rendezvous with the North East began with Meghalaya. Over the years Shillong has transformed from a picturesque hill station to a bustling urban hill town. So I just left aside the typical tourist spots likes lakes, waterfalls, view points, and decided to experience the city from a different lens. Join me as I explore the sights and bites of Shillong before heading to the wild side of Meghalaya.
So we were in the scenic village of Mawlyngbna. Nestled above the plains of Bangladesh, the village is one of the initiatives of the Meghalaya Govt and the village cooperative societies. I felt that the development of Mawlyngbna has a very natural and organic feel to it. It was the perfect example of a sustainable eco tourism destination where the locals have an ownership not just financially but also emotionally. Talking about taking ownership, just at an hours drive from Shillong lies an example of how a family is promoting sustainable lifestyle and responsible tourism. Run by Meghalaya born Canadian James Perry and his Khasi wife Valerina , Maple Pine is somewhere between a campsite, a bnb, and an english style rustic lodge. Meghalaya has gradually started opening up to me with its people, culture and sense of adventure. However there are still some layers which are yet to be unpeeled. Join me as I explore a side of Meghalaya that you havent seen before.
23 February 2021
Travel, Talk Show