After some serious contemplation, I decided to come to Meghalaya in my bid to explore India. I had read a lot about this cloud heaven, had my Instagram feed filled with its beautiful pictures. And it’s closer to my hometown in a way, so there is that too.
So I will do an introductory post about this trip and its planning in a separate post. I am in Shillong currently and just came back from a short scooty trip around Shillong.
I rented a scooty from my stay and left around 10.30am. It was my kind of day, cloudy, grim and breezy and I just adore these weather conditions. I think it goes well with my personality but I am being very narcissistic here.
Anyway, so off I went….in the wrong direction and met a dead end within 5 minutes. Can you believe it, what a start!!! To add to my embarrassment, the guy who handed me the scooty was standing, smug smiling when I rerouted my self on the correct path. I gave him a lame smile from my open-face helmet. It was a sign of things to come, as I found out later.
I found my way to the main city road after which came the highway. Now, Meghalayan highway ride is a delight. Someday I will share a link to those videos, which are too large to upload here, but you can trust my word on that.
The murky weather, cold breeze, empty road, sprinkle of rain only enough to make you tickle, and an empty highway. Did I just describe road ecstasy?😍😍🤩 Well, that’s what I experienced. I’ll tell you this, people are certainly not exaggerating when they say Meghalaya is beautiful, it is indeed God’s own soccer field.
I had managed to hold on to the correct route as I made my way towards Laitlum Canyons. It’s not like I did something intelligent, the road is quite straightforward, although I kept asking for directions. Just towards the end, I think I missed a turn. The thing is I am not sure if I did as google seemed as confused as I was. There was no one to help me with directions anymore as the area is quite forlorn. I could count on my fingers the number of people that I saw, which doesn’t happen in India, let alone a tourist spot.
But I kept driving ahead ignoring the turn not taken, and I just could not believe my eyes. The place looked right out of movie locations, vast stretch of lush green soft grass with a wavy landmass. I couldn’t believe my luck. Would I have ever found this place had I taken the right route? Maybe this was the right one, but I like the other version because it is all the more fascinating. I just stood there for a while soaking it all in. The picture below, doesn’t actually do justice but does give you a teaser.
Everything started to seem so poetic, and all the quotes that you read about travelling started to ring in my ears. I despise those quotes personally, but I let hypocrisy sing it’s song this one time.
This was certainly one of the best mistakes I have ever made and something that I will always cherish. I will leave you with a few more pics from the day, hope you enjoy.
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