During our Brahmaputra Pushkar trip to Guwahati after visiting Maa Kamakya Shakthi Peedam and Dasa Maha Vidya temples we travelled to Shillong .
By 4 pm we reached Umiam lake .
It is a lake surrounded with small mountains, calm and serene place , there is a boat ride facilities as it was drizzling we dint go for boating . Had hot masala tea and did window shopping on the roadside shops mostly was art work hand made of bamboos were sold here .
This lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya.
By the time we reached it was 8.30 pm we had night dinner at Madras cafe in the near by hotel before reaching Polo Towers as most of us were senior citizens and diabetic . Our tour organizers arranged idly dosai payasam chutney sambar in Shillong .
Hotel Polo Towers welcomed us with a complimentary buttermilk and along with it a muffin as that was 20th year anniversary of their Hotel .
Morning got freshen up and had complimentary breakfast and started our travel .
Meghalaya is a place of falls and lakes . Our first visit was to Elephant falls
Located 12 km away from the capital city of Shillong, Britishers named it so as the stone looked like a elephant it’s a 3 layered waterfalls admist the dense forest there are steps to get down and see all the 3 layers , must be carefull if it’s raining . We almost spent an hour admiring the beauty of the falls .
Our next destination was Wakaba falls , the falls was invisible fully covered with mist and climate was too chill , we waited half an hour for the mist to clear could only hear the sound of the falls as it started raining we got into the mini van we were travelling .
Next falls we saw was Daienthlan falls as the rain stopped we enjoyed walking in the water flowing and took as much ever videos and photos we wanted .Then we went to Noklihai falls . Though we could see the falls couldn’t get down from mini van as it was raining heavily .
We reached Cheerapunzee, which is said to be the highest rainfall receiving region of India . The climate was awesome no rain . We had afternoon lunch in a hotel there and bought cinnamon sticks sold there .
After lunch we went to Mawsmai cave they charge Rs.20 as entrance ticket we could succeed only to a certain distance as due to rains there was a feet of water and we returned back . We got exhausted and that days final destination was to Seven sisters water falls was a visual treat opposite to it another falls we took as many videos and photos and returned back having night dinner in the same Madras cafe and returned to room .
Next day morning we packed up our luggage and after the breakfast the first place we saw was a Cathedral Church in Shillong . It was big with colourfull stain glass paintings and then to Shillong view point .
Next day morning we packed up our luggage and after the breakfast the first place we saw was a Cathedral Church in Shillong . It was big Church with colourfull stain glass paintings and then to Shillong view point .
We had to climb a winding steps to see the entire view from top . The best part of the trip was wearing their tribal dress and a photo shoot of it . We all dressed up they hire it for Rs.100 per head and for photos they charge Rs.50 per photo.
Then we travelled to Guwahati on the way had afternoon lunch by 4 pm we went Purva Thirupathi Balaji temple in Guwahati.
Purva Tirupati Sri Balaji Mandir is a beautiful Hindu Temple situated at Ahom Gaon area of Guwahati in Assam. It is one of the popular temples in Guwahati.
Dedicated Lord Venkateswara, Purva Tirupati Sri Balaji Mandir was built in the year 1998. Sprawling over 2 acres, the temple is considered as the replica of the original Tirupati Balaji Temple. This white colored temple is built in the similar architectural style of the South Indian temples. The temple has a Rajagopuram (70 feet in height), a Maha Mandapam, an Ardha Mandapam, and the Sanctorum.
There is a Ganesha Temple at the entrance of the complex. The main temple is the home of Lord Balaji. The deity inside the sanctum sanctorum is carved out of a single stone that weighs more than 4 tonnes. Besides, there are also the temples of Goddess Padmavati and Garuda- the vahana of Lord Balaji inside the premises. A recent addition to the temple complex is the Yagasala that has been built in traditional style to enable devotees to perform Yagnas.
Then we went to Bhimashankar jyothirlingam at Pamoghi . It was a pradhosam day .We were happy of getting the dharshan and blessings of Lord Shiva . Though there us a Bhimashankar jyothirlingam in Maharashtra here they consider this as a jyothirlingam. From the main entrance we had to walk about a half km to reach Lord Ganesha temple .The Ganesha idol is rock cut on a huge stone we did pooja to Lord Ganesha and walked the slope a small bridge about a km admist the dense forest with streaming water we saw and did pooja to the Jyothirlingam by the time we were back to our van it has become dark . The priest told us dont waste time here as these are elephants pathway they requested us to move away soon . With the divine blessings of the Lord Shiva we reached our room in Hotel Prag Continental Guwahati .
Daienthlan fallsSeven Sisters fallsMawsmai caveDaienthlan fallsShillong view point